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Donald Trump and Mike Pence side by side, with Trump pointing at Pence (© AP Images)

What do U.S. vice presidents do?

Vice presidents play a big role in the U.S. government. They are first in line to succeed the president and serve as emissaries, counselors and advisers.
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Here’s President Trump’s first address to Congress

President Trump makes his first address to a joint session of Congress, laying out his priorities for the year.
President Trump and Neil Gorsuch shaking hands (© AP Images)

Trump names Supreme Court nominee: Who is he and what happens...

President Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice. He's an experienced federal judge from Colorado. What happens next?
Northeast U.S. map with pins in Washington and New York City (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Insights of a Russian writer traveling in the U.S.

What can one learn about America through the lens of a Russian journalist? An award-winning Russian writer traveling in the U.S. tells us.
Graphic of man with hand raised before Senate committee (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

How does Senate confirmation work?

Before nominees for Cabinet positions can start work, they have one important hurdle to clear: the Senate confirmation process.
Rex Tillerson sitting before microphone, name plate in front of him (© AP Images)

What you didn’t know about Senate confirmations

There’s more to Senate confirmations than just the hearings. Discover some notable moments in U.S. Senate confirmation history.
Catherine Cortez Masto in cafeteria (© AP Images)

Women score several ‘firsts’ in U.S. government in 2017

Women are making historic inroads at all levels of the U.S. government: federal, state and local.
Workers on drilling platform (© AP Images)

Why did the judge block the environmental protection rule?

A judge has struck down the government's limits on drilling in federal lands using hydraulic fracturing, saying that regulators overstepped their authority.
Illustration of man contemplating large, wrapped gift (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Lavish gifts for public officials? That means jail time in the...

In books and TV shows, you might see U.S. government officials accepting lavish meals and gifts. In reality, there are strict rules against this corruption.