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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.
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.
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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.

Much more than the presidency is at stake this year

It's easy to forget that Americans will be electing much more than a president this November. There are thousands of other contests going on.

Here’s the story behind a high-visibility speech

President Obama has many powers and responsibilities. One of them is unique: The president must “give to Congress information of the State of the Union.”