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Rex Tillerson speaking at a lectern (State Dept.)

Tillerson to African leaders: ‘It is imperative that we work together’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brought together 38 African foreign ministers to promote trade, governance and security.
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U.S. joins other countries in fight against opioids [video]

President Trump declared opioid drug abuse a national health emergency. The U.S. is working with partners to stem the flow of opioids around the world.
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Trump nominates new central banker to spur U.S. economic growth

President Trump says Jerome Powell, his choice for chair of the Federal Reserve, will help the U.S. build on its recent economic progress.
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How freedom of information works

For 50 years, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has increased transparency by giving Americans the right to examine records from federal agencies.
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What is a debt ceiling and why does it matter?

The legal limit on how much debt the U.S. government can take on is called the debt ceiling. It's a good bet it will be in the news again soon.
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How a bill becomes law

A combination of traditions, "checks and balances" and math all factor into how a bill becomes a law in the United States.
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The president’s budget explained

Creating the U.S. budget is a yearlong process that begins with the president’s plan. The two branches of Congress wrangle over it. Everyone has to agree.
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NATO improves Iraq’s civil-military ties

With cities left in ruin by ISIS, Iraq is embarked on the long road to recovery. NATO is helping Iraq's civil and military ministries meet the challenge.
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Meet Alex Acosta, U.S. secretary of labor

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, a lawyer skilled in labor and civil-rights issues, rose from modest roots to the top of his field. Here's his story.