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International Day of Democracy: Shareable quotes

September 15 is the International Day of Democracy, a day to honor the values of freedom, respect for human rights, and free and transparent elections.
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Meet America’s top public health official

The United States has a new top doctor. Dr. Jerome M. Adams, the new U.S. surgeon general, says a top priority is tackling America's opioid epidemic.
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Trump lifts spirits of Texans after hurricane: Shareable photos

Two shareable quotes from President Trump's trip to Houston after Hurricane Harvey devastated southeast Texas.
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On becoming an ‘ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary’

Good foreign relations are vital for every country. Learn about America's first ambassador, Benjamin Franklin, and how someone becomes an ambassador.
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What do Nelson Mandela, George Washington and a Roman consul have...

What do Nelson Mandela, George Washington and Roman consul Cincinnatus have in common? Each walked away from political power.
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Top tech officials meet with President Trump to help modernize government

The president brought technology leaders from major companies like Apple and Amazon to the White House for the launch of the American Technology Council.
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A TV contest makes officials famous for doing good

Rather than shame corrupt officials, the Integrity Idol TV contest honors the most honest officials and treats them like rock stars.
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Trained in Miami, Guatemalan police patrol on bicycles

Busy pedestrian malls in Guatemala City have bicycle police patrolling the streets. They are part of an initiative to improve community-police relations.
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Each spring, Americans brace for Tax Day

On October 3, 1913, President Wilson signed a law establishing the national income tax. Income taxes remain a vital source of federal revenue.