Good Governance

The Capitol in Washington (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

Why so much time from election to inauguration of a U.S....

The 11-week transition period between administrations allows new presidents to prepare and provides time for the Electoral College process.
Man puts piece of paper into box while others stand behind him (© Matias Delacroix/AP Images)

Millions of Venezuelans vote for democracy

Opponents of Nicolás Maduro's illegitimate regime held a "people's referendum" to allow millions of Venezuelans to speak out in favor of fair elections.
People extending their arms to shake hands with Juan Guaidó (© Ariana Cubillos/AP Images)

The two choices for Venezuela’s future

The illegitimate Maduro regime wants to stay in power, causing more Venezuelans to suffer. But what would a future without his influence look like?
Man at voting booth with American flag in background (© Shutterstock)

Americans vote on more than a president in November [infographic]

Election Day in the U.S. will give voters the chance to select local as well as national officials and perhaps weigh in on issues that affect their lives.
Women wearing masks walking next to 'vote here' sign (© Paul Sancya/AP Images)

Swing states keep campaigns guessing

U.S. presidential candidates have to win states to become president. Some states' choices are obvious, but others, the swing states, could go either way.
Globe displaying old map of Africa

Steps to becoming a U.S. ambassador [infographic]

Being asked by the president to represent America as ambassador to another nation is the job and honor of a lifetime. Learn how one becomes an ambassador.
Illustration of woman in suit and glasses standing in courtroom with arms akimbo (State Dept./D. Thompson)

What does a public defender do in the U.S.?

Public defenders back criminal defendants in the U.S. who can't afford a private attorney and are at risk of going to prison. Learn how they came to be.
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Venezuela: Before and after [video]

Once, Venezuela was a democracy with a healthy economy. That's all changed since Nicolás Maduro took power. Learn more here.
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U.S. reaffirms importance of Taiwan relationship

A senior State Department official emphasizes America's support for U.S.-Taiwan relations and military, economic and political cooperation.