Presidency

Infographic explaining five steps to becoming a U.S. ambassador (State Dept./H. Efrem)

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.
Photo of White House within circle (State Dept./H. Efrem. Photo: © Shutterstock)

Who is in Biden’s Cabinet? [infographic]

Learn more about the members of President Biden's Cabinet, their areas of responsibility and where they traditionally sit during meetings.
Illustration of a man swearing in before a Senate hearing (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.
Illustration of Major Biden romping on White House grounds (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Major Biden: From shelter dog to ‘first pet’

President Biden's second dog, Major Biden, is the first presidential pet in U.S. history to go from shelter dog to White House companion.
Man holding painting in storage room with packed shelves (Allan Goodrich/JFK Library)

Presidential libraries help humanize former U.S. leaders

History often transforms presidents into mythical figures, but U.S. presidential libraries help us understand these leaders and the eras they shaped.
President Biden signing papers with Vice President Harris looking on (© Doug Mills/The New York Times/Getty Images)

Biden tackles discriminatory housing policies and mass incarceration

President Biden signed four executive orders to advance racial equity in the United States. Learn more about how the orders address systemic racism.
Hand drawing Cabinet members sitting around table (State Dept.)video

The presidential Cabinet explained [video]

Watch this video to learn more about the role of the Cabinet in running the U.S. federal government and advising the president.
Joe Biden and Jill Biden waving from front of White House (© Alex Brandon/AP Images)

Images of the inauguration [photo gallery]

See images of the 59th inauguration, at which Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris became the new president and vice president of the United States.
President Biden signing documents while two people stand behind him (© Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP/Getty Images)

What is an executive order?

Executive orders, issued to help the executive branch carry out its duties, have the force of law. They can be struck down by the courts or overwritten.