Presidency

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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.
Walter Mondale and Robert Dole at lecterns (© AP Images)

What do U.S. vice presidents do?

The role of the U.S. vice president was the butt of jokes in earlier times, but the job has evolved to bestow more power and carry more importance.
Bill Clinton, Ross Perot and George H.W. Bush laughing (© Mark Cardwell/Reuters)

The spirited history of presidential debates

Technology has changed U.S. presidential debates since the days of Abraham Lincoln, but debates still give voters important information about candidates.
John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon shaking hands (© Bettmann/Getty Images)

Presidential debate milestones [infographic]

From the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 to present day contests, presidential debates have given voters valuable information about candidates.
Dorothy Height sitting and receiving medal in case while surrounded by people (© Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s most prestigious awards

Find out how the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom were established and who may receive them.
Two U.S. maps, one with states sized according to their electoral votes (State Dept./J. Maruszewski; Images: © Shutterstock)

Understanding America’s Electoral College [infographic]

America’s Electoral College system is difficult to explain, but it has successfully enabled the election of presidents since the country’s founding.
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.
Four heads carved into mountainside (© AP Images)

Presidents memorialized

Around the United States, numerous memorials — some famous, some obscure — honor those people who served as U.S. president.
Drawings of hands and buildings (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Trump’s 2021 pro-growth budget proposal

Learn about President Trump's 2021 budget, which, if enacted, would continue the United States on a path of economic growth.