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Hand drawing Cabinet members sitting around table (State Dept.)

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.
President Biden standing at lectern on stage balcony, flanked by seated people (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Biden’s America: A ‘strong and trusted partner’

President Biden says the United States will partner with other nations to tackle global challenges. See highlights from his inaugural address.
Joe Biden on stage, pointing, with U.S. flag in foreground (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Joe Biden: America’s next president

Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be sworn in as America's 46th president on January 20. Learn more about his experience and what he hopes to achieve in office.
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.
Decorated mantel topped with small replicas of buildings (White House/Andrea Hanks)

White House Christmas decorations include a quiet tribute

The first lady's holiday decorations are mostly traditional this year, but with one important exception that still fits into the overall theme.
Tulips blooming in front of building with columns (White House/Andrea Hanks)

First lady to restore White House Rose Garden

First lady Melania Trump will be renovating the White House Rose Garden this summer. Learn how the history of this iconic green space is shaping her plans.
Pence standing at lectern, with others behind him, and quote by Pence (Photo: White House/Andrea Hanks. Graphic: State Dept.)

Coronavirus: U.S. in action

U.S. government agencies, businesses and others are acting to stop the spread of coronavirus. Learn more about these lifesaving partnerships.
Illustration of buildings with arrows leading to others of different sizes and people (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Federal government: More than the White House and Congress

Learn more about the federal government in the United States. This article is part of a three-part series on how federalism works in America.
Ronald Reagan waving, with East German flag behind him on other side of gate (© Ira Schwartz/AP Images)

The speech that helped bring down the Berlin Wall

In 1987, President Reagan called upon Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the wall dividing Germany and Europe.