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    Kerry Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Summit of the Americas
Kerry Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Summit of the Americas

Secretary of State John Kerry, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Summit of the Americas, calls on Western Hemisphere nations to work together to make...

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White House on 25th Anniversary of Fall of Communism in Romania

A statement by National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan congratulates the people of Romania on the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism...


Presidential Delegation to Inauguration of Brazil's President

President Obama announces the members of the presidential delegation to attend the inauguration of Dilma Rousseff as president of the Federative Republic o...


Kerry on Cyberattack by North Korea

The United States condemns North Korea for the cyberattack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment and the unacceptable threats against movie theaters and mo...


Pamphlets

2014-10-31

    Election Day: Democracy in Action
Election Day: Democracy in Action

Election Day in the United States often arrives dressed as a carnival, ready to attract attention and excite voter interest.

2014-10-21

    U.S. Democracy: Midterm Elections
U.S. Democracy: Midterm Elections

U.S. midterm elections, which occur in even-numbered years in the middle of a presidential term, determine which political party will control Congress for ...

2014-10-16

    U.S. Supreme Court, Guardian of the Constitution
U.S. Supreme Court, Guardian of the Constitution

The Supreme Court of the United States is the ultimate arbiter of constitutionality and a check on the powers of the executive and legislative branches.

Publications

2014-04-02

    EJ|USA: LGBT Rights in America Today
EJ|USA: LGBT Rights in America Today

LGBT rights are a work in progress in the United States. New attitudes are ushering in change. States are legalizing gay marriage. Businesses are protectin...

2014-03-05

    EJ|USA: Getting the Story Out
EJ|USA: Getting the Story Out

Explore college newsrooms where student journalists practice their Constitutional right to a free and unfettered press. This issue also offers news for mov...

2013-12-05

Outline of U.S. Government

What makes U.S. government uniquely American ... its Constitution, the separation of powers, the concept of “checks and balances,” the decentralized roles ...

Articles

2014-12-18

    Honoring Contributions of Migrants on International Migration Day
Honoring Contributions of Migrants on International Migration Day

“Today on International Migrants Day, it is important that we reflect on the contributions migrants make to societies throughout the world, and the challen...

2014-12-17

    Obama Charts New Course on Cuba Policy
Obama Charts New Course on Cuba Policy

In a televised address, President Obama announces the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in relations with Cuba and to further en...

2014-12-10

    USAID Promotes Human Rights Worldwide
USAID Promotes Human Rights Worldwide

Nicole Widdersheim, the human rights adviser for USAID’s Center for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, gives examples of how USAID is promoting human ...

Photo Galleries

2013-07-01

The United Nations: Partner in Peace, Stability, Security

President Obama believes the United Nations can be extraordinarily constructive and an important partner in bringing peace, stability and security to the ...

2012-12-28

    Historic Inaugurations
Historic Inaugurations

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve...

2012-06-18

Famous (and Not-So-Famous) Refugees Making a Difference

Images of refugees who have overcome obstacles to achieve success and recognition in their new U.S. communities and beyond.

Videos

2014-12-18

Meet Mark Gilbert, U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand

U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand Mark Gilbert talks about bilateral ties and areas of cooperation, including student exchanges and environmental issues.

2014-10-07

YALI: Big Topic Video on Governance and Civic Participation

Learn more about how young Africans would address some of the big challenges facing Africa. Do you agree with them? What are your ideas on this topic?

2014-09-19

Meet Michael Hoza, U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Cameroon

Learn more about the new U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon, Michael Hoza, and his hopes for Cameroon. He is excited to work with Cameroonians, sp...