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    Kerry Hosts Diwali Celebration at State Department
Kerry Hosts Diwali Celebration at State Department

Secretary of State Kerry hosts the first Diwali celebration at the State Department.

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State Department on Execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari in Iran

The State Department condemns the execution in Iran of Reyhaneh Jabbari, an Iranian woman convicted of killing a man she said she stabbed in self-defense d...


Obama Delegation for Opening of History of Polish Jews Museum

The White House announces the presidential delegation to Warsaw, Poland, to attend the opening ceremony of POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews,...


Kerry on St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Independence Day

Secretary of State Kerry congratulates the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as they celebrate 35 years of independence October 27.


Pamphlets

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.

2014-09-24

    Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria
Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria

Damage to historic sites in Iraq and Syria is rapidly destroying all evidence of ancient life and society. The United States is urging all parties, and the...

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

2014-10-20

    U.S. Special Envoy to Muslims on Importance of Giving Back
U.S. Special Envoy to Muslims on Importance of Giving Back

“Eid al-Adha reminds us that giving back is also about our personal relationships with each other and our common humanity,” says U.S. Special Representativ...

2014-10-16

    Term Limits Under Threat in Africa, Says State’s Thomas-Greenfield
Term Limits Under Threat in Africa, Says State’s Thomas-Greenfield

“Respecting presidential term limits and constitutions as they are written is crucial for realizing the aspirations of an entire continent and strengthenin...

2014-10-09

    U.S., Partners Opening Doors to Education
U.S., Partners Opening Doors to Education

“With Brazil, South Africa, Poland, the United States, and many government and nongovernment partners exploring this area, we see an opportunity for us all...

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

2014-10-07

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...

2014-08-26

Meet U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Alice Wells

U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Alice Wells tells a bit about herself and what she hopes to do during her stay in Jordan.