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    In Wake of Newspaper Attack, America Mourns with France
In Wake of Newspaper Attack, America Mourns with France

Across the United States, people assemble to express their sorrow and outrage at the shooting attack on the offices of a Paris newspaper.

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Obama, First Lady on ‘Let Girls Learn’ Initiative

President Obama and Michelle Obama announce the launch of the “Let Girls Learn” Initiative, an effort to help adolescent girls worldwide attend and stay in...


Kerry on Lesotho’s Peaceful Election

The United States congratulates the people of Lesotho for participating peacefully in Lesotho’s snap parliamentary election on February 28.


Amb. Power at American Israel Public Affairs Committee Event

Samantha Power, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in Washington...


Pamphlets

2015-01-15

    The Dream Lives On, the Work Continues
The Dream Lives On, the Work Continues

On August 28, 1963, an estimated 250,000 people marched to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington where they heard Martin Luther King Jr. give a speech destine...

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 ...

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

2015-03-03

    Kerry: Advancing Universal Values at U.N. Human Rights Council
Kerry: Advancing Universal Values at U.N. Human Rights Council

The United States supports the U.N. Human Rights Council “because we strongly believe in its mission and its possibilities,” says Secretary of State John K...

2015-03-02

    Assistant Secretary Richard: What South Sudan Really Needs
Assistant Secretary Richard: What South Sudan Really Needs

“What South Sudan really needs is for South Sudan’s political leaders and military commanders to stop the fighting and put their people first,” Assistant S...

2015-02-27

    LGBT Rights Worldwide Gain New Advocate (German)
LGBT Rights Worldwide Gain New Advocate (German)

A German translation of a story on the new State Department special envoy for the human rights of LGBT persons.

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...