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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.

Texts & Transcripts



Kerry on Australia Day

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, Secretary of State John Kerry sends best wishes to the people of Australia as they celebrate Australi...


2015 State of the Union Address (German)

A German translation of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address.


U.S. Envoy Power After U.N. Meeting with Haiti's Martelly

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power delivers remarks in Port-au-Prince after she and members of the U.N. Security Council me...


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

2015-01-24

    State’s Jacobson: U.S.-Cuba Talks Are ‘Important’ Step
State’s Jacobson: U.S.-Cuba Talks Are ‘Important’ Step

The State Department's Roberta Jacobson says her talks in Havana mark an “important step forward” in restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, but noted th...

2015-01-23

    U.S., Asia Prosperity Is Inseparable, Says Ambassador Russel
U.S., Asia Prosperity Is Inseparable, Says Ambassador Russel

“America’s prosperity and Asia’s prosperity are inseparable,” Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel says in a blog post on the importance of America’s economic...

2015-01-22

    U.S. Official Says We Can Do More to Protect Journalists
U.S. Official Says We Can Do More to Protect Journalists

Protecting journalists and protecting democracy is a responsibility we cannot afford to ignore, Assistant Secretary of State Douglas Frantz says in a blog ...

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...