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How do major political parties split control of Congress?

It's not unusual for the major political parties to split control of Congress or of Congress and the White House. In fact, voters like it!
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What does January 1 signify in Lincoln’s legacy?

Learn how the Emancipation Proclamation paved the way for abolishing slavery and why President Lincoln considered it his finest achievement.
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30 Benin bronzes returned to Nigeria

U.S. museums returned 30 bronze artifacts to Nigerian museum officials as part of an ethical return policy for cultural property.
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What are midterm elections, and why are they important?

Although Americans won't elect a president in the 2018 midterm elections, their choices will have a big effect on the country's direction.
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Helping people before, during and after natural disasters

Learn about the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and its role in responding in times of emergencies and natural disasters.
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State Department team honored for resettling Afghan refugees

Learn about what this trio from the U.S. Department of State did to win the award known as the “Oscar” of government service.
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Signing from the highest levels of government

Learn more about the important role federal American Sign Language interpreters have in maintaining our democracy.
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What’s in the biggest U.S. climate legislation ever passed?

On August 16, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, taking giant leaps to combat the climate crisis.
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What are travel advisories and how does the U.S. develop them?

U.S. citizens who wish to travel abroad should consult the State Department's travel advisories. Learn what an advisory means.