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What are the Legal Requirements to Serve as...
The Constitution sets only three eligibility requirements for serving as President of the United States, but two of them can be game-changers.
How to Get a Certified Copy of Your Birth...
If you do not have your birth certificate, you will need a certified copy of it to get a passport and apply for Social Security among other things.
How Much Do Members of Congress Really Get Paid?
How much do members of Congress really get paid and what are their benefits? Hint: Don't believe those emails.
How Delegates to the National Presidential...
How delegates to the presidential political party national conventions selected?
Do You Still Have to Register for the Draft?
American males ages 18 to 25 who fail to register for the draft can face stiff fines, jail time and loss of eligibility for federal benefits.
Stroke Warning Signs Seen Hours or Days Before...
Warning signs of a stroke may appear as early as 7 days before an attack and require urgent treatment. Learn the warning signs of ischemic stroke.
5 Tips for Getting Your Federal Income Tax...
Five tips for getting your US income tax refund faster.
Ted Cruz Was Born in Canada. Can He Still Run...
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) openly acknowledges that he was born in Canada. Could that prevent him from running for president in 2016?
How Women's Heart Attack Symptoms Differ from...
Government researchers find women often experience new or different physical symptoms as long as a month or more before experiencing heart attacks.
How Much Does the President of the United...
In addition to a $400,000 annual salary, what other benefits and allowances does the President of the United States get?
How to Replace a Lost Social Security Card
How to replace a lost or stolen Social Security Card, and how protect yourself from identity theft before you do.
How to Apply for a US Passport
The process for getting a US passport. The documents you'll need and special information for people traveling to Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean.
How to Get Copies or Transcripts of Your Past...
How to get exact copies or free transcripts of your past IRS tax returns.
How to Write Effective Letters to Your...
Do letters to US Senators and Representatives do any good? They can and are more likely to be effective if written the right way.
Federalism: Powers of National and State...
Powers the US Constitutions grants exclusively to the federal or state governments, and powers that are shared by both.
How to Get a Federal Tax ID Number
How to get a Federal Tax ID number, or EIN.
Why Puerto Rico Matters in the Race for President
Find out whether voters in Puerto Rico can vote in U.S. presidential elections. Learn about the laws that govern U.S. territories voters in American politics.
What Are The 3 Branches of The U.S. Government?
The United States has three branches of government: the executive, the legislative and the judicial. What do they do for you?
How to Replace Badly Damaged or Mutilated U.S....
Torn, flooded, burned or bombed, most damaged U.S. currency can be replaced. Here's how to get it done.
The 10 One Term Presidents of the United States
Learn about 10 Presidents of the United States who served one term but failed to be re-elected to a second.
How to Apply for Social Security Benefits and...
How to apply for Social Security retirement benefits and when should you do it?
7 Big Retirement Benefits Available to Former...
Presidential retirement benefits have included a lifetime pension, staff and office allowances, travel expenses, civil service protection and more.
How to Find and Recover Unclaimed Money and...
Finding and recovering unclaimed property held by state governments.
How Much U.S. Debt Does China Own?
Find out how much U.S. debt China really owns. See what other foreign governments hold in American government-backed securities and investments.
Questions That Could Be Asked in the Official...
The pool of 100 questions which can be used on the official test for U.S. citizenship.
Tax Forms Won't Be Delivered To Your Mailbox...
Discover why the IRS stopped mailing paper tax forms. Find out how to continue using paper tax forms even after the IRS stops delivering them. See where you can find paper tax forms or request tax forms be delivered to your home.
How to Order Greeting Cards Signed by the...
The White House will send greeting cards signed by the President to note events, accomplishments or milestones free of charge to U.S. citizens.
3 Simple Requirements to Become a U.S....
The House of Representatives is the lower chamber of Congress, and it currently counts 435 men and women among its members. House members are popularly elected by constituents in their home states; they don't represent the entire state, but rather specific geographic districts within the state. House members serve two-year terms, but what does it take to be a representative in the first place, besides money, legions of loyal constituents, charisma and the stamina to make it through a campaign?
About the US Government System of Federalism...
About the US Government System of Federalism and How it Works to Divide Powers Between State and Federal Government.
5 Longest Filibusters in U.S. History
See who conducted the longest filibusters in U.S. history. Find out how long the longest filibusters were. Discover what subjects were being debated during the longest filibusters. Learn what techniques were used in the longest filibusters.
Government Aid and Money - No Grants Needed
Assistance from the U.S. Government for home repair or improvement and homelessness.
How to Get Your Mail Held Online
How to go online and have the US Postal Service hold your mail while you are gone.
What Was The Great Compromise of 1787?
How many representatives to the new Congress should each state get? The answer required the Founding Fathers to make a truly great compromise.
HUD Grants to Help Disabled Renters
HUD has announced the awarding of government grants totaling $39.9 million in 21 states to assist non-elderly individuals and families with disabilities in leasing affordable private housing.
What is Direct Democracy?
What is direct democracy? US Government.
How The US Electoral College System Works
The Electoral College System, not the nationwide poplar vote, elects the President of the United States. How does the Electoral College work?
The 3 Requirements You Have to Meet to be a...
The Senate is the United States' higher legislative chamber (the House of Representatives being the lower chamber), containing 100 members. If you have dreams of becoming one of the two senators who represent each state for six-year terms, you might want to check the Constitution first. The guiding document for our government specifically spells out the requirements to be a senator.
Change Your Name? How to Get a Corrected Social...
If you change your legal name by marriage or any other reason, the law requires you to get a corrected Social Security card. How do you do that?
US Political Party Conventions Day-by-Day
While the primaries often settle the presidential nominations, the national party conventions can change things. What happens during the conventions?
U.S. Constitution: Articles, Amendments and...
Index to the US Constitution. US Government Info.
Are You Eligible for a Very Low Income Housing...
These USDA-backed loans and grants are to help very low-income rural homeowners an opportunity to make essential repairs to their homes to make them safe and to remove health hazards to the family or the community.
Issues, Organizations, and Interest Groups
Pick an issue - pick an opinion. There's an online organization for you.
Why the Presidential Primary Elections are So...
Why the presidential primary elections are so important.
What Legislative Powers Does the President of...
While the Constitution grants lawmaking powers to Congress, the president has and exercises some legislative powers, as well. What are they?
The Truth About Small Business Grants From the...
The truth about getting US government grants to start or expand small businesses.
Are You Eligible for a Very Low to Moderate...
About USDA-backed very low to moderate income housing loans.
The Process for Impeaching the President of the...
The process of impeachment of the President of the United States.
Government Resources That Can Help Start Your...
There are no federal small business grants, but the SBA offers low interest loans and lots of free resources that can really help you get started.
Gun Control Timeline - U.S. Government...
Gun Control Timeline A Brief History of Firearms Regulation in America Guide Extra: When did this whole
What Does It Take to Amend the US Constitution?
About the process of amending the U.S. Constitution.
Why the Congressional Reform Act Will Never Pass
Find out what the Congressional Reform Act is. Read the text of a proposed Congressional Reform Act. Discover why the Congressional Reform Act does not have a chance of passing Congress. See what's wrong with the Congressional Reform Act.
What Is Congress's Real Job?
About the Legislative Branch of U.S. Government
How Much Money Top U.S. Government Officials Make
Current annual salaries of top elected and appointed US government officials, along with the annual salaries for these officials in 2000 or 2001.
Why the U.S. Has a House of Representatives and...
While it often seems overly time-consuming, the US legislative process requires both a House and a Senate. Why did the Founding Fathers do that?
Which U.S. States Have No Income Tax?
Residents of seven U.S. states pay no state income tax. Sounds great, but is it really cheaper to live in one?
What a Presidential Executive Order is and How...
Exclusive of the legislative process, the President of the United States has the power to direct the activities of the federal agencies.
Background and Basics of Federalism
US Government Quick Study Guide to the background and basics of federalism, including separation of powers, checks and balances, and the constitutions division of powers between the federal and state governments.
How a Presidential Veto Works and How Congress...
About the presidential power to veto or reject bills passed by Congress, and how Congress can override a veto.
What Responsibilities Does the President of the...
About the many roles of the President of the United States.
Government Sales and Auctions
What does the U.S. government have going for it when it comes to public sales and auctions? Diversity. From Treasury bills to wild horses and houses, you name it and a government agency probably sells it. Best of all from the consumer's standpoint, the government is not out to make a profit, so most items are sold at or below cost or fair market value. Plus, purchasing from the government helps to defer cost of running the government, which saves taxpayers' dollars.
Do Illegal Immigrants Have Constitutional Rights?
Illegal aliens do have some constitutional rights.
Documents That Can be Used as Proof of U.S....
You say you're an American citizen? So prove it. What documents can be used to prove U.S. Citizenship?.
11 Federal Benefit and Assistance Programs...
There are federal benefit programs available to help with many other life situations and needs. What are they, and how do you qualify for them?
Disabled Renters' Assistance Voucher Program
States and cities were awarded grants to assist non-elderly individuals and families with disabilities in leasing affordable private housing.
How to Get Your Unclaimed Property Back From...
State resources for finding and recovering unclaimed money and other property.
Does the US Still Need the Selective Service...
The Government Accountability Office examines whether the U.S. still needs a military draft and the Selective Service System.
About U.S. Government Auto Auctions
It's easy and economical to purchase a pre-owned vehicle from the U.S. government. Join the thousands of people who buy at government auto auctions.
The Original 13 States of the United States of...
The original 13 states of the United States of America as recognized by the Articles of Confederation.
People Posing as US Soldiers Are Scamming Women...
The US military warns that women around the world are being scammed out of thousands of dollars by persons pretending to be U.S. soldiers.
The National Popular Vote Plan
How the National Popular Vote plan would bypass the Electoral College.
The Good, Bad and Ugly of Taking Social...
Starting to draw Social Security retirement benefits at age 62 brings financial challenges, but some who do may benefit due to Obamacare.
How to Apply for Food Stamps
Details on the federal Food Stamp program, now called the SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and how to apply for benefits.
What Is the Job of the Executive Branch?
About the executive branch of US government.
The Federal Tax ID or EIN 'Phishing' Scam
An email claiming to be from the IRS offering to help you get a n IRS Employer Identification Number is really an identity theft phishing scam.
What Happens if a US Presidential Election Ends...
If the Electoral College vote is tied, or if neither candidate gets the required majority vote, how is the President of the United States chosen?
Why You Really Will Never Get a 'Free'...
Here is why you or anybody else will never get one of those 'free' government grants widely advertised in scam emails and on TV.
How to Check Your Tax Refund Status on a...
Discover how to use the IRS2Go smartphone app to check the status of your federal tax return. Learn important details about the security of the IRS2Go smartphone app. Find out where to download the IRS2Go smartphone app.
Bill Would Cut Pension, Allowances of Former US...
Pensions and allowances paid to former U.S. presidents would be reduced and could possibly be eliminated under a bill now in Congress.
The Congressional Committee System in the...
About the congressional committee system
Introduction to the Structure of U.S. Government
The basics of U.S. Government. The three branches of government, from which grow checks and balances, and the separation of powers as envisioned by the Founding Fathers.
How Bills Become Laws in the US Congress
The 14 basic steps required for a bills to become laws in the United States Congress.
Who Are the Current U.S. Supreme Court Justices?
Current Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
Have a Problem With Your Congressman? How to...
Meeting a Member of Congress face-to-face is probably the most effective way to influence them. Before you try, there are some tips you need to know.
What Are the Powers and Responsibilities of...
Specific powers of the U.S. Congress established by the Constitution.
How to Request US Military Service Records...
How to request a copy of the Veterans' Military records form DD-214.
About the US Postal Service: Agency or Private...
Is the US Postal Service a government agency or a private business? Since 1970, it has been, for better or worse, a bit of both.
Supplemental Security Income Federal Benefit...
Supplemental Security Income provides cash to meet needs for food, clothing, and shelter to the blind and disabled regardless of age.
How to Get a Federal Tax ID Number and Do You...
What is a federal tax ID number, do you or your business even need one, and how do you get it?
Federal Student Aid Primer and How to Apply
Federal Student Aid Basics: Sources of Funding and How to Apply
The Original Bill of Rights Had 12 Amendments
The original Bill of Rights, as sent to the then 11 states for ratification in 1789 proposed 12, not 10 amendments to the Constitution.
IRS Help is Available from Several Sources
IRS help with federal income tax is available to taxpayers from a multitude of sources.
How to Replace a Lost Medicare Card
Unlike Social Security cards, Medicare cards are often needed in order to get benefits. Lost Medicare cards do need to be replaced. Here is how.
All You Wanted to Know about the US Senate
The composition, powers and procedures of the United States Senate, the upper body of the legislative branch of the federal government.
The US Statehood Process
The process by which U.S. territories attain full statehood is, at best, an inexact art. While Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution empowers the U.S. Congress to grant statehood, the process for doing so is not specified.
How The Government Can Help You Buy a Home If...
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U.S. Constitution - Article I, Section 8
Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution - Defines the powers of Congress
Quick Study Guide to the Executive Branch of US...
What you need to know about the President, Vice President and the Executive Branch of the US Government
What Is a Filibuster in the United States Senate?
What is a Filibuster in the US Senate?
Who Is in the President's Cabinet?
Departments and Secretaries of the President’s Cabinet Agencies
How the Government Sells Public Land
The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) occasionally sells parcels of land under their control. The lands are generally rural woodland, grassland, or desert, and are sold only at fair market price.
How Much Do the Members of Michelle Obama's...
Find out how many people are on Michelle Obama's staff, each staff member's salary and title, and how the staff compares to those of previous first ladies.
Your Introduction to the US House of Representa...
About the U.S. House of Representatives.
Veterans Health Care Program
The VA Veterans Medical Care Benefits provide outpatient medical services, hospital care, medicines, and supplies to eligible veterans.
The 10 Wealthiest Members of Congress
Find out who the wealthiest members of Congress are. Discover how much members of Congress reported in personal wealth. See how much personal wealth increased for members of Congress during the Great Recession.
Federal Assistance for Cancer Patients
U.S. Government and private sources of financial aid for cancer patients.
Can the President of the United States be a...
Find out what the U.S. Constitution says about religion in the White House and whether America could elect a Muslim president.
A Group of Baboons Is Not a 'Congress'
I’ll bet you’ve seen or been emailed the picture of several baboons playing in the snow captioned, “Did you know that a large group of baboons is called a Congress? That explains a lot now, doesn’t it?”
Basic Details of the Federal Medicare Health...
For Americans 65 and older, Medicare provides essential health care coverage at affordable prices.
US Census Confirms, the More You Learn, the...
Census Bureau confirms that the more you learn, the more you earn.
Have You Failed to Claim a Pension? How to Find...
Over 38,000 people have not claimed pension benefits they are owed. Find out if you are one of them.
How You Can Get Government Assistance without a...
Getting assistance from the government without a grant, which you will not get.
Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the...
Reasons the United States should retain the Electoral College system.
Changing Your Address With Government Agencies
Changing your address has to be one of the biggest hassles of moving. Especially if you are receiving government benefit payments, it is vital that you notify the appropriate government agencies of your new address. Here is a handy list of resources to help make the job of changing your address as painless as possible.
Who Pays the Most US Income Tax?
Answers to the burning question: Who pays the most U.S. income tax?
The HUD Public Housing Assistance Program
The HUD public housing assistance program was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families.
File IRS Complaints Online
Americans can now file complaints against employees of the Internal Revenue Service via the Internet.
How Vacancies in the US Congress are Filled
The methods by which vacancies in the U.S. Congress can be filled.
Download Adobe .PDF Reader Here
Read about the popular Adobe .pdf file format and download the free software here.
About Federal Grants, Assistance and Benefits
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Government Resources for Women-owned Businesses
The number of women owned businesses in the U.S. has been increasing rapidly over the last 20 years. Here you will find information on US government programs that help women entrepreneurs start, grow and expand their businesses.
The Supermajority Vote
Defines supermajority votes in U.S. government and politics, and explains when they are required and by what authority.
Reverse PIN Technology and Your Safety
Learn the truth behind the rumors about reverse PIN technology and your safety.
Buying Personal Property from the U.S. Government
Sources for buying surplus, used and siezed property from the U.S. government.
Why the CDC Says Americans Are Getting Taller...
Americans are getting taller, but also fatter, says the Centers for Disease Control.
No Raises for Congress or Political Appointees...
Members of Congress, Cabinet members, the Vice President and political appointees will not get the 1% raise in 2015 ordered by President Obama.
What Americans Should Know before Taking Guns...
Americans taking guns into Canada or transporting guns through Canada to Alaska need to know that the Canadian government has - -and enforces -- very strict gun control laws that must be followed by U.S. citizens taking firearms into Canada.
Why You Shouldn't Expect to Buy Government Land...
No matter what you may read, there is no free government land.
What Does the Chief Justice of the U.S....
What are the duties of the Chief Justice of the United States?
Why the President's Cabinet Is Called a 'Cabinet'
Why is it called a cabinet? Learn about the President's Cabinet, the origin of the term and the 15 secretaries and their departments.
The History of Solar Panels on The White House
Learn about why the White House solar panels were removed. See which president resurrected the idea of using White House solar panels.
First-Time Home Buyers: Check Out HUD Home...
HUD regularly offers thousands of highly affordable homes and apartments for sale to t These HUD home auctions offer buyers significant savings.
What You Should Know About the SBA's Small...
All SBA small business loan programs lend to small businesses unable to secure financing on reasonable terms through normal lending channels.
USDA Offers Loans and Grants to Repair Rural...
The USDA offers low interest loans and grants to low-income homeowners to repair, improve, modernize, or to remove hazards in their rural homes.
Congressional Allowances
Along with salaries and benefits, members of the US Congress get certain allowances in support of their duties.
Federal Workers Paid \$80 Million to Just Stay...
Thousands of federal government employees were paid more than $80 million during 2014 to just stay home while facing charges of misconduct.
Social Security can help children, even if they...
Social Security can help children and young people, even if they have never worked.
What Is the Difference Between National Debt...
Learn the difference between the federal deficit and the national debt.
Obamacare Penalty and Minimum Insurance...
About the Obamacare tax penalty and minimum insurance coverage requirements.
Counting the Votes on Election Day
From ballot box to swearing in, how can we be sure our votes are counted completely and accurately?
What You Should Know About the Obama Bus
Find out how much Obama's bus cost American taxpayers. See what's inside the luxury coach. Discover who made the bus and why the the president came under fire for campaigning aboard it.
Current Political Campaign Contribution Limits...
Political campaign contribution limitation laws for individuals in the 2015-2016 election cycle
Basic Requirements for US Naturalization
These are the basic requirements that all immigrants to the United States must meet before applying for naturalization.
Government Jobs: Online Applications
In an effort to simplify and streamline their hiring processes, several U.S. Government agencies are implementing online job application systems.
Who Cannot Have a Gun in America? - U.S....
Persons prohibited from owning guns under US Federal law, from your About.com Guide
16 US Federal Government Employee Benefits
Federal government employees enjoy a wide range of family-friendly benefits that go far beyond insurance and retirement. Here is an extensive list of government job benefits.
State Unclaimed Property Searches: Find...
Here you will find state government resources for finding and claiming unclaimed money and property.
End of Paper Savings Bonds
Find out when paper savings bonds will no longer be available in the United States. Discover how to purchase bonds after they are no longer available at banks and credit unions. See why the fed stopped selling the popular investments over the counter.
The Legislative Branch
US Government Quick Study Guide to the legislative branch of government
Why Online Payday Loan Sites Can Be So...
The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is warning consumers to exercise extreme caution when using Internet payday loan sites, where loans due by the next payday, can cost up to $30 per $100 borrowed and borrowers typically face annual interest rates (APRs) of 650%.
3 Ways to Spot a Government Imposter Scam
When your caller ID says “IRS” or “FTC,” how do you know the caller isn’t really a scammer? Here are 3 sure signs of a government imposter scam.

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