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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 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?
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.
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.
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?”
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 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.
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.
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.
What is Direct Democracy?
What is direct democracy? US Government.
How to Get Your Mail Held Online
About the US Postal Service's online mail holding request.
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.
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.
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.
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?
How to Apply for Social Security Benefits and...
When and how to apply for Social Security retirement benefits.
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.
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.
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.
How Women's Heart Attack Symptoms Differ from...
Research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that women often experience new or different physical symptoms as long as a month or more before experiencing heart attacks.
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.
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.
U.S. Constitution: Articles, Amendments and...
Index to the US Constitution. US Government Info.
How You Can Apply for a U.S. Passport
Ins and outs of applying for a U.S. passport.
What Does It Take to Amend the US Constitution?
About the process of amending the U.S. Constitution.
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?
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.
The Process for Impeaching the President of the...
The process of impeachment of the President of the United States.
What Is Congress's Real Job?
About the Legislative Branch of U.S. Government
How to Find and Recover Unclaimed Money and...
Finding and recovering unclaimed property held by state governments.
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.
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.
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.
Government Aid and Money - No Grants Needed
Assistance from the U.S. Government for home repair or improvement and homelessness.
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.
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 Delegates to the National Presidential...
How delegates to the presidential political party national conventions selected?
Gun Control Timeline - U.S. Government...
Gun Control Timeline A Brief History of Firearms Regulation in America Guide Extra: When did this whole
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.
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?
Issues, Organizations, and Interest Groups
Pick an issue - pick an opinion. There's an online organization for you.
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?
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.
What Is the Job of the Executive Branch?
About the executive branch of US government.
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 Are the Powers and Responsibilities of...
Specific powers of the U.S. Congress established by the Constitution.
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.
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.
The Truth About Small Business Grants From the...
The truth about getting US government grants to start or expand small businesses.
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.
Are You Eligible for a Very Low to Moderate...
About USDA-backed very low to moderate income housing loans.
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?
Do Illegal Immigrants Have Constitutional Rights?
Illegal aliens do have some constitutional rights.
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.
How Bills Become Laws in the US Congress
The 14 basic steps required for a bills to become laws in the United States Congress.
What Responsibilities Does the President of the...
About the many roles of the President of the United States.
How to Get a Federal Tax ID Number
How to get a Federal Tax ID number, or EIN.
Third in Line to the Presidency, What Else Does...
Duties, powers and privileges of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, along with the method of selection.
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.
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?
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?.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Get Copies or Transcripts of Your Past...
How to get exact copies or free transcripts of your past IRS tax returns.
About the Supplemental Security Income Federal...
Supplemental Security Income provides cash to meet needs for food, clothing, and shelter to the blind and disabled regardless of age.
The Supermajority Vote
Defines supermajority votes in U.S. government and politics, and explains when they are required and by what authority.
Who Really Elects the President of the US? The...
The Electoral College System, not the nationwide poplar vote, elects the President of the United States. How does the Electoral College work?
What Happens if a US Presidential Election Ends...
How does the Constitution say we should deal with a presidential election the ends in a tie?
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.
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.
Which U.S. States Have No Income Tax?
Residents of nine U.S. states pay no state income tax. Sounds great, but is it really cheaper to live in one?
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.
What Is a Filibuster in the United States Senate?
What is a Filibuster in the US Senate?
Filling Congressional Vacancies
When a U.S. representative or senator leaves Congress before the end of his or her term, are the people of their congressional district or state left without representation in Washington?
All You Wanted to Know about the US Senate
The U.S. Senate is the upper legislative chamber in the federal government. It’s also the more powerful body, with just 100 members. Each state is granted two senators who represent the entire state; senators serve six-year terms and are popularly elected by their constituents.
Download Adobe .PDF Reader Here
Read about the popular Adobe .pdf file format and download the free software here.
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.
Your Introduction to the US House of Representa...
About the U.S. House of Representatives.
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’s how.
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
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 Request US Military Service Records...
How to request a copy of the Veterans' Military records form DD-214.
The Ballot Initiative Process
Ballot initiatives are an example of direct democracy in the United States, in which citizens may propose legislative measures or amendments to state constitutions.
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.
How to Get Your Unclaimed Property Back From...
State resources for finding and recovering unclaimed money and other property.
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.
US Census Confirms, the More You Learn, the...
Census Bureau confirms that the more you learn, the more you earn.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is on the front lines of battling bugs, combating everything from the common cold to the emergence of a new human influenza virus with pandemic potential.
Most Common Reasons Americans Give for Not Voting
We get all riled up and swear to throw all the politicians out of office. But when we get a chance, we don’t vote. Why don’t more Americans vote?
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. See why they are able to cast ballots in presidential primaries but not elections. Read about the definition of a U.S. territory.
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 You Can Get Government Assistance without a...
Getting assistance from the government without a grant, which you will not get.
Congressional Allowances
Along with salaries and benefits, members of the US Congress get certain allowances in support of their duties.
Why the CDC Says Americans Are Getting Taller...
Americans are getting taller, but also fatter, says the Centers for Disease Control.
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?
Veterans Health Care Program
The VA Veterans Medical Care Benefits provide outpatient medical services, hospital care, medicines, and supplies to eligible veterans.
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.
What You Should Know About Welform Reform in...
From the Great Depression of the 1930s, until 1996, welfare in the United States consisted of little more than guaranteed cash payments to the poor. Monthly benefits were paid to poor persons -- mainly mothers and children -- regardless of their ability to work, assets on hand or other personal circumstances. As a result, many people remained on welfare for their entire lives. In 1996, Congress passed a law that resulted in sweeping welfare reform.
Social Security can help children, even if they...
Social Security can help children and young people, even if they have never worked.
Who Are the Current U.S. Supreme Court Justices?
Current Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
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.
The Legislative Branch
US Government Quick Study Guide to the legislative branch of government
What Is the Difference Between National Debt...
Learn the difference between the federal deficit and the national debt.
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.
Why You Shouldn't Expect to Buy Government Land...
No matter what you may read, there is no free government land.
Reverse PIN Technology and Your Safety
Learn the truth behind the rumors about reverse PIN technology and your safety.
Why Our Current System of Presidential...
A brief history and current process of US presidential succession.
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.
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.
About Federal Grants, Assistance and Benefits
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Federal Assistance for Cancer Patients
U.S. Government and private sources of financial aid for cancer patients.
Basic Details of the Federal Medicare Health...
For Americans 65 and older, Medicare provides essential health care coverage at affordable prices.
Who Cannot Have a Gun in America? - U.S....
Persons prohibited from owning guns under US Federal law, from your About.com Guide
U.S. Constitution - Article I, Section 8
Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution - Defines the powers of Congress
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.
Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the...
Reasons the United States should retain the Electoral College system.
Are You Eligible for US Federal Aide?
How can the government help me? A new Web site from the U.S. Department of Labor answers that often-asked question by helping Americans determine their eligibility for U.S. government assistance programs.
How The Government Can Help You Buy a Home If...
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The Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy...
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families provides financial aid while also helping recipients find jobs that will allow them to support themselves.
US Budget Deficit by Year Since 1969
What has the U.S. budget deficit has been every year since 1969? See how much more the government spends than it takes in every year.
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.
What Does the Chief Justice of the U.S....
What are the duties of the Chief Justice of the United States?
Federal Student Aid Primer and How to Apply
Federal Student Aid Basics: Sources of Funding and How to Apply
What Are the Benefits of US Citizenship?
Immigrants to the United States who complete the naturalization process to achieve full U.S. citizenship gain rights and benefits denied even to lawful permanent residents.
Who Is in the President's Cabinet?
Departments and Secretaries of the President’s Cabinet Agencies
Constitution Day - September 17, 1787
What is Constitution Day -- September 17, 1787, all about?
What is a Bill of Attainder?
Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3 of the U.S. Constitution provides that:
Gun Control Timeline
Gun Control Timeline Dateline: 09/26/99 When did this whole gun control debate start? It could have started
When the Check's NOT In the Mail
Government benefit check late? Here is some advice on how to deal with missing or incorrect checks from the government.
Are More Boys or Girls Born in the US?
Where are the boys? Right here in the U.S.A. where, for the 63rd year in a row, more boys than girls were born. Exactly 94,232 more boys than girls were born in the U.S. during 2004, according to a new CDC report.
In the US Congress all bills must be approved...
About the Congressional Committee System.
How the End of Social Security Paper Checks...
Find out why the government stopped sending paper Social Security checks. See how to continue getting federal benefits after the government ends paper Social Security checks. Learn about the history of Social Security checks and the use of electronic payments.
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.
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.
How the census is used to determine each...
Apportionment is the process of dividing the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives among the 50 states based on population counts from the decennial U.S. census.
Causes, History and Effects of Government...
The causes, history and effects of US federal government shutdowns.
The History of Solar Panels in The White House
Find out when the first White House solar panels were installed. Discover which presidents supported White House solar panels. Learn about why the White House solar panels were removed. See which president resurrected the idea of using White House solar panels.
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.
How Do the Congressional Sessions Work?
Congress is charged with drafting, debating and sending bills to the president to be signed into law. But how do the nation's 100 senators and 435 representatives from 50 states manage their legislative business?
Why Unemployment Benefits Are a Federal-State...
Unemployment benefits represent the first and perhaps last line of defense against the ripple effect of joblessness. Then intention of unemployment benefits is to provide eligible, unemployed workers with a weekly income adequate to allow them to afford the necessities of life, including food, shelter and clothing while they look for new jobs.
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.
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.
What You Should Expect From Obama's Health...
President Obama's vision for a national health care program.
Telemarketers Won't Leave You Alone? File a...
The Federal Communication Commission has released detailed information outlining specific steps consumer should take if they have put their names on the National Do-Not-Call Registry and are called by telemarketers on or after October 1, 2003. It provides information about when there is a violation of the FCC do-not-call rules, and specifics about how to file a complaint.
How the Congressional Committee System Gets...
About the congressional committee system

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