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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 Copy of Your Birth Certificate
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 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 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. Read about criticism of the debt and who owns it.
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 You Can Apply for a U.S. Passport
Ins and outs of applying for a U.S. passport.
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.
What Are the Warning Signs of Ischemic Stroke?
Warning signs of a stroke may appear as early as seven days before an attack and require urgent treatment to prevent serious damage to the brain, according to a study of stroke patients published in the March 8, 2005 issue of Neurology. Learn the warning signs of ischemic stroke.
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?
Former US Citizenship Test Questions
Questions formerly used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in testing immigrants for citizenship
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.
Download Adobe .PDF Reader Here
Read about the popular Adobe .pdf file format and download the free software here.
Issues, Organizations, and Interest Groups
Pick an issue - pick an opinion. There's an online organization for you.
How to Order Greeting Cards From the White House
The White House will send greeting cards signed by the President to note events, accomplishments or milestones free of charge to U.S. citizens.
How to Apply for Social Security Benefits and...
When and how to apply for Social Security retirement benefits.
Government Aid and Money - No Grants Needed
Assistance from the U.S. Government for home repair or improvement and homelessness.
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.
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.
Questions used in the test for U.S. citizenship.
The pool of 100 questions which can be used on the official test for U.S. citizenship.
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.
How to Find and Recover Unclaimed Money and...
Finding and recovering unclaimed property held by state governments.
What is the Process for Impeaching the President?
The process of impeachment of the President of the United States.
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.
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 Get a Federal Tax ID Number
How to get a Federal Tax ID number, or EIN.
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 US Will Be Spending at Least \$35 Billion a...
Not exactly setting any trends in the age of atomic non-proliferation, the US will be spending at least $35 billion a year on nuclear weapons.
How to Get Your Mail Held Online
About the US Postal Service's online mail holding request.
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.
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 Much Does the President of the United...
Pay and Compensation of the President of the United States
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.
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.
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.
Gun Control Timeline - U.S. Government...
Gun Control Timeline A Brief History of Firearms Regulation in America Guide Extra: When did this whole
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?
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 Are the U.S. President's Legislative Powers?
The President of the United States is commonly referred to as the most powerful person in the free world, but his legislative powers are strictly defined by the Constitution and by a system of checks and balances among the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government.
The Truth About Small Business Grants From the...
The truth about U.S. Government small business grants
10 One-Term U.S. Presidents
Learn about the one term presidents in American history. Find out which one term presidents were defeated in re-election bids. Discover why one term presidents were turned out of office by voters. See who replaced America's one term presidents and find out whether they fared any better.
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.
Wnat is Direct Democracy?
What is direct democracy? US Government Info.
What Is the Job of the Executive Branch?
About the executive branch of US government.
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.
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?
How to Get Copies or Transcripts of Your Past...
How to get exact copies or free transcripts of your past IRS tax returns.
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?.
Are You Eligible for a Very Low to Moderate...
About USDA-backed very low to moderate income housing loans.
U.S. Constitution: Articles, Amendments and...
Index to the US Constitution. US Government Info.
How Bills Become Laws in the US Congress
The 14 basic steps required for a bills to become laws in the United States Congress.
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.
US Census Confirms, the More You Learn, the...
Census Bureau confirms that the more you learn, the more you earn.
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 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.
Is the U.S. Postal Service Public or Private?
About the United States Postal Service (USPS). Is it government agency or a private business? It's both.
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 Does It Take to Amend the US Constitution?
How constitutional amendments are proposed and adopted.
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.
Who Really Elects the President of the United...
The Electoral College System, not the nationwide poplar vote, elects the President of the United States. How does it work?
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.
Who Are the Current U.S. Supreme Court Justices?
Current Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
Should US Presidents Be Required to Have...
If we re-wrote the Constitution today, should we add having a college degree to the list of requirements to serve as President of the United States?
Learn How Federalism Works in the US
Federalism – a description of federalism as practiced in the United States
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?
Do Illegal Aliens Have Constitutional Rights?
Illegal aliens do have some constitutional rights.
Why the CDC Says Americans Are Getting Taller...
Americans are getting taller, but also fatter, says the Centers for Disease Control.
How to Get Your Unclaimed Property Back From...
State resources for finding and recovering unclaimed money and other property.
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.
How You Can Get Government Assistance without a...
Getting assistance from the government without a grant, which you will not get.
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.
What Is a Filibuster in the United States Senate?
What is a Filibuster in the US Senate?
What Is the Difference Between National Debt...
Learn the difference between the federal deficit and the national debt. Find out how the government deals with a deficit. Read about how the deficit impact the national debt. Find out how the national debt impacts the economy.
Who Pays the Most US Income Tax?
Answers to the burning question: Who pays the most U.S. income tax?
How Are Convention Delegates Chosen?
Explains how delegates to the presidential conventions are selected
Are You or a Family Member Eligible for SSI?
About Supplemental Security Income or SSI.
5 Tips for Getting Your Tax Refund Quickly
Find out the quickest way to get a tax refund. See IRS tips for getting a tax refund quickly. Read important information about correcting mistakes in your tax refund.
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?
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.
How to Get a Report of Separation from the U.S....
How to request a copy of the Veterans' Military records form DD-214.
Buying Vehicles Seized by the U.S. Border...
The U.S. Border Patrol is now auctioning off hundreds of seized and surplus cars and trucks at ten locations operated by it's San Antonio, Texas-based contractor, Robertson Auto Auctions.
What Is Congress's Real Job?
About the Legislative Branch of U.S. Government
Federal Assistance for Cancer Patients
U.S. Government and private sources of financial aid for cancer patients.
What Does the Chief Justice of the U.S....
What are the duties of the Chief Justice of the United States?
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.
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.
Your Introduction to the US House of Representa...
About the U.S. House of Representatives.
How The Government Can Help You Buy a Home If...
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Illegal Immigrants Pay Taxes, Too
The belief that illegal immigrants, sometimes referred to as unauthorized immigrants, in the United States pay little or no taxes is far from correct, according to the Immigration Policy Center.
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.
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.
About the federal Temporary Assistance for...
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is federally funded – state administered – financial assistance program for low income families with dependent children and for pregnant women in their last three months of pregnancy. TANF provides temporary financial assistance while also helping recipients find jobs that will allow them to support themselves.
Fish and Wildlife Urges Parents to Teach Kids...
A generation of sheltered wimps is rearing a new generation of sheltered wimps, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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.
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.
Read Up on the History of the US Budget Deficit
Find out what the U.S. budget deficit was by year. See how much more the government spends than it takes in every year. Learn which years the federal government actually ran a surplus.
Who Is in the President's Cabinet?
Departments and Secretaries of the President’s Cabinet Agencies
Why You Shouldn't Expect to Buy Government Land...
No matter what you may read, there is no free government land.
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.
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.
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.
What Are the Powers and Responsibilities of...
Specific powers of the U.S. Congress established by the Constitution.
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.
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.
Government Forms & Applications
Comprehensive links to U.S. Government forms and applications
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
How the Congressional Committee System Gets...
About the congressional committee system
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.
Watchdog Says Postal Service Workers Should...
The US Postal Service would save millions of dollars a year and serve you better if its employees just had Google Glasses, watchdog says.
The Supermajority Vote
Defines supermajority votes in U.S. government and politics, and explains when they are required and by what authority.
Constitutional Powers of the Presidency - from...
Presidential Powers granted by the U.S. Constitution, from your About.com Guide
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 the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack Could...
How the Department of Homeland Security’s reactions to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris could affect the daily lives of Americans.
File IRS Complaints Online
Americans can now file complaints against employees of the Internal Revenue Service via the Internet.
Registering to Vote
Basic steps in registering to vote in US elections.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the...
Reasons the United States should retain the Electoral College system.
Why Women in the U.S. Still Make Less Money...
It seems that along with death and taxes, the glass ceiling is forever. Why? The GAO tries to explain why women still make less than men.
What If the Presidential Election Is a Tie?
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What Responsibilities Does the President of the...
About the many roles of the President of the United States.
How to Find Forgotten Money on the U.S....
The U.S. Treasury provides a web site where individuals can search for and claim forgotten money.
First-Time Home Buyers: Check Out HUD Home...
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regularly offers thousands of highly affordable homes and apartments for sale to the lowest bidder. These HUD home auctions offer buyers significant savings.
More Federal Benefit and Assistance Programs
A list of popular and helpful federal benefit and federal assistance programs offered by the US government. Here you will find basic program information, eligibility and how to apply for these US federal benefit and US federal assistance programs.
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.
How America Has Changed Over Last 100 Years -...
The 11 national censuses conducted between 1900 and 2000 show our nation has undergone a century of tremendous changes in both the makeup of the population and in how Americans live their lives.
Federal Regulations: The Real Laws Behind the...
Federal regulations and the federal rulemaking process. The laws behind the acts 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
Gun Control Timeline
Gun Control Timeline Dateline: 09/26/99 When did this whole gun control debate start? It could have started
Why Did Lincoln and George W. Bush Suspend...
On Oct. 17, 2006, President Bush suspended the constitutionally bestowed right of writs of habeas corpus. President Abraham Lincoln did the same thing 144 years ago. Both presidents based their action on the dangers of war, and both presidents faced sharp criticism for carrying out what many believed to be an attack on the Constitution. But there were some significant differences and similarities in both the circumstances and the details of the two presidents' actions.
Truth About Cell Phones and the Do Not Call...
Do you really need to list your cell phone on the fedral Do Not Call registry?
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.
State Unclaimed Property Searches: Find...
Here you will find state government resources for finding and claiming unclaimed money and property.
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.
Do Not Call List is Free: FTC Warns of Scam
The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers to be on the lookout for persons claiming they can, for a fee, register or pre-register consumers for the FTC’s National Do Not Call Registry.
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?
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.
Obamacare Penalty and Minimum Insurance...
About the Obamacare tax penalty and minimum insurance coverage requirements.
The US Food Safety System
The government agencies responsible for the U.S. food safety system.
Social Security Administration Upgrades Website
The Social Security Administration announces a new fresh, user-friendly version of its Website.
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.
Code of Ethics for U.S. Government Service
The Code of Ethics applied to all persons serving in any position withing the U.S federal government.
Why Our Current System of Presidential...
A brief history and current process of US presidential succession.
Who Cannot Have a Gun in America? - U.S....
Persons prohibited from owning guns under US Federal law, from your About.com Guide
Anti-Telemarketing List Now Open for Registration
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