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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Do Illegal Aliens Have Constitutional Rights?
Illegal aliens do have some constitutional rights.
How You Can Apply for a U.S. Passport
Ins and outs of applying for a U.S. passport.
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.
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 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 Apply for Social Security Benefits and...
When and how to apply for Social Security retirement benefits.
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.
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.
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.
Wnat is Direct Democracy?
What is direct democracy? US Government Info.
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.
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 Get Your Mail Held Online
About the US Postal Service's online mail holding request.
Government Aid and Money - No Grants Needed
Assistance from the U.S. Government for home repair or improvement and homelessness.
How to Find and Recover Unclaimed Money and...
Finding and recovering unclaimed property held by state governments.
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 Does It Take to Amend the US Constitution?
How constitutional amendments are proposed and adopted.
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 Delegates to the National Presidential...
How delegates to the presidential political party national conventions selected?
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.
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.
Are You Eligible for a Very Low to Moderate...
About USDA-backed very low to moderate income housing loans.
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.
How to Get Copies or Transcripts of Your Past...
How to get exact copies or free transcripts of your past IRS tax returns.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Constitution: Articles, Amendments and...
Index to the US Constitution. US Government Info.
How to Get a Federal Tax ID Number
How to get a Federal Tax ID number, or EIN.
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.
The Truth About Small Business Grants From the...
The truth about getting US government grants to start or expand small businesses.
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.
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?.
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?
When you could sit right down and mail yourself...
Several babies and children were actually legally mailed via the US Post Office from 1913 to 1915.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Congress's Real Job?
About the Legislative Branch of U.S. Government
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.
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?
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.
About the Vice President of the United States
How is the Vice President of the US chosen and what are his or her duties?
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.
Learn How Federalism Works in the US
Federalism – a description of federalism as practiced in the United States
The Process for Impeaching the President of the...
The process of impeachment 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.
Download Adobe .PDF Reader Here
Read about the popular Adobe .pdf file format and download the free software here.
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.
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.
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 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?
How You Can Get Government Assistance without a...
Getting assistance from the government without a grant, which you will not get.
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?
What Are the Powers and Responsibilities of...
Specific powers of the U.S. Congress established by the Constitution.
How to Get Your Unclaimed Property Back From...
State resources for finding and recovering unclaimed money and other property.
Reverse PIN Technology and Your Safety
Learn the truth behind the rumors about reverse PIN technology and your safety.
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.
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.
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.
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?
US Census Confirms, the More You Learn, the...
Census Bureau confirms that the more you learn, the more you earn.
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.
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.
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?
Why the CDC Says Americans Are Getting Taller...
Americans are getting taller, but also fatter, says the Centers for Disease Control.
How to Request US Military Service Records...
How to request a copy of the Veterans' Military records form DD-214.
Why You Shouldn't Expect to Buy Government Land...
No matter what you may read, there is no free government land.
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.
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.
Should You Get Your Baby a Social Security...
While totally optional, there are several good reasons to get your new baby a Social Security number. How do you do that?
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 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 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?
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.
What Is the Job of the Executive Branch?
About the executive branch of US government.
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.
D.C. v. Heller Leaves Big Second Amendment...
Now that the Supreme Court, in its D.C. vs. Heller decision, has established that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to possess firearms, rather than the right of the states to form armed militias, can the Second Amendment also be extended to block strict state and local gun laws?
Illegal Immigrants Pay Taxes, Immigration...
The belief that illegal immigrants in the United States pay little or no taxes is far from correct, according to the Immigration Policy Center.
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.
Federal Assistance for Cancer Patients
U.S. Government and private sources of financial aid for cancer patients.
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.
How The Government Can Help You Buy a Home If...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Supermajority Vote
Defines supermajority votes in U.S. government and politics, and explains when they are required and by what authority.
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.
U.S. Constitution - Fourteenth Amendment
US Constitution - Fourteenth Amendment - Guarantees citizens of all states rights on both the state and federal level
Federal Student Aid Primer and How to Apply
Federal Student Aid Basics: Sources of Funding and How to Apply
How Bills Become Laws in the US Congress
The 14 basic steps required for a bills to become laws in the United States Congress.
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.
Who Are the Current U.S. Supreme Court Justices?
Current Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
Broken Arrow to Faded Giant - Lost Nuclear...
How the US Department of Defense informs the public of nuclear accidents like the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk.
What Responsibilities Does the President of the...
About the many roles of the President of the United States.
Basic Details of the Federal Medicare Health...
For Americans 65 and older, Medicare provides essential health care coverage at affordable prices.
What Is the Difference Between National Debt...
Learn the difference between the federal deficit and the national debt.
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.
More About the Official Naturalization Test for...
How does the naturalization test for U.S. citizenship work and what percentages of immigrant applicants pass it?
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.
Solar Panels on the White House
Find out why President Barack Obama is putting up solar panels at the White House. See how much money taxpayers will save with solar panels at the White House. Learn about previous attempts by U.S. presidents to use solar panels on the White House.
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.
Basic Requirements for US Naturalization
While the exact process of U.S. naturalization can vary depending on each individual’s situation, there are some basic requirements that all immigrants to the United States must meet before applying for naturalization.
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.
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.
Your Introduction to the US House of Representa...
About the U.S. House of Representatives.
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.
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.
The National Popular Vote Plan
How the National Popular Vote plan would bypass the Electoral College.
Living Past 90 in America is No Decade at the...
The number of Americans living well into their 90s has almost triples since 1980, but living through one's 90s may not be a decade at the beach.
Issues, Organizations, and Interest Groups
Pick an issue - pick an opinion. There's an online organization for you.
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.
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%.
The Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance...
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps qualifying low income households pay their heating and cooling energy costs. In some states, home weatherization assistance is also available.
Why are more Americans age 65 and over...
More Americans age 65 and older are choosing to keep working, rather than retiring. Sure, the recession is one reason, but it’s not the only one.
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.
Most Americans Feel They Pay More Taxes Than...
If you sent the IRS a check this year, you may agree with a recent Harris Interactive® poll showing that 59 percent of Americans believe they pay more federal income tax as a percentage of income than billionaire Donald Trump.
Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the...
Reasons the United States should retain the Electoral College system.
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.
How the Iowa Caucuses Work
The Iowa caucuses are a great, grass-roots exercise in direct democracy, featuring face-to-face debate, open voting and yes, even some changed minds. But, they are also a complicated process. Here's how the caucuses work:
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.
What Is a Filibuster in the United States Senate?
What is a Filibuster in the US Senate?
Congressional Allowances
Along with salaries and benefits, members of the US Congress get certain allowances in support of their duties.
Buying Personal Property from the U.S. Government
Sources for buying surplus, used and siezed property from the U.S. government.
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.
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.
Who Pays the Most US Income Tax?
Answers to the burning question: Who pays the most U.S. income tax?
5 US Presidents Who Raised the Debt Ceiling
Learn about the debt ceiling under U.S. presidents. Find out who raised the debt ceiling the most. Discover what the borrowing cap is now and what it was under recent commanders in chief.
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.
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.
Government Helping the Visually Impaired 'Read'...
Methods the US government is developing to help the blind and visually impaired read US currency.
12 Famous Postal Employees
Discover some of the most famous postal employees in U.S. history. Read what positions these famous postal employees held. Learn how some of the famous postal employees got their jobs with the Postal Service.
Gun Control Timeline - U.S. Government...
Gun Control Timeline A Brief History of Firearms Regulation in America Guide Extra: When did this whole
Many Tax Rebate Checks Go Undelivered
The IRS is reminding eligible taxpayers that they have until Dec. 5 to claim 115,744 undelivered checks from this summer’s advance child tax credit. After the December cut-off, taxpayers cannot claim the checks until they file their tax returns next year.
Who Cannot Have a Gun in America? - U.S....
Persons prohibited from owning guns under US Federal law, from your About.com Guide
Social Security Administration Upgrades Website
The Social Security Administration announces a new fresh, user-friendly version of its Website.
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.

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