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The construction of the USS Gerald R. Ford officially began when the Navy signed a contract with a shipyard in Newport News,…

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In 1919, a Christmas tree was purchased for the U.S. Capitol Grounds. However, there are no…

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The historian who inspired the idea of Black History Month, Carter Woodson, once said, “(Americans should)…

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The Food and Drug Administration, better known as the FDA, is a governmental agency that is under the…

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The establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration meant that workers had a certain “bill of rights”…

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The World Bank was created through the Bretton Woods Agreement, which established the International Monetary Fund. At that…

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Most Americans are familiar with the terms “FBI” and “CIA,” yet, do we really understand the difference between…

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Of all agencies and organizations Americans think of as somehow affiliated with the United States government, the United…

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After a thirty-two year campaign, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day became a federal holiday. The campaign over that…

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The Constitution establishes the framework of federalism, specifically enumerating the powers of the national government and reserving all other powers to the states.
The Internal Revenue Service, commonly known as the IRS, is a federal agency of the United States Government responsible for collecting taxes and enforcing tax laws.