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The Federal Government of the United States (U.S. Federal Government) is the national government of the United States, a federal republic in North America, composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and several island possessions. The federal government is composed of three distinct branches: legislative, executive, and judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution in the Congress, the President, and the federal courts, respectively. The powers and duties of these branches are further defined by acts of congress, including the creation of executive departments and courts inferior to the Supreme Court.

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The United States Capitol is the meeting place of the United States Congress, the legislature of the Federal government of the United States. Located in Washington, D.C., it sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall. Though not in the geographic center of the District of Columbia, the Capitol is the origin by which the quadrants of the District are divided. Officially, both the east and west sides of the Capitol are referred to as "fronts." Historically, however, only the east front of the building was intended for the arrival of visitors and dignitaries. The Capitol design came about as the result of a design competition instigated by then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. The design was ultimately that of several architects, including numerous expansions and additions, such as the dome. The current building principally houses the House Chamber, the Senate Chamber, and the Capitol rotunda.

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The reading room of the Library of Congress
Photo credit: Carol M. Highsmith

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In the news

15 March 2019 – National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States
U.S. President Donald Trump issues his first ever veto after Congress attempts to block his emergency declaration to fund the Mexico–United States border wall. (The New York Times)
14 March 2019 – National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States
The U.S. Senate votes 59–41 to cancel President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund the Mexico–United States border wall. Trump plans to veto the decision. (The New York Times)
13 March 2019 – Trials of Paul Manafort
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is sentenced to 3½ years for money-laundering and obstruction of justice. (The New York Times)
12 March 2019 – United States–Venezuela relations, Crisis in Venezuela
The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces that the U.S. will be withdrawing all remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela. The withdrawal follows televised remarks from Nicolás Maduro calling colectivos (paramilitary groups) to active resistance, and alleging that U.S. President Donald Trump masterminded the ongoing nationwide power blackout as part of a "demonic plot" to oust him, by crippling the country's electricity sector with an "electromagnetic attack". (The Guardian) (Infobae)
7 March 2019 – Trials of Paul Manafort
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is sentenced to 47 months in federal prison for eight counts including tax fraud and bank fraud. (CBS News)
4 March 2019 – Cabinet of Donald Trump
The United States Department of Justice announces that former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has resigned from the Department, with his final day in the department having been March 2. He had remained in the Department as a senior counselor to the Associate Attorney General after his stint as acting Attorney General. (AP)

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