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The United States is a federal republic in which the President of the United StatesUnited States Congress, and United States federal courts share powers reserved to the national government. At the same time, thefederal government shares sovereignty with the state governments.

The executive branch is headed by the President and is formally independent of both the legislature and the judiciary. The cabinet serves as advisers to the President. They include the Vice President and heads of the executive departments. Legislative power is vested in the two chambers of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The judicial branch (or judiciary), composed of the Supreme Court and lower federal courts, exercises judicial power (or judiciary). The judiciary's function is to interpret the United States Constitution and federal laws and regulations. This includes resolving disputes between the executive and legislative branches. The federal government's layout is explained in the Constitution.

Two political parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, have dominated American politics since the American Civil War, although there are also smaller parties like the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, and the Constitution Party.

There are major differences between the political system of the United States and that of most other developed democracies. These include greater power in the upper house of the legislature, a wider scope of power held by the Supreme Court, the separation of powers between the legislature and the executive, and the dominance of only two main parties. Third parties have less political influence in the United States than in other developed country democracies; this is because of a combination of stringent historic controls. These controls take shape in the form of state and federal laws, informal media prohibitions, and winner-take-all elections, and include ballot access issues and exclusive debate rules.

This multiplicity of jurisdictions reflects the country's history. The federal government was created by the states, which as colonies were established separately and governed themselves independently of the others. Units of local government were created by the colonies to efficiently carry out various state functions. As the country expanded, it admitted new states modeled on the existing ones.

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The two leaders reach a major agreement: They don't care for Robert Mueller. Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Why 'treason' doesn't quite describe Trump's actions in Helsinki  

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Treason has very narrow legal definition, says law professor

Trump says he holds Putin personally responsible for Russia's 2016 election meddling

Trump says he holds Putin personally responsible for Russia's 2016 election meddling  

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He added: But I let him know we can’t have this, we’re not going to have it, and that’s the way it’s going to be.”

‘Fox & Friends’ Trashes Trump’s Supreme Court Pick: ‘The Swamp Wanted Judge Kavan

‘Fox & Friends’ Trashes Trump’s Supreme Court Pick: ‘The Swamp Wanted Judge Kavanaugh’

  •   10/07/2018 11:30:00 PM
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“So you’re saying it’s a swamp pick?!” asked co-host Pete Hegseth.

Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh

Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh

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Trump: Kavanaugh is "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time"

KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS President Donald Trump listens to Scott Pruitt in the White House Rose Garden after announcing his decision to leave the Paris agreement in June 2017.

Scott Pruitt Is Out At The EPA

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Pruitt had the shortest tenure of any administrator in EPA history.

Scott Pruitt quits as head of US environment agency

Scott Pruitt quits as head of US environment agency

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Scandal-hit Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Michael Cohen on Friday. His home and offices were raided by FBI agents in April. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

Cohen: My first loyalty is to family and country, not Trump

  •   02/07/2018 07:08:00 PM
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Trump’s longtime fixer tells Good Morning America ‘I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy’

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Deputy AG Rosenstein, FBI Director Wray grilled by House panel on Clinton probe

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray faced sharp questioning from lawmakers (...)

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President Trump says process to replace Kennedy on Supreme Court will 'begin immediately'

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President Donald Trump says he'll "immediately" begin a search for new Supreme Court justice after Anthony Kennedy announces his retirement Wednesday. Trump describes Kennedy as a man of "tremendous vision." (June 27) AP
 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Millennial beats veteran Democrat

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Millennial beats veteran Democrat

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A millennial candidate has shaken up the US Democratic Party by defeating the incumbent congressman for his seat.

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'Zero tolerance' immigration policy 'incredibly dumb,' tent city chief says

  •   26/06/2018 09:02:00 PM
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Amid public outcry over the thousands of migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep families together. Here’s a wrap-up of everything that led to this moment. Just the FAQs

First lady Melania Trump made an unannounced trip to visit immigrant children at a shelter in Texas yesterday. Here she returns to the West Wing of the White House in her news-making jacket.CreditAndrew Harnik/Associated Press

Melania Trump, Agent of Coat Chaos

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Melania Trump’s excursion in her “I Really Don’t Care” jacket did not send a hidden message. It was there for all to see.

President Donald Trump meets with Republican members of Congress on immigration in the Cabinet Room of the White House on June 20, 2018, in Washington. From left, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Trump, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas.Evan Vucci / AP

UPDATED: Trump signs order stopping family separation after outcry

  •   20/06/2018 11:46:00 PM
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'The border is just as tough, but we do want to keep families together,' president says

 

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Donald Trump digs in heels on disturbing immigration policy

  •   20/06/2018 01:46:00 AM
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THE President has doubled down a risky strategy after an outpouring of anger over family separations at the border.

In a rare public statement, Melania Trump, has spoken out against the separation of children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Melania Trump speaks out against child separations at border: 'Hate to see it'

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First lady calls on ‘both sides’ to come together on immigration reform as Democrats press for changes on controversial policy

2,000 children separated from parents in six weeks under Trump policy

2,000 children separated from parents in six weeks under Trump policy

  •   16/06/2018 09:32:00 PM
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Jeff Sessions says policy is not about ‘being mean’ to children
US cardinal: ‘Separating babies from mothers is immoral

11, 2017, file photo, former Trump campaign chairman Paul

Paul Manafort headinPaul Manafort heading to jail, pending trialg to jail, pending trial

  •   15/06/2018 11:02:00 PM
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will await his trial for foreign lobbying crimes from jail.

GETTY IMAGES / Mr Comey has come under fire from both Democrats and Republicans

Comey 'broke norms but not biased' - agency watchdog report

  •   15/06/2018 02:53:00 AM
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A highly anticipated US Department of Justice report accuses ex-FBI director James Comey of being "insubordinate", but not politically biased.

FILE - In this June 9, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the G-7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. New York Attorney General sues the Trump Foundation, Thursday, June 14, saying it engaged in a pattern of illeg

New York sues President Trump's charitable foundation

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In a couple of tweets, Trump called the case "ridiculous" and said he would not settle the lawsuit.

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