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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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President George W. Bush gestures as he addresses an audience Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at the Port of Baltimore in Baltimore, Md., encouraging the renewal of provisions of the Patriot Act.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is an agency of the United States Department of Justice that serves as both a federal criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency. The FBI has investigative jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crime. Its motto is the backronym of FBI, "Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity". The FBI's headquarters, the J. Edgar Hoover Building, is located in Washington, D.C.. Fifty-six field offices are located in major cities throughout the United States as well as over 400 resident agencies in smaller cities and towns across the country. More than 50 international offices called "legal attachés" are in U.S. embassies worldwide.

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

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22 June 2019 –
The Trump administration releases a $50 billion plan that calls for investment in Palestine's economy. (NBC News)
21 June 2019 – Iran–United States relations, June 2019 Iranian shoot-down of American drone
Trump administration officials say that President Donald Trump ordered the United States Armed Forces to conduct military strikes against targets of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone the day prior, and that he changed his mind hours later and ordered an immediate stop to the operation while American warplanes were in the air and warships were in position. (The New York Times) (ABC News)
21 June 2019 – Saudi Arabia–United States relations
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman about Middle East stability and the oil market, the White House says, after tensions with Iran prompt a rise in oil prices. (Reuters)
20 June 2019 – Iran–United States relations, June 2019 Iranian shoot-down of American drone
U.S. President Donald Trump, when asked about the strike, says it is "hard to believe it was intentional". He later approves retaliatory military attacks against Iranian missile and radar facilities, but subsequently changes his mind. (CNN) (BBC)
20 June 2019 – 2020 United States Senate election in Alabama
Roy Moore announces that he will run for U.S. Senate again in Alabama, defying the wishes of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. (CNBC)
18 June 2019 – Immigration policy of Donald Trump, Immigration to the United States
A three-judge panel of federal appeal court judges from the ninth circuit hears arguments concerning a 2017 ruling that U.S. authorities breached the Flores Settlement Agreement's order on holding undocumented immigrant children in "safe and sanitary" conditions. The Department of Justice is seeking relief because the order imposes “new substantive requirements” for the detention of immigrant children that aren’t laid out in the settlement. The panel will issue a ruling at a later date. (AP via The Washington Post) (Bay City News) (Newsweek)

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