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The United States of America is a federal republic of 50 states, a capital district, and a few other territories. It resides mostly in central North America. The U.S. has three land borders, two with Canada and one with Mexico, and is otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Bering Sea, the Arctic Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. Of the 50 states, only Alaska and Hawaii are not contiguous with any other state. The U.S. also has a collection of districts, territories, and possessions around the world. Each state has a high level of local autonomy according to the system of federalism. The United States traces its national origin to the declaration by 13 British colonies in 1776 that they were free and independent states. They were recognized as such by the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Since then, the nation has grown to become a global superpower and exerts a high level of economic, political, military, and cultural influence.
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Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World [French: La Liberté éclairant le monde]) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an iconic symbol of freedom and of the United States.

The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service. The statue was closed for renovation for much of 1938. In the early 1980s, it was found to have deteriorated to such an extent that a major restoration was required. While the statue was closed from 1984 to 1986, the torch and a large part of the internal structure were replaced. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, it was closed for reasons of safety and security; the pedestal reopened in 2004 and the statue in 2009, with limits on the number of visitors allowed to ascend to the crown. The statue is scheduled to close for up to a year beginning in late 2011 so that a secondary staircase can be installed. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been barred for safety reasons since 1916.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (; born October 26, 1947) is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. She was a United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. In the 2008 election, Clinton was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

A native of Illinois, Hillary Rodham first attracted national attention in 1969 for her remarks as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College. She embarked on a career in law after graduating from Yale Law School in 1973. Following a stint as a Congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas in 1974 and married Bill Clinton in 1975. Rodham cofounded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in 1977 and became the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978. Named the first female partner at Rose Law Firm in 1979, she was twice listed as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. First Lady of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992 with husband Bill as Governor, she successfully led a task force to reform Arkansas's education system. She sat on the board of directors of Wal-Mart and several other corporations.

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President John F. Kennedy.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
-- John F. Kennedy, Inaugural address, January 20, 1961

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Today is Saint Patrick's Day, a public holiday in Ireland that is widely celebrated in the United States, especially so in Boston and the New England area. It is also Evacuation Day in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

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SR-71B trainer version of the SR-71 above the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California
Credit: USAF/Judson Brohmer and NASA

The SR-71 Blackbird was an advanced, long range, strategic reconnaissance aircraft designed and built by the United States. It was capable of speeds in excess of Mach 3+ and was in service from 1964 to 1998. Since 1976, it has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft when it reached a speed of 2,193.2 MPH.

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Top left: Georgetown University; top right: U.S. Capitol; middle: Washington Monument; bottom left: African American Civil War Memorial; bottom right: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States founded on July 16, 1790. The U.S. Constitution allows for the creation of a special district to serve as the permanent national capital. The District is therefore not a part of any U.S. state and is instead directly overseen by the federal government. Within the District, a new capital city was founded in 1791 and named in honor of George Washington.

The centers of all three branches of the U.S. federal government are located in the District, as are many of the nation's monuments and museums. Washington, D.C., is governed by a mayor and a 13-member city council. However, the United States Congress has supreme authority over the city and may overturn local laws. Residents of the District therefore have less self-governance than residents of the states.

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Elvis Presley (1935-1977) was an American singer and one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954 and became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of television appearances and chart-topping records during the late 1950s. Conscripted in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. In 1968, after seven years away from the stage, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback television special that led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of profitable tours. In 1973 Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii, seen by around 1.5 billion viewers. Prescription drug abuse severely affected his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 from cardiac arrest. With his versatile voice and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, Presley is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. Nominated for 14 competitive Grammys, he won three, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame

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As of 17 March 2018, there are 1,129 featured and 2,723 good articles within WikiProject United States scope. This makes up 5.28% of the articles on Wikipedia, 13.24% of all featured articles and lists, and 9.9% of all good articles. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, etcetera, there are 941,452 pages in the project.
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Featured lists: There are over 230 Featured lists in the scope of United States including: 109th United States Congress o Commandant of the Marine Corps o Korean War Medal of Honor recipients o Most populous counties in the United States o National Parks of the United States o Tallest buildings in Washington, D.C. o U.S. state name etymologies o U.S. states by population o United States Secretary of Energy o Volcanoes in the Hawaiian - Emperor seamount chain
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Featured portals: o California o Portal:Connecticut o Florida o Illinois (Chicago) o Indiana (Indianapolis) o Kentucky (Louisville) o Minnesota o Nevada o New York o Oklahoma o Oregon o Puerto Rico o Rhode Island o Texas (Houston) o Utah o American Civil War o Barack Obama o Military of the United States (United States Navy, United States Air Force) o U.S. Roads (Maryland Roads, Michigan Highways)


History (book A, B) Timeline o Pre-Columbian o Colonial United States o Thirteen Colonies o Declaration of Independence o American Revolution o Westward Expansion o Civil War o Reconstruction Era o World War I o Great Depression o World War II o Korean War o Cold War o Vietnam War o Civil Rights Movement o War on Terrorism o Foreign relations o Military o Demographic o Industrial o Inventions and Discoveries o Postal

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Politics Political parties (Democrats o Republicans) o Elections (Electoral College) o Political ideology o Political scandals o Red states and blue states o Uncle Sam o Puerto Rican independence movement

Geography (book) Political divisions o Territory o States o Cities o Counties o Regions (New England o Mid-Atlantic o The South o Midwest o Great Plains o Northwest o Southwest) o Mountains (Appalachian o Rocky) o Rivers (Mississippi o Colorado) o Islands o Extreme points o National Park System o Water supply and sanitation

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Economy (book) U.S. Dollar o Companies o Wall Street o Federal Reserve o Banking o Standard of living (Personal & Household income o Income inequality o Homeownership) o Communications o Transportation (Cars o Trucks o Highways o Airports o Railroads) o Tourism

Society Demographics (book A, B) o Languages (American English o Spanish) o Religion o Social class (American Dream o Affluence o Middle class o Poverty o Educational attainment o Professional and working class conflict) o Media o Education o Holidays o Crime o Prisons o Health care

Culture (book) Music (Classical o Folk o Popular o Jazz) o Film & TV (Hollywood) o Literature (American Folklore o Poetry o Transcendentalism o Harlem Renaissance o Beat generation) o Philosophy o Visual arts o (Abstract expressionism) o Cuisine o Dance o Architecture o Fashion

Issues Affirmative action o American exceptionalism o Anti-Americanism o Capital punishment o Drug policy & Prohibition o Environmentalism o Human rights o Immigration o Mexico-United States barrier o Obesity o Pornography o Racial profiling o Same-sex marriage o Abortion o Adolescent sexuality

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