Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Star Spangled Banner Presented by the United States Air Force Band

USCIS 100:98. What is the name of the national anthem?



ListenandReadAlong: The Star Spangled Banner Presented by the United States Air Force Band

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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USCIS 100:98. What is the name of the national anthem?
  1. America, the Beautiful
  2. God Bless, America
  3. The Star-Spangled Banner
  4. This Land Is Your Land

Saturday, August 16, 2014

How States Got Their Nicknames series


VOA Learning English: How States Got Their Nicknames series

Buckeyes, Sooners, Quakers, Volunteers and Cowboys
Come to Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wyoming | Words and Their Stories (listen)

The Garden State, the Granite State and the Empire State
Also, the Show Me State, the Land of Enchantment, and even more state nicknames | Words and Their Stories (listen)

The Gem State, the Land of Lincoln and the Crossroads of America...
America's 50 states have some of the most historically interesting nicknames. In this part two of nicknames of the states, you will learn about the Gem state, the Land of Lincoln and more in the Crossroads of America. | Words and Their Stories (listen)

Heart of Dixie, The Last Frontier, The Aloha State and More...
From the "Golden State" of California to the "Sunshine State" of Florida | Words and Their Stories (listen)

Friday, August 15, 2014

West Wing Week 08/15/14 or, “Mikey Goes to Washington"



wh:gov: West Wing Week 08/15/14 or, “Mikey Goes to Washington"

Welcome to a special Summer Edition of the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, while the President focused on the developing situations both in Iraq and in our nation's heartland, in Ferguson, Missouri, West Wing Week tagged along for the first few hours and days of one of the newest employees here at the White House, and for the launch of the newly created US Digital Service (more info here). That's August 8th to 15th or...Mikey Goes to Washington.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Obama Expected to Act on Undocumented Immigrants



VOAVideo: Obama Expected to Act on Undocumented Immigrants

President Barack Obama is expected to take executive action to address the plight of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States -- provoking cheers from immigrant rights groups and condemnation from those who see it as amnesty for law-breakers. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where Congress has not passed comprehensive immigration reform or approved funds to deal with a surge of child migrants at America's southern border. Originally published at http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2413532.html