VOAVideo: President Obama Holds Health Care Summit
Friday, February 26, 2010
VOAVideo: President Obama Holds Health Care Summit
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The president of Toyota's U.S. operations acknowledged Wednesday his company cannot rule out electronic problems as the cause for the sudden acceleration in its cars. And he also told congressional lawmakers that his company took too long to address problems that led to a worldwide recall. VOA's Robert Raffaele has more.
More from VOANews about Toyota's testimony before the US Congress
- Toyota CEO Apologizes for Safety Lapses
Testifying in US Congress Akio Toyoda says company's rapid growth caused its priorities to 'become confused'
USCIS 100:16. Who makes federal laws?
- Senate and House (of Representatives)
- (U.S. or national) legislature
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
that Americans can participate in their democracy?
February is Black History Month in the United States. The national observance pays tribute to people and events that have helped to shape African American history. In April 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, the preeminent leader of the country's civil rights movement, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee as he worked to eliminate poverty in the city. After his death, community leaders formed a group to address the lingering economic inequities in the city. VOA's Chris Simkins has more.
- For more info, see Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA)
55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?
- join a political party
- help with a campaign
- join a civic group
- join a community group
- give an elected official your opinion on an issue
- call Senators and Representatives
- publicly support or oppose an issue or policy run for office
- write to a newspaper
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
February is Black History Month in the United States. It's a time when Americans pay tribute to people and events that shaped the history of African Americans. Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated almost 42 years ago in Memphis, Tennessee. He was there to support striking sanitation workers who wanted higher wages and union representation. Their strike lasted more than two months and ended soon after Dr. King's assassination. VOA's Chris Simkins reports that during Black History Month, Dr. King is being remembered for his efforts to help millions of poor people.
85. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*
- fought for civil rights
- worked for equality for all Americans
Monday, February 22, 2010
Is the story true? "Probably not," says the Web site for his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia.
Monday was George Washington's birthday. But not much is known about his childhood. So it seems that a biography written shortly after his death included several invented stories about his early life. These were meant to show where he got his heroic qualities. Children then learned the story of the cherry tree in a school book, and it became rooted in popular history.
--from VOANews: Winter Gives a Hard Chop to Washington's Cherry Trees
See more Patriotic Ephemera
Friday, February 19, 2010
VOAVideo: U.S. President Barack Obama Meets with Dalai Lama Meets
U.S. President Barack Obama met Thursday at the White House with the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, despite diplomatic protests from China. The meeting took place amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing. Elizabeth Lee has this report.
Monday, February 15, 2010
77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
- fought for women’s rights
- fought for civil rights
In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony died 14 years before the adoption of the 19th Amendment, but it was still widely known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment.
In 1979, she became the first woman whose image appeared on a circulating U.S. coin. The coin is called the Susan B. Anthony dollar and is worth one dollar. (source: USCIS M-638)
- America's Story: Susan B. Anthony
- EL Civics: Susan B. Anthony
- Rutgers: Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
- The Susan B. Anthony House
- Susan B. Anthony Amendment (Video)
- Wikipedia: Susan B. Anthony
- Wikipedia: The Susan B. Anthony Dollar
- Wikipedia: (International) Timeline of Women's Sufferage
- VOANews: Susan B. Anthony, 1820-1906: She Led the Fight to Gain Equal Rights for Women, Including the Right to Vote
WhiteHouse.gov has an outstanding slideshow entitled "The Presidents" complete with links to each president's biography.
100. Name two national U.S. holidays.
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Presidents’ Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans Day
Sunday, February 14, 2010
VOAVideo: President Obama Extends Best Wishes for Lunar New Year
The President wishes peace, prosperity and good health to Americans and people across the world who are celebrating the Lunar New Year and welcoming the Chinese Year of the Tiger. February 12, 2010.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
VOAVideo: Illegal Haitian Immigrants in US Benefit from Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
The US government has granted special immigration status to Haitians now living illegally in the United States, protecting them from deportation for 18 months and allowing them to work. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the US considers the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) measure a form of economic assistance for Haiti. Roxana Romero has more for VOA from Miami, Florida.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
February: National African American History Month
Americans commemorate the heritage of African Americans every February in what is known as Black History Month, yet little is known about the association that started the tradition and what it is doing now. VOA's Nico Colombant reports from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
WH.gov: The Making of Presidential Football Helmet
The good folks at Riddell All American in Elyria, Ohio make a special helmet for their soon-to-arrive guest. (more photos)
28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?*
- Barack Obama
Thursday, February 4, 2010
VOAVideo: President Obama Answers Internet Questions about State of the Union Address
President Barack Obama is again demonstrating his embrace of new technology. Last week, the White House announced its own IPhone application. On Monday, Mr. Obama answered questions on multiple Internet platforms in response to his State of the Union address. VOA's Brian Allen has more.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
USCitizenPod: Sarah's Citizenship Interview
Sarah's inteviewer was very concerned about the current or legal name of Sarah and her children. Sarah was also questioned about her financial support. Although Sarah got angry during the interview, she kept her cool and answered carefully. She and her husband passed! Congratulations!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
February is Black History Month in the US. It pays tribute to people and events that shaped the history of African Americans. A pivotal moment happened 50 years ago when four black university students in North Carolina sat down at a whites-only lunch counter to get something to eat. They were denied service, but their actions re-ignited the U.S. civil rights movement and the struggle by millions of African Americans to achieve racial equality and justice. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from Greensboro, North Carolina on the anniversary of America's most celebrated sit-in and three of the four men who came back to commemorate it. Read more...
USCIS 100: 84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
- civil rights (movement)