Saturday, July 2, 2022

Supreme Court Cases That Have Shaped American Life


Since the U.S. Supreme Court first assembled in 1790, it has ruled on tens of thousands of cases. The court’s decisions have defined the country’s legal framework and shaped countless aspects of U.S. society. Here are some cases that had a large impact on American life.

Learn More about the Supreme Court
  • Preparing the Oath: The Court videos
  • TED-ed: How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? - Peter Paccone video
  • USCIS: Judicial Branch (beginning) | (intermediate)
  • US Courts: Pathways to the Bench Play list videos
  • uscitizenpod: A citizenship quiz that celebrates Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her Sisters in Law and Justice pdf and mp3
  • VOA News: The Supreme Court series (EXCELLENT!)
  • VOX: How a case gets to the US Supreme Court video

Friday, July 1, 2022

The Inside Story: Democracy in America


From a landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion to the investigation into the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, how is America dealing with divisive issues and seismic events on The Inside Story: Democracy in America.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Jackson Sworn in, Becomes 1st Black Woman on Supreme Court


Nearly three months after she won confirmation to the Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the court's 116th justice on Thursday. 

The 51-year-old Jackson took the place Thursday of the justice she once worked for: Justice Stephen Breyer, whose retirement took effect at noon. 

Moments later, joined by her family, Jackson recited the two oaths required of Supreme Court justices, one administered by Breyer and the other by Chief Justice John Roberts. 

“With a full heart, I accept the solemn responsibility of supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States and administering justice without fear or favor, so help me God,” Jackson said in a statement issued by the court. “I am truly grateful to be part of the promise of our great Nation. I extend my sincerest thanks to all of my new colleagues for their warm and gracious welcome.” 

Roberts welcomed Jackson “to the court and our common calling.” The ceremony was streamed live on the court's website. 

Jackson, a federal judge since 2013, is joining three other women, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett — the first time four women will serve together on the nine-member court. 


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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Trump Fought Secret Service to Join Capitol Rioters, White House Aide Testifies


U.S. lawmakers’ investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol resumed Tuesday with testimony from a top Trump White House aide. As VOA’s congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson explains, the testimony sheds new light on the former president’s attempt to hold onto power.

Monday, June 27, 2022

World Refugee Day

Share America: World Refugee Day 

 As this year's World Refugee Day theme states, "Whoever. Wherever. Whenever. Everyone has the right to seek safety."

Sunday, June 26, 2022

American PRIDE!

In honor of LGBT Pride Month, a single question about the Flag: Long May She Wave!  Text: uscitizenpod |  Video: Lori Saltis

Take the full quiz:

LOVE AND PRIDE: A Citizenship Quiz in Honor of LGBT Pride Month (10 questions)

Center for Civic Education: 60 Second Civics LGBTQ+ Pride Week Series
  • Part 1: What’s Significant About the Stonewall Riots? 
  • Part 2: Laying the Groundwork for LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Part 3: Goodridge: The Cinderella Moment for Marriage Equality
  • Part 4: Early Legislative Victories for LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Part 5: The Defense of Marriage Act
  • Part 6: Obergefell v. Hodges
  • Part 7: The Future for LGBTQ+ Rights
  • President Biden Deliver Remarks to Celebrate Pride Month 2022
  • President Biden Signs H.R. 49, to Designate the National Pulse Memorial, Into Law 2021
  • Remarks by President Joe Biden in Recognition of LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2021
  • Vice President Harris Holds a Roundtable Marking LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2021 
  • Secretary Blinken hosts and delivers remarks at a Pride Reception at the Department of State. 2022
  • Progress Flag Raising Ceremony at US Department of State in Honor of Pride Month - 3:30 PM 2021
  • Secretary Blinken Atlantic Council Pride Interview 2021
  • Secretary Blinken Celebrates Pride Month 2021
  • Secretary Blinken participates in a virtual conversation “Pressing for Equality"- 1:00 PM 2021

VOA News and VOA Learning English:
updated June 27, 2021

Friday, June 24, 2022

US Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade


The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the decades-old Roe v. Wade decision, which said women have a constitutional right to have an abortion. States will now decide whether to permit the procedure; it's expected that roughly half could do so. VOA’s Laurel Bowman reports. 

Learn more: 
  • USCIS 100:37-47 System of Gov’t: Judicial Branch, State Gov’t, Political Parties pdf

Jan. 6 Investigators: Trump Pressured Department of Justice to Overturn 2020 Election


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N-400 Section Interviews: Thirty N-400 Section Practice Interviews Based on the USCIS Application for Naturalization (updated).  Download all 30 interviews in one convenient pdf!