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It is the workers who staff our businesses — from factories to high tech. Everywhere you look, this is what America looks like. You are what America looks like. And as much as any other quality, this is what makes this country so exceptional. Today, you, too, have become citizens of this nation — at a pretty tumultuous time, as you may have read in the newspapers [laughter]. For some of you, this may be a day of mixed emotions.

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I suspect many of you were drawn to this country not only because of the opportunities it offers — but also because of the principles that it stands for and strives to live up to. A nation built on the values of freedom and justice, and the idea that all citizens have the right to be treated equally, and with dignity. And yet we have just come through an election campaign in which some of these very principles have been called into question. Sadly, this is far from the first time. We are a nation of immigrants, but for as long as this amazing country has existed, people have been harkening back to a mythical golden era, before families like yours or mine got here.

It never seems to matter to those people that their own parents or their own grandparents were often on the receiving end of similar discrimination when they first arrived in this country. I imagine that this most recent stretch may have led some of you to ask whether this is the America that you thought you were joining. It may even have led a few of you to reconsider whether you wanted to become U. Yet a week after such a divisive election, here you are, taking this critical, beautiful step. You may hear some people say that — in order to become real Americans — you need to forget where you came from, or leave behind the history that brought you to this moment.

Cover up your accent. Change the way you dress. Stick to neighborhoods where immigrants like you live. Joining a new nation does not mean you have to leave behind the one you came from or what it taught you. Every one of those individuals whose histories I shared at the outset here today is a better citizen and a better public servant because of the values that their immigrant families brought with them from other places.

Kelly Razzouk fights harder for the freedom of political prisoners because she knows her father may well have been one of them, had he been unable to leave Lebanon. Kam Wong treats every single individual who walks through the doors of the U. Nik Steinberg is driven to work harder on behalf of refugees fleeing violence and persecution because he knows what would have happened to his relatives if no country had taken them in. The same goes for me.

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The qualities I rely most on as a diplomat and in my most important job, as a mother of two small children, are ones I learned from my mother and father, both of whom are Irish immigrants. Why would we ever want to give that up? You can be both. You must be both. Of course you have your roots. Your family. Your faith. The parts of you that — no matter where you go — will always feel like home. But while those roots will always anchor you in the ground, they are also what allow you to reach to the sky — if only you let them.

In this amazing city of ours, you have a unique opportunity to engage with people who are so different from you — just in your little cohort here today. Engage them. Get to know them.

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And the more we learn to see ourselves in our fellow citizens, and walk around in their shoes, the less it becomes us and them, and the more it becomes just us. That is your right. But that right — like all the others that are now yours — comes with a profound and enduring responsibility. And on that responsibility, I would like to close with a brief story — a familiar story some of you may have even learned in studying American history for your citizenship exam, and a story that feels particularly relevant in these times.

When the news spread that they had finally reached an agreement, citizens rushed to the State House to learn what had happened. Now, Franklin was a founding father. Not by words on a page, but by the actions of real people. As you do, remember where you came from, and draw strength from it.

We only have one class of citizens here in America.

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And remember that allegiance is about much more than just abiding by a system of laws. Today, you are sworn into what the great Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once called the most important office in our land — that of private citizen. The office of private citizen carries with it an awesome responsibility and an unparalleled privilege of being one of the individuals empowered to keep our republic strong.

The fate of our nation, your nation — and everything it stands for — has and always will depend on it. Depend on us. We trust that you are up to the task, and we welcome you to this country with open arms. Now, as your first act as American citizens, I would ask that you please rise and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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A Chosen Destiny

The Collapse of Civilizations. The Rise of Authoritarian Capitalism. Not for the Faint of Heart. Author: Samantha Power Nov. Watch Speech. A republic, if you can keep it. A republic, if we can keep it. We, citizens. Thank you so much, and congratulations! For more information on this publication: Belfer Communications Office. Along the way, they discover a shocking secret—one they wish they were never told!

So far that Colin may never forgive her. The Golden Couple picks up right where this left off and while you could potentially read the book without having read the first book, I think you would be missing a lot of information. WOW is about all I can say!

A Chosen Destiny (The Samantha Project #3) by Stephanie Karpinske

I loved the premise of this series, about people created in a lab with altered DNA and the conspiracy of a global company and their plans to rule the world…. But does everyone that works for GlobalLife really believe in what they are doing? Or perhaps are they out to help protect the sanctity of life? Now there are times where I wanted to shake Samantha and tell her to get real, but overall I really enjoyed this book and am going to have to get the third book in this series, A Chosen Destiny.

A former editor for a publishing company, Stephanie Karpinske has worked on several bestselling nonfiction books. Now she freelances full-time, writing for a variety of books and national magazines. Stephanie lives in Des Moines, Iowa. The author is very, very generously giving away a huge number of books for this tour. Please note: only mobi and ePub formats are available. The giveaway is open internationally. Violet ends up in jail and on TMZ. In fact no one does and Violet plans to keep it that way.

Circumstances, however annoying, keep throwing Violet and Cole together. Unable to stop themselves they give into the inevitable. But when Nashville is ready to forgive and forget, Violet is forced to choose between Cole and claiming her spot as the new and improved Princess of Country Music. We give it 4 paws and since this is supposed to be book 1 that hopefully book 2 will maybe fill in some gaps even though it will be about other characters.

Nationally Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes small town romances that are anything but small. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children. To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpt click here or the tour button above. The provided review copy was not a finished copy on sale.

Her life took a wrong turn. Rachel Bennett loved her job until the day she finds herself doubting her choices. Her plan is simple—no distractions until she finds her dream job. Craig Larsen is a wealthy, successful business owner with a plan of his own: survive his current PR nightmare and stay away from his overly determined ex-girlfriend. Can two very different people plus one fender bender equal a chance at forever?

This was a fun read! And of course there is a dog…. There are cranky senior citizen neighbors too…. I love their spark! We give this book 4 paws and recommend it next time you are looking for a fun romance book to read. It was then she realized her place in life and happily parked her butt on writing romance.

Her dream was to create sexy vixens, hunky, half naked heroes, and above all, romance; lots and lots of butterflies in the belly, breathless first kisses and happily-ever-afters. The author is giving away a print copy and an e-book copy of her book. You can purchase the novel:. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Did you find our parents or what?

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She currently resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys.

Check out the giveaway below and follow the rafflecopter instructions! Anyone who can accept an Amazon. This giveaway is sponsored by the author! Check out the Facebook event page for games, giveaways and to even interact with the author! First off, Happy Memorial Day!


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I hope you are out having a good time with friends and family and perhaps a good burger on the grill! Marshal Jake Del Vecchio, who is on an undercover assignment, and her ex-beau Noah Underwood, the local doctor from a high-society family. So she welcomes the distraction when Elise Whitmore offers her a great deal on antique chocolate molds that would be perfect for her Easter gift baskets. In buying them, has Dev committed a felony? Good thing that when it comes to amateur sleuths, they broke the mold with Dev Sinclair.

After finishing design school six months ago, Erin Angelo left her tragic past behind in the States and started a new life in Milan, Italy. Burying the grief, silencing her demons, and living a life without any real attachments has worked well for her so far.

But when Erin secures her first real job as a budding clothing designer, her controlled world is shaken to its core by the mysteriously sexy director of the local symphony. Alek Dostov is a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. For Alek, Erin represents the ultimate challenge: sexy, smart, and unaffected by his charms…or so she thinks.

Just like Erin, Alek avoids attachments that leave him emotionally vulnerable. But unlike Erin, his pursuit of all things pleasurable is ruthless. Knowing how wary they both are concerning any kind of committed relationship, Alek finds a way to pursue Erin, satisfying the intense attraction between them without sacrificing the freedom they both enjoy. Sometimes the deepest passion brings out the darkest emotions. And Erin finds herself completely unprepared for the forbidden world of the young maestro and his truths and even his secrets, as she struggles to deal with her own.

Music, passion, betrayal and forbidden love spun together in one of the most romantic cities in the world. This novel contains sexual situations and mature language. What just happened out there? The most gorgeous, successful, beautifully arrogant man ever just kissed my hand. My best friend, Selene is going to hate me for being so lucky. I hop right up in the middle of my living room floor and start doing my hot damn dance. The word reminded me of something Jada used to say. His line was just the tiniest bit corny, too.

But I meant what I said when I told him I thought his words were cute. He can say anything with that accent and get away with it. I glance at my watch. She works as a bartender in Florence. I sniff the contract Alek gave me. His scent still lingers on the paper, reminding me of the day I first experienced the scent of his cologne. That was the day I fell on my butt, and he offered me his jacket to cover my body.

Well, maybe a little. So what if the gesture came after I had bolted for the door because he was looking me up and down at first. I feel myself forgiving his neglect to inform me of his true identity. I consider agreeing to meet him for dinner just so he can tell me why he led me to believe he was an assistant.

I shower and throw on my Betty Boop sleeping shirt, a pair of booties, and then try to bring my racing thoughts back under control. Heading to my bedroom, I lie down on the bed and pull out a romance novel Selene let me borrow. Her reasoning being that no normal person goes without sex as long as I have done. I study the book in my hands.

Erin Angelo is pulling out a romance novel and actually considering reading it. Meet your word sculptress…. I believe in karma, coffee, and seriously wish that the producers of Xena would bring my favorite show ever back. Strange things about me: Everything. I am weird, odd, unusual, and generally tend to make people think I swooped down from another planet. Maybe I did. Who knows? Does this freak me out? Not really. After getting hurt in college by a gorgeous man, Nicole Magette vowed never to risk losing her heart again. Now she lives a structured and satisfying life. Her work is easy, her friends are her family, and the only consistent men in her life are her two cats, Winchester and Huntington Peabody the Third.

But if she finds herself in danger, she has her old fail safe in place—the Code Red. In college, she and her four best friends came up with the system as a way to keep away the good-looking bastards that might worm their way past their carefully constructed walls. Seven years later, three of her friends have succumbed to their last Code Reds and are happily married. Can the Code Red save her this time, or will Josh send her perfectly balanced life into chaos?

I really enjoyed this book…. And then to institute a Code Red if there is any guy that looks like he could not be good for you to get your girlfriends to rally around you and not let you get sucked in…that is what girlfriends do best! I liked how the other girlfriends who have given in to their Mr Right work to convince her to not just throw Josh away…that he is definitely a keeper. Amy Noelle is a thirty-something single woman with two cats, Lily and Logan. Though she contends that she is not a crazy cat lady, she freely admits to being a crazy football fan.

You can find her glued to the couch every fall weekend, cheering on her Seminoles and Buccaneers. After attending Florida State University for two years, she transferred to Northern Illinois University and graduated in with degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Besides football and writing, her other loves are television, movies, the beach, thunderstorms, and her family and friends. His chivalry was strangling her.

He thought he was helping her—and in truth, he was. She was in desperate straits. But as honorable as he was, he was also breaking her heart. Her attraction was drowning him. And sometimes she is. Lovely, talented, and ravingly brilliant, Kit Star is too young, unbelievably humble, and oh, so loveable.

Knowing that she needs his protection and time to grow into her potential, Rossen also figures out that what she really is, is a pain in the heart. Watch for more of the Rockland Ranch Series! I absolutely could not put this book down. It had me laughing, crying, angry and pretty much every other emotion. I can not wait for the next one in the series to come out. Keep them coming!!! This is the second book in the Rockland Ranch Romance Series. It can be read as a stand alone or copies of Peace River can be supplied if you would also like to review it.

Her father had always been abusive, but now, with a ten million dollar Thoroughbred farm on the line, and a powerful bookie leaning on him, her father had become out of control. But how do you get away and take a world famous stallion with you? Carrie was getting desperate when a handsome and honorable but thoroughly cynical rodeo cowboy from Wyoming happened to show up with a horse trailer. Jaclyn Hawkes is one of my favorite LDS romance authors.