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The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives. More Info

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Answers to who was pictured in our newspaper ads.

March 17, 2010

The answers to who the people are in the newspaper ads can be found here.

Memorable Moments from the Video Library

March 16, 2010

The C-SPAN Video Library is officially launching this week with the inclusion of twenty-three years of video online. Read about the Video Library in this New York Times article published March 16. Learn more about the Video Library on Wednesday’s Washington Journal.

Search for yourself to find events of the last twenty-three years. Or, relive some of these memorable moments from the twenty-three year history in the C-SPAN Video Library.

1. Campaigns and Elections

1. Al Gore concession in 2000 election

2. Bill Clinton 1988 convention speech

3. Ted Kennedy 2008 convention speech

4. Hillary Clinton moving the nomination of Barack Obama

5. Bill Clinton 1987 press conference where he says he will not be a candidate in 1988

6. Barack Obama 2004 convention speech

7. George H.W. Bush introducing Dan Quayle as VP nominee in New Orleans

8. Bob Dole resigning as majority leader to run for president

2. Wars

1. Tariq Aziz on the last minute negotiations to avert the Gulf War January 9, 1991

2. Marlin Fitzwater announcing the start of the first Gulf War

3. George W. Bush announcing the capture of Saddam Hussein

4. Tom Foley closing remarks on Persian Gulf war debate

5. Ronald Reagan and Gorbachev summit in late 1987.

3. Scandals and Controversies

1. Hillary Clinton pink press conference on Whitewater Apr 22, 1994

2. Clarence Thomas testifying that he did not watch Anita Hill testifying.

3. Robert Livingston announcing he would resign from the House because of infidelity

4. Jim Wright announcing his resignation from the speakership and the House

5. Bill Clinton grand jury testimony

6. Bill Clinton “I did not have sex” remarks

7. Dale Bumpers’s closing remarks defending Clinton in impeachment trial

8. Henry Hyde closing remarks in Clinton impeachment trial

9. Barney Frank speech to House after reprimand July 26, 1990

10. Dan Quayle and Murphy Brown

11.Trent Lott remarks at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party

4. Transitions of Power

1. Richard Gephardt turning gavel over to Newt Gingrich saying “With resignation but with resolve, I hereby end 40 years of Democratic rule of this House,” Jan 6, 1995

2. Newt Gingrich acceptance of election as speaker

3. Nancy Pelosi acceptance of election as speaker

4. Newt Gingrich resignation as speaker

5. Memorable speeches

1. Robert Bork testifying on his behalf about his judicial beliefs

2. Medal of Freedom Award to Margaret Thatcher

3. Bill Clinton Memphis speech on race

4. Bill Clinton speech at Oklahoma memorial

5. Ronald Reagan farewell address as president

6. Robert Byrd speeches on growing up in the West Virginia coal fields

7. Barack Obama speech on race

6. Lighter Moments

1. Gary Bauer falling off the stage flipping pancakes

2. George H.W. Bush inviting Dana Carvey to the White House where he impersonates Bush 1992

3. Chris Farley impersonation of Newt Gingrich at Republican caucus

4. Bill Clinton telling Hillary Clinton to hurry up as they are late for the Inaugural ceremonies

5. Sony Bono on Congress

Congressional Chronicle Sports New Look

March 12, 2010

The Congressional Chronicle, the Video Library’s complete log of congressional proceedings, now has a new look. The same functionality is there. You can find every speaker on the House and Senate floor. You can now compare their words as printed in the Congressional Record with the words as transcribed in the closed captioning. The Congressional Chronicle is the only record of what actually happens on the House and Senate floor because it is based on the video records that C-SPAN creates, indexes, and archives. There is a timeline for every day. Each quorum call and roll call vote is timed. Every vote shows the outcome. There are summaries for every member.

The Congressional Chronicle is timely. Members are indexed and video can be watched about twenty minutes after the appear on the floor. The next day, when the Congressional Record appears, the Chronicle is finalized. Check it out. C-SPAN covers the Congress like no other.

Who Spoke the Most at Health Care Summit?

March 2, 2010

Did you know that for congressional hearings and programs such as the White House Health Care Summit that you can quickly tell how long the participants spoke? On the program page, look under the people tag. All the people who participated are arranged by the amount of time that they spoke. Next to each name is the total amount of time that they spoke during the event.

President Obama spoke the most, about an hour during the morning and also the afternoon sessions. He was followed by Sen. Alexander (R-TN) who spoke for fourteen minutes, and then by Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) who spoke for about eight minutes each. In the afternoon session, Vice President Biden was second with an eight minute speech.

You can use this feature on congressional hearings as well.