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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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Glass-Steagall Act Repeal 1999 Debate

May 11, 2010

Yesterday’s Washington Journal program on the securities industry and the efforts to reinstate Glass-Steagall motivated us to see if we could find the 1999 debate on the repeal. It is as easy as typing in Glass-Steagall in the search box. Others of you may have had the same idea because the search term comes right up as as suggested term that has been searched on before.

Yesterday’s program comes right up as well as many more programs including hearings. Two tricks helped me narrow the search down. On the left navigation bar, clear all the categories, and then select Senate and House proceedings. Then reorder the programs by least recent. The Senate took up the bill on May 4, 1999 and the House on July 1, 1999. In the left margin of the timeline you can click on the bill number and get this useful history of the Senate bill with links into the video. Listen to Senator Gramm (R-TX) and Senator Wellstone (D-MN) for two very different perspectives on the bill.

The Video Library makes it very easy to find significant historical debates such as the repeal of Glass-Steagall.

Supreme Court Nominee Kagan

May 10, 2010

President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the vacancy on the Supreme Court this morning. Kagan has twelve appearances in the Video Library including one this past weekend honoring Justice Stevens whose resignation created the vacancy. As solicitor general, Kagan is the third ranking official in the Justice Department and represents the government before the Supreme Court. Her confirmation hearings as solicitor general were covered by C-SPAN.

Senator Robert Byrd on Mothers

May 8, 2010

British Election Results

May 7, 2010

The British elections resulted in no party getting a majority. Observers are calling this a “hung” parliament. Watch the remarks of the leaders in the Video Library. Stay tuned to C-SPAN for more reports from the BBC.

David Obey Retirement

The retirement announcement of David Obey (D-WI) gives us an opportunity to point out the committee features of Video Library. Choose Browse at the top of the page and then browse committees from the left navigation bar. Select Appropriations to see all the programs and members of the committee. On the right side of the Appropriations Committee page is a list by years. By selecting on members for the 111th Congress, you can see the ranking of Members of Congress by seniority and party. John Murtha (D-PA) recently died so Norman Dicks (D-WA) is next in line if seniority is followed. This tool is very useful for following congressional committees. The links also bring up the all programs of the committee to watch in the Video Library.