About C-SPAN Video Library

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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Senator Johnson on Withholding Consent

June 28, 2011

In a speech today on the Senate floor, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) threatened to tie up the Senate by withholding consent on Senate business. Most business in the Senate is by unanimous consent so the objection of a single senator can prevent further Senate action. Sen. Johnson cited the failure of the Senate to take up a budget and said he might start withholding consent. Following Sen. Johnson’s speech early this afternoon, the Senate has been in a long quorum call. You can hear Senator Johnson’s speech here.

Blagojevich in Video Library

Rod Blagojevich has seventy-four appearances in the Video Library. You can find them all on his biography page. As a member of Congress, he gave many one minute speeches. Here is one where he first reminds Rep. Moakley (D-MA) how to pronounce his name. He goes on to comment on a campaign investigation.

His speeches as governor of Illinois are in the Video Library as well as his impeachment trial. Find it all in the Video Library.

Roberts on Cameras in the Supreme Court

June 27, 2011

At a recent conference, Chief Justice John Roberts discussed cameras in the Supreme Court. You can see the clip here.

Search cameras in the Supreme Court to find other discussions on this topic in the Video Library. Search it. Clip it. Share it. A summary of other comments by justices on television in the Court can be found here.

Presidential Addresses on Afghanistan

June 22, 2011

When President Obama addresses the nation tonight on Afghanistan, it will be the seventh presidential address by the fourth president over thirty-two years that has been captured in the Video Library. A presidential address is classified as a speech to the nation that is carried on multiple television networks. Usually they are from the Oval Office, but this is not always the case.

The most recent address was by President Obama delivered on December 1, 2009 at West Point. This is when the president announced the deployment of an additional 30,000 troops.

President Bush gave three addresses to the nation on Afghanistan including his address to Congress after the 9/11 attacks.

President Clinton also spoke to the nation about military strikes at targets in Afghanistan.

Finally, in a different era, President Jimmy Carter spoke about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

You can research U.S. policy toward Afghanistan using the Video Library. We found these speeches by using an advanced search (format = address and any field = Afghanistan). There are many, many more programs on this topic.

Obama Impersonator at RLC

June 18, 2011

The Republicans continued their third day of Republican Leadership Conference meetings in New Orleans. The third day was marked by controversy from the appearance of Obama impersonator, Reggie Brown. His appearance was ended by the RLC officials before he completed his act. Here is the appearance

The entire session can be seen as a featured video.