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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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Tom Clancy, 1947-2013

October 2, 2013

Tom Clancy, novelist of many political thrillers, has passed away. He has ten C-SPAN appearances including a three-hour In Depth where he took viewer calls about his works. This program can be viewed here. Here he describes how he does his research. Use the Video library to review the other programs that feature Clancy.

Sen. Cruz (R-TX) Reading Green Eggs and Ham

September 25, 2013

As the hour approached for his daughters to go to bed, Sen. Cruz (R-TX) read bedtime stories to them on C-SPAN2 during his lengthy floor speech opposing the Affordable Care Act.

Here is a picture of his children watching C-SPAN2.

Senators First Speeches

September 20, 2013

Sen. Markey (D-MA) gave his first speech on the Senate floor this week sixty-four days after being sworn in. This was one of the shortest spans from swearing-in to speaking of the fourteen new senators in the 113th Congress. The average time from swearing-in to speaking for the thirteen senators who have spoken this session is 103 days. Senator Chiesa (R-NJ), who was sworn in a month before Sen. Markey, has not yet spoken. On September 19, 2013 he commented on the guest chaplain from his state. The shortest time span was for Sen. Kaine (D-VA) who spoke after fifty-five days in the Senate.

Popular lore would have it that senators are speaking sooner in their careers and not serving apprenticeships as they did in the past. However, Robert Caro writes that Lyndon B. Johnson gave his first speech, March 9, 1949, sixty-five days after being sworn in, a much shorter time than the 103 day average for this Senate class. Hillary Clinton spoke on her forty-first day and Rand Paul spoke on his thirtieth day. So, this Senate class does seem to be conservative in making their first speeches. All the new senators are shown below with a clip from their first speech.

Name State Party Date in Office Maiden Speech Days Video Clip
Tim Kaine VA D 01/03/13 02/27/13 55 Clip
Ed Markey MA D 07/16/13 09/18/13 64 Clip
Ted Cruz TX R 01/03/13 03/13/13 69 Clip
Mazie Hirono HI D 01/03/13 03/14/13 70 Clip
Deb Fischer NE D 01/03/13 04/08/13 95 Clip
Chris Murphy CT D 01/03/13 04/10/13 97 Clip
Elizabeth Warren MA D 01/03/13 04/17/13 104 Clip
Heidi Heitkamp ND D 01/03/13 04/23/13 110 Clip
Angus King ME I 01/03/13 04/24/13 111 Clip
Joe Donnelly IN D 01/03/13 04/24/13 111 Clip
Tammy Baldwin WI D 01/03/13 05/22/13 139 Clip
Jeff Flake AZ R 01/03/13 06/04/13 152 Clip
Martin Heinrich NM D 01/03/13 06/13/13 161 Clip

Godfrey Sperling, 1915-2013

September 13, 2013

Godfrey Sperling, originator of the Sperling breakfasts, a staple for Washington journalists to interview policy makers, died at age 97. In 1994, he sat down with C-SPAN for this profile interview.

You can see twenty-six breakfasts that C-SPAN has covered here. Use the C-SPAN Video Library to research current and past policymakers.

Senators Speaking on Iraq War, October 2002

September 9, 2013

As the Senate begins the debate on the authorization of use of force on Syria, we can look back at the debate on authorization for the Iraq War in October, 2003. We have collected the speeches of twenty-five senators who took part in the debate in 2002 and are still members of the senate. Included also is Senator Kerry who is now Secretary of State.

The speeches can be viewed here. The entire 2002 House and Senate debates can be found here in the C-SPAN Video Library.