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.
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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.