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The President’s Budget

The Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 9 directs that “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.”  Each year the U.S. Congress drafts legislation to appropriate funds for the continued operation of the government during the next fiscal year.   Since 1921, this process has been […]

Interview with Judith Gaskell, former Librarian of the Supreme Court of the United States and Law Library of Congress Volunteer

This weeks’ interview is with Judith Gaskell, former Librarian of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Judy is currently volunteering at the Law Library and is working in the office next door to mine.  I couldn’t resist popping over and asking  her to do an interview for our blog.  She kindly and graciously accepted.  Please […]

Bacon and the Law Redux

Sunday (January 22) was the 451st birthday of the English philosopher and politician, Francis Bacon (1561-1626). Francis Bacon is usually remembered as the father of modern science and the founder of the empirical method of inquiry. Opinions vary on how important he was for any particular science, but he is generally held to have been […]

An Interview with Ken Sigmund, Library Technician

This week’s interview is with Richard “Ken” Sigmund, a Library Technician for Inventory and Physical Control in our Collection Services Division. Describe your background. I am a native Marylander.  Baltimore is my hometown and I have also lived in Silver Spring, Lexington Park, and Prince George’s County.  I recently moved into Washington, DC but I […]

John Selden As An Early Modern Maccabee

We are in the midst of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Often known as “the Festival of Lights” in reference to the basic feature of its observance – the lighting of the eight-branched candelabra – Hanukkah commemorates the events surrounding the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem after a period of political oppression and forced […]