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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 […]

Watch House Committee Hearings on THOMAS

First there was the Congressional Record iPad app, now there is a new home to watch committee hearings of the U.S. House of Representatives:  THOMAS.  2012 has been busy!  Just like with the iPad app, this was an initiative of the House leadership under the guidance of the Committee on House Administration. When I previously posted on […]

State of the Union Addresses

The annual State of the Union address by the President of the United States to a joint session of the U.S. Congress has become a modern ritual that generates considerable discussion among newspaper and broadcast commentators, bloggers, and the Twitterverse.  This commentary covers a broad array of topics, including political analysis, comments on special guests, […]

“Bills To Be Considered on the House Floor” Repository

The following is a guest post by Kimberly Ferguson, Specialist in Legislative Information Systems Management in the Library of Congress. You can now access “Bills To Be Considered on the House Floor” – a new digital repository from the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. “Bills To Be Considered on the House Floor” provides access […]

Happy Seventeenth Birthday THOMAS!

Our little website is seventeen years old today!  Just like most teenagers it can be a little temperamental at times, but we still love our baby.  I find its history quite interesting.  Andrew’s Time Capsule and Starting Point posts provided a unique view of THOMAS when it launched on January 5, 1995.  But what happened before then? In […]

From the Law Librarian of Congress

The following is a guest post by Roberta I. Shaffer, Law Librarian of Congress. Roberta has posted to the blog on multiple occasions including: Happy Old Year, The Law Library of Congress Strategic Plan Released, and My Trip to the Future. Another year has passed and I am pleased once again to send you great cheer and […]

Prisoner Swap Deals Under Israeli Law

The recent release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has forced Israelis to reflect again on the cost of releasing kidnapped soldiers. Shalit was abducted by the military wing of Hamas from inside Israel’s borders in June 2006 and had been held captive for over five years.  Israel agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the […]

A THOMAS Time Capsule

Christine and I received a memo from Pam dated January 10, 1995, on the original THOMAS launch.  It was so fascinating to read that we thought we should share it.  We also found the original press release online. SUBJECT: Legislative Information on the Internet (“THOMAS”) Here is a copy of a handout on the new legislative information system […]