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Flag Day and the Flag Code

As a reference librarian working on the reference desk in the Law Library Reading Room, I answer a whole range of questions on state and federal law and some days it feels as though every question is on a new topic.  But in fact, there are some topics which are of continuing interest to our patrons, and one of them is flag […]

Happy Birthday, @THOMASdotgov! – Pic of the Week

Birthdays are a great thing to blog about.  We’ve written birthday posts on Shakespeare, THOMAS, a queen, the new year, and, yes, this blog.  It was one year ago today that I blogged about the launching of the @THOMASdotgov Twitter account. Over the year, we have shared over 1,500 tweets about legislation in THOMAS and various […]

States in the Senate

The following is a guest post by Megan Lulofs, a Legal Information Analyst in the Public Services Division.  Meg has previously posted on a variety of topics including House Committee Hearings Video, the Cardiff Giant, the Canadian Library of Parliament, football blackouts, and librarian services. The U.S. Senate has a new website to showcase the history and contributions of each […]

February Retrospective

There was a lot of chatter in the blogosphere about In Custodia Legis posts. Francisco’s History of the Mexican Constitution was mentioned and linked to in View From Casita Colibrí.  I also noticed that this same posting was tweeted about a couple of times and that it is cited on Wikipedia’s article on the Constitution […]

An Interview with Colin Hess, GIS Intern at the Law Library of Congress

This is an interview with Colin Hess, currently an intern at the Law Library of Congress Information Technology Office providing Geographic Information System support. Describe your background I am from Chesterfield, Virginia and am a senior at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia (UMW).  I am a Geography major, with a concentration on […]

Watch Senate Floor Video on Senate.gov

Last fall I blogged about where you can watch Congress online.  Now there is another place: the Senate’s website. From that site you can watch the Senate floor proceedings live, search and watch from the archive, and browse the archive by date.  The Advanced Search options include captions, all words, exact phrase, or, not, and a […]

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 […]