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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 […]

‘Twas the season to be jolly … and good … and eat lots of Christmas pudding.

The Holiday season flew by again this year.  It truly is my favourite time of the year.  When not frantically cooking or wrapping gifts, I always spend a part of my time feeling a bit homesick.  I compensate for this by watching Masterpiece Classics on PBS; although, there are only so many period dramas I can […]

A State Mandated Christmas Bonus

As the holiday season reaches its zenith, I would like to highlight the fact that countries throughout the world that celebrate Christmas have issued a number of holiday related laws and regulations touching on an array of topics, such as toys, Christmas trees, pardons for criminals, and business operations, among others; my favorite among these is the seasonal bonus. Mexico provides an illuminating example.  […]

An Interview with Pam Russell, Legislative Counsel

This week’s interview is with Pam Russell, Legislative Counsel in our Congressional Relations Office.  I’ve enjoyed working with Pam on a number of occasions.  She often accompanies the THOMAS team when we brief House and Senate staffers on updates to THOMAS.  Pam is another example of an attorney in the Library of Congress that works outside the Law […]

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 […]

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 […]