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Receive an Email when a Member of Congress has a New Remark Printed in the Congressional Record

Posted by: Robert Brammer

Congress.gov alerts are emails sent to you when a measure (bill or resolution), nomination, or member profile has been updated with new information. You can also receive an email after a Member has new remarks printed in the Congressional Record. Here are instructions on how to get an email after a Member has new remarks printed …

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The Most Viewed In Custodia Legis Posts of 2017

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

There were more than 200 new posts published on In Custodia Legis during 2017. As usual, these were written by multiple authors from the different parts of the Law Library of Congress. The blog team has representatives from our team of reference librarians, our foreign law specialists, staff who manage our physical and digital collections, …

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Today in History: Resignation of Vice President John C. Calhoun

Posted by: Jim Martin

On this day in 1832, John C. Calhoun submitted his resignation as the seventh Vice President of the United States.  First elected to the House of Representatives in 1810, he would spend almost all of the remainder of his life serving in either the executive or legislative branches.  He had a towering intellect, an overweening ambition, and a strong sense …

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The Creation of the Department of Justice

Posted by: Jim Martin

It is a curiosity of history that while the office of the Attorney General of the United States was created by the first congress as a part of the Judiciary Act of 1789, the Department of Justice was not authorized until over eighty years later, in 1870. Section 35 of the Judiciary Act provided And …

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Canadian Courts Are Taking a Step Toward Corporate Liability of Multinationals for Wrongdoings Abroad

Posted by: Hanibal Goitom

The following is a guest post by Marie-Philippe Lavoie, an intern who worked with Tariq Ahmad in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress this summer. The globalization of business has allowed multinational corporations to conduct economic activities that transcend national boundaries. These activities have had both a positive and a negative impact …

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On the Shelf – D.C.’s Building Height Restrictions

Posted by: Betty Lupinacci

I never know where the inspiration of an On the Shelf post will come from. Today’s stems from a patron request for an item which Ann Hemmens subsequently brought back to me for preservation work. As the 1941 D.C. Building Code sat on my desk, I thought about how many times I’ve told friends and …