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Ratification Anniversary

Posted by: Margaret Wood

I frequently suspect that my nearest and dearest sometimes heave a sigh when they see me coming. Although I can always be relied upon to provide some delectable baked goods, I can also be relied upon to hijack the conversation and natter on about some obscure date in history or some arcane legislative procedure.  And …

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The Impeachment Trial of President Andrew Johnson

Posted by: Robert Brammer

On this day in 1868, the House of Representatives voted to adopt a resolution that became eleven articles of impeachment against President Andrew Johnson after he dismissed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton without the approval of the Senate in violation of the Tenure of Office Act. Johnson had attempted to remove Stanton on two occasions. He suspended Stanton during …

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Most Viewed In Custodia Legis Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Last week we highlighted the reports on our website that received the most views in 2016. This week,  we wrote about the most viewed bills on Congress.gov for the year and the most read Global Legal Monitor articles. Today, I take a look at the In Custodia Legis blog posts that proved particularly popular in 2016. We …

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2017 New Year’s Greetings from the Law Librarian of Congress

Posted by: Donna Sokol

This is a guest post by Roberta I. Shaffer, the Law Librarian of Congress. Download the PDF version of the FY2016 Law Library Annual Report. New Opportunities and Perspectives The year 2016 witnessed a historic change at the Library of Congress – the installation of the first woman and first African-American Librarian of Congress. Chief Justice …

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Interview with Jim Martin, Senior Legal Information Analyst

Posted by: Margaret Wood

This is an interview with Jim Martin, senior legal information analyst with the Public Services Division. Describe your background. I am a senior legal information analyst with the Law Library. I was originally hired as a reference librarian in June of 1992. I also served as head of the Law Library Reading Room for almost …

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New Report Examines Veterans Benefits to Non-Citizens in France and in Israel

Posted by: Ruth Levush

Tomorrow, on November 11, people in the United States will celebrate Veterans Day. The In Custodia Legis bloggers team has previously written about the historic aspects of Veterans Day and about resources available at the Library of Congress, specifically the Veterans History Project. The sacrifices made by United States veterans are recognized not only by a designation of a …

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Wisconsin State Capitol – Pic of the Week

Posted by: Andrew Weber

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Madison, Wisconsin, and while there I took a few minutes to tour the state’s beautiful capitol building.  I enjoy seeing various capitol buildings and previously blogged about my tour of the Indiana State House. You might not be able to tell from the above photo, but the capitol …

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Australian and New Zealand Parliamentary Website Makeovers

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Over the last couple of years you have read about the change from the THOMAS legislative information website to Congress.gov, and the many enhancements that have occurred along the way. While not as significant as this migration to a completely new website, both the Australian and New Zealand parliamentary websites have undergone makeovers this year. …