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Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

Posted by: Margaret Wood

The following is a guest post by James Martin, senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  James has previously written on The District of Columbia 1862 Emancipation Law and The Articles of Confederation: The First Constitution of the United States. Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Antonin Scalia died in Texas …

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Pic of the Week: Monday is not Presidents’ Day – Or is it?

Posted by: Jennifer González

This coming Monday, February 15, we will celebrate the federal holiday, Washington’s Birthday. You may be thinking, “my calendar says Monday is ‘Presidents’ Day,’ not ‘Washington’s birthday!’” Interestingly, the federal holiday is officially called Washington’s Birthday (5 US Code 6103) and is observed on the third Monday in February as established by Public Law 90-361 …

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Presidential Communications: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by: Robert Brammer

This post is coauthored by Robert Brammer and Barbara Bavis, senior legal reference specialists. We sometimes receive questions about communications sent to Congress by the president that concern legislation. Since this post pertains to legislative history, our focus is on executive communications, presidential messages, veto messages, and signing statements. If you would like to learn more about …

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On This Day: USO Founded 75 Years Ago

Posted by: Jennifer González

Today, February 4, marks the 75th anniversary of the 1941 founding of the United Service Organizations (USO). General George C. Marshall first suggested and President Franklin D. Roosevelt recommended that civilian, public service organizations form the United Service Organizations to provide recreation for on-leave members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families in 1941. …

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Pepperdine University School of Law—Pic of the Week

Posted by: Liah Caravalho

The remnants of snow from the colossal Washington, DC snow storm did not hinder Malibu law students from Pepperdine University School of Law from visiting the Law Library on Thursday, January 28. The law students, who are participants in the law school’s Washington, DC, Externship Semester program, visited the Law Library to receive Congress.gov research …

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Murder as Statecraft

Posted by: Ruth Levush

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, director of legal research at the Law Library of Congress. Peter specializes in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He has written a number of posts on topics related to countries in that region, including posts on Christmas, Soviet Style; Soviet investigation of Nazi war crimes, lustration in Ukraine, …

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Locating Congressional Documents: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by: Robert Brammer

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. Congressional documents concern a wide variety of subjects and include all papers ordered printed by the House or Senate apart from congressional committee reports. As described by the Government Publishing Office (GPO), congressional documents “may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, …

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Top 10 In Custodia Legis Posts for 2015

Posted by: Donna Sokol

In Custodia Legis published 232 posts in 2015.  Thanks to our prolific team of authors, that’s almost one post per day (not counting holidays or weekends)! Liah Caravalho and Jennifer González joined us as full-fledged members of the blog team in 2015. Liah keeps us up-to-date on Law Library events and special visitors.  Jennifer’s posts …