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    Congress at 225 Years

    Panelists talked about the the First United States Congress, which met from March 4, 1789 to March 4, 1791 to implement the Constitution and create a new government. Charlene Bickford,…

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    Memorial Service for Speaker Tom Foley

    House members and President Obama attended a memorial service in Statuary Hall for the late Speaker Thomas S. Foley.

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    Book Discussion on Tip and the Gipper

    Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” talked about his book, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked, in which he recalled the working relationship between…

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    The Caning of Charles Sumner

    Stephen Puleo talked about the background and aftermath of pro-slavery Representative Preston Brooks' assault on abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner on the Senate Floor. On May 22,…

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    U.S. Senator Key Pittman on Ice

    Retired State Archivist Guy Rocha talked about the story that U.S. Senator Key Pittman actually died before his last re-election and his body was kept on ice until after his victory was…

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    Senator Frank Lautenberg Funeral Service

    Vice President Joe Biden and other dignitaries delivered eulogies at the funeral service for Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died on June 3, 2013, at the age of 89. The service was…

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    Debate on Naming Federal Building After Tip O'Neill

    Members of the U.S House of Representatives debated the naming of a federal building after former Speaker of the House Thomas Phillip “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. (D-MA).

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    Annapolis as the Seat of Congress 1783

    Kenneth Bowling, history professor at George Washington University talked about the relocation of Congress from Princeton, New Jersey to Annapolis, Maryland in 1783. He stated that the plan…

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    Book Discussion on America's Great Debate

    Fergus Bordewich talked about his book, America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas and the Compromise That Preserved the Union. In it he tells the story of the…

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    Changes in the Senate Since the 1960s

    U.S. Senate Historian Don Ritchie talked about changes in the Senate since the 1960s. He displayed a picture taken in the Senate chamber on September 24, 1963, which he said represents a…

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    Procedural Changes in Congress

    Charles Johnson spoke about problems caused by the accelerated pace and extent of procedural changes in Congress. He suggested that in Congress there was a “retreat from a…

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    The Compromise of 1850

    Fergus Bordewich talked about the Compromise of 1850 and the two generations of senators who dominated the great debate. Mr. Bordewich focused on Henry Clay, Stephen Douglas, and…

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    History of the House of Representatives

    Walter Oleszek talked about the founders' intentions for the House of Representatives and the evolution of the institution. The House was originally the only part of the national…

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    History of the Capitol Page Program

    A group of former Capitol pages talk about their time spent in Washington. They reflect on the various assignments and duties they carried out for members of Congress, and discuss the…

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    Book Discussion on Slade Gorton: A Half Century in Politics

    John Hughes, chief oral historian in the Office of the Secretary of State for the state of Washington, recounts the political career of Slade Gorton, three-term Republican senator from…

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    The 1970s and Women in Politics

    Democrat Pat Schroeder of Colorado talked about the obstacles that women and other minorities faced in the 1970s, and described her work as a representative at the height of the…

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    Government Oversight

    Danielle Brian talked about government oversight. Topics included the Government Services Administration vegas scandal, the differences in accountability when Democrats and Republicans…

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    Violence in the Pre-Civil War Congress

    Yale history professor Joanne Freeman and University of Chicago political science professor William Howell are interviewed about acts of violence in the U.S. Congress leading up to the…

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    Carl Albert Center Political Archives

    Cindy Rosenthal, the mayor of Norman, Oklahoma, gave a tour of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. Mayor Rosenthal showed the papers of several U.S. senators and…

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    The 37th Congress and the New America

    In 1862 as the Civil War was being fought, the 37th U.S. Congress met under an unfinished Capitol Dome with its Confederate members absent.
    The lack of opposition proved productive as…

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