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  • Senator Mitch McConnell Discusses Kentuckys Role in the US Senate
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    The U.S. Senate and the Commonwealth

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Roy Brownell talked bout their book, The U.S. Senate and the Commonwealth: Kentucky Lawmakers and the Evolution of Legislative Leadership,…

  • Senate Finance Committee Tribute
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    Senate Finance Committee Tribute

    The U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted a tribute to the Senate Finance Committee. Present and past members discussed the committee’s purpose and work since it was formally created in…

  • House Leadership Election History
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    House Leadership Election History

    Matthew Green explained how members of Congress choose their party leaders. He looked at past elections and voting patterns, and the key factors that swung votes. He is the co-author of…

  • Political Career of Senator Burton K Wheeler
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    Political Career of Senator Burton K. Wheeler

    Journalist Marc Johnson gave an illustrated talk about U.S. Senator Burton K. Wheeler (D-Montana), who served from 1923 to 1947. He’s known for being a prosecutor in the 1920s Teapot Dome oil scandal, and…

  • QA with Representative Jackie Speier
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    Q&A with Representative Jackie Speier

    Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) talked about her memoir, Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back. In 1978, Representative Speier was a congressional staffer working for…

  • Improving Constituent Engagement
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    Improving Constituent Engagement

    The House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a hearing on how technology can improve engagement with constituents. Witnesses included Congressional Management Foundation…

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    Barbara F. Vucanovich

    Representative Barbara Vucanovich (R-NV) was Nevada’s first woman ever elected to a federal office. Her daughter and co-author, Patricia Cafferata, shared her mother’s story through her memoir, Barbara…

  • Ellen Tauscher Memorial Service
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    Ellen Tauscher Memorial Service

    A memorial service was held at the Washington National Cathedral for Ellen Tauscher, the former Democratic California lawmaker and Obama State Department official. Former Secretary of State…

  • Executive Privilege and Congressional Oversight
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    Executive Privilege and Congressional Oversight

    The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on executive privilege and the role that congressional oversight plays. The legal experts testifying before Congress offered their expert…

  • Washington Journal Douglas Brinkley Discusses the History of Presidential Relations With Congress
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    Douglas Brinkley on Presidential Relations With Congress

    Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley talked about the history of presidents and their relationships with Congress.

  • John Dingell Memorial Service in Michigan
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    John Dingell Memorial Service in Michigan

    A memorial service was held in Dearborn, Michigan, for the late Representative John Dingell (D-MI), who died on February 7, 2019, at age 92. He the served in the House of Representatives from…

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    Every Day is Extra

    Former Secretary of State John Kerry discussed his memoir, Every Day is Extra, on his life and career.

  • Washington Journal David Barker  Molly Reynolds Discuss President Trump  Divided Congress
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    David Barker and Molly Reynolds on President Trump and a Divided Congress

    American University’s David Barker and Brookings' Molly Reynolds talked about how President Trump might work with a divided Congress. They also spoke about the history of presidents who…

  • Senator Daniel Inouye Oral History Interview
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    Senator Daniel Inouye Oral History Interview

    Daniel Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in both the U.S. House and Senate. He served until his death on December 17, 2012. In this 2008 oral history, Mr. Inouye talked about…

  • African Americans in Congress in the 20th Century
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    African Americans in Congress in the 20th Century

    Matthew Wasniewski and Farar Elliott used a selection of artifacts from their collections to tell the story of black members of congress between the 1920s and the 1970s. This program draws…

  • African Americans in Congress in the 19th Century
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    African Americans in Congress in the 19th Century

    House of Representatives historian Matthew Wasniewski and House curator Farar Elliott discussed the history of African Americans who served in Congress during the late 19th century.

  • Jim Wright Special Collections
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    Jim Wright Special Collections

    Jim Wright represented Texas' 12th District for thirty-four years, rising to the speakership in 1987 and eventually resigning because of an ethics investigation. Mary Saffell, senior archivist at Texas Christian…

  • emPuckem Magazine Cartoons on Congress
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    Puck Magazine Cartoons on Congress

    Michael Alexander Kahn, co-author of What Fools These Mortals Be! The Story of Puck, discussed a selection of political cartoons about the U.S. Congress. Published from 1876 to 1918, Puck was…

  • Senator Grassley on Congressional Oversight
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    Senator Grassley on Congressional Oversight

    Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) spoke about the role of congressional oversight. The Judiciary Committee chair talked about what he thought was an increasing shift in the balance of governing…

  • emLone Star Leadersem
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    Lone Star Leaders

    In Lone Star Leaders: Power and Personality in the Texas Congressional Delegation, author James Riddlesperger examined the representatives that fueled Texas' political influence during the past 125 years.…

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