Electoral College Voting
December 17, 2012
On December 17, electors met across the country in state capitals to cast their votes for president. Under the Constitution, we do not elect the president directly, but indirectly by voting for electors who then cast their votes as their state voted on election day. Two states (Nebraska and Maine) allow electoral votes to be split by congressional districts. Each state has one elector for each member of Congress and two at-large for the Senators.
INF Treaty Signing, December 1987
December 7, 2012
Twenty-five years ago this week Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev visited Washington and signed the INF treaty with President Ronald Reagan. C-SPAN is covering an event from the American Foreign Service Association looking back on the treaty. Now with the C-SPAN Video Library, everyone has access to the primary events surrounding Gorbachev’s visit. Over three days, December 7 through December 10, 1987, C-SPAN covered 38 events featuring Gorbachev, Reagan, and their spokespersons including the treaty signing, joint briefings of the press assistants, and Gorbachev meeting with U.S. publishing representatives. You can see these events through this search and relive the events of this important period yourself.
As we like to say, the C-SPAN Video Library is where “History is recorded every day.”
Senator Jim DeMint, South Carolina
December 6, 2012
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) is in the news this week as he announced his decision to resign from the Senate to become head of the conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation. On his bio page in the C-SPAN Video Library you can find 434 appearances including those from his three terms in the U.S. House. In this 1999 interview, as he began his Senate term, he talks about his life and career.
A search of the Heritage Foundation turns up 579 programs including one of the earliest programs in the archive from 1980. This program features conservative thinker, Russell Kirk. Russell Kirk was also featured in 2002 C-SPAN American Writers series.
Senator DeMint would replace Ed Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation, who is retiring in January.
The C-SPAN Video Library is your unparalleled source for information about people and events in Washington, DC and around the country.
Rep. Jack Brooks, 1922-2012
December 5, 2012
Rep. Jack Brooks (D-TX), a colorful member of Congress from Texas, who was with President Kennedy on his assassination day, passed away this week. He has 202 appearances in the C-SPAN Video Library. You can review all of his appearances on his bio page. In this interview in 1990, he talks about televising the House and his role in the process. In this appearance before the Rules Committee in 1991, he spoke about procedure for consideration of the Brady Bill, a gun control bill, which he opposed. In this clip, one gets a flavor of his speaking style and rapport with other members.
The C-SPAN Video Library is a vast collection of the lives of former members of Congress.
Music on C-SPAN
December 3, 2012
Ever wonder how the music played during quoroum calls and votes is selected. Politico just published an article on that very subject and the changes that C-SPAN has recently made is some of its music selections.
Read the article here