Helen Thomas, 1920-2013
July 20, 2013
Helen Thomas, veteran White House correspondent has died. A regular fixture on C-SPAN over the years, she had 117 appearance, plus many other White House briefings where she asked questions. As the UPI correspondent, she was one of the first questioners at many White House briefings. Here are a couple of questions to the White House spokesman and to President Obama.
MYC-SPAN is For You
July 19, 2013
You can personalize your C-SPAN viewing experience by creating a login in the C-SPAN Video Library. With a login you can follow people and organizations. You can be notified when these people, organizations, or tagged programs appear in the Video Library. It is a simple way to follow people or topics of interest.
The MYC-SPAN login also organizes your clips and favorite programs. When you make a clip, it keeps it on your personalized page for future use. Start using the personalization features of the Video Library today and make them work for you.
Nuclear Option in the Senate
July 12, 2013
Rumors abound that Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) will use the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules to permit executive nominees to be approved with a majority vote ending the filibustering of these nominees. The C-SPAN Video Library is full of discussions of the Senate rules and the “nuclear option.”
Here is Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) talking about the “nuclear option.”
Also, Senator Reid discussed the tactic in a BookTV discussion on his book.
In recent days there have been discussions on the Senate floor on filibusters. Here is Senator Reid and McConnell debating.
Senators Merkley (D-OR) and Sessions (R-AL) also debated the filibuster rules.
Stayed tuned to C-SPAN and C-SPAN2 for more as these events unfold.
William Gray, III, 1941-2013
July 3, 2013
William Gray,III passed away this week. He was seen regularly on C-SPAN as Majority Whip, Budget Committee chair, and head of the United Negro College Fund. Altogether he has 133 appearances on C-SPAN including 110 on the House floor. Here is a clip in which he talks about how the House has changed.
New Improved Search
June 21, 2013
The C-SPAN Video Library has upgraded and improved its search function. It is faster, more accurate, and allows more drilling down or filtering to get you to the results you want. The first thing you will notice is that it is faster. We have used the latest search technology to achieve this result. Second, it zeroes in more precisely on events such as the 1996 Republican Convention or the Clinton State of the Union Address. Before, these results might have been lost in all the results returned. Now they appear on top.
Finally and most importantly, it reveals a number of ways you can filter programs. At the top you will find these filters.
You can select on Programs, People, or Text to further refine your search. You also have the choice of Best Match, most Popular, Newest, or Oldest.
Down the left-hand side you have many more ways to filter. We have used all the index categories of our database to allow you to filter on the intersection of these terms. This lets you to quickly find events where Obama was travelling or spoke on foreign policy or appeared with a particular person. The possibilities expand.
Try searching for Obama, then select person and Obama, then select Joe Biden and you will see how many times Obama appeared with Biden. You can then select other presidents and vice presidents to see how many joint appearances they had. You can further narrow this down to their dates of office.
Another new change is in the Browse page. This option is found at the top of the page.
This option exposes all the categories that can be browsed. So, if you want to browse all Booknotes and then look for all programs on Early American History, you can browse Tags and find the 28 programs.
Try it. We hope you will be as excited about it as we are.