Legislative information and analysis of "key votes" in the U.S. Congress. Biographical, political, and electoral data about members of Congress, plus information and data on the structure of the legislative branch.
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News and analysis of the U.S. Congress. Includes status of major legislation and a record of votes.
Index of journal articles, books, and conference papers in political science and related fields. Includes a substantial amount of full text.
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Collection of primary documents and other materials relating to U.S. presidents. Includes public papers, addresses, executive orders, and proclamations.
Collection of full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events. The site also includes sections devoted to rhetorical devices, Christian rhetoric, 9/11 rhetoric, movie speeches, and political speeches.
Provides access to tables and graphs that display the ebb and flow of public opinion, electoral behavior, and choice in American politics over time. Contains data collected by the American National Election Studies, organized into nine topics.
Short biographical sketches of Senate and House members from 1774-present. Includes photographs.
Archive of C-Span videos, searchable by various fields including program title, date, person name, person title, and organization. There is also a browse option that allows users to browse by topics, popular programs, most popular, date, and other types.
News, data, and research reports on women in politics from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.
General and permanent rules and regulations of Federal agencies published in the Federal Register.
Coverage: 1994- present
The official record of the proceedings and debates in the United States Congress. Includes transcripts of debates on the House and Senate floors.
Articles of Confederation, Bill of Rights, Congressional Record, Constitution of the United States, Declaration of Independence, Public Laws, etc., from the U.S. Government Publishing Office.
Weekly reports on "hot" topics. Each report focuses on one topic and includes an explanation of the issues, a "pro and con" debate feature, a chronology, and a bibliography that can lead to additional resources. Especially useful for political and social issues.
Selection of reports written by the Congressional Research Service for members of Congress on issues relating to foreign policy and national security.
Gateway to U.S. federal government publications: executive, judicial, legislative, and regulatory. Includes quick links to the Federal Register, Congressional Record, U.S. Code, and Code of Federal Regulations.
Data on U.S. federal contract spending and assistance to states. Includes breakdowns by congressional districts, contractors, types of assistance, etc.
Annotated, authoritative documents from six founders: Washington, Franklin, Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. A project of the National Archives and the University of Viriginia Press.
Resource for finding current information by and about state and local government. Links to news stories, local and state government sites, etc.
Annual collection of primary sources covering significant events of the year. Includes materials such as speeches, international agreements, and reports from governments, NGOs, and other organizations. Each document is preceded by an introduction providing context and background.
Basic outline of the federal lawmaking process from expression of idea to publication of statute. Courtesy of the U.S. House Parliamentarian.
Data on immigrants to the U.S., refugees, naturalizations, and deportations from the Department of Homeland Security.
Coverage: 1935 to present
Database of U.S. national public opinion surveys. From The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.
Web site of the national organization for state legislators and their staffs. Useful for charts comparing state laws on a variety of issues such as family leave or drunk driving.
Information about the government of Pennsylvania including its constitution; descriptions of its legislative, judiciary, and executive branches; local governments; election statistics, etc.
Research, opinion polls (national and global), and news coverage on politics, religion, immigration, demography, and the media. Includes daily tracking of policy trends by state. Its Hispanic Center focuses on the U.S. Hispanic population and its growing impact on the nation.
An archive of selected presidential speeches dating back to George Washington.
A portal for all regulations issued by U.S. government agencies and departments. Allows users to submit comments on proposed rules and search final rules published in the Federal Register.
Links to web sites of state, city, and county governments.
Current news on state governments. Can be used to find sources and web sites that provide comparative state information and data (e.g., which states have the death penalty, how states are implementing "No Child Left Behind", etc.). From the Pew Center on the States.
Comparative data for all 50 states in six areas: fiscal and economic, public safety and justice, energy and environment, transportation, health and human services, and education. From the Council for State Governments.
Records of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the 1st-43rd United States Congresses.
Official House website. Includes membership and committee information. Also contains information on the current sessions, roll call votes, and much more.
Includes full-text of archived and current rules as reported by the U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee.
Official Senate website that includes biographical information on Senators, committees, and roll call votes from 1989 to the present. Also includes background and historical information on the Senate.
The official handbook of the Federal Government. Provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. Includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the U.S. participates, and boards, commissions, and committees.
Links to and a search engine for U.S. Federal Government information, services, and department websites.