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Connecting today's political discourse with the past 40 years of politics. Using audio taken from C-SPAN's vast Video Library, each episode focuses on a theme tied to current events providing a unique perspective on today's news.
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President George H.W. Bush would have been 100 years old. He was born June 12, 1924. And to mark that milestone birthday, he might have jumped out of an airplane. Like he did when he turned 75 … and 80 … and 85 … and 90. Why jump out of airplanes as he got older? Here’s what President Bush said in 1998: It was about closure because on September 2nd…
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Through the words of American presidents who have spoken over the years at Normandy, this week's episode of C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly" marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day. We hear presidents talk about American soldiers who fought there and died there. Some of the greatest and most legendary speeches of the modern American presidency have been d…
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“This debate tonight has made crystal clear a challenge that is as old as America — the choice between hope and fear, change or more of the same.” That was Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton – his closing statement in the October 11, 1992, presidential debate… “More of the same” – It’s a phrase Bill Clinton famously – and quite effectively – used durin…
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The Trump hush money trial has us talking about the National Enquirer. But it seems like the tabloid never left the political conversation. The National Enquirer’s pictures, scoops, and reporting have influenced the establishment political media for years. In this week’s episode’s of C-SPAN’s podcast “The Weekly,” we revisit what we might be the mo…
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During the recent White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, New York Times photographer Doug Mills got an award. He got an award for his photography at last year's dinner, too. And the Association awarded him in 2020 as well. The Association gives out only five awards every year — and until just a few years ago, those awards did not acknowled…
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The recent death of O.J. Simpson reminds us of one of the most controversial episodes involving a prayer opening a session of Congress…And its aftermath. In this week's episode of C-SPAN’s “The Weekly, you’ll hear the full Senate prayer for O.J. Simpson following his arrest … plus, the rare rebuke by a U.S. Senator. And then, you’ll hear the surpri…
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Elected in November 1984, Mitch McConnell now has over 4,300 speaking appearances on C-SPAN. And he’s been telling jokes from the beginning. And - in this week’s episode of C-SPAN's “The Weekly” – we hear them! We recently remembered Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman by hearing his jokes, quips, and humorous one-liners. Now, it’s part II – BALANCE! …
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It is my sad duty to inform you officially of the death of Richard Milhous Nixon, the thirty-seventh President of the United States Born in 1913, he was first elected to the Congress in 1946, a member of that historic freshman class of World War II veterans that also included John F. Kennedy. He was elected to the Senate in 1950, and served two ter…
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It’s the war between the States – of the States addresses! Folks are moving here in record numbers to become a part of our winning way of life. Californians and New Yorkers have never seen a state like ours – one that trusts our people, and one that embraces and promotes liberty and Freedom. That was Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem … h…
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Joe Lieberman is being remembered as a Senator, a Presidential candidate, and a Vice Presidential candidate… But also part of Joe Lieberman’s legacy: comedy. What were some of his funniest quips, jokes, and real-time reactions? Find out in this week’s episode of C-SPAN’s “The Weekly” – as we remember Joe Lieberman’s journey through politics -- with…
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You know that in 2012 America had a presidential election– Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama. But did you know Russia had one, too? And it happens again in 2024 -- both America and Russia have presidential elections. Russia’s presidents serve six-year terms … So the last time the U.S and Russia both held presidential elections in the same year was 20…
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It’s C-SPAN’s 45th anniversary … and C-SPAN’s “The Weekly” is marking it the best way we know how … With big, famous, legendary, significant, tragic, angry, hilarious, and otherwise notable moments from those 45 years … Some you’ve heard before, some perhaps you’re hearing now for the first time … So put on your tuxedo, toss some confetti, and enjo…
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You’re a political junkie… You know your Congress history … and you watch and listen to C-SPAN. So, you probably know when and where Congressman Al Gore said this. Mr. Speaker, on this historic day the House of Representatives opens its proceedings for the first time to televised coverage. …Television will change this institution, Mr. Speaker, just…
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About a month after the explosion, Oppenheimer comes to the White House and he sits down with Truman. And by this point he’s just wracked with second thoughts. And he says Mr. President I have these terrible regrets. I feel that I have blood on my hands. And Truman says: Don’t worry about it. I gave the order. I have blood on my hands. And they fin…
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“Governor Bush, Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker gave a venomous interview to Sports Illustrated recently spewing hatred towards gays, blacks, single mothers and foreigners.” That was Suzanne Geha of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids Michigan teeing up a question for Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush – January 10, 2000 – a debate at Calvin C…
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Will President Biden mention immigration in his 2024 State of the Union address? If history is any guide: Yes. Immigration has been a topic in every State of the Address for the last 20 years. What do Presidents say about immigration – and legal and illegal immigrants -- and our southern border – and fences and walls -- in their State of the Union …
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25 years ago this month … the Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton … and the star witness, Monica Lewinsky In this week’s episode of C-SPAN’s podcast “The Weekly” we remember that day … a quarter century ago this week … when Monica Lewinsky testified under oath … on video … to the entire U.S. Senate … about her relationship with Bill …
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“I think it’s impossible to predict when we set up systems whether it won’t fail at some point. I don’t think that anything man creates is perfect. I’m not so sure that it needs fixing. I don’t want to be part of it again, I can tell you that much. I don’t want to be in the middle of that sort of thing.” But Clarence Thomas IS part of “it” again. W…
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In last week’s episode of C-SPAN’s podcast “The Weekly,” we brought you 14 facts about Sandra Day O’Connor you might not have known. This week’s podcast is Sandra Day O’Connor, part 2: What other Justices said about her. -Who mentioned her when they were nominated? -Who mentioned her in their confirmation hearings? -And what are some stories about …
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You probably know Sandra Day O’Connor was the first female justice on the Supreme Court. But did you also know she was skilled at disco dancing? That’s one of 14 things you may not have known about Sandra Day O’Connor. Quick quiz: Can you name all 14 things you may not have known about Sandra Day O’Connor? If not, you’ll simply have to listen to th…
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The New Hampshire presidential primary is just days away … So, let’s check in with … Lesser-Known Candidates! “My fellow Americans and others. As your president, I have promised to engage in hostilities only with powers that I deem to be a real and immediate threat to our peace-loving nation. And that is why I have ordered the inter-dimensional str…
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The Iowa Republican presidential caucus is just days away … What happened the last time Republicans held a competitive contest in Iowa? Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa, and all across this great nation. Tonight, the state of Iowa has spoken. Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee for the next president of the…
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This week we take a look behind the podcast with host Howard Mortman. He shares some of his favorite clips from C-SPAN's Video Library and shares how he finds those clips amongst all of the hours of programming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesโดย C-SPAN
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It’s time for our annual year-end tradition! … C-SPAN’s “The Weekly” looks back at the year in Congress. … For 2023, it’s a special double-episode of the podcast … Back-to-back year-enders for Congress. The first one … for Christmas – It was the Year in Congress in Jesus – that is, mentions of Jesus. Now it’s time for Part II: The Year in Congress …
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It’s time for the annual year-end tradition! … C-SPAN’s “The Weekly” looks back at the year in Congress. … For 2023, it’s a special double-episode of the podcast … Back-to-back year-enders for Congress. The first one … just in time for Christmas – It’s the Year in Congress in Jesus – that is, mentions of Jesus. From both Republicans and Democrats. …
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"I used to say it about 2016 -- this is the most election. And I meant it. This is now the most important election in the history of our country." --Donald Trump. October 7, 2023, Waterloo, Iowa. Just like he said in Erie, Pennsylvania, October 20, 2020: "This is the most important election in the history of our country." A year before the next pre…
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Congratulations to the Texas Rangers… Winner of the 2023 World Series. And congratulations to a former part-owner of the baseball team … and a former President. Game 1 of the 2023 World Series began with George W. Bush throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. It was the fourth time George W. Bush threw out a ceremonial first pitch in a World Series…
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The actions taken within this body are delicate, and consistency is essential. Now is not the time to set a dangerous precedent. Consider this: The last time a Member of Congress was expelled was in 2002, following a criminal conviction. In fact, both expulsions in the last two centuries took place after the defendants had been convicted. That was …
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"As thanksgiving nears, a seasonal gift to President Eisenhower is this strutting, impressive Tom Turkey. Handsomest bird in all Nebraska. And perhaps the other 47 states as well All the trimmings for the White House dinner come with him A Big basket of cranberries to complete the holiday platter. It's a lucky bird that graces the President's table…
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"On November 22, 1963, at precisely 12:30 PM, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the youthful 35th President of the United States drove triumphantly into this square, where hundreds waited to cheer him...and where another waited as well. Seconds later a dying President sped away from Dealey Plaza -- into history, into legend, into a national nightmare of sus…
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"Now there's another way you can tell you're a Republican. You have faith in free enterprise, faith in the resourcefulness of the American people, and faith in the U.S. economy. And to those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: 'Don't be economic girlie men!'" California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – speaking at the 2004 Repu…
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C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly" presents a special two-parter on Milton Friedman. In support of C-SPAN's series "Books that Shaped America" and the upcoming episode on "Free to Choose," The Weekly hears from politicians who both worship and reject Milton Friedman's economic theories. In this first part, hear directly from Presidents Reagan, Bush 41, …
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Well, it's another odd year in politics. And by odd year, we don't mean what's happening in politics. We mean – the year itself. Every odd year we get a new Almanac of American Politics. There are at least two things we can be sure happen in politics every two years: (1) elections for Congress; and (2) the publication of a new and updated Almanac o…
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"I have defended the Second Amendment more than any Member of this body, and I am a past member of the board of directors of NRA and a life member of that body. " That was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives … speaking on the floor of Congress ... in 2012 ... Past NRA board member ... life member of the NRA... defender of the Second Amend…
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"This past Sunday, at 22 minutes after 6 Beirut time, with dawn just breaking, a truck, looking like a lot of other vehicles in the city, approached the airport on a busy, main road. There was nothing in its appearance to suggest it was any different than the trucks or cars that were normally seen on and around the airport. But this one was differe…
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"Mr. President, I feel compelled to address head on, I mean head on, the news stories in recent weeks that have pointed out the shocking discovery, yes, shocking discovery, that I am growing older. Did you get that? Shocking discovery that I am growing older." And with that opening, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) addressed the U.S. Senate ... June 28, …
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30 years ago: The battle of Mogadishu. October 3rd and 4th,1993 in Somalia: 18 American soldiers killed ... 73 wounded ... and one captured in a street battle with the forces of Somali warlord Mohamed Aidid. In the latest episode of C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly," we mark that 30th anniversary ... What is now commonly remembered by the book and movi…
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It's part II of "The Weekly"'s special two-episode look at Emmy Award-winning -- and Emmy Award-nominated -- TV shows being cited by candidates on the presidential campaign trail! In this latest episode, we go in-depth with one particular show -- and one particular candidate: "I welcome the debate with Hollywood. Even if it occasionally flares up i…
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The 2023 Emmy Awards had been scheduled for September 18th ... But because of the writers and actors strike in Hollywood, they won't be held until next year ... January 15th -- which happens to be the same day as the Iowa Republican Party's first-in-the-nation presidential caucus. Distraught by the delay? Can't wait for either the Emmys or Iowa? Th…
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"The hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too." That was Vivek Ramaswamy during the recent Republican presidential candidates debate - on Fox. Oh wait -- no it wasn't -- that wasn't Vivek Ramaswamy at all. Let's try that again. That was Barack Obama, delivering the keynote address at the 2004 Democra…
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"When we were vacationing on Martha's Vineyard on two different occasions we went sailing off Martha's Vineyard, and James Taylor was a member of the crew. It wasn't such a great thing watching him work the ropes and the sails , although that was truly impressive -- though when we go to a calm sea-- he sang for us. And the stars were out, there was…
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"It is great to be here. Honestly. It's so great to be out of the tough backbiting world of Hollywood and into the benign and polite world of New York book publishing." That was comedian Steve Martin, appearing on a book panel on BookTV on September 27, 1998... It was just two weeks after BookTV started on C-SPAN, 25 years ago -- and it was one of …
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BRIGADIER GENERAL PAT RYDER: "All right, let me do one more from the phone here. Jeff Schogol, Task & Purpose. JEFF SCHOGOL: "Thank you. Does the DOD know for a fact that Prigozhin is still alive or are we in a Weekend at Bernie's scenario right now?" The premise of that question? The June mutiny against Russian president Vladimir Putin. Who got th…
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You might think Cory Booker and Aaron Bean have nothing in common. One is a tenured Democratic Senator from a blue state (New Jersey) … the other is a freshman Republican Congressman from a red district (in Florida). But they do share one thing – they both seem to get a kick out of presiding over their chambers. What does it sound like two politici…
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"There is that Eddie Murphy skit where Eddie Murphy is on a bus and he's the only Black person on the bus, and no one is speaking, like people in an elevator. Just sort of stand there and watch. Silently. But Eddie Murphy gets off the bus, leaving only whites, and they immediately pull off their out garments, they have part outfits beneath, they st…
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"Before I took up my current line of work, I got to know a thing or two about negotiating when I represented the Screen Actors Guild in contract talks with the studios. After the studios, Gorbachev was a snap." That was Ronald Reagan --- speaking to the Chamber of Commerce -- November 17, 1988 --- one of his final speeches as president. The topic o…
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"New beginnings" indeed! That was Dr. Barry Black ... July 7, 2003 .... his first opening prayer in the U.S. Senate. This month marks 20 years since Dr. Black became Senate chaplain. And in C-SPAN's "The Weekly," we hear some of his most notable prayers from those two decades. How did we select the prayers? Well, we asked Dr. Black himself! His res…
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During the summer of 1991, Soviet Communist hardliners tried to seize control of the country from Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Now the summer of 2023 – an attempted mutiny against Russian President Vladimir Putin. With that backdrop – the latest episode of C-SPAN's podcast "The Weekly" goes back and remembers the 1991 coup attempt in the Sov…
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Who needs the Major League Baseball All Star game when you have All-Star plays like that one -- in the Congressional Baseball Game ... This year, freshman Democratic Representative from California Kevin Mullin made that all-star catch playing left field. The big league All Star Game is approaching (July 11, Seattle) ... but you might not be interes…
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Typically on the Fourth of July, you hear Americans praise America. The C-SPAN podcast "The Weekly" is going in a different direction. We hear British praise America. Specifically, British leaders who have addressed Congress and the White House and other large public venues – and have only nice things to say about the country that gained its indepe…
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