Category Archives: U.S. Congressional Documents


The Extraordinary Cost to Inaugurate a President

Inauguration Facts and Figures

Presidential inaugurations have always been expensive, and experts estimate the cost of last week's inauguration of President Donald Trump and the accompanying celebrations to be anywhere between $175 million and $200 million. Here are some interesting facts:

  • Republicans and Democrats spend about the same amount for each inaugural celebration when the costs are adjusted for inflation.
  • Each year, critics lament the extraordinary cost.
  • The cost of a Presidential inauguration is split between private donors and taxpayers.

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Research Strange Events in American History

On June 4, 1947, the first high altitude data gathering balloon was launched from the Alamogordo Army Airfield in New Mexico. Officials later determined that remnants of this balloon were discovered on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, prompting the start of what would later become known as the "Roswell Incident." This area still carries an air of mystery, possibly due to an extremely popular feature film directed by Steven Spielberg called Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Incredible Growth of the U.S. Congressional Documents

In June 2007, HeinOnline released the U.S. Congressional Documents collection, which featured comprehensive coverage of the Congressional Record and its predecessors: the Annals of Congress, Register of Debates in Congress, and the Congressional Globe. Check out the original brochure:

Since then, the collection has grown exponentially. In January of 2012, it contained 127 titles, 12,572 volumes, and 4,657,026 pages.

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Trump vs. Clinton

HeinOnline is a politically neutral, image-based, fully searchable legal and government document research database. It happens to be the largest such database, with more than 136 million pages, more than 120,000 titles, nearly 2,300 scholarly journals from inception to current which contain nearly 2 million articles and sections, comprehensive coverage of United States statutory documents, all United States treaties and an entire database of international treaties, all of the world's constitutions, a collection of more than 7,400 classic legal treatises,

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Research Gun Control and the Second Amendment

It's nearly impossible to turn on the news in the United States without learning of a new mass shooting or other deadly incident involving guns. After each incident, the debate over gun control is reignited, with one side calling for stricter regulation of gun sales and ownership and the other side arguing that any type of such restrictions violate the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Regardless of your position on this controversial issue,

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What Are Super PACs?

For those following this year's election, the phrase "super PAC" is probably familiar, but even if you're trying to tune out the 2016 presidential race entirely, you might be interested to learn how super PACs can affect an election.

PAC stands for political action committee, and super PACs are allowed to raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, and individuals and then spend that money to openly advocate for or against a political candidate.

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Who is Merrick Garland?

Last week, President Obama announced his choice for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement. The debate between Republicans and Democrats over whether Merrick Garland will even receive a hearing or vote appears to be far from over, but he is now in the public eye as a possible Supreme Court justice.

Merrick Garland is a U.S. Court of Appeals judge who, as a special assistant to the U.S.

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Why We Still “Spring Forward”

For some, the second Sunday in March means only that their clocks are right for the first time in months. Others might wonder why, in 2016, we continue to follow the antiquated practice of Daylight Saving Time (DST). The basic concept behind DST is energy conservation, and the idea began in Germany during World War I. Eventually, it spread to the rest of Europe and the United States. Check out this infographic,

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The Best Source for Statutory Materials and GPO Publications

HeinOnline is a legal research powerhouse, filled with 60 unique collections, nearly 100,000 titles, and more than 130,000,000 million pages. The database is image-based and fully searchable, and it contains a tremendous depth of content. While other databases have law reviews and government documents dating back to the 1980s, HeinOnline's collections almost always date back to inception. In addition, HeinOnline often has the most current material, making it the most logical source for both historical investigation and today's legal research.

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FRCP: Inception to Current Available in HeinOnline

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) govern civil procedure for all United States federal courts. They are published by the United States Supreme Court in accordance with the Rules Enabling Act, the act of Congress giving the judicial branch this responsibility.

This month, several amendments took effect which impact numerous aspects of civil litigation. This article written by Orrick, a leading global law firm, nicely summarizes the changes,

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