Congress

Congressional pages have snowball fight in 1923

Republicans vs. Democrats Congressional Snowball Fight

How fun is this old photo taken on December 14th, 1923? It shows a large group of boys who were Congressional pages on both sides of the aisle, battling it out with snowballs. I’d love to see Members of Congress...

freshman members of Congress 1947

Photo of Boyish Kennedy and Nixon

Whoa, this is cool. If you haven’t seen this before, it’s a photo from 1947 when both Kennedy and Nixon were member of the House of Representatives. Kennedy looks like he’s 18 and Nixon about 23.

the Capitol Building

Stop Blaming Washington

Don’t blame Washington for the failures of a dysfunctional Congress. We don’t blame the city of New York for the financial implosion of 2008. We don’t blame St. Louis, Milwaukee, or Lynchburg, Tennessee for our college binge drinking culture or...

a proposed map of the federal district in Washington (1970)

1970 Plan to Cede D.C. Land to Maryland

Now this is interesting. It’s part of the ongoing debate about home rule here, as well as D.C. statehood. How can we really be autonomous if Congress controls our budget and we aren’t even represented in Congress? In 1970, Representative...

Counting Electoral College Votes in 1917

This is another great photo, again from the Library of Congress. The caption states that it is the counting of electoral votes for the 1916 Presidential Election, in which Woodrow Wilson beat Charles Hughes. I’m unclear why this count would...