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June 19, 1964: The Senate Passes Civil Rights Act

On this day in 1964, the Senate passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2. The landmark act barred discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin in public facilities — such as restaurants, theaters, or hotels. Discrimination in hiring practices was also outlawed. The Civil Rights Act paved the way for future anti-discrimination legislation, including the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

To learn more about milestones in the Civil Rights Movement, visit Eyes on the Prize online.


Photo: President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. Martin Luther King, Jr. is among those looking on. (National Archives and Records Administration)

His last words were "Aloha." →

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye has died at age 88, his office confirmed Monday night.

His last words, according to a statement released by his staff, were “Aloha”.

Inouye has been hospitalized since early December due to respiratory problems.  His cause of death was “respiratory complications”.

A new UMass Amherst Poll released today found that Elizabeth Warren has opened up a four point lead on Scott Brown, 43%-39%. →


Warren’s lead in the poll was within the margin of error, but the Democratic challenger leads Sen. Brown in several key areas. Warren leads Brown 38%-32% on the question of which candidate would do a better job handling the economy. She also leads the Republican incumbent, 40%-29% on healthcare, and 37%-30% on taxes. Brown leads Warren 33%-25% on the handling of terrorism.

h/t @gracels

ShortFormBlog: Elizabeth Warren will run for Senate in Massachusetts, taking on Scott Brown →



  • then President Obama decided that Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren wouldn’t head up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Despite the CFPB being Warren’s brainchild, it was clear the GOP would not vote for her confirmation in any measure.
  • now Warren’s set her sights on a job for…


Elizabeth Warren Launches Exploratory Committee For Possible Senate Run Against Scott Brown


Elizabeth Warren, the former Obama adviser and consumer protection advocate, launched an exploratory committee Thursday, the next step toward a possible Senate challenge to Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

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Here are the 26 Senate no votes on the Debt Deal (74-26)

David Petraeus unanimously confirmed as new CIA chief


  • 94-0 Senate vote confirming Petraeus as CIA director source

» The big shuffle continues: With Robert Gates’ retirement, and Leon Panetta imminently poised to become the new Secretary of Defense, the Senate has voted to confirm General David Petaeus to take Panetta’s old job. Petraeus had been serving as the Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, but will be departing to become the number one man of the government agency we all think of when we think about high-level secrecy. Of note in this confirmation — ninety-four to nothing! Even in a thoroughly divided Washington, it’s clear Petraeus is still one of the most politically popular people to stand in support of, no matter the political party.

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June 2, 1986 - This is the first U.S. Senate session aired by C-SPAN

“Today begins the video history book.” - Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) on TV in the Senate - @cspan

(Video: click the pic)


Imagining C-SPAN’s New Soundtrack

What would C-SPAN look like with a more modern soundtrack? In this video we sub out the network’s traditional 17th century chamber music for the likes of jazz, trip hop and pop.

(via Roll Call)

NYT NEWS ALERT: Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut Will Not Seek a Fourth Term 

Arlen Specter, the longest serving U.S. Senator in Pennsylvania history, lost his primary race Tuesday to Rep. Joe Sestak