Category Archives: Politics

Who has served the longest in the U.S. Senate?

Here’s an interesting blog post from Pete Basofin at the Sacramento Bee.  It was written shortly before Sen. Ted Kennedy died but is still relevant.  There’s a list of the longest serving Senators.

There’s also a list of how many senators have died in office since the beginning of this country’s founding.  To get that list, you have to link to Political Graveyard, which is worth linking here.  It’s a large biographical database of living and dead politicians.


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Economic indicators and resources for journalists

Here are some good resources for our current national economic crisis that I’ve discovered lately:

Al’s Morning Meeting put together a good resouce about the auto industry bailout.

These next resources come from Librarians’ Internet Index.


This resource from the U.S. Census bureau provides daily updates on key economic indicators, such as the food industry, construction, residential sales and more. There is a link to the releases and a calendar showing when the releases are scheduled.

Information of Business Recessions and Recoveries

This is from the NBER Business Cycle Dating committee and among other things gives you the beginning and ending dates of U.S. recessions.

Economic Indicators

This is the monthly compilation of indicators which covers more than the daily source listed above.  I recommend that you click on tab labeled A-Z Resource List for a good look at what’s here and links to the reports.

This is a good page from the NYTimes on President-Elect Barack Obama’s new administration. There are profiles of selected and potential members

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Politifact from the St. Petersburg Times

Have you ever read rhetoric from one presidential candidate or another and wondered how close to the truth it is?  Well, Politifact’s tagline is ‘Sorting Out the Truth in Politics’. 

That’s a big order, but the St. Petersburg Times and The Congressional Quarterly have some great news researchers onboard to help track down the truth.

The site is eye-catching and easy to use.  The Truth-O-Meter is a wry touch. 

 This great 2008 campaign site was launched yesterday. Here’s a little of what Tim Rozgonyi, research editor at St. Petersburg has to say about it:

“it represents an attempt to authoratively fact check many of the claims that come out of the 2008 presidential campaign. If they’re right on the money, we’ll say it. If they’re telling half truths, we’ll give you the rest of the story. If they’re just plain wrong, we’ll say that and then we’ll tell you what the truth is.”

You are encouraged to participate by sending them a factoid to investigate.  Have at it!

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