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The Congressional Record is now Universal

Posted by Lisa Caplan on July 9th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

In an election year in particular, but in truth most of the time, the news and those who watch it are focused on the Executive branch of government. The Judiciary gets big press when it makes a major decision too. But the Legislative branch only seems worth mentioning when it up or down votes something important to the President or a rival, when it impacts the party’s agenda or a member makes a public spectacle of him/herself. That’s not a good thing. The President gets the glory and the Supreme Court judges get the job security, but much of what makes up the day to day running of government happens in the two houses of Congress. And an election year means many sitting members positions are at stake as is their party's power. If the last few years have shown anything, it’s that not much gets accomplished when Congress doesn’t want it to.

Enter The Congressional Record recently updated to a universal build. Not only does it give you access to what’s actually going on in the House of Representative and the Senate, but it also provides the information without the editorializing and politicking that has become the norm in regular broadcast and many print news sources. The app isn’t flashy but it lets you browse records going back to 1995, and identifies the latest bills and resolutions before the houses. It has the same records you’d find in the Library of Congress divided into four sections: Senate, House, Extension of Remarks, and Entire Issue. There is also a convenient Daily Digest. You can perform keyword searches for persons and issues of interest, share documents by email and save to most iPad PDF apps for annotation or further sharing.

Like the Congress The Congressional Record app may lack glamor, but it has an important and underrated purpose. It’s also free, so grab it and get yourself informed long before you head to the voting booth.

The White House

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Kyle Flanigan on February 1st, 2010
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C-Span debuts on App Store - Free

Posted by Kyle Flanigan on December 9th, 2009
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

C-SPAN, the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network which broadcasts coverage of government proceedings and public affairs programming, has launched its first application (free) bringing a number of these services to the iPhone and iPod Touch. These services are:

C-SPAN Radio
C-SPAN: Live coverage of House of Representatives
C-SPAN 2: Live coverage of Senate

The application is light and quick to load on an iPhone 3G, but there is a distinct lack of iPhone integration and features commonly seen in the majority of third party applications - the design is lacking a certain something. There is no live video, but the radio stream quality is excellent. It also works over 3G.

We'll keep you posted as updates for this long-awaited application arrive, until then you can download it for free by visiting its App Store page here: http://bit.ly/4IRa0d

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