The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Contacting the Congress

Contacting the Congress is a very up-to-date database of congressional contact
information for the 109th Congress. As of January 07, 2006 there are 537 email
addresses (of which 476 are Web-based email homepages), and 540 WWW homepages
known for the 540 members of the 109th Congress. More traditional ground mail
addresses are available for all Congressmembers.


Congress Votes Database

This Washington Post site lets you browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since


BBC Open News Archive

For the first time in its history BBC News is opening its archives to the UK
public for a trial period. You can download nearly 80 news reports covering
iconic events of the past 50 years including the fall of the Berlin Wall, crowds
ejecting soldiers from Beijing's Tiananmen Square and behind-the-scenes footage
of the England team prior to their victory over West Germany in 1966.