Under What Rules Does the Senate Operate Impeachment Trials?

There are a set of rules – 26 in total -under which the Senate carries out its mandate for an impeachment trial. A more understandable explanation for the process is found here; you can also find an informative primer at this site.

 

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Fire Statistics in the United States

Fire in the United States 2008-2017 is a compilation of various statistics, graphs, and data points highlighting the trends of fires over the above decade. While the number of fire related injuries have decreased, the number of fire deaths and dollar loss have increased. On average over this decade, there have been 3,190 deaths, 16,225 civilian injuries, and $14.7B resulting from 1.34 million fires annually. Needless to say, the California wildfires, as well as others, have had an impact of the overall trends examined in this report.

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National Security Reports – December 2019 Update

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Christmas Annuals

This type of publication has been around for almost two hundred years and is still popular today. Produced by magazine publishers, these once-yearly special issues were given as Christmas presents; many contained copious stories and illustrations and were expensively bound in leather with gold lettering. Forget-Me-Not published by Rudolph Ackermann is generally acknowledged as the first of its kind, appearing in 1823.

Select volumes can be seen at Nineteenth Century British & American Literary Annuals (University of South Carolina); The Belgravia Annual (Online Books Page);  Forget-Me-Not and Juvenile Forget-Me-Not (HathiTrust); Beeton’s Christmas Annual (HathiTrust); Boy’s Own Annual (HathiTrust); and Routledge’s Christmas Annual (Online Books Page).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How the Victorians Celebrated Christmas

This delightfully informative online exhibit from The British Library is replete with links and visuals to give us an understanding of Christmas through Victorian eyes.

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“Christmas Carol” on Film

Almost 400 versions of this venerable title can be accessed here, from Blackadder’s Christmas Carol to a 1969 animated version shown on ABC to the 1910 interpretation done by the Thomas Edison studio. This latter title was  remastered, retitled, tinted, and supplied with a new soundtrack in 2010; for the original, please come here.

 

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Hundreds of Christmas Broadsides

Brown University has a very large collection of broadsides – Harris Broadsides Collection – of which over 15,000 are available online;  here are the almost 1,000 dealing with Christmas.

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