Appreciating Congress's Web savvy
Aside from restaurant Web sites, there's perhaps nothing uglier than the messes of clip art and beveled buttons that pass for congressional Web pages. But there is one way in which Congress is truly Web-savvy, and fairly under-appreciated for it: Almost all hearings are webcast.
Right now, for instance, I'm watching some of the country's finest lawyers testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the constitutionality of the individual mandate. A bit later today, a written version of their testimony is likely to pop up on the committee's Web site. As recently as a decade ago, the ability to watch most congressional hearings was limited to those who were able to physically attend the hearing itself. Today, anyone with a broadband connection can benefit from the same testimony and conversations that members of Congress are using to inform their decisions. It's a neat advance, and one that I think more people might enjoy taking advantage of.
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