As mentioned earlier, Carl Malamud has been campaigning to get the real, juicy, usually most important parts of Congressional deliberations -- the numerous committee hearings that take place each day, not just the kabuki-like stylized rhetoric of the House and Senate floor so familiar from C-Span -- availabile for searchable, free, downloads on the internet. Most committees already produce their own webcasts, but there is no easy, standardized way to get at them.

Malamud has just released what he calls an "unsolicited report" to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the importance and practicality of his scheme. It is worth reading -- and, from what I can tell, worth implementing. Check it out.