Lawmakers tweet up a storm in D.C.

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Congress has spent the past year learning to tweet. More than a third of members are doing it now. And if you thought the minute-to-minute musings of your best friends were boring (“I need coffee . . . I just saw a snowflake”) just wait.

Now we know that at 1:41 p.m on Dec. 15, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) set out to deliver his holiday fruitcakes. Or that on Jan. 21 at 6:13 a.m. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) was reading “Three Cups of Tea” and thought it was “great so far.” Or that at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) was excited to learn his state’s own Stefanie Wittler had taken third place in the Miss America contest: “Strong woman. Great family!”

It came to our attention last year that lawmakers better known for bellowing and bloviating were starting to tweet. We caught them doing it in the middle of one of President Obama’s first big televised speeches.

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