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In Washington tweets this week: recruiting Betty White and taking inspiration from Harry Potter

The holidays are over, and most Washingtonians have returned to their desks—including the men and women of Congress. Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony brought faces new and old to the Capitol, and many congressional tweeters professed their goals for the upcoming session. Some approach the fresh start with enthusiasm; others, with seasoned cynicism. In any case, we’re looking forward to seeing what the newest senators and representatives have to say over the coming months.

Representative Charles Rangel: @cbrangel Today is the beginning of the New Congress. I am FIRED UP! READY TO GO!!

Not even censure can keep Representative Rangel from approaching the first day back as if it were a pep rally.

Senator Barbara Mikulski: @SenatorBarb Thanks for all the kind words on becoming longest-serving female Senator. The history of the women in the Senate is short – about 4’11”

Genuinely amusing congressional humor—a rare treat.

Karl Rove: @KarlRove Here’s a great way to start the day—with @foxandfriends and a giant chessboard with life-sized pieces. Tune in at 6:30 AM ET.

Is he talking about a real chessboard, or just his outlook on life? And we hope he’s not taking too much away from Harry Potter.

Rich Amons: @RichAmons @GoldenK9 @bravoandy Your very kind, stay tuned as I am trying to get Betty White to come live with us and help straighten up Congress!

Now that would make good reality television.

Senator Orrin Hatch: @OrrinHatch Heading home. Sen. Dems stuck trying to work out a procedural power grab to get their liberal agenda thru. No real work until end of month

That’s the spirit!

Representative Dennis Ross: @RepDennisRoss About time the Constitution was heard on the House floor again. Lets not forget it isn’t just for nostalgia…it is law!

And all this time we thought it was just a plot device for Nicolas Cage movies.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: @NancyPelosi I’m now @NancyPelosi–2 characters shorter than @SpeakerPelosi. RTers rejoice!

We’ve got to hand it to the former Speaker for finding a silver lining.

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