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Tweet Beat: Chuck Grassley’s Shorthand Edition

The best of Washington’s week on Twitter

The news this week was rough on all of us. From the ongoing aftermath of the Japanese earthquake to the death of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, emotions ran high. Most of our NCAA brackets are in the toilet, and to top it all off, Knut, the beloved German polar bear, died from brain complications. How did Washington’s ubiquitous Twitter personalities deal with so much tragedy? Read on to find out.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley: @ChuckGrassley
‘Quit complaining abt my Twitter shorthand I know how to spell But Twitter limit is 120 characters’
Okay, we’ll stop. But now we’ll complain that you don’t know that the Twitter limit is actually 140 characters. (That was only 135 characters, and we didn’t use shorthand at all! It’s possible, Chuck!)

House Speaker John Boehner: @SpeakerBoehner
‘@FoxNews: “After Gas Pains, Consumers Hit With Skyrocketing Grocery Bill”’
Whoever wrote that FoxNews headline is probably chuckling under his or her breath.

Chef Michael Voltaggio: @MVoltaggio  ‘I’m pretty sure our military is currently using up all the bomb @Anthony_Evan: I’m craving some bomb risotto.’
Do you put that much Zing! in your delicious dishes?

Newt Gingrich: @newtgingrich ‘Here is a picture @CallyGingrich took of me and Knut the polar bear when we visited him in May 2007:’
If any 2012 presidential hopefuls want a shot at winning, they should pose only with cute, fluffy baby animals.

Howard Kurtz: @HowardKurtz  ‘AP on Newt’s flip on Libya, now opposing intervention: Newt Gingrich has met his first debate opponent of the 2012 campaign season: himself.’
Well, at least he’s got the whole cute-animal thing going for him.

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