Politics & Government

June 16, 2009 3:36 PM

Twitter brings a new language to an old institution, the Senate

The irony of the U.S. Senate today is that while its members still use language from the 19th Century to address one another — referring to one another in floor debate as the "distinguished gentlelady from Missouri" and so forth — they've embraced Twitter, the 140-character per thought social network. But there's another tradition tugging at members: The need to keep the folks back home informed — and get re-elected.

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