Politwoops Deleted Tweets from Politicians

An archive of the public statements deleted by U.S. politicians. Explore the tweets they would prefer you couldn't see.

To meet the Twitter API Terms of Service, all deleted tweets shown here since June 22, 2012 have been reviewed and approved by the Sunlight Foundation.

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Xavier Becerra (D) @RepBecerra

Joining @KNX1070 shortly to talk about how we need to build trust btwn communities & local law enforcement. Tune in: http://t.co/aQbAzZBxJL

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Tom Graves (R) @RepTomGraves

RT @HouseAppropsGOP: .@RepTomGraves: The bill presses the beauty of the Capitol, provides security for visitors & staff, and ensures Congress provides services.

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Lynn Westmoreland (R) @RepWestmoreland

I'm chairing the @FinancialCmte housing/insurance subcommittee hearing. Watch here --> http://t.co/1wBj71bVxn

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Senator Rubio Press (R) @SenRubioPress

Desperation for IranDeal causing Obama to elevate politics over policy,legacy over leadership,adversaries over allies http://t.co/Mu75xpOXW3

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Elijah E. Cummings (D) @RepCummings

RT @SenatorPugh: The destruction of our communities will only hurt those living in them. We must move our community forward with solutions not violence.

Rep Donna F Edwards (D) @repdonnaedwards

Watch me testify on Clean Water Protection rulemaking. Thank you #EPA & #USACEHQ employees for protecting our environment & public health.

U.S. Rep. Billy Long (R) @USRepLong

#House is debating #VA, Military Construction & #Energy, water appropriations bills. Earliest approps start since 1974 #TakingCareOfBusiness

Lynn Westmoreland (R) @RepWestmoreland

Thank you to the Concerned Veterans for America for your service to our nation, & for meeting with me in DC today. http://t.co/DHsTZ6ArQC

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Marco Rubio (R) @marcorubio

You have until midnight TONIGHT to get your limited-edition t-shirt. Click here & donate NOW! http://t.co/Vb1xBrQwFR http://t.co/UHRKPaHLET

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Jan Schakowsky (D) @RepSchakowsky

Don't forget--this year's Ultimate Women's Power Lunch is coming up on May 18th! Sign up today!... http://t.co/ZyQzXNvvNF

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The White House (D) @WhiteHouse

RT @Marlon4Mason: Thank you to my 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Wittenberg who sparked my interest in government and politics. #ThankATeacher http://t.co/1IiYygqNiI

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Darrell E. Issa (R) @TeamIssa

Labor unions take forced fees from 550,000 nonmembers http://t.co/0aR5pHOqu6

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Maxine Waters (D) @MaxineWaters

RT @RepGutierrez: 10am @RepGutierrez + @MaxineWaters +MOCs & @NAACP @citizenship4all presser on GOP hearing on Birthright Citizenship http://t.co/YOOt5LQMLU

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U.S. Rep. Billy Long (R) @USRepLong

It’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve on the escort committee for PM Shinzo’s address to Congress.

Mo Brooks (R) @RepMoBrooks

A wonderful 61st birthday present - 5:45 AM bike ride to Virginia for congressional baseball practice. http://t.co/bp6qsyzowg

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John McCain (R) @SenJohnMcCain

Great seeing my friend Vitali Klitschko - #boxing champ, mayor of Kiev & patriot for #Ukraine! http://t.co/5nF2SqbHR1

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