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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Gwen Moore (D) @RepGwenMoore

Somebody get the hook for Dirty Harry. #RNC

Steve Cohen (D) @RepCohen

Sen Rubio and Gov Romney talk about college loans and education yet they r 4 cutting Pell grants!#msnbc2012

Steve Cohen (D) @RepCohen

No biz experience(Pres) so one heart beat away is lifetime government employee and politico Rep Ryan

Rep. Keith Ellison (D) @keithellison

Nothing like 80's coke addicted James Brown to close out a Republican convention #GOPconvention

Steve Cohen (D) @RepCohen

Make my day #Clint Eastwood -go back to your day job!

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Senator Ben Cardin (D) @SenatorCardin

Cool, I'm about to reach 11,000 followers! See the rest of my stats at Twitter Counter: http://t.co/XPqOmnmI

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Bruce Braley (D) @BruceBraley

Politwoops no longer follows this account.
"Pick yourself up ... dust yourself off ... start all over again." @BreakingBad_AMC It's so BAD ... it's good.

The White House (D) @WhiteHouse

RT @deafear: @HildaSolisDOL WE NEED NATIONAL WORKERS UNION! LABOR LAWS 2 FEW 2 WEAK! WORKING PEEPS SLAVES 2 WALL ST! #HappyLaborDay #union #solidarity

Steve Cohen (D) @RepCohen

Waiting Atlanta airporyt/flight d

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On June 3, 2015, the Sunlight Foundation received word from Twitter that it was pulling the plug on Politwoops, reversing an agreement made in 2012 that allowed us to run the project using its API. The last deletions we have archived are from May 15, 2015. Please read our 'Eulogy for Politwoops' for more detail.

While we may no longer be able to publish deleted tweets, we're still working hard to advocate for more and better open data and to create tools that promote transparency and hold our government accountable.

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