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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Cong. Tim Huelskamp (R) @CongHuelskamp

@andrewbrietbart enjoyed talking with you last week at CPAC. Check out this video of Geithner #budget hearing coverage: http://t.co/ZXR1v7yB

Mark Kirk (R) @SenatorKirk

UPDATE: Dr. Harvey of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago says Kirk is "adapting well to the rehabilitation program"...

Newt Gingrich (R) @newtgingrich

Politwoops no longer follows this account.
Do you wan to me a Newt 2012 "influencer". Join 1000s of others and post our message across your social networks. http://t.co/tub6WYnN

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Trey Gowdy (R) @TGowdySC

ICYMI-from yesterday's Violence Against Women's hearing in Judiciary. http://t.co/0mwIeCAz

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Dean Heller (R) @DeanHeller

Congrats to Emmy for being elected Carson High's Student Body President. Well done Madame President.

David Vitter (R) @DavidVitter

Just attended press conf in #NOLA. I worked for months w/ @GEcapital & local officials to bring 200+ good IT jobs to La http://t.co/fySDZMKw

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Justin Amash (R) @justinamash

Here's the roll call for the Labrador of ID Part A Amendment 19 to H R 3408, which reduces federal regulatory... http://t.co/qN76wgBo

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Mario Diaz- Balart (R) @MarioDB

Further proof that the administration should stop giving unilateral concessions to Castro. http://t.co/pGPpIXiE Real change is imminent.

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CongressmanBobTurner (R) @USRepBobTurner

Politwoops no longer follows this account.
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Justin Amash (R) @justinamash

February 17, 2012 The Honorable Barack Obama President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington,... http://t.co/qS90msKS

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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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