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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Johnny Isakson (R) @SenatorIsakson

Johnny & @SaxbyChambliss criticize FAA's imprudent furloughs that are causing major airport delays across country. http://t.co/zouWCTgxHL

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Johnny Isakson (R) @SenatorIsakson

Johnny is skyping with students from Dr. Tures' PoliSci class at @LaGrangeCollege. http://t.co/afMvLoMHFh

Rick Scott (R) @FLGovScott

Celebrating #FLBootDay at the FL Capitol today. http://t.co/87KxHa2CcV

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Jim Inhofe (R) @jiminhofe

RT if you agree that we can and should reduce violent crime without compromising constitutional rights. #Protect2A http://t.co/PfFGNdTlT8

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Rep. Bob Gibbs (R) @RepBobGibbs

On Saturday, April 23 I was honored to present Mr. Cole w/ 6 Service Medals. Thank you for your 24 years of service. http://t.co/RUl7DEYllj

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Luke Messer (R) @LukeMesserIN

Check out my article for the need for tax reform http://t.co/XscKGiamHp

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Larry Bucshon, MD (R) @RepLarryBucshon

RT @INDOTSouthwest: #REMINDER the SR 161 "Blue Bridge" from Spencer Co into Owensboro will have nightly closures April 21 - 25 8pm - 5am CDT

Randy Weber (R) @WeberforTexas

ICYMI: Congressman Weber speaks on the House Floor about the Keystone Pipeline. http://t.co/kj77uELZKT

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Mike Fitzpatrick (R) @RepFitzpatrick

ICYMI: Five House committees issued interim progress reports on their investigations into the attacks on the U.S.... http://t.co/25zlAF4K38

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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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