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The White House was in the middle of a planned Twitter Q&A @WHLive, a practice the administration has increasingly used to clarify policy topics after the president speaks. Thursday’s topic was student interest rates, and the day’s appointed question-taker, Mark Zuckerman, had just selected his first question when Twitter went down.

Zuckerman resumed the chat about 20 minutes later, when Twitter service resumed.

President Obama, who has made Twitter a cornerstone of his campaign to pressure Congress on extending interest rates, also jumped back on his account to urge supporters to use the hashtag ‪#DontDoubleMyRate‬.

Members were unable to send tweets, too, but it seems the only one to notice was Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDemocrats turn on Al Franken VA slashes program that helps homeless veterans obtain housing: report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Wash.)