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Wilson tweeters identify themselves

After hiring new media strategists to tweet for him last week, tweeters on Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-S.C.) account are identifying themselves as separate from the congressman himself.

Wilson enlisted the David All Group, a conservative new media firm, to jump-start his vigorous defense after he heckled the president last week.

The last tweet made on Wilson's feed contained a "[staff]" signature, indicating Wilson did not write it himself:

[staff] President Obama on 60 Minutes: "He apologized afterwards, which I appreciated. I've said so." http://bit.ly/1572F4

Before today, it was unclear who was tweeting for Wilson in lieu of his use of strategists.

After he shouted "you lie'" during President Barack Obama's speech last Wednesday, Wilson faced a slew of criticism from lawmakers in both parties. Some Democratic leaders indicated that the House could vote to condemn Wilson if he does not apologize on the House floor.

Wilson publicly apologized for his comments, but has said that he won't do it again.

Since he has been under siege, Wilson, with the help of All, has stepped up his public relations effort to rescue his image and bolster his reelection effort.

Before the outburst, Wilson was an infrequent tweeter but his account now tweets 10-15 times a day. He tweeted a total of 19 times in August.

The fifth-term Republican has attracted a great deal of attention in the Twitterverse, gaining around 9,000 followers since the president's speech (he had just over 2,000 before).

Wilson was also the most popular topic of conversation on Twitter the night of the speech, and still remains in the top ten "trending topics" on the site.

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Jimmy Fallon solicits questions for John McCain

The host of NBC's "Late Night" Jimmy Fallon took to Twitter to ask his followers what he should ask tonight's guest, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

The former Saturday Night Live star specifically requested that audience members submit questions on healthcare reform. The new media-savvy Fallon has previously used Twitter to collect questions for celebrities appearing on his show.

Fallon tweeted Monday:

Sen. John McCain on the show tonight & we want questions for him from you. @ reply back here and I'll pick some for the show. Thanks.

Great ?s so far for @SenJohnMcCain. We want questions about the Health Care issue too - send away.

Fallon took over the "Late Show" reins from Conan O'Brien in June, when the latter became the new host of the "Tonight Show."

McCain is no stranger to the late night television circuit over the years. The senator famously canceled an appearance on CBS' "Late Show" with David Letterman.

Here is his "excuse" for bailing on Dave:


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W.H. casually previews Obama Wall St. speech

The White House used a bit of slang on Monday to preview President Barack Obama's financial speech on Wall Street this afternoon.

On Twitter, the White House said that the president's speech is what's "on tap" for today:

On tap: 12:10 Obama speaks straight to Wall St on financial reform 1 year after Lehman fall, when many predicted depression

The White House new media staff operates its official Twitter account.

In July, the White House had the real stuff "on tap" during certain a "summit" on the grounds at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.


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'Joe Wilson' still Twitter trending topic

Five days after his outburst during President Obama's address made headlines, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) remains a trending topic on Twitter, showing the sticking power of his outburst last Wednesday.

'Joe Wilson' is the tenth-ranked trending topic on the microblogging site on Monday. Trending topics track the ten most popular topics of conversation on Twitter. The topics usually change by hour and day.

Just about an hour after Wilson shouted "you lie!" at the president, his name became Twitter's top topic.

Wilson shouted his comment after President Obama said that his health reform plan will not cover illegal immigrants.

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Wilson thanks supporters in latest tweets

An embattled Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) tweeted a "thank you" video to his more than 10,000 followers on Sunday.

"I'm really grateful to hear from persons on Twitter, Facebook. It means a lot to me," the congressman said in the video. "The overwhelming, encouraging comments -- it's just an honor to represent people who care so much about the truth as I do. And we can make a difference... and I look forward to working with you in the future."

Wilson has every reason to be thankful. His recent new media blitz, including his decision to hire a professional Twitterer, has added about $1 million to his campaign war chest since Wednesday. His remarks, however, have also empowered his chief Democratic opponent, Rob Miller, to raise an impressive $1.2 million in four days. The two candidates are within single digits of each other, a poll revealed last week.

Although many of Wilson's colleagues still want him to apologize to Congress, the South Carolina Republican also said Sunday he would do no such thing. He tweeted that, too, this weekend, and later published a third tweet to thank politicians and pundits who agreed with his decision:

"Just completed Fox News Sunday, Sen.Graham and Bill Kristol were very thoughtful vouching for me. I appreciate overwhelming support, joe"


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Town hall group receives bomb threat

FreedomWorks, a conservative group that organized protests at healthcare town halls last month, reportedly received a bomb threat at their Washington offices on Friday.

The group, which is headed by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), shared the news on Twitter.

Their official feed tweeted today:

RT @thomasjkeeley Bomb threat at the freedomworks office http://twitpic.com/hcinq (everyone is ok... the show must go on!)

Thanks for the concern everyone. While this turned out to be a false alarm, we obviously have to take these things seriously. #912dc

Other details about the threat were not immediately available.

Here is a picture of a police unit at their headquarters in the nation's capital:


Bomb threat at town hall


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Hatch tweets latest gripe with college football bowls

The most outspoken opponent of the college football bowls in Congress took to Twitter Friday to register his latest complaint with the way college football selects its national champion.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said that Brigham Young University's win over the University of Oklahoma on Saturday "[made] his case" against the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), a computerized ranking system that determines who will play for the national championship at the end of the season.

The Republican Judiciary Committee member has called for a congressional investigation of the BCS. Oklahoma was ranked third in the country before the BYU game but is now number 13 in the AP's Top 25 poll.

Their loss significantly diminished the team's chances of contending for the championship just one game into the season.

Hatch tweeted:

If this doesn't make my case against the BCS, I don't know what does. http://bit.ly/3J0o3E #BYU #BCS #NCAAfootball

Here is an exerpt from the Sports Illustrated piece linked in his tweet:

"Fundamentally unfair," Hatch called the BCS, which is why last spring, he conducted a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee to explore whether the BCS violates federal antitrust law. He thinks it does, and he can filibuster or fill a notebook with the reasons why. Regardless of what happens with BYU this year, Hatch wants fundamental change to the system -- and he makes the point that it's a rare matter on which President Obama and he agree.


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TOP TWEETS

Remembering 9/11 - Sen. David Vitter (R-La.)
'With heavy hearts, we remember' - Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.)
Thinking about the innocent victims - Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.)
Never forget - Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
Loan program good news - Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
The need for social media - Price Floyd (DoD)
The day the world changed forever - Manan Trivdei (D-Pa.)
We must win war on terror - Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
Moving ceremony at Pa. 9/11 site - Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.)
POTUS' Day of Service - Mark Knoller (CBS News)

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McCaskill heaps praise on Buffett

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) came away impressed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett after a lunch meeting Senate Democrats held with him Thursday.

During the meeting, Buffett, who is the second richest man in the world, recommended that wealthy Americans pay higher taxes.

The tip from the "Oracle of Omaha" came as Congress considers healthcare reform legislation and steep federal deficits.

McCaskill tweeted on Friday:

Meeting w/ Warren Buffet yesterdy was terrific.Funny,super smart, successful,optimistic,capitalist,grounded,humble,& a Democrat. Great combo

"He said rich people are not paying enough taxes," McCaskill said after the meeting Thursday. "It was interesting to see someone who is such an aggressive capitalist, who believes so much in our capitalist system, saying we’ve got the scales way too heavily toward people who are very, very wealthy."

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Lawmakers tweet 9/11 memories

On the eighth anniversary of the attacks, politicians and other political types are taking to Twitter to share their memories of the September 11, 2001 terrorist strikes that destroyed the World Trade Center and parts of the Pentagon.

Islamic terrorists aboard United Flight 93 were also thwarted from hitting their target by passengers on board. the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa.

This morning, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama observed a moment of silence on the South Lawn at 8:46, the time when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower. The president will also attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Pentagon memorial later today.

The tweets below are the most up-to-date compilation of 9/11 tweets. More of them are sure to flow in as they day goes.

Here are the tweets:

Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) said:

My deepest condolences to all those who lost a loved one eight years ago on 9/11. One of the most tragic days in the history of our country

The Democratic Governors Association said:

Eight years later, we still mourn and we still remember.

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) said:

We all remember Sept 11. We have not forgotten. Say a prayer, renew our promise-never again. Share your thoughts.http://tinyurl.com/lvdor3

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) said:

We should pause and remember the thousands of innocent people who lost their lives to such a senseless tragedy 8 years ago today.

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Dodd.) said on Friday morning:

Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones in the attacks, particularly our neighbors across Connecticut.

We hope that they find solace in the knowledge that a nation stands with them.

We also feel pride in a nation whose resolve remains unshaken, and whose spirit of community grows only stronger in the wake of tragedy.

The events of eight years ago showed that we live in a dangerous world, but America’s response showed that we live in a remarkable country.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) said:

8 years ago we awoke to attacks on our nation. America and world were forever changed. Now: Day of Remembrance and Day of Service.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) said:

Remembering all the fallen heroes of 9/11. We will never forget the sacrifice of our Law Enforcement and Emergency Responders. Thank you!

Republican strategist Kevin Madden said Friday:

8 years ago I was in my office on Capitol Hill when the world changed. still amazed at how many details i remember from that moment, day

I remember hustling down Penn Ave away from the Capitol, seeing/hearing military fighter jets scrambling in the air above us

MSNBC's David Shuster said regarding the stalled construction of the Freedom Tower at the WTC site:

8 years after 9-11 and the nyc skyline still reflects the wishes of al-qaeda. Shame on us.

ABC News' Rick Klein said this morning:

literal jaw-drop moment. work called and I thought what's best way to get to Boston Globe bldg w/o getting attacked - car or subway?

spent most of the day at underground bunker in Framingham, Mass., where @jswifthunt and Mass. officials were running operations

walking back to my house that night remember seeing every star in sky - no movement, w/ no planes. incredibly clear evening

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said:

We must never ever forget or let our guard down. God Bless the families who lost loved ones 8 years ago this morning.

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) said:

9/11 - remembering, honoring through service http://bit.ly/RMkDe

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) said:

Remembering those tragically lost on Sept 11 and saluting those who continue to serve, at home and overseas, every day.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) said:

On the way to fox and friends. Today we are focusing on 9-11 and the lessons to be learned from that terrible day newt

Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.) said:

Encouraging all citizens to fly flags at half-staff and observe a moment of silence at 8:46 am to remember the victims and heroes of 9/11.

Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said:

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said:

We must always remember what we lost that day & join with every American in the fierce and solemn promise: never again.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) said:

9/11 We will never forget. Make sure to thank a firefighter, officer or military member

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said:

On this tragic anniversary, we remember those we lost, we honor those who rushed in and those who put on the uniform: http://ow.ly/oXRd<

Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) said:

Remembering 9/11/01 and honoring those that lost their lives. Never Forget! #tcot

Also, check the Twitter feeds ABC News' Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper and conservative blogger Allahpundit for vivid, detailed firsthand accounts of their experiences on the ground in DC and New York City respectively.

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