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Darrell Issa Has Been Tweeting the Constitution All Day

How many tweets does it take to get to the end of the supreme law of the United States?

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photo of Marina Koren
September 17, 2013

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif, is celebrating Constitution Day by sharing the United States Constitution with the Twitterverse.

The first tweet went out early this morning to the California lawmaker's roughly 117,000 followers. Issa's Washington office didn't immediately respond to requests for more information, such as who exactly is tweeting—Issa himself, or an intern?—and from which state. 


Issa's Twitter feed then dove headfirst into the Constitution. 

Six hours later, the tweets are still coming. By 4:45 p.m. Eastern time, Issa had made it to Article 4, Section 4, which guarantees every state a "Republican Form of Government" and protection "against Invasion."

Only three articles to go. 

The Constitution, according to this government website, is about 4,501 words. This includes those such as "article" and "section," which Issa includes in his tweets. The entire document is about 26,161 characters, spaces included. On his Twitter feed, Issa is using double quotation marks, which changes things. But, thanks to the hours-long digital reading of the document, we now know the Constitution is made of roughly 187 tweets.

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