14 Twitter Feeds To Boost Your Political IQ

No matter where you stand in terms of party lines, there's no denying the impact politics can have on our daily lives. And, in an age where a world of smart, savvy commentary is literally at your fingertips, it's easier than ever to know what's going on. To help you step up your political know-how, we compiled a handy directory of 14 Twitter pros who do a top-notch job of parsing info, breaking stories, and sharing useful intel — all in 140 characters or less. Click through to take your news feed to the next level.

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Photo: Courtesy of Emily's List; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Emily's List, an advocacy and fundraising group that supports pro-choice Democratic women, has an official Twitter feed that provides perspective on female elected officials (and hopefuls), updates on women's rights legislation, and plenty of grown-up girl-power fodder. The organization is helmed by president Stephanie Schriock, and no, "Emily" isn't a real person — it's an acronym for "early money is like yeast," which emphasizes the importance of funding female candidates.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jake Tapper/CNN; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Jake Tapper, CNN's chief Washington correspondent, delivers thoughtful political insight with a healthy dose of humor and ample pop-culture references. Tapper is clearly listening for tweet-able snippets of conversation and RT-worthy zingers from his peers, and we appreciate it.
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Photo: Courtesy of Garance Franke-Ruta; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
The Atlantic senior editor Garance Franke-Ruta covers politics and media, and tweets about both with enough snark to satisfy even the most jaded news fan.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kate Bolduan/CNN; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Co-anchor of CNN's New Day, Kate Bolduan is like a ray of sunshine in a news junkie's feed. Her combo of behind-the-scenes peeks into her life as an anchor and quick, headline-style tweets about the day's news makes for a refreshing change of pace.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jamelle Bouie/The Daily Beast; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Have you gathered that we like our political tweeters to have a solid sense of humor? Case in point: Jamelle Bouie of The Daily Beast. Bouie doesn't shy away from controversy — or confrontation — when it comes to his tweets, which makes his feed pretty irresistible.
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Photo: Courtesy of Al Gore; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Ahh, Al Gore — we can always count on you to be a voice of reason in the political fray. While the former VP's Twitter feed mostly focuses on climate change, he occasionally weighs in on the political circus with level-headed insights. (And, sends nice tweets to his pals, like Nancy Pelosi.)
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Photographed by Bek Andersen; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
The Skimm e-newsletter is already our favorite thing to wake up to each morning, so following the dynamic duo on Twitter is a natural follow-up. Catch pithy references to current events mingled with tweets about day-to-day occurrences, like shopping obsessions, TV, and life as a start-up.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ezra Klein/Washington Post; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Ezra Klein, The Washington Post's official in-house wonk, is also a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributor to MSNBC, so you can pretty much count on him for knowing what's up. If you want to go down the rabbit hole of political insight, follow any of the plentiful links to WonkBlog, his online home.
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Photo: Courtesy of Erin Burnett/CNN; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Anchor of Erin Burnett OutFront, CNN's Erin Burnett mixes up her tweet fodder, shifting from politics to national headlines to global news, which means you click away feeling thoroughly informed.
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Photo: Courtesy of Chuck Todd/NBC; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
NBC News reporter, analyst, and host of MSNBC's The Daily Rundown, Chuck Todd is one busy man. Expect groupings of tweets that comprise a digest of the day's biggest news.
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Photo: Courtesy of Christina Bellantoni/PBS; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
A political editor for PBS' NewsHour, Christina Bellantoni is an avid Twitter user, so you can expect the occasional #tbt and personal Instagram snap in her feed of political updates.
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Photo: Courtesy of Suzy Khimm/MSNBC; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
MSNBC national news reporter Suzy Khimm manages a rapid-fire feed that not only documents developments as they happen, but also breaks down bigger stories into two or three easily digestible tweets.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Daily Show; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Yes, we're including The Daily Show in our list of political Twitter feeds. Unlike some anchors, host Jon Stewart has a remarkable knack for engaging politicos of all sorts, and the extended versions of those interactions end up posted here. Also, the tweets are funny.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sam Stein; Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
We follow Sam Stein, political editor and White House correspondent for The Huffington Post, for his dry humor and political savvy — and apparently, so do a lot of others. Stein recently had to delete a joke tweet about President Obama delaying a speech so he and Michelle could see Gravity, because so many other reporters believed it. Whoops!