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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!