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A Tumblr Full of McCaskill's Thoughts

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 9 2009

Senator Claire McCaskill

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, already at the bleeding edge of congressional Twitter action, is on to something new: Tumblr. (via Noel Hidalgo) Perhaps a good way to think about Tumblr, if you're not familiar with it, is as what the offspring of a mating of Twitter and Blogger would look like -- a running stream of photos, videos, quick links, thoughts, and musings. McCaskill announced her plan to begin Tumblring via, naturally, Twitter: "Startng tumblr blog tomorrow to give longer replies when appropriate& to post darned spinach recipe that many have asked for!"

Here's that darned spinach recipe.

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