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[TODAY] Obama turns to Twitter to press Republicans

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is pressing Republicans to change their minds on the debt-ceiling debate 140 characters at a time. The president put his political organization to work on the social network last week, mobilizing supporters on Twitter for the Washington wrangling over raising the federal debt limit. With 9.4 million followers, @barackobama, the president's campaign Twitter feed, is the third most followed on the service, sandwiched between pop music stars Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber and Britney Spears and Katy Perry, according to fanpagelist.com. A day after Obama's campaign aides posted more than 100 Twitter messages urging followers to pressure their lawmakers to find a compromise in the debt-ceiling standoff, Obama's campaign Twitter feed had just one posting as of 7 p.m. Eastern time yesterday. The end of the Twitter blitz came as lawmakers sought to...

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