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Congress in One Word

June 19, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

The Sunlight Foundation yesterday launched a really cool new site: CapitolWords. It’s insanely simple – for every day Congress is in session, the site displays the word that was spoken most frequently in the House and Senate or inserted in the Congressional Record. Yesterday’s hot word was “oil.” The day before that, “health.” This is a great tool for tracking trends in the issues Congress deems most worthy of action… er, debate.

There is definitely substantial analysis to be drawn from the data. For example, Chris Hayes at The Nation noticed that "you have to go back to May 15th to get the most recent day that “Iraq” was the most commonly invoked word."

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