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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Which lawmaker has the best Facebook page? (and other stories I’m reading)

Have you switched your Facebook profile to the new timeline format? Several lawmakers are using choice shots to showcase the geography, topography, or skyline of their districts. Others use pictures featuring young children and animals.

A team of editors at The Post reviewed congressional profile pages and displayed what they consider to be the best in a new photo gallery that you can browse (above). 2chambers especially enjoys the one of Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) and cows. Disagree with the choices? Include a link to your favorite congressional page in the comments section below. (Update: The office of Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), for example, wrote in to say that they plan to change his Facebook photo every month when he goes home to meet with constituents.)

Here’s a quick look at what I’m reading:

Illinois Democrats push out Republican House incumbent (by Paul Kane in The Washington Post): Ten-term Rep. Don Manzullo lost a tough campaign against freshman Rep. Adam Kin­zinger, an Air Force combat pilot who is a favorite of GOP leaders. The race was a result of Democratic control of levers of power in the state Capitol, something of a rarity after Democrats were wiped out in so many governor and state legislative races in 2010.

House Republicans rake in $12 million (by Joshua Miller at Roll Call): This year’s take for the National Republican Congressional Committee tops last year’s $10 million dinner haul. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised the NRCC in February, but the NRCC ended last month with $20.6 million cash on hand.

Inslee leaving behind U.S. House but not pension (by Kyung M. Song in the Seattle Times): House Democrat and Washington gubernatorial hopeful Jay Inslee officially gives up his $174,000-a-year seat on Tuesday, but will qualify for his full $44,000 annual congressional pension when he turns 62 in February. That means he could make a total of more than $210,000 a year if he moves into the governor’s mansion in Olympia.

Senate 2012: John Cornyn hits bumps with campaign (by Manu Raju in Politico): A rapidly shifting political landscape, a resurgent Senate Democratic candidate slate and a bitter GOP presidential primary have complicated the once-charmed outlook for Senate Republicans, and the Texas GOP senator admits the path to a GOP majority may not be as straightforward as many hoped.

Dole on Baker and Baker on Dole (by Bob Dole and Howard Baker in Politico): The former Senate majority leaders write about each other’s tenures on the day they’ll be honored for a “Century of Service” by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Elizabeth Warren leads Scott Brown in new poll (by Rachel Weiner in The Fix): She’s up 46 percent to 41 percent in a new survey from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling. But other recent polls show Brown pulling ahead.

Many Dems haven’t paid dues to aid efforts to retake House (by Josh Lederman in The Hill): Instead of fulfilling their financial obligation to the DCCC, these lawmakers are stockpiling campaign cash.

What is the CIA hiding about Christopher Hitchens? (by Jeff Stein at Spy Talk): Nothing, the spy agency said, could be released about the peripatetic and prolific writer, whose move from left to right in the last decade of his life enraged and confounded many of his friends. The spy agency said any revelations might reveal the identity of people (or electronic methods) who had been watching Hitchens.

Eisenhower’s granddaughter really doesn’t like his new memorial (by Philip Kennicott in The Washington Post): At a House hearing, “She compared Gehry’s proposals for large metal tapestries that depict Dwight D. Eisenhower’s boyhood home of Abilene, Kan. to Communist-era decoration that honored ‘Marx, Engels and Lenin.’ ”

What did we miss? Share links and tips in the comments section below.

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