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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Congress using Facebook timeline; Clinton’s icons; and Paul Ryan’s video mystery (read-this roundup)

Members of Congress are using Facebook's Timeline feature.
Facebook’s new “timeline” format has divided many a set of “friends” into two camps: the evangelists and the traditionalists. Some members of Congress have joined the early-adopter set, and the Post has a photo gallery of some of those who’ve taken the plunge—and whose pages feature nifty photos of their home districts. (Dig Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) petting a cow.)

Clinton’s iconic inspiration. We knew Hillary Clinton was a fan of Nancy Drew, and now the Secretary of State is paying homage to another icon of female independence—Amelia Earhart. Clinton says the pioneering pilot whose plane mysteriously disappeared “embodied the spirit of an America coming of age and increasingly confident, ready to lead in a quite uncertain and dangerous world.”

Production values. And speaking of unsolved mysteries, House Democrats want to know just how much it cost to produce those fancy videos that Rep. Paul Ryan( R-Wisc.) is using to promote his budget, our colleague Ed O’Keefe reports.

Say what? Let’s hope this doesn’t catch on. Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, yesterday used a cringe-inducing term during a hearing, referring to the U.S. borrowing from China thusly: “Uncle Chang is lending us the money.”

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