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BUMPER PATROL

“FRAUD: The No. 1 cause of global warming.”

- Bumper sticker spotted in Charlotte, N.C.

TWEET REALITY

For better or worse, White House pranksters fiddle with official communications at times. Take the case of one David Wiggs, who complained in a tweet that White House press briefings are not “nearly as entertaining” as they used to be. To his surprise, Mr. Wiggs received an immediate comment from the official White House Twitter account.

“Sorry to hear that. Fiscal policy is important, but can be dry sometimes. Here’s something more fun,” the tweet read, connecting him to a YouTube video of Rick Astley’s 1980s anthem “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Aw. Clever. But it should be a teachable moment for Republican strategists. The waggish White House tech team drew buzz from this social media moment; it is also deft in currying favor with the coveted, elusive under-30 voting bloc. But the White House also has a teachable moment for its 2.3 million Twitter followers, prominently displayed:

“Official WH twitter account. Comments & messages received through official WH pages are subject to the PRA and may be archived.” Of course, “PRA” refers to the Presidential Records Act, which signals that even the most inane tweet could end up stowed within the National Archives.

HOLA, VIRGINIA

A debatir en espanol? One local race could go language-centric. Tito Munoz, founder of the Conservative Hispanic Coalition and candidate for the Republican nomination for the Virginia Senate in the 36th District, wants to debate his primary opponent entirely in Spanish.

Mr. Munoz seeks an encounter with opponent Jeff Frederick; Mr. Munoz was born in Colombia, immigrated to the U.S. in the mid-1970s and became a naturalized citizen three years ago. Mr. Frederick’s mother was born in Colombia, he in Fairfax County.

“Since we have two Hispanic candidates for the Republican nomination, what better opportunity is there to reach out to our growing population?” Mr. Munoz asks. “I hope Jeff agrees that our Hispanic brothers and sisters might like to be spoken to in their native language.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 50 percent of Americans bring their laptop computer with them on summer vacation.

• 46 percent overall will attend to work-related projects while they’re taking it easy.

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