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The Best of #WGDB 2013, and a Thank You

To our dear readers,

This year has been one of change for me and the reporter I’ve taken to calling WGDB’s better half, Niels Lesniewski. We launched our blog with little more than WordPress passwords and a dream, and we wanted to take a moment to thank you. Our stories so far have run the gamut of Capitol Hill news and intrigue. In 2013, we mourned the loss of the Senate’s last remaining World War II veteran and also of the kind man who cooked for hungry senators and staffers when no one else would. We went to an appliance store in New Jersey with soon-to-be-Ambassador-to-China Max Baucus, D-Mont., and the West Virginia state fair with Sen. Joe Manchin III. We covered the sort-of-historic (depending on whom you ask) Senate rules change, aka the “nuclear option” (Niels even did a Reddit AMA about it, though I’m still unsure what this means). We wrote about the rise of women on the Senate Armed Services Committee, presaging the battle between them as Congress debated changes to how the military addresses sexual assault. Most important, we tried to bring clarity to issues and stories and regurgitated talking points that, frankly, were ignored or distorted by others.

It’s difficult to believe that 2013 started with the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and that we’ve nearly arrived at 2014, another Congressional election year. WGDB has been quite a journey so far and we look forward to continued Capitol adventures in 2014.

So, without further ado, we present the best of what we did in 2013. (And don’t forget to read through to the end, where you’ll find a special bonus — the Nielsiest #NielsTweets of the year!)

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for, #NielsTweets! I admit, combing through a year’s worth of Lesniewski musings was too herculean of a task for your humble blogger, so with the help of WGDB fans, here are some of this fall’s best:

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