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How the House sit-in played out on social media



As Democrats began a sit-in Wednesday morning to protest the lack of action on gun control legislation, the House of Representatives went into recess. Recess means no TV cameras allowed in the chamber, which in turn meant no cable news coverage of the historic sit-in still occurring in the House.

And yet without media access, the story exploded. As C-Span was forced to stop rolling its cameras, the story quickly moved to social media with the hashtag #NoBillNoBreak and later #DemocraticSitInPictures of representatives sitting on the floor were posted all over the Internet, people were retweeting representatives’ tweets, tuning into Internet live streams and sharing their thoughts on Facebook. Read more…

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