Tweets of the week: Space monkeys, Chuck Hagel and Ed Koch
For the week ending 1 February, here is a look at the news in America - all in 140 characters or fewer.
1. What can be said about giving a loving sendoff to Hillary Clinton and Liz Lemon in the same week? Oh I know: Blerg.
CNN contributor Rachel Sklar (@rachelsklar). This week, Clinton stepped down as Secretary of State, while 30 Rock - which created the iconic character Liz Lemon and her universal term of distaste, "blerg" - aired its last show.
2. Virginia considers dropping ban on unmarried couples cohabitating, but draws the line at skirts that are above the ankle.
Copywriter Mark Campbell (@MrWordsWorth). Virginia state legislatures announced plans to amend the law, dating back to the 1880s, and make it legal for non-married couples to live together.
3. Who knew Dan Marino could keep a secret better than the CIA director? #oy
Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi), filmmaker and daughter of the Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. This week, it was revealed that former football great Dan Marino kept secret for seven years a love child - an impressive feat considering former CIA director David Petraeus was undone by revelations of an extramarital affair.
4. Hagel sounds like kind of a jerk and a dummy... which I think would be par for most U.S. Senators.
Political humour writer Frank J Flemming (@IMAO_). Former Senator Chuck Hagel floundered during a particularly partisan round of questioning at his Senate confirmation hearing to become secretary of defence.
5. Iran space monkey was actually Ben Affleck and six U.S. embassy employees disguised as a monkey.
Gawker writer Adrian Chen (@adrianchen). Though the week began with news that Iran had successfully launched a monkey into space, by week's end the story was exposed as a hoax.
6. Breaking: Fed does nothing new, after signalling it would do nothing new.
Economics reporter Sudeep Reddy (@reddy) is not impressed by the Federal reserve's decision to hold steady on interest rates.
7. No one is talking about the obvious culprit here: Buzzfeed's irresponsible glorification of cats.
8. If you haven't been targeted by the Chinese hackers lately, you are probably not working hard enough. Just saying.
Author Evgeny Morozov (@evgenymorozov). It was revealed this week that the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal had their computers infiltrated by Chinese hackers.
9. Ed Koch, the greatest and most flawed politician I ever saw -- died. I somehow never thought he would.
Politico writer Glenn Thrush (@glennthrush) mourns the death of former New York City mayor Koch, who passed away at 88.
10. Markey: I wish Scott Brown well in bqhatevwr he does next.
Talking Points Memo writer Brian Beuler (@brianbeuler) Former senator Scott Brown announced he would not be running to fill John Kerry's vacated senate seat, meaning a likely victory for Democrat Ed Markey. Though Brown was considered a likely candidate, he was also in the news this week for a series of cryptic tweets sent from his Twitter account, often featuring the word "whatever" but once using the now-viral term "bqhatevwr ".