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Rubio "High Risk, High Reward" as Possible Romney VP

Monday, June 25, 2012

There’s no doubt that a charismatic Latino and Tea Party favorite in a battleground state could be attractive to the Romney campaign, but Rubio comes with some baggage, including misleading statements about his Cuban parents’ immigration to Florida.

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House Races to Watch: Ideological Battle over Bachmann's Neighboring Minn. District

Friday, August 26, 2011

Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, which encompasses the wealthy suburbs west of Minneapolis, should be competitive. Political strategists have often rated the district a tossup, but Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen has managed to keep the district in Republican hands following the 2008 retirement of moderate Rep. Jim Ramstad, even winning by double digits in 2010.

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House Races to Watch: Candidates Line up to Challenge Minn. Tea Party Freshmen

Friday, August 19, 2011

Despite a courts-driven redistricting plan that could drastically reshape Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, candidates are lining up to challenge freshman Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Senator DeMint on the American Awakening

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina talks about his book The Great American Awakening: Two Years that Changed America, Washington, and Me, and what the Tea Party means for Washington negotiations on the budget, the debt ceiling, and the Republican pres. Field.

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Past and Present With Jill Lepore: The 1765 Death of Newspapers

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History, is our weekly guest for the month of May. She will discuss how four past historical moments have influenced the present political and social climate in the United States.

Today's historical moment: The death of newspapers in 1765.

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Is a Federal Budget Deal on the Horizon?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today, as the Tea Party Patriots rally outside the Capitol Building, lawmakers might actually be close to a compromise on the federal budget. Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee met with their House counterparts last night to see if they could strike a deal to avoid a government shutdown. But the compromise in question would include $33 billion in cuts — $28 billion less than the budget Republicans passed in the House. How will the Tea Party react to a deal with Democrats? What are the implications for Speaker of the House John Boehner?

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Obama Calls for 'Winning the Future' in State of the Union

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama discussed his plans for job creation and increased American competitiveness in the global market during his next two years in office. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) delivered the official response on behalf of the Republican Party and stressed the need for spending cuts and his party’s skepticism about further “investments.” And there was a new feature to the evening: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke on behalf of the Tea Party in their united response to the president.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Magic Middle

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thomas Frank, columnist for Harper's Magazine and author of The Wrecking Crew and What's the Matter With Kansas, says the success of the Tea Party shows that going after the "magic middle" of the American electorate is a mistake.

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An Exit Interview with Utah's Sen Bob Bennett

Monday, November 22, 2010

This past election season was dominated by coverage of the Tea Party — and many outgoing politicians were ousted by Tea Party-backed candidates. Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) was among the first and most surprising of these casualties, losing to Tea Party-supported Mike Lee in Utah's Republican convention, back in May.

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Does the Tea Party Mean the End of the Two-Party System?

Friday, November 12, 2010

I think it's easy to suggest these people aren't qualified, but nearly 8 out of 10 Americans trust their own judgment more than any member of Congress on economic issues…There is a question of whether some of these people are qualified or not, but most in the Tea Party—and a large majority of American voters—doubt that many of the existing elected politicians are qualified for the job.

- Scott Rasmussen, founder of the polling firm Rasmussen Reports, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Tea Party: The End of the Two-Party System?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Doug Schoen, former political strategist for Michael Bloomberg, and Scott Rasmussen, founder of the polling firm Rasmussen Reports discuss their new book Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System.

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A Takeaway Listener and Tea Party Member Says GOP is Hijacking the Movement

Friday, November 05, 2010

David Sloan, an early Tea Party member, wrote to The Takeaway on Thursday that he fears the Tea Party is being co-opted by the Republican Party. We wanted to speak more with him about what his particular fears were, and where he draws the lines of difference between the Republican agenda and his own. 

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GOP Takes House, Looks to Future

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Republicans had major victories after Tuesday's elections, taking over control of the House and gaining several seats in the Senate. When the new Congress goes to work in Washington, D.C., the GOP will now be a mix of conservatives and Tea Party candidates.

Pennsylvania turned from blue to red, electing Republicans Pat Toomey to the Senate and Tom Corbett as governor. We talk with Renee Amoore, deputy chair of the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee, about Tuesday's election and what it means for the future of the Republican party. 

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Americans Throw Out Party in Power for Third Consecutive Election

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

In the third election in a row where Americans threw out the party in power, Republicans won control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, in part due to large discontent among voters who didn't want to see incumbents return to Washington. Though some races are still in play, the Republicans, with the help of Tea Party candidates, successfully captured 56 seats. The GOP also made great strides in the Senate, though Democrats will continue to hold the upper house of Congress.

Rep. John Boehner of Ohio will become the next speaker of the House. In an emotional speech last night, Boehner said that the election is a rebuke to President Obama, with Americans telling him to "change course."

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Rep. Steven King on GOP Victories, Agenda

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Republicans made major gains in the House of Representatives in yesterday's mid-term elections. What's next? Investigations of the Obama administration, a de-funding of the president's agenda, or a total legislative stalemate? Rep. Steve King knows. The Republican from Iowa's fifth Congressional district handily won reelection last night over his Democratic challenger.

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FreedomWorks President on Tea Party Successes

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Tea Party claimed some major victories during in yesterday's mid-term elections. Marco Rubio won the Senate seat in Florida, Nikki Haley will become governor of South Carolina, and Rand Paul took a decisive victory in the Kentucky Senate race. 

But the Tea Party had losses, as well, both in Nevada, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulling out a narrow win against oppponent Sharron Angle, and Delaware, where Republican Christine O'Donnell lost her Senate bid against Democrat Chris Coons.

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Verdict is in on Tea Party: Between a Trickle and a Wave

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

For Tea Partiers, last night's race was a mixed bag. Tea Party candidates did well in states that were already red, like Kentucky, and South Carolina, but failed to make gains in bluer states like Delaware. In Nevada, Sharron Angle, one of the most notorious Tea Party Republicans, lost to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the state's wildly unpopular Democratic Senator.

 

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Previewing the Senate's Likely 'Tea Party Bloc'

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The Tea Party has grown up fast. Back in April, the news was dominated by images of scrappy rallies and angry voters. By November, Tea Party groups have backed some candidates who seem poised to win their races, and the movement has acquired both serious financial backing and a "godfather" waiting to help them establish power when (or if) they arrive in the Senate this January.

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The Takeaway

Recapping Political Absurdity from Mid-term Election Season

Friday, October 29, 2010

From the Glenn Beck's "Rally to Restore Honor" to Jon Stewart's upcoming "Rally to Restore Sanity," it may feel like this election season has become something of a joke. We talk with Allison Silverman, former executive producer of "The Colbert Report," about the age of populist anger and negative ads.

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The Takeaway

Looking Ahead to the Morning After Midterm Madness

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hours of broadcast time, reams of paper, and terabytes upon terabytes of digital stream have been spent discussing what will happen next Tuesday, when voters across the country take to the polls. All of it, in essence, trying to answer the question: what's going to happen to the country on the morning after?

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