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Uncertainty for the GOP After Tea Party Candidates Win Big In Primaries

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Last night's primary elections set the stage for the nation's general elections with seven states and the District of Columbia heading to the polls. Once again, the viability of the Tea Party was the central question in several races on the Eastern seaboard.. While several Republican insurgent candidates won big last night, their victories over establishment candidates muddle the G.O.P.'s chances of retaking the Senate in November.

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Bullhorn: Tea Party Leader on What's Broken in Politics

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I began losing faith in the institution of government in the late 1990's. I had high hopes when the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years, but then they settled into the swamp they swore to drain.

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The Takeaway

After the Rally: The Constitution, Taxes ... and God

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Tea Party movement has billed itself as "grassroots libertarian," and has focused on government over-spending and attention to the Constitution in its rallies to date. Glenn Beck's ostensibly non-political "Restoring Honor" rally this weekend turned to religion, invoking God as a force of change. How will religion play a role in the movement from here on out — and will it be a force of growth or a dividing line?

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WNYC News

Small Business the Focus of Obama's Trip to Edison, NJ

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

President Barack Obama will visit New Jersey on Wednesday to talk about small businesses and the economy before traveling to New York City where he will attend two private, Democratic fundraisers before returning to Washington.

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Mosque Politics

Thursday, July 22, 2010

WNYC

Tea Party gubernatorail candidate Carl Paladino, who is challenging Rick Lazio in a GOP primary, is out with a radio ad, and this poster, highlighting his opposition to the mosque slated to be built near Ground Zero.

"As Governor I will use the power of eminent domain to stop this mosque and make the site a war memorial instead of a monument to those who attacked our country," Paladino says in the ad.

Lazio also opposes the plan. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is in favor of it.

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The Takeaway

Tea Party Still Looking for Unified Voice

Thursday, July 15, 2010

In Mason City, Iowa, a roadside billboard juxtaposed the images of President Obama, Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin in an attempt to draw links between what the North Iowa Tea Party believed to be similarities in the socialist agendas of the three leaders. The image drew scathing criticism from across the political spectrum, and the party asked for the billboard to be covered with a public service announcement yesterday.

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Politics

Analysis: The Tea Party's Not Over

Thursday, June 10, 2010

From 10,000 feet up, it doesn't appear much happened on Primary Day in New Jersey. The drive-by media headlined it as "All House Incumbents Prevail. No Tea Party Here." Democrats in Washington ...

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The Takeaway

Election Preview: Local Primaries Get Tea Party Push

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Today's primaries may feel local, but they are getting a national push. Sarah Palin visited South Carolina on behalf of gubernatorial candidate, Nikki Haley. Palin's appearance catapulted the candidate to the head of the polls. Nevada's Senate primary is also a Tea Party election, according to Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. There, Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle seems positioned to win the primary, which will pit her against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. This bodes well for Reid as Tea Party candidates have a hard time winning national elections.

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The Takeaway

Of Labor and Incumbency: Primaries in Arkansas, Nevada

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Primary races are scheduled in eleven states today. We are looking at two elections with national implications: Arkansas, where the power of organized labor is at play, and Nevada, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hoping a specific GOP pick will enable him to keep his seat. 

In Arkansas, Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln is facing a run-off against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. Organized labor groups, both local and national, have thrown their weight behind Halter, saying Lincoln betrayed them by not supporting a public option in health care reform and by voting for NAFTA as a U.S. Representative, in 1993. National labor groups have pumped millions of dollars into the race - leading some analysts to suggest that Arkansas' primary contest has been hijacked by national interests.

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The Takeaway

Rand Paul Stirs Trouble with Comments on Civil Rights

Monday, May 24, 2010

Dr. Rand Paul, the anti-establishment candidate in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary, put the Tea Party on the political map last week as he handily beat GOP-blessed candidate Trey Grayson. But in the first few days after his victory, the novice politician stumbled on his first big political test as he repeatedly said that he did not support the portion of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that enforced non-discrimination on private businesses.

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The Takeaway

Kentucky's Primary and the Future of the GOP

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

There are primaries happening today across the country - in Oregon, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky. We look closer at the race in Kentucky where a Tea Party favorite, Rand Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), is leading in primary polls over GOP establishment candidate Trey Greyson..

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The Takeaway

What is the 'New American Tea Party?' And Where is it Headed?

Monday, April 26, 2010

A few weeks ago, a poll from our partner, The New York Times, gave us a closer look at who, exactly, makes up the Tea Party. The biggest demographic is older, white, educated, Republican men.  But there are still major aspects of the movement that are less clear. Is anyone actually leading it? Where is it headed?

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The Takeaway

Tea Party Express Arrives in Washington, DC

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Today is tax day. (So go mail in your paperwork or file for an automatic extension, folks.) It's no surprise that today is the day Tea Party activists have chosen to rally, across the country, against what they call, unnecessary government largess. There will be hundreds of small rallies in cities from Walla Walla, Wash. to Niceville, Fla. They are all loosely related to the Tea Party Express, which arrives in Washington, D.C. at 11:00 a.m., revved up after a speech from Sarah Palin in Boston yesterday.

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The Takeaway

Is the Tea Party Defining the Future of the GOP?

Friday, March 26, 2010

For the past year, conservatives have coalesced around the number one enemy: health care reform. But now that it's over, we explore what’s next for the GOP. The Tea Party Express III kicks off this weekend and some wonder if that's the future of the Republican party. Is it still possible to be a moderate Republican?


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The Takeaway

The Media's Role in America's Political Divide

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

From television, to talk radio, to the newsstands, Americans are inundated with news about the sorry state of politics. But are the media merely covering the story of D.C.'s gridlock, or are they creating it? For the second installment of our series, "Frustration Nation," we examine the role of the media and its impact on the political divisiveness in America and Washington, D.C., today.

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The Takeaway

Why Americans are Angry and D.C. is Broken

Monday, February 22, 2010

A new CNN poll finds that 86 percent of Americans think that government is broken. This week, we kick off a series called "Frustration Nation," where we examine the gridlock in the capital and how politics has come to be so divisive in America. For the first installment, we put today's situation in a historical context.

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The Takeaway

Ron Paul on the Tea Party Convention

Friday, February 05, 2010

Right now the center of attention for politically frustrated conservatives is Nashville, Tenn., as the Tea Party Convention rolls on to day two. But back in 2008, the Ron Paul for President campaign was the magnet of libertarians who felt left out of their party. We ask the Texas Congressman what he thinks of the Tea Parties, and what future he sees for them. 

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The Takeaway

Tea Party Convention Kicks Off

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Tea Party movement has become catch all for anti-Obama and anti-big government ire. But organizers of the first ever Tea Party Convention are finding that not all Tea Partiers want to be under one umbrella, and they certainly don't want to take marching orders from the Republican Party.  

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