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The Brian Lehrer Show

When Republicans Fell in Love with the Tea Party

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The cliche goes, Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line. But our "25 Years in 25 Days" series looks at 2010, when Tea Party anger fueled the GOP's emotional resurgence. 

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The Takeaway

Tea Partiers & Republicans Clash on Border Bill

Friday, August 01, 2014

In yet another clash between the Republican leadership in the House and Tea Party representatives, a spending measure aimed at addressing the crisis along the southern border may be in turmoil. 

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Money Talking

Congressional Fights Against "Crony Capitalism"

Friday, June 27, 2014

Why the little known Export-Import Bank is under such scrutiny by Congress. Is it an example of crony capitalism?

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Money Talking

Can the Economy Get Out of Its Perpetual Rut?

Friday, June 13, 2014

The stock market keeps hitting record highs, but the economy is sputtering along. What will it take to get it growing again. Plus, how the electronic currency Bitcoin is doing after a bad winter. The stock market keeps hitting record highs, but the economy is stuck in a rut. Tomorrow, WNYC’s Money Talking looks at what it will take to get the economy growing again. Plus, how the electronic currency bitcoin is doing after a winter of ups and downs. Tune in to Money Talking and all the latest news tomorrow on Morning Edition on

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The Takeaway

The GOP Scrambles for New Leadership

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Nobody saw this coming: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary race to the Tea Party candidate he outspent 13 to 1. This blows open the question of which faction will lead the party.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Guide to the Emerging Theories About Why Eric Cantor Lost

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary last night in a result that virtually no one predicted. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of theories about what led to the shocking result. Buzzfeed DC bureau chief John Stanton talks about the emerging narratives, from the impact of the Tea Party, immigration, redistricting, and more.

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The Takeaway

Tea Party Support Slides Among Republicans

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Polling data from the Pew Research Center finds that since 2010, the percentage of Republicans who say they agree with the Tea Party has declined by 15 percentage points, from more than half in 2010 to 36 percent today. 

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The Takeaway

Tea Party and GOP Face Off in Primary

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor faces off today against a Tea Party opponent in a primary race that has gotten a little too close for comfort. Cantor is expected to beat college professor David Brat, but the dwindling margin appears to be a rebuke of the party establishment that Cantor represents.

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The Takeaway

The Speaker of the House is Fed Up

Friday, December 13, 2013

What has gotten into John Boehner? The normally pliant Speaker looks like he has had enough of rigid Tea Party conditions and attitudes. He fears that these newest members of Congress, and the organizations that back them, are taking the GOP brand over the deep end—and he's fed up with it. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's D.C. Correspondent, helps us understand the sudden shift in Speaker Boehner's perspective.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

"Town Hall" Documents the Rise of the Tea Party

Friday, November 15, 2013

Co-directors Jamila Wignot and Sierra Pettengill discuss their new documentary "Town Hall" which tracks one couple as they become politicized during the summer of 2009 and the rise of the Tea Party.

→Screenings: Sunday November 17th and Wednesday November 20th as part of Doc NYC Festival | IFC Center | Tickets

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Keeping Canceled Insurance Plans; The Rise of the Tea Party; Breastmilk: The Movie

Friday, November 15, 2013

President Obama announced that insurance companies may keep people on plans that were initially canceled after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. WNYC’s Fred Mogul and Elisabeth Benjamin from the Community Service Society will explain what you need to know about your insurance plan. Plus: co-directors Jamila Wignot and Sierra Pettengill discuss their new documentary on the rise of the Tea Party; Ricki Lake and Dana Ben-Ari talk about their new film, “Breastmilk;” and Christopher Beha of Harper’s Magazine gives a sneak peak at the December Harper’s Index. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

“Town Hall” and the Tea Party

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The documentary follows two impassioned Pennsylvania Tea Party activists in the lead-up to the 2012 election.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

"Citizen Koch" Filmmakers

Friday, May 31, 2013

According to a recent New Yorker piece, the film was halted because of pressure applied on PBS from philanthropist and conservative businessman David Koch

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is the I.R.S. Vindictive or Overwhelmed?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Cincinatti field office of the IRS targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny -- but did they do so unfairly, or because they were overwhelmed in their efforts to manage applications for tax exempt status? Susan Page, Washington bureau chief at USA Today and Nicholas Confessore, politics reporter for the New York Times covering lobbying and campaign finance discuss the story and the details about how the IRS manages 501(c)(4) "social welfare" groups.

 

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The Takeaway

Department Audit Reveals I.R.S. Targeted Tea Party Groups

Monday, May 13, 2013

We now know the I.R.S.'s special scrutiny of small-government groups applying for tax-exempt status went far beyond keyword hunts for organizations with “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names. It also included searches for applicants seeking to “make America a better place to live” or “criticize how the country is being run,” according to a draft audit by the inspector general.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gail Collins on Texas's Outsize Political Footprint

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gail Collins talks to Leonard Lopate about American politics and the disproportional influence of Texas, which has become the model for not just the Tea Party but also the Republican Party.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Thank You, Tea Party, for Getting the GOP Shellacked in 2012

Friday, November 09, 2012

Indiana is as red as a baboons butt, but the Tea Party candidate was still too far to the right for Indiana voters, particularly when said candidate had such interesting ideas about God and rape.

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The Takeaway

The Tea Party After the Election

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

In the wake of a sharp defeat by the Democrats and President Obama, Republicans are left struggling to refocus the party's direction. Meanwhile, Tea Party advocates have grown increasingly resentful of Republican strategy. Ryan Rhodes is the chairman of the Iowa Tea Party.

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Transportation Nation

Florida Congressman Mica Triumphs over Adams in "Most Negative Campaign Ever"

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

John Mica on primary night (photo by Matthew Peddie)

Veteran Florida congressman John Mica, the chairman of the House transportation committee, successfully fought off challenger Sandy Adams in Tuesday's Republican primary.

Mica says Adams put him through the most negative campaign ever. Reapportionment left Mica and Adams -- who currently represents Space Coast-based District 24 --  battling for the same seat.

“We tried to stay positive and respond where we could," said Mica, "but it was probably the most negative campaign I’ve ever had to experience and made it very unpleasant for me and my family.”

In the weeks leading to the election, Tea Party favorite Sandy Adams piled on the pressure, labeling Mica a big spending, establishment Republican -- as well as a cheerleader for President Obama.

(photo by Matthew Peddie)

But Mica won by a wide margin in the end, capturing 61% of the vote.

“I don’t think we’ve every mobilized anything like this in our lives," he told supporters at a sports bar just north of Orlando on Tuesday night. "It was a very difficult race. I could tell you that everything but the kitchen sink was thrown at us but I’d have to include the cabinets and all the appliances too.”

He said his victory showed "the heart and soul of the Republican Party is doing fine in Central Florida."

University of Central Florida Political Science Professor Aubrey Jewett said he wasn’t surprised at the vitriol in the race.

“Certainly it’s been negative, certainly it’s been personal, but that often happens in primaries where the candidates are very much alike on policy," said Jewett. "These two people are very conservative Republicans when it comes to policy.”

Jewett said what was unusual about the race was the fact that redistricting put two incumbent Republicans in the same district.

“It’s just virtually unheard of in the country that in a state where you gained two seats -- Florida now has two more congressional seats than it did before -- that you end up with two fairly high profile, popular Republicans in the same district. I mean it just doesn’t happen."

Jewett said the nature of the race forced Mica to downplay his record of helping to bring big projects to the district -- like the SunRail commuter train -- which are usually selling points for an incumbent.

(photo by Matthew Peddie)

Speaking at her campaign headquarters in Maitland, Sandy Adams said she was pleased the race brought the focus back to conservative values. She told Central Florida News 13 she's unsure of her political future.

"I’m a firm believer that when one door closes another one opens and I follow the path I’m led. So we’ll see.”

Mica, who heads the influential House Transportation Committee, says he wants to continue in that role -- but that’s up to House leadership.

He says he also plans to continue with a campaign to cut unnecessary spending in government.

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The Takeaway

What Does Walker's Fate Mean for America?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Last night’s recall election in Wisconsin was more than just a race between Republican Governor Scott Walker and his democratic challenger Tom Barrett. The real fight may have been between the national Tea Party movement and national labor unions.

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