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Scott Walker Recalled or Not, Wisconsin's Days of Unity are Gone

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The state's long history of treading on shared political common ground through cooperation in government has given way to two sharply divided parties whose supporters have lost the civility and respect that once characterized state politics.

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Opinion: Paycheck Fairness Act Key to Progressive Full-Court Press

Monday, June 04, 2012

With the recent push for the Paycheck Fairness Act, a progressive and important idea is actually driving the debate. Now's not the time to slow down.

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Opinion: How Much Backlash to the Backlash in Walker Recall?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Elections are about outcomes, and if Walker holds onto his post, it will be a sign that there's still work to do.

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Opinion: Bill Bradley's Blueprint is Right on the Money

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

There's something for everyone in Bill Bradley's new book We Can All Do Better, the former Senator's blueprint for a stronger, healthier, more united America.

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Lugar Loses Primary to Tea Party-backed Challenger

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Republican Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana has been in the Senate for more than 35 years and until this election cycle, he had not once been forced to run a primary campaign. But Indiana voters cast their ballot yesterday in a high-profile GOP primary contest that pitted Sen. Lugar against Tea Party-backed challenger Richard Mourdock. We get election results and speak with Robert Draper, author of “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives,” on the Tea Party in 2012.

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Ahead of Primary, New York's GOP is a Party in Transition

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Republican Party is closing ranks around Mitt Romney for president, but it will be a mix of the establishment and insurgents at the New York Republican Party annual dinner in Manhattan Thursday night.

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Opinion: Why Everyone's Mad on Tax Day

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Congress could take steps that would save Americans 200 million hours of tax preparation and two billion dollars. But lobbyists have made sure Americans don't see these savings.

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Obama vs. SCOTUS: Learning from FDR's Court Comeback

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It was 1936, and it had been a difficult few years for President Franklin Roosevelt at the Supreme Court. Congress moved quickly to pass Roosevelt’s New Deal agenda, and the nine justices ruled swiftly to throw much of it out.

“No Supreme Court in history had ever struck down so many laws so quickly,” Jeff Shesol wrote in his 2010 book Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court. “Between 1933 and 1936, the Court overturned acts of Congress at ten times the traditional rate.” 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tea Party Patriots

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin tell us how they started the Tea Party Patriots in 2009, one of the largest grassroots political organizations in America. In Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution, they explain how the Tea Party was created, the party’s fundamental beliefs and goals, and they outline a strategy for the organization going forward.

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Opinion: Boehner Must Battle With His Own 'Party of No'

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Speaker Boehner has signaled support for the payroll tax cut extension, but it doesn't address his problem: whether his own caucus will go along with him

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The First Tea Parties Went Viral, Too

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Everyone knows about the Boston Tea Party -- that is,  the original one in 1773. But somehow, elementary school text book authors forgot to tell us about dozens of others. Turns out, the current Tea Party craze went viral the first time around, too.

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The Takeaway

What Next for the Tea Party in South Carolina?

Friday, January 13, 2012

South Carolina is in many ways the epicenter of the Tea Party movement. Junior senator Jim Demint and Governor Nikki Haley were put into office by their Tea Party supporters. So next week when conservative South Carolinians go to the polls to vote in the Republican primary, their party will face their first test of solidarity.

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Opinion: Giving Up on Congress is Obama's Best Decision

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The President saw he had spent too much of 2011 trying to find a sensible seat at John Boehner's Mad Tea Party. Instead, he walked away from their table. It's been the best decision he's made for his re-election prospects.

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Opinion: Occupy Movement Stuck in Second Gear

Monday, January 02, 2012

Regardless of where the Occupy movement decides to fall on issues, and even if it got well-organized overnight, remaining a protest movement that does not mobilize toward electing friendly politicians or enacting friendly legislation will get them nowhere.

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Tea Party Activist Arrested After Carrying Gun to Airport

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The leader of a Tea Party group was arrested at LaGuardia airport Thursday, and charged with gun possession.

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Tea Party group's co-founder calls Cuomo's tax plan 'smoke and mirrors'

Monday, December 05, 2011

One of the co-founders of a major Tea Party group in New York isn't buying into Governor Andrew Cuomo's tax overhaul proposal. Thomas Basile of Tea Party 365, who formerly served as the executive director of the state's Republican Party, said the Governor wasn't focusing his attention in the right areas.

"Whenever you hear the Governor use words like 'fair' and 'progressive,' those are code words for raising revenue," Basile said. "Raising revenue means raising taxes. If the Governor were really serious about job creation, which is the pretense for making these changes, he would be making good on his promise, one, not to raise taxes and, two, to reduce government spending."

Basile said the Governor, who has retained relatively good poll numbers among conservative voters, could expect Tea Partiers throughout the state to take notice.

"The Tea Party members around the state are going to see this for what it is, and that is as an effort for the Governor to shirk his responsibility to reduce the scope and size of government in favor of raising taxes and burdening high income earners," said Basile. "Ultimately that increased tax burden is going to be passed along to the middle class as well, regardless of what the politicians say."

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How Can Populists Retain the Populace?

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Despite existing on the extreme right and left of U.S. politics respectively, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements both claim that the American dream has gone away, and that hard work alone will no longer allow common people to be masters of their own destinies. However, the means for either group to successfully defy the U.S.'s two-party system and impact change remains ill-defined. And, according to a new Pew poll, support for Tea Party policies are down by 10 percent in their former strongholds, as compared to a year ago.

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The Process is Political: Targeting Manhattan Fundraisers

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Republican challenger targets incumbent's link to Bloomberg and "New York liberals." A fundraiser for Mitt Romney is disrupted by dressed-up Occupy Tampa protesters. Former presidential campaign strategist Howard Wolfson explains his move from Washington to local government. 

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Opinion: Occupy Tactics Weakening Its Message

Friday, November 11, 2011

Even I didn't see this coming, and I was expecting whatever eventual liberal Tea Party would arise to match or go farther than the activists on the right. It still remains to be seen where the heart of this movement will coalesce ideologically, but they've already gone far past the Tea Party in outlandish tactics.

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Opinion: Ohio Collective Bargaining Victory Shows Tea Party's Overreach

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Demonizing teachers, police officers and firefighters turned off the public. Attacking collective bargaining just seemed un-American. And dealing with a national jobs deficit by attacking those who work for a living wasn't a winning strategy.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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