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March 8, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
NPR is distancing itself from remarks made by a fund-raising executive who said the American "tea party" movement is a comprised of "white, middle-America gun-toting" and "seriously racist, racist" people. The comments, apparently made by Ron Schiller, NPR's exiting vice president for development, were recorded in a "sting" set up by conservative activist James O'Keefe, best known for mounting a similar prank on ACORN. They came as part of a recent lunch in Washington Schiller had with two men posing as members of the "Muslim Action Education Center," a fictitious organization the men claimed had ties to the "Muslim Brotherhood of America.
February 9, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
The Republican-led House failed to pass an extension of expiring sections of the Patriot Act on Tuesday, an unexpected setback for GOP leaders that shows the difficulty they face in controlling their majority and its "tea party"-inspired members. Time is short: Key provisions of the terrorist surveillance law expire at the end of the month. A coalition of veteran conservative Republicans and new GOP lawmakers joined many Democrats in blocking passage of the measure, which many tea party activists see as federal government overreaching into private affairs.
August 8, 2011 | By James Oliphant
As stocks continued Monday to tumble in the wake of Standard & Poor's downgrade of the United States' credit rating, Democrats are working to place the blame for the move squarely on the shoulders of the "tea party" movement. David Axelrod, a top campaign advisor to President Obama, led the charge over the weekend, calling S&P's action “essentially a tea party downgrade.” “The tea party brought us to the brink of default,” Axelrod said. “It was the right thing to do to avoid that default.
May 14, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Finally, a small cadre of busybody bureaucrats has discovered a way to bring this divided country together. Thank you, IRS, for pulling off what no politician has been able to do. Mortal political enemies on both sides of the aisle agree: The IRS badly misstepped when it singled out for scrutiny groups with the words “tea party” and “patriots” in their names who had applied for tax-exempt status. That is a Nixon-worthy no-no. Regardless of whether this practice simply represented a shortcut in the agency's larger effort to evaluate the flood of applications for tax-exempt status in 2010 and 2011, as the agency maintains, it's a ham-fisted way of doing business.
November 15, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
A new class of freshman lawmakers came to Capitol Hill on Monday to learn the ways of Washington ? while the conservative activists taking credit for sweeping them into office warned them not to learn Washington's ways too well. About 100 new lawmakers walked the halls of Congress for the first time since this month's election, many of them conservatives proud of their limited political experience and planning to shake up Washington. Two new members of the Senate ? Democrats Chris Coons of Delaware and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia ?
October 11, 2011 | By James Oliphant
As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to spread - with massive arrests Monday night in Boston - the tea party wants you to know that the progressive protests have nothing in common with its own grass-roots effort. First, the arrests: About 100 people were arrested by police Monday evening in Boston, according to local news affiliates, after they refused to leave an off-limits area outside of the Dewey Square section of the city. Local representatives of the intentionally disorganized movement said the police overreacted.
November 17, 2011 | By Paul West and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Throughout the roller-coaster Republican presidential contest, one thing hasn't changed: the stubborn refusal of many tea party supporters to warm up to Mitt Romney. The swift rise and abrupt fall of a succession of GOP candidates has been driven in part by the restless search for a Romney alternative by that group of voters, who energized the GOP's big turnaround in 2010. "They don't trust Mitt Romney," said Simon Conway, a Des Moines radio host popular with tea party followers.
December 17, 2012 | By Melanie Mason and Michael A. Memoli, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tim Scott, a freshman tea party Republican, will become South Carolina's first black senator, Gov. Nikki Haley, announced Monday, appointing the congressman to fill the seat left vacant by Jim DeMint. "It is a great day for South Carolina," Haley said, speaking at the statehouse in Columbia. "It is a historic day for South Carolina. " Haley was joined by Scott and DeMint, as well as the state's senior senator, Lindsey Graham, and members of its congressional delegation.
February 10, 2011 | By David G. Savage and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
For nearly two years, the "tea party" movement with its call for limited government has made inroads in the political arena, but a Florida judge's ruling last week declaring the health insurance mandate unconstitutional may be remembered as its moment of arrival in the courts. Another judge in Virginia had made a similar ruling, but U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson's decision gave voice to the tea party's rallying cry that the Constitution put strict limits on the national government.
April 8, 2010 | By Kathleen Hennessey
Several major players in the conservative "tea party" movement announced on Thursday a new federation to help spread its message advocating smaller and more decentralized government. But don't call them organized. The National Tea Party Federation will issue news releases, respond to critics and help get the word out about tea party rallies and initiatives, organizers said. But they were careful to note it would not change the loose, grass-roots structure of the movement.
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