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October 9, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- C.W. Bill Young, the longest-serving Republican in the House, said he will retire at the end of his current term. The Florida Republican disclosed his plans in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, during which he also said tea party conservatives were driving the direction of the Republican Party. "He withstood the pressure for a long time," Young said, referring to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). "He finally has agreed to the outspoken minority of his conference.
October 9, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
It is an oft-noted truism that the tea party Republicans who have already engineered the partial government shutdown and are now threatening to let the country default on its debts have the full support and enthusiasm of constituents in their carefully drawn, politically homogenous districts. They don't have to worry about getting tossed out on their ears come the 2014 midterm elections, goes the thinking, and so they will pay no political price for their intransigence and the House will remain in Republican hands.
October 9, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, has been a tea party favorite and a bridge between House conservatives and the party leadership ever since he took the lead in crafting a plan to scale back Medicare and other social programs to reduce federal spending. But on Wednesday, when Ryan (R-Wis.) stepped forward to try to bring Republican factions together behind a strategy to end the government's latest budget stalemate, some of the same conservatives who once trusted him went cold.
October 7, 2013 | By David Horsey
The government shutdown has revealed the impressive skill of tea party Republicans to say untrue things with sincerity so convincing that they almost sound as if they believe what they are saying. Michele Bachmann, with her toothy grin and startling wide-eyed stare, is especially adept at this. The other day, the queen of the House tea party was standing before the TV cameras at the World War II Memorial with her arm around a frail-looking veteran of that war. A group of ancient vets had come to the capital for an event at the memorial only to find they couldn't get in because of the government shutdown.
October 6, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
Their partisans in Washington have shut down the government and, as the debt ceiling deadline nears, have given much of the country a case of the shakes. But these are heady times for the tea party. “It's amazing how we can be completely irrelevant and shut down Congress at the same time,” one of the movement's early organizers, Mark Meckler, chortled at a Saturday evening gathering at the weekend state Republican party convention in Anaheim. Minutes earlier, Tim Donnelly, a former Minuteman border watch leader who is the movement's favored candidate for governor, rolled into the meeting to a standing ovation from nearly 200 tea party supporters.
October 4, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Council members Friday blamed tea party Republicans in Congress for the continuing federal government shutdown and said that if it goes on much longer, seniors and low-income residents would be among those hurt. At a special session called to review local effects of the political stalemate, analysts said senior meal programs and housing services for low-income residents could be among the most immediate fallout. The city receives more than $457 million in federal aid each year for a variety of programs, including senior aid, victim's services, special police programs and housing services for the poor.
October 4, 2013 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - For the first two years of Barack Obama's presidency, Rep. Kevin McCarthy traveled the country recruiting and coaching anti-establishment, tea party-backed candidates for the 2010 election. Many of the candidates recruited by McCarthy and his fellow Republican "young guns" - Reps. Eric Cantor of Virginia and Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin - went on to win, creating a GOP majority and propelling the amiable congressman from Bakersfield into the No. 3 post in the House leadership, majority whip, whose job is to count votes and "whip up" support for the party's positions.
October 1, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - For most of the last two decades, Republicans such as Rep. Patrick Meehan, who represents a politically competitive district near Philadelphia, have been the odd men out in a House caucus dominated by conservatives such as those aligned with the tea party. But with Congress' deadlock resulting in the first government shutdown in more than 17 years, Meehan and like-minded colleagues may be the ones who decide how - and when - the standoff ends. "This whole Congress has been on Cruz control for the last two or three weeks," said Meehan, referring to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
October 1, 2013 | By David Horsey
Because the No. 1 priority of House Republicans is to cater to the fantasies of their tea party constituents, the federal government has been shut down. The loony legions that drive Republican primary elections now are driving the United States toward calamity. Weirdly, the continuing funding resolution that the Republicans have refused to pass is a seriously conservative budget plan far closer to what House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan asked for than what President Obama would have liked.
September 26, 2013
Re "GOP senator digs in heels," Sept. 25 While on the surface Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appears to be a loose cannon in acting out his contemptuous agenda against the Affordable Care Act, one must admire his insane rants and deeds for what they illustrate. Cruz is the new face of the tea party, and he will be a constant reminder of just how out of touch with reality he and his backers really are. One can only hope that Cruz continues his inane march to the point that even the most low-information voters see fit to dump both him and the party that so vehemently supports nothing for the middle class and everything for the wealthy.
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