Tea Party Patriots

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Tea Partiers Apologize to Rove Over Nazi Image

Fundraising email 'wrong,' says official

(Newser) - One of the bigger Tea Party groups apologized to Karl Rove today after a fundraising email went out depicting him as a Nazi, reports USA Today . The co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots called the image "inappropriate" and said it got sent without the approval of the group's... More »

Tea Party Leader Busted for Airport Gun

Mark Meckler faces felony weapon charge in NY

(Newser) - In what he must surely consider an example of government overreach at its worst, a leading Tea Party activist has been arrested at New York's LaGuardia Airport for trying to check in for a flight with a gun and ammunition in his luggage. Mark Meckler, co-founder and chairman of... More »

Tea Party Takes On Occupy Wall Street

Occupy is not the Tea Party of the left, organizers insist

(Newser) - The Tea Party has a message for you: It is nothing like Occupy Wall Street, even though there have been many inevitable comparisons between the two movements. Such comparisons are “almost laughable,” however, a chief strategist for the Tea Party Express tells Politico . A FreedomWorks campaigns director explains... More »

Tea Party to Waters: Get Civil

One prominent group responds to congresswoman

(Newser) - Rep. Maxine Waters thinks the Tea Party can “go straight to hell,” and, of course, the Tea Party is not happy about it. “We’ve had Democrats calling American citizens ‘terrorists’ and ‘hostage takers,’ and now an elected Democratic representative says that we can... More »

Maxine Waters: 'Tea Party Can Go Straight to Hell'

Congresswoman calls on Dems to get tough

(Newser) - Rep. Maxine Waters wants the Democrats to get tough with the Tea Party—really tough. “You can't be intimidated. You can't be frightened. And as far as I'm concerned—the Tea Party can go straight to hell," she said Saturday night at a California summit.... More »

Herman Cain Wins Tea Party Straw Poll

Georgian wins conference vote, Ron Paul sweeps online poll

(Newser) - Herman Cain—currently the only declared GOP candidate for 2012—came in first in a straw poll of Tea Party supporters at an event in Phoenix yesterday. The conservative radio host from Georgia received 22% of the on-site ballots cast at the event organized by the Tea Party Patriots, the... More »

'Tea Party Patriots' Starting to Look Like Lobbyists

Tea Partiers start to criticize major group

(Newser) - The Tea Party Patriots may have started out as a grass roots group, but a growing number of critics say the group is starting to look a lot more like a standard-issue Beltway lobbying outfit, according to an investigation from liberal site Mother Jones . The group has accepted large donations... More »

Tea Party Getting Its Act Together

Groups coordinating with Republican establishment

(Newser) - Has the Tea Party grown up? The movement is “turning professional,” according to the Wall Street Journal , pushing a real legislative agenda and coordinating with the Republican establishment it supposedly threatens. The Virginia Tea Party Patriots, for example, has managed to push legislation to blunt the impact of... More »

'Non-Political' Glenn Beck Rally Looks Pretty Political

...despite foundation's 501(c)3 status

(Newser) - Glenn Beck has insisted that his much-hyped Aug. 17 rally on the national mall will not be political. "This is not a tea party," he said on his radio show in May. "This is not a political event." That's because he's holding the event with the... More »

NAACP to Slam Tea Party 'Racists'

Tea Party leader calls NAACP 'racist'

(Newser) - The Tea Party movement harbors "racist elements" that are a "threat to democracy" the NAACP is expected to declare in a resolution at its annual convention in Kansas City today. The "movement is not just about higher taxes and limited government, but something that could evolve and... More »

Dear Tea Party: I Love Tax Day

Haven't tea partiers ever heard of sharing?

(Newser) - Steve Almond used to hate taxes. But now he hates the Tea Party movement (or, more accurately, the Tea Party's “series of highly publicized tantrums”) even more…and he’s ready to confess something “almost heretical”: He actually loves Tax Day. Here’s why:
  • It made him
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Tea Party Honcho Needs to Bone Up on US History

Dick Armey gets Federalist Papers backward

(Newser) - “The small-government conservative movement,” asserts Dick Armey, “is about the principles of liberty as embodied in the Constitution, the understanding of which is fleshed out if you read things like the Federalist Papers.” The tea party honcho and former House majority leader was, of course, trying... More »

Tea Party Fizzles Out at Polls

Grassroots movement lacks money, skills to get votes

(Newser) - However good the tea party movement may be at organizing rallies, a recent slew of primary defeats for tea party candidates shows the movement still has plenty to learn about translating grass-roots energy into votes. In Texas, Illinois, and New York, tea party-affiliated candidates have been soundly trounced at the... More »

Bachmann Drops Out of Tea Party Convention

Concerned about pricey tickets, profit motives of the organizers

(Newser) - More turmoil for the National Tea Party Convention: Firebrand Michele Bachmann is dropping out. The Minnesota congresswoman says she's decided against speaking at next week's event in Nashville over concerns that organizers are fleecing the political faithful. Sarah Palin remains on the docket, with a reported $100,000 speaking fee. More »

Welcome to the Tea Party Decade

Dissatisfied public will make movement a major player

(Newser) - America's beginning this decade in a bad mood, and the tea party movement is poised to conquer it the way hippies dominated the '60s and Christian conservatives the '80s, writes David Brooks. Public opinion is shifting not just to the right, but away from the interests of big business and... More »

GOP Hopes to Take Tea Party Cash to the Bank

PACs compete for 2010 donations from anti-tax activists

(Newser) - As Tea Party wrath brews, conservatives are hoping the anti-tax activists put their money where their mouth is in 2010—and a plethora of political action committees are springing up, angling for a piece of the pie. Dick Armey's Freedomworks Foundation launches its Take Back America PAC this week and... More »

Dems Hope George Washington Can Tame Town Halls

(Newser) - Democrats are taking some unconventional steps to keep town halls civil, the Hill reports. Rep. Betsy Markey plans to hand out copies of George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior to attendees, in a nod to their patriotic zeal. The first rule? “Every Action done in Company,... More »

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