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REM Upset That 'Sad Little Men' Used Its Song

Band doesn't want Trump using their song

(Newser) - A Washington, DC, rally against the Iran nuclear deal brought together GOP hopefuls and conservative stars, including Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty—and infuriated REM in the process. Trump took the stage at the Tea Party rally to "It's the End... More »

Lamar Alexander Defeats Tea Party Challenger

Also: Montana's Walsh steps down amid plagiarism scandal

(Newser) - Another boost for the GOP's Senate hopes: Lamar Alexander has defeated a Tea Party challenger in Tennessee and is now strongly favored to win re-election this fall, reports Politico . State Rep. Joe Carr had sought to portray Alexander as an out-of-touch Washington insider, but that approach has failed to... More »

Tea Party's Last Real Senate Hope Loses

Pat Roberts prevails in Kansas

(Newser) - Another big win for the GOP establishment: Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts has defeated Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf, ending what Politico calls "conservatives' last, best hope to topple an incumbent GOP senator this year." Roberts, who has been in Congress since 1981 and a senator since 1997, had... More »

Mississippi Tea Party Figure in Controversy Found Dead

Attorney Mark Mayfield apparently shot himself

(Newser) - One sad coda to Mississippi's brutal Senate seat fight : A state Tea Party leader facing conspiracy charges over campaign tactics has been found dead in an apparent suicide, reports the Clarion-Ledger . Mark Mayfield was vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party and a respected attorney in the state, but... More »

New GOP Name: 'Committee to Elect Hillary Clinton'?

David Frum: Republicans must fight back against 'radicals' or pack it in

(Newser) - David Frum thinks his fellow Republicans are headed for trouble unless things change fast: The party has no leaders willing to stand up to the "radicals" destroying conservatism, he writes in the Atlantic . Eric Cantor is but the latest casualty: He tried to "appease" those on the fringe,... More »

Meet the Guy Who Just Beat Eric Cantor

Economics professor David Brat pulls off huge upset

(Newser) - Who is David Brat, the Tea Party candidate who set off a "political earthquake " by defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a GOP primary? Here's some of what's known about the political novice, as per Politico , the Huffington Post , and the Washington Post :
  • The 49-year-old
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Cantor's Walloping Is a Political Earthquake

Brat upset likely to kill off immigration reform

(Newser) - The House majority leader who used to cozy up to upstart Tea Party candidates has been crushed in his GOP primary by a little-known challenger from the movement, and analysts say America's political landscape is looking very different this morning.
  • "The biggest Congressional upset in modern memory" will
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Sen. Graham Fends Off 6 Tea Party Challengers

South Carolina senator cruises to win

(Newser) - Only one big scalp for Tea Partiers from yesterday's votes: Sen. Lindsay Graham comfortably won his South Carolina primary yesterday, defeating six rival Republicans who complained he wasn't conservative enough, the AP reports. Graham—who had a $12 million war chest while his rivals had less than $1... More »

Tough GOP-Tea Party Primary Heads for Runoff

Mississippi's Cochran-McDaniel duel not over yet

(Newser) - Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 run-off after battling to a near-draw yesterday in a primary that underscored Republican differences. Unofficial returns from 98% of the state's precincts showed McDaniel with slightly more than 49% of the vote in... More »

Tea Partier Unseats Oldest Congressman

Next year will see no WWII vets in Congress

(Newser) - The oldest member the House of Representatives has ever seen has lost his job to a Tea Party-backed candidate. Rep. Ralph Hall lost his Texas primary yesterday to John Ratcliffe, a former US attorney and Mitt Romney aide. Ratcliffe had won 52% of the vote to Hall's 48% with... More »

Don't Write Tea Party's Obituary Just Yet

Guardian columnist: Movement is losing the battles but winning the war

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell clobbered his Tea Party opponent last night, as did GOP candidates in lower-profile races elsewhere. Not only have Tea Party candidates been unable to unseat any incumbents this year, "its candidates really haven't come close," observes Jaime Fuller at the Washington Post . So is the... More »

GOP's 'Grass Roots' Are Anything But

EJ Dionne: Republicans have two establishments now, not just one

(Newser) - Those who align themselves with the Tea Party fancy the phrase "grass roots" to describe their fight with the GOP "establishment." Sorry, writes EJ Dionne in the Washington Post , but it's hard to think "grass roots" when billionaire donors are involved. No, what the GOP... More »

House Votes to Hold Ex-IRS Official in Contempt

GOP keeps the IRS scandal alive with party-line vote

(Newser) - House Republicans voted today to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy. The House also passed a nonbinding resolution calling on the Justice Department to appoint... More »

Ex-IRS Honcho Takes Fifth at Hearing, Again

Lois Lerner previously refused to answer questions

(Newser) - The former head of the IRS division that targeted Tea Party groups has once again been brought before Congress—and once again refused to testify, as her lawyer warned would happen. Lois Lerner cited her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination at a hearing today before the House Oversight Committee, the... More »

Texas Primaries: Wins for Wendy, Kinky, a New George Bush

Tea Party largely sent home in 2014's 1st vote

(Newser) - Election season has kicked off with the nation's first statewide primary, in which 26 GOP candidates jostled for the nominations for six of Texas' top jobs—and another George Bush was among the winners. Some highlights from the Texas primaries:
  • Sen. John Cornyn and several House Republicans were able
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Conservative Group Spends Big to Oust ... GOP Leaders?

ForAmerica promises 6-figure campaign

(Newser) - The so-called GOP civil war may be going from cold to hot. The conservative group ForAmerica tells CNN that it intends to spend six figures on a campaign it's calling " Dump the Leadership ," aimed at deposing all the GOP's leaders in both the House and Senate.... More »

GOPers Focus on Jobs in SOTU Responses

McMorris Rodgers, Paul, Tea Party's Lee offer rebuttals

(Newser) - President Obama's State of the Union address was swiftly followed by a flurry of rebuttals from the GOP, offering a diversity of responses that highlight the ideological conflicts in the party, the Washington Post notes. Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranked female Republican in Congress, delivered the official... More »

Boehner Just 'Got His Irish Up' With Right-Wing Groups: Ryan

Wisconsin Republican tries to soften rift with Tea Partiers

(Newser) - John Boehner's attack on right-wing advocacy groups over the federal budget deal? Well, he "just kind of got his Irish up," said Paul Ryan on an interview on Meet the Press, reports Politico . "He was frustrated that these groups came out in opposition to our budget... More »

7 Lessons From Election 2013

It was a bad night for Tea Party, good one for Chris Christie

(Newser) - The 2013 election is in the books, and while there weren't many surprises in this off-year affair, there's plenty to digest. Here are some bulleted thoughts to help your brain do just that:
  • Some polls had Terry McAuliffe ahead of Ken Cuccinelli by double digits, so his 3-point
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Ted Cruz's Sidekick Gets Cold Shoulder From GOP

Many Utah Republicans want GOP Sen. Mike Lee gone

(Newser) - Mike Lee may have plenty of Tea Party pals on Capitol Hill, but back in his home state of Utah, the GOP senator is growing decidedly less popular. Since the government shutdown, approval ratings for Ted Cruz's strongest ally have fallen, and his fellow Republicans are some of his... More »

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