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Tea Partiers Trying to Recall Rubio Hit Pesky Problem

You can't recall senators in Florida

(Newser) - You can't actually recall a US senator in Florida, but Tea Party activists aren't letting a little thing like that thwart their efforts to recall Marco Rubio. Radio host KrisAnne Hall says she and a group of other conservatives are helping draft legislation that would allow senators in... More »

Weakened Tea Party Switches Gears

Movement in decline after Obama victory

(Newser) - The Tea Party movement that looked set to transform American politics a couple of years ago was hit hard by President Obama's victory last month, the New York Times finds. Congressional Republicans are bucking Tea Party demands in fiscal cliff talks and the movement's activists are now focusing... More »

O'Donnell Mulls New Senate Run

Controversial Tea Partier talking about a comeback in 2014

(Newser) - She's baaaack: Delaware Tea Partier Christine O'Donnell is making noises about running for Senate again in 2014, thus ensuring that race would be at least as entertaining as her first unsuccessful run in 2010. "I think I owe that to my supporters, to at least consider a... More »

Establishment GOP Has Defeated Tea Party

2 years after Tea Party peak, few inroads made into GOP

(Newser) - Regardless of who wins the presidential election in November, it is clear who lost—the Tea Party, reports Politico . The Republican Party, which just wrapped up its annual meeting of state chairmen yesterday, is still all establishment, with almost no Tea Party members on its 168-member governing committee. Tea Partiers... More »

Herman Cain to Deliver Tea Party SOTU Response

Rebuttal planned for Tuesday

(Newser) - Herman Cain: the new face of the Tea Party? The former presidential candidate will deliver this year's Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union address, the Tea Party Express announced yesterday. Cain will offer the rebuttal Tuesday, CNN reports. The official response from the Republican... More »

100 Tea Party Leaders Will Endorse Newt

Leaders to announce coalition today

(Newser) - It's a big day for Newt Gingrich: After news of his surge in South Carolina and an endorsement from Rick Perry , the Daily Caller reports that he can also expect backing from 100 Tea Party leaders. The leaders, who represent 25 states, will announce a coalition supporting Gingrich today:... More »

Tea Party a Non-Entity in NH

And, apparently, in the entire 2012 election

(Newser) - Tea Partiers helped Republicans make major gains in the midterm elections, but where are they now? The movement is proving to be a non-entity when it comes to tomorrow's New Hampshire primary—and, seemingly, the rest of the election, Politico reports. Tea Party leaders have not coalesced behind a... More »

Failed Politician Calls for Assassination of Obamas

California libertarian Jules Manson defends racist rant

(Newser) - Failed politician Jules Manson appears to be better at attracting attention from the Secret Service than he was at attracting votes in his bid for a city council seat in California. In a Facebook rant sparked by President Obama's support of a revised military authorization bill, Manson called for... 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 Group Calls for Bachmann to Drop Out

It fears she'll swing to the right, make movement look bad

(Newser) - “It’s time for Michele Bachmann to go.” So begins a statement issued yesterday by American Majority, a major Tea Party organization that, according to CNN , operates in seven states and trains thousands of activists. Bachmann’s campaign has become “about her personal effort to stay relevant... More »

Tea Party, Occupy Find Common Ground

Both despise the best democracy money can buy

(Newser) - Occupy protesters and Tea Partiers are engaging in intense conversations and finding common ground, even if their basic philosophies clash, the Washington Post reports. Both despise corporate bailouts and the political influence of big money; both are struggling to get by. In one crossing of the aisle, a machinist and... More »

Tea Partier's Protest Plan: No More Hiring

She encourages small-business owners to go 'on strike'

(Newser) - Well, here’s one idea for small businesses to help get us out of this economic mess we’re in: Stop hiring people! That’s the proposal from Tea Party Nation member Melissa Brookstone in a manifesto picked up (and derided) by Gawker and Wonkette . Brookstone’s post accuses the... 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 »

Sheriff Joe Sics 'Posse' on Obama Birth Certificate

Secret five-member team will investigate its authenticity

(Newser) - You thought the birther controversy was over, what with President Obama releasing his long-form Certificate of Live Birth ? Well, think again. Arizona’s fiery Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a secret five-member Cold Case Posse looking into the authenticity of said birth certificate, World Net Daily reports. Sheriff Joe explains... More »

5 Things to Watch For in Tonight's Debate

Social security and Tea Party topics likely to be big issues

(Newser) - Yes, it’s debate time again. Here’s what to watch for when the 2012 GOP presidential candidates face off tonight in Florida, at an event sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express:
  • Social Security will likely continue to be a flash point. At the last debate, Rick Perry
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Ann Coulter: Palin Is 'the Obama of the Tea Party'

And she should 'just run so we can get this over with'

(Newser) - Ann Coulter is the latest pundit to jump into the “will she or won’t she?” discussion about Sarah Palin’s potential presidential run, and she has a message for Palin: “Fish or cut bait, because you are ginning up this group of Americans who will not even... More »

Palin Back In, O'Donnell Out at Iowa Tea Party Event

Looks like Sarah won this round

(Newser) - Christine O’Donnell may not be a witch, but she's got to be feeling like a yo-yo: After being invited, then uninvited , then re-invited to speak at an Iowa Tea Party event Saturday, the onetime Senate candidate is officially off the roster—and Sarah Palin is back on. Palin... More »

No. of Fans at O'Donnell Book Signing: 5

...and one of them wanted her to sign a book on demonology

(Newser) - This past week has not been a good one for Christine O’Donnell: First she had a rather disappointing showing at a Florida book signing, then she was dropped from a Tea Party rally. The book signing, held Wednesday in “staunchly Republican” Naples, came during a time when few... 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 »

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