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Christians, Libertarians Battle for Soul of Tea Party

Schism could be imminent

(Newser) - The Tea Party movement is already starting to fracture, with battle lines being drawn between libertarians and Christian conservatives, Newsweek observes. A mere day after the election, Christian conservative groups like the Family Research Council wrote Republican leaders urging them to ban same-sex marriage and abortion; less than two weeks...

McCain: I'm Cool With Cindy's Ad
 McCain: I'm Cool With Cindy's Ad 

McCain: I'm Cool With Cindy's Ad

Senator respects 'First Amendment rights of every member of my family'

(Newser) - John McCain's just fine with wife Cindy's stance (or revised stance? ) on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, telling Meet the Press that "I respect the First Amendment rights of every member of my family." The missus McCain backtracked on her appearance in an ad calling for the repeal...

Paul: I'll Cut Fed Workers, Wages 10%

Rest of 'balanced budget' cuts would come from 'across the board'

(Newser) - Newly minted US Senator-elect Rand Paul scrambled yesterday when pressed to come up with federal cost cuts—but finally said he'll aim to slice the number of federal workers and their wages by 10%. Pit bull reporter Christine Amanpour repeatedly needled Paul on ABC's This Week to move beyond "...

Cantor: Obama, Pelosi Just Don't Get It
 Pelosi Just 
 Don't Get It 


Cantor: Obama, Pelosi Just Don't Get It

Lots of other sparring, slicing, and dicing on your Sunday show roundup

(Newser) - Apparently President Obama and Nancy Pelosi aren't listening to the message Democrats were given Tuesday, complains Eric Cantor. "When you hear the president say things like 'we did a poor job of explaining what we were trying to do,' that is indicative of his not getting it,"...

GOP Feuds Over Senate Losses
 GOP Feuds Over Senate Losses 

GOP Feuds Over Senate Losses

DeMint's tactics cost party a majority, senators complain

(Newser) - While their counterparts in the House are celebrating a historic win, Senate Republicans are pointing fingers over their failure to recapture the chamber. Some prominent senators and party operatives blame Sarah Palin and South Carolina's Jim DeMint for helping candidates too conservative to win gain the GOP nominations in Colorado,...

Tea Party to Old-Line GOP: Let the Battle Begin

Upstarts face 'club' in battle over big government

(Newser) - Tea Party candidates may have rattled the Democrats, but it's the old-line Republicans who could be in for a shellacking now. The upstarts heading to DC are already eying targets painted on the backs of GOP legislators out of step with their small government policies—such as Utah's Orrin Hatch...

Note to Rand: How Do You Spell C-o-m-p-r-o-m-i-s-e?

Battle for Tea Party soul will pit extremists against pragmatists in DC

(Newser) - Eyeglass-doctor-turned-Kentucky-senator Rand Paul faces a massive learning curve in a complicated arena where compromise and strategy is the name of the game, note the Christian Science Monitor . Paul is perhaps the Tea Party's most fervent idealog of any of last night's victors. He doesn't have much of a chance of...

Democrats Keep Senate; Harry Reid Beats Angle

Barbara Boxer, Rand Paul win; Christine O'Donnell, Linda McMahon lose

(Newser) - They may have lost the House, but Democrats will keep control of the Senate, barely. In big blue victories to help seal it, Harry Reid held off Sharron Angle in Nevada, while Joe Manchin won in West Virginia and Barbara Boxer in California. Earlier, Rand Paul (Kentucky), Marco Rubio (Florida),...

BP Funding Tea Party's Climate Change Deniers

Big polluters give $240K to Senate campaigns

(Newser) - Big-time big-polluting European firms are funding the Tea Party's climate change deniers, finds the Guardian . The paper discovered that 80% of campaign donations from major European firms like BP and Bayer went to politicians opposed to action on climate change. Recipients include Tea Party-backed incumbents Jim DeMint and James Inhofe...

NPR Chief Sorry for Williams 'Psychiatrist' Dig

Ombudsman says firing mishandled; DeMint want to cut funds

(Newser) - NPR’s chief has apologized for suggesting Juan Williams keep his feelings about Muslims between himself and “his psychiatrist or publicist,” the station’s website notes. “I spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark,” said Vivian Schiller. In a separate...

Sharron Angle Tops Wingnuts Index

Angle, DeMint, O'Donnell score high on list of 2010's craziest candidates

(Newser) - There's no shortage of seemingly unhinged Senate candidates out there, but who's the craziest of them all? The Daily Beast has compiled a "Wingnuts Index," judging the Senate hopefuls on criteria including belief in conspiracy theories, special interest-driven voting records, and incidents where the candidates have been called...

2010: It's a Race to the Bottom
 2010: It's a Race to the Bottom 

2010: It's a Race to the Bottom

Alvin Greene, Meg Whitman, Christine O'Donnell, oh my!

(Newser) - The crazies have come pouring out of the woodwork, writes Gail Collins in a survey of the 2010 election landscape. Sure, not much is new about Carl Paladino and Andrew Cuomo frustrating New Yorkers' simple dream "of having a governor whose sex life is a complete mystery," but...

Celebrity Chef Stirs Up SC Senate Race

Candidate Dupree says she'll cook Republican's goose

(Newser) - South Carolina's lopsided Senate race is getting spicier. Celebrity Charleston chef and cookbook author Nathalie Dupree is getting out of the kitchen to run as a write-in candidate. Dupree says she doesn't believe anybody else will challenge incumbent Republican Jim DeMint, whom she accuses of spending more time aiding Tea...

Big Business Will Regret Empowering Jim DeMint

 Big Business 
 Will Regret 
 Jim DeMint 
Steven Pearlstein

Big Business Will Regret Empowering Jim DeMint

Steven Pearlstein: Warns business leaders to be careful what they wish for

(Newser) - Steven Pearlstein warns the business community not to get too excited about the prospect of Jim DeMint and company dealing a humbling defeat to Democrats in the midterms: "You're about to create a political monster that you can't control, one bent not on reforming but on destroying the institutional...

Gentlemen Senators, Please Give Women Their Due
Gentlemen Senators, Please Give Women Their Due
gail collins

Gentlemen Senators, Please Give Women Their Due

Gail Collins: Stop the hold on the national museum

(Newser) - The idea is a great one, writes Gail Collins, and it's also uncontroversial and long overdue: Put up a national museum in DC dedicated to women's history. In fact, a private group is seeking permission to buy federal land at market price and build it at no cost to taxpayers....

Jim DeMint: Let's Have an 'Earthquake Election'

He says Christine O'Donnell, others send Washington a clear message

(Newser) - Jim DeMint takes delight in the triumph of Christine O'Donnell and other conservatives in the primaries, declaring it a sign that the message of "everyday Americans" fed up with big government is getting through. It also refutes the notion that voters must play it safe by sticking with so-called...

Dear Palin and DeMint: Go to Delaware, Now
Dear Palin and DeMint:
Go to Delaware, Now
charles krauthammer

Dear Palin and DeMint: Go to Delaware, Now

Krauthammer: You got Christine O'Donnell this far; now make her win

(Newser) - Charles Krauthammer comes out firing at Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin today, calling their endorsements of Christine O'Donnell in Delaware "reckless and irresponsible." It's nice to trumpet statements like "support the most conservative candidate," but he reminds them of Bill Buckley's caveat: "Support the most...

GOP Senators Furious With DeMint
GOP Senators Furious With DeMint

GOP Senators Furious With DeMint

They blame him for Christine O'Donnell's win, party divisions

(Newser) - Jim DeMint is not a popular man on Capitol Hill right now. Senate Republicans are furious with the South Carolina senator for helping Tea Partiers like Christine O’Donnell oust eminently more electable candidates around the country, the Hill reports. “If on Nov. 3 there are two or three...

Will Tea Party Turn Senate Into Fight Club?

Senate may not be able to get anything done, critics fear

(Newser) - At a recent Senate Republican Conference, Wisconsin Senate candidate Ron Johnson pointed to Jim DeMint and announced, “I’m coming to join the fight, not the club.” Johnson, like DeMint, plans to throw up roadblocks in front of any legislation that doesn’t meet his approval, and he’...

Alvin Greene Indicted on Porn Charge

Weird Democratic candidate faces felony charge

(Newser) - Longshot US Senate candidate Alvin Greene was indicted today on two charges, including a felony charge of showing pornography to a South Carolina college student. A Richland County grand jury indicted Green for disseminating, procuring, or promoting obscenity—a felony—as well as a misdemeanor charge of communicating obscene materials...

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