The Tea Party In America
Mark Meckler, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, wears a Tea Party pin at a July 21 news conference on Capitol Hill. After the elections, Meckler says, the movement with "really find its stride."
Activists insist the movement will find its stride after the midterms. They plan to put Tea Party-backed members of Congress on notice that they risk losing support if they go against the movement's agenda. And some GOP senators may be in danger in 2012 if they don't embrace the push for smaller government.
October 5, 2010 A new poll looks at the people who identify themselves as members of the Tea Party movement. They are overwhelmingly Christian, and most, far from being libertarian and much more classic social conservatives.
October 4, 2010 A just-published Tea Party coloring book for kids rides the new movement's wave of popularity. The publisher says it's a teaching tool and it follows in a long line of political coloring books.
October 2, 2010 Tapping into anger as the tea party movement has done, a coalition of progressive and civil rights groups marched by the thousands Saturday on the Lincoln Memorial and pledged to support Democrats struggling to keep power on Capitol Hill.
October 1, 2010 Carl Paladino's desire to ban a reporter from his campaign for New York governor would seem to clash with the First Amendment which requires freedom of the press. The Tea Party which supports him exalts the Constitution, including the !st Amendment.
September 29, 2010 GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski was tied with Tea Party favorite Joe Miller in the race for the U.S. Senate seat from Alaska. Miller beat Murkowski in the primary and has launched a write-in candidacy.
September 27, 2010 While supporters of the movement have latched on to the idea that people need to "take their country back," historians say there are many differences between what's driving things today and what was happening during the American Revolution.
September 23, 2010 Republican candidate Ken Buck is challenging incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO). In the primary, Buck used lots of Tea Party money to portray himself as a political outsider. He now needs to convince Colorado's huge swath of moderate voters that he can represent them.