October 26, 2010 A MoveOn.org backer was assaulted before the Kentucky debate between Rand Paul and Jack Conway. The woman was thrown to the ground and a man stepped on her head. The entire confrontation was caught on video.
October 11, 2010 The Republican nominee for New York governor created another controversy with his anti-gay comments. He derided his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, for not only attending the gay pride march but for taking his daughters as well.
September 21, 2010 A Tea Party group said it received a $1 million donation from a source who didn't want to be named.
September 21, 2010 Democrats hope Social Security remains the third rail of U.S. politics so they can use it as an issue against Tea Party-backed Republican candidates for congressional posts.
September 21, 2010 Rick Tafel, a founder of the Log Cabin Republicans, says the Tea Party's rise is good for gays because it's a signal that fiscal conservatives and libertarians are taking back the Republican Party from social conservatives.
Christine O'Donnell, center, answers questions from the mediawhile at a Sussex County (Del.) Republican Committee Picnic on Sunday.
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September 20, 2010 The Tea Party Express and other opponents of Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski may be angry with her, but they aren't expressing the same misgivings about what Delaware's O'Donnell once did.
September 17, 2010 Top GOP strategist Mark McKinnon says party insiders underestimated the Tea Party's strength. He also said the Tea Party is producing some unelectable candidates and could lead to a Sarah Palin nomination.
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September 16, 2010 A Tea Party tug of war has raised the question, is the movement about fiscal or social issues.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Pope Benedict XVI in Edinburgh, Scotland, today.
September 16, 2010 The grassroots movement's successes in 2010 will have Republican presidential contenders vying for its support as they campaign for the party's nomination, 'Politico' reports.
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A Del. Tea Party activist celebrates Christine O'Donnell's win.
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September 15, 2010 Tea party activists win primaries, mideast talks; Musharraf vows return
Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell addresses supporters after winning the Republican nomination for Senate in Delaware, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, in Dover, Del. O'Donnell upset Rep. Mike Castle.
September 15, 2010 The Tea Party scored major victories but the question remains whether it will be short-lived.
Boehner, at the Capitol, on June 16.
September 9, 2010 Though President Obama has portrayed the Ohio Republican as leader of the "party of no," political observers see Boehner as more mainstream than Tea Party and apt to work with Democrats on occasion.
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August 31, 2010 In a startling turnabout of political fortune, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the odds-on favorite to win another term, has conceded defeat to her Aug. 24 primary rival, Tea Party-backed Joe Miller.
August 25, 2010 A wild night of primaries in four states, including a still-unresolved GOP contest in Alaska. That's the focus in this week's Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation.
Clint Didier, Republican and tea party candidate for Senate in Washington.
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August 16, 2010 Tea Party-favored candidates have done well in several of the Senate primaries held around the nation so far this year. But as NPR's Martin Kaste reports, the way votes will be cast Tuesday in Washington state is likely to work against the candidate who has the most Tea Party support.
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