Texas Republican Dan Patrick, who defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, faces the media at a polling place Tuesday in Houston.
May 29, 2014 In most states this year, the Republican establishment has managed to hold off Tea Party challengers. In Texas, the opposite was true.
During a December news conference, House Speaker John Boehner rebukes conservative groups who opposed the bipartisan budget compromise.
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May 23, 2014 Some elements of the Tea Party would like to see John Boehner ousted from his position as House speaker. Even so, Boehner insists there isn't much difference between the Tea Party and Republicans.
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Tea Party activists rally in front of the U.S. Capitol in June 2013.
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May 23, 2014 Where insurgents arose with a clear claim to being Tea Party favorites, they have lost. In many cases, they have flat-lined weeks before the primary.
Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., listens to a man voice his complaints during a town hall meeting in Lebanon, Pa., on Aug. 11, 2009.
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August 7, 2013 Four years ago this month, anger over the pending health care bill fueled the growing Tea Party movement and led protesters across the country to confront their elected representatives at town hall meetings. Here's a look at a few of the unruly gatherings that stood out.
Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes raises her game in a video about her challenge to GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell.
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July 26, 2013 Maybe Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky Democrat who hopes to unseat Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, is ready for prime time after all.
January 4, 2012 Talk with Tea Party leaders here in South Carolina and you quickly realize that the toughest job in the Mitt Romney campaign would be the assignment of doing outreach to these activists. Maybe not a mission impossible, but close.
September 27, 2011 The nation's governance crisis, driven by economic anxiety, is the political equivalent of what meteorologists call a "blocking pattern" where storm systems get stuck over a particular region due to stationary high pressure systems that prevent the turbulent weather from passing along in the normal way.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks before Florida's straw poll at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Saturday. Cain won the straw poll with 37 percent of the vote.
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September 24, 2011 The former Godfather's Pizza CEO easily beat Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. It's a big victory for Cain, who up until now has not gotten a lot of attention in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, in large part because of his standing in the polls.
June 16, 2011 The nation's war weariness from the past ten years of blood and treasure spent in Iraq and Afghanistan account for some of this. The wars contributed to the nation's debt troubles and that fiscal crisis, which has become a major cause for the influential conservative Tea Party movement.
March 31, 2011 As Tea Party members rallied in Washington while Democratic and Republican lawmakers tried to reach agreement on spending legislation to avert a government shutdown, the grass-roots group had a message for the GOP - no retreat and no surrender on spending cuts.
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.
September 22, 2010 House Republicans gave an early look at their new "Pledge to America," the sequel to 1994's contract. They promised to cut taxes and spending if returned to power. Some of the language in the pledge was clearly drawn from the Tea Party movement.
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