August 5, 2011 The downgrade by Standard & Poor's is guaranteed to become a major piece of evidence used by Obama's political opponents against him, as they make the case that he has failed to lead the nation and should not be rewarded with a second term.
August 1, 2011 Maybe Obama could get re-elected with a default under his belt. But it certainly would've increased the already considerable challenges facing him because of high unemployment, housing foreclosures and other spurs to economic anxiety.
July 28, 2011 ANALYSIS: It should go without saying, this is a signal setback for the speaker, who in recent days had pleaded, cajoled and demanded that his conference get behind him if, for no other reason, to show solidarity as he confronts the Democrats who control the Senate and the White House.
July 27, 2011 The outcome of the debt-ceiling fight might still be uncertain inside the Capitol, but many of the Republican speakers who spoke at a Wednesday noon-hour Tea Party rally outside, including U.S. Senators Jim DeMint (SC), Mike Lee (UT) and Rand Paul (KY), were already claiming a measure of victory.
June 8, 2011 Ed Rollins, the long-time GOP operative who says he will work for Bachmann if she runs for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has stirred things up by making the case that the Minnesota congresswoman is akin to the Adlai Stevenson of the Tea Party movement.
May 25, 2011 Huffington Post reporter Jon Ward writes that officials at FreedomWorks, one of the best known Tea Party groups, say they plan to oppose Romney and that activists around the nation indicate they will do the same.
March 11, 2011 NPR's Don Gonyea found that Iowa's Christian, fiscal and Tea Party conservatives each think the important early state nod for a GOP presidential candidate goes through them.
March 8, 2011 Reacting to a video that showed an NPR executive making controversial comments about Republicans, conservatives and Tea Party activists, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the video proved NPR and public broadcasting generally shouldn't get taxpayer money.
February 9, 2011 The Utah senator told Tea Party activists he appreciated their role in taking "America back." Hatch has been targeted by the grassroots movement and is trying to avoid the fate of his former colleague from Utah, Bob Bennett, who was defeated in his re-election effort by the Tea Party.
January 4, 2011 The Constitution reading is a shout out to Tea Party voters from which some Democrats felt excluded. But Republicans are inviting Democrats to join them after members of the new minority party requested as much, not wanting to be out-Constitutioned.
December 30, 2010 There was "no impermissible use of campaign funds whatsoever," the Tea Party/Republican candidate for Senate said this morning, as she responded to allegations about improper use of campaign money for personal expenses.
December 16, 2010 The Boston Tea Party happened on Dec. 16, 1773 — 237 years ago today. With all the attention paid to the modern Tea Party movement, a look back in history may be in order.
November 17, 2010 Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, defeated for renomination in the August Republican primary, has won another term via a write-in — defeating the Tea Party and Sarah Palin in the process.
November 16, 2010 House freshman were on Capitol Hill learning how conduct themselves and getting Tea Party warnings. They had to learn how to navigate the complex ethics laws. They also received a warning from Tea Party supporters that they would be watched.
November 3, 2010 Sen. DeMint warned Republican senators-elect that the GOP establishment would try to co-opt them. He urged them not to let that happen. Which places him in conflict with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell whose goal is to co-opt them.