The Tea Party In America The Tea Party is energizing a segment of conservative Americans. But at least until the midterm elections are over, it's uncertain how the movement will influence American politics.
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The Tea Party In America

Voters and politicians look for the lasting influence of a grassroots movement.

Activists gather near the Lincoln Memorial in the nation's capital to participate in the "One Nation Working Together" rally to promote job creation, diversity and tolerance, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, in Washington. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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People gather at a rally in Washington, D.C., organized by conservative Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, one of the de facto leaders of the Tea Party movement. While the Tea Party says it doesn't take a stance on religious and social issues, many of its supporters are conservative Christians. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Tea Party's Tension: Religion's Role In Politics

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Ken Buck accepts the Republican nomination for Senate on Aug. 10 in Loveland, Colo. Buck, the Weld County district attorney, defeated former Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in the primary. Eric Bellamy/The Daily Tribune/AP hide caption

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