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Failed IN Dem candidate reached out to ‘Tea Baggers’ for help

WASHINGTON — Indiana cafe owner Tamyra D’Ippolito calls herself a “political virgin,” and her inexperience shined through in her failed last-minute effort to find a place on the ballot. Following US Sen. Evan Bayh’s (D-IN) announcement on Monday that he was retiring, D’Ippolito scurried to gather the necessary petition signatures…

Tea Party movement takes aim at Ron Paul

There is more than a little irony in the fact that congressman Ron Paul is facing three primary challengers this year, all of them linked in some way to the Tea Party movement. Many observers give the libertarian from Texas credit for having sparked the Tea Party movement in 2007…

Palin speaks at Tea Party convention

Former governor Sarah Palin made "a call to action" to the thousands of tea partiers during the group's first convention in Nashville on Saturday night.…

Exclusive: NAACP calls Tea Party speaker’s quip ‘outrageous, insidious’

Convention’s opening speaker suggested reinstating law that kept blacks from voting WASHINGTON — Former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo may have fired up the most zealous conservatives at the first ever National Tea Party Convention, but he hasn’t pleased the renowned civil rights group NAACP. Speaking before a crowd of 600…

Rep. Garamendi: ‘Unending negotiations’ damaged health care bill

Insurance companies ‘used Tea Party’ to try and kill bill WASHINGTON — Newly minted Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) has watched the health care reform process unfold both as an insider and outsider to Washington. Noting that its future is now in jeopardy, the freshman congressman believes debate should have ended…

Maddow mocks ‘Tea Party on Tea Party torpedoing’

A for-profit Tea Party convention to be held next month, featuring Sarah Palin as the keynote speaker, is frustrating some conservative grassroots activists who can’t afford the steep price tag, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported Monday night. Maddow pointed to a recent article at Politico that reported Tea Party Nation, the…

Palin’s snub of conservative conference raises many questions

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s rejection of an invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February is arousing widespread criticism and speculation, especially in light of her headliner role at the National Tea Party Convention scheduled for just two weeks earlier. CPAC has been the primary…

Tea Party activists bitter about GOP ‘hijacking’ movement

Revelations about the connections between a Republican lobbying firm with a long history of astroturfing and one of the two main factions of “Tea Party” protesters are raising fresh concerns that the GOP has successfully hijacked the right-wing Tea Party movement. A Libertarian political consultant interviewed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow…

Caller asks GOP senator if he prayed hard enough for other senators to die

UPDATE The caller who asked GOP Sen. John Barrasso on CSPAN Tuesday if Republicans’ prayers for Sen. Robert Byrd to die may have misfired and hit Sen. Jim Inhofe instead may have been a prankster. Eric Kleefeld at TalkingPointsMemo reports that “back in April, a man with a very similar…

O’Donnell on Tea Partiers: ‘I’m laughing at these people’

Members of the Tea Party movement scheduled a “die-in” at Senate offices on Tuesday, intended to dramatize the sorry fate of “patients waiting for treatment in government controlled medical facilities.” The protests didn’t exactly come off as planned. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noted that “for all of the photogenic promise of…

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