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Bachmann eyes cuts to veterans health benefits

WASHINGTON – Tea party hero Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) this week proposed a blueprint to eliminate $400 billion from the federal budget, which included billions in cuts to veterans’ health care and disability benefits. Her plan would freeze health care funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and slash…

Tea party governor ‘will put bureaucrats to work getting GOP re-elected’

Governor who told NAACP to ‘kiss my butt’ may face legal problems over letter The communications director for Maine’s new, tea party-backed governor told staffers last month they would be using the state’s bureaucracy to get Republicans re-elected, according to a letter obtained by a Maine blogger. Dan Demerritt, the…

Progressives to ‘uncloak’ the secret financers behind the Tea party

Progressive and liberal activists are planning at the end of the month to confront the secretive billionaire family that finances the so-called Tea party movement and a host of other right-wing causes and institutions. “Our government is supposed to be of, by and for the people. So are you ready to…

Bill Maher lashes out at ‘Teabaggers’ identification with ‘Founding Fathers’

‘They were not the common man of their day’ Comedian Bill Maher took issue with the Tea party’s identification with America’s “Founding Fathers’ at the end of the season premiere of his cable show Friday night. “I think it’s pretty clear that the Founding Fathers would have hated your guts,…

Tea party group took thousands of dollars from dead woman, records reveal

Someone out there wants the tea parties to stay well funded, and they’re willing to break the law to ensure it. The California-based Tea Party Express has been getting donations from a dead woman for more than two years, records released Friday showed. Joan Snyder Holmes died of cancer on…

Tea partiers push to remove criticisms of Founding Fathers from textbooks

Tea party activists in Tennessee are pushing state legislators to amend curriculum in a way that eliminates criticisms of the Founding Fathers’ treatment of Native Americans and holding of slaves, according to a news item. Roughly two-dozen tea partyers demanded that their state lawmakers modify textbook standards to “compel the…

Tea Party Express fundraises off reaction to Arizona shootings

A leading tea party group is raising funds based upon public reaction to the Tucson, Arizona shootings. In an e-mail sent to supporters Wednesday, the California-based conservative group Tea Party Express invoked the tragic shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and nineteen others, asking for donations to fight back against…

Howard Dean: Tea party the ‘last gasp of the 55-year-old generation’

Slams Obama’s staffers’ ‘contempt’ for liberals The tea party movement represents “the last gasp of a generation that has trouble with diversity,” Howard Dean told an audience Wednesday. The former governor of Vermont and head of the Democratic National Committee told a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor that…

Tea party group: Homeland Security ‘a liberal hate group’

The United States Department of Homeland Security is one of the top five liberal hate groups of 2010, according to Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips. Phillips said the federal department, which was created in response to the September 11 attacks by former President George W. Bush, is a “bad…

O’Donnell: ‘Establishment’ out to get me

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Christine O’Donnell, the defeated Republican candidate for the Senate in Delaware and a Tea Party favorite, on Wednesday dismissed a report that prosecutors and the FBI are investigating her for alleged misuse of campaign funds. “Let us be clear. There was no impermissible use of campaign funds.…

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