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Signs Of An Anti-Trump ‘Tea Party’ At Congressional Town Halls

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At Congressional town halls across the country, there are signs of what could turn into a movement that would cause real headaches for the GOP in future elections.

Women’s March Draws Record Crowds: So Now What?

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A movement motivated by hurt and fear turned into a political force eight years ago. Can another follow suit?

House Committee Votes To Censure I.R.S. Commissioner, Impeachment May Soon Follow

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The man who was brought in to clean up the I.R.S. after the alleged targeting scandal became public is facing censure and possible impeachment. Proving that there really is such a thing as a thankless job.

The End Of Paul Ryan’s Honeymoon?

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Five months after becoming Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan seems to be running into some of the same difficulties that John Boehner did.

Sharron Angle Is Running For Senate Again

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Sharron Angle, who by all accounts blew what could have been an historic Republican Senate pickup in 2010 when she lost to then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in what was otherwise a Republican wave year, is running for Reid’s seat yet again: Sharron Angle, a controversial Tea Party Republican who upset the 2010 Nevada […]

The #NeverTrump Movement Is Propelling The Republican Party Toward Civil War

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The effort to stop Donald Trump seems likely to set off a civil war inside the Republican Party.

National Review Takes On Donald Trump, But It’s Most Likely Too Little, Too Late

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The flagship of the American right is leading the charge against Donald Trump, but it’s not likely to work.

Final Spending Bill Sails Through Congress, Giving Speaker Ryan Another Legislative Win

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The final spending bill for the 2016 Fiscal Year sailed through Congress today, marking the end of a very successful first two months in office for Speaker Paul Ryan

The 2016 GOP Race And The Battle To Define What ‘Conservative’ Means

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Much more so than in the past, the race for the Republican Presidential race has become a battle to define what it means to be a ‘conservative.’ Especially on issues like immigration and national security, one side seems to be winning the battle.

Americans Continue To Hate Congress, Will Still Re-Elect That Same Congress

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A new Gallup poll shows public approval of Congress once again approaching historic lows, but it means far less than anyone thinks.

After Opposing Procedure Under Which It Was Negotiated, Paul Ryan Will Support Budget Deal

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Yesterday, Paul Ryan spoke out against the procedure under which the new budget deal was negotiated. Today, he announced that he’ll vote for it anyway.

Tea Party Support At All-Time Low, Even Among Republicans And Conservatives

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A new poll shows that the Tea Party movement is more unpopular than it has ever been before, even among Republicans and conservatives.

Department Of Justice Finds No Basis For Criminal Charges In I.R.S. Scrutiny Of Tea Party Groups

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The Department of Justice has informed Congress that its investigation has found no basis for criminal charges arising out of the targeting of conservative organizations by IRS officials evaluating applications for tax-exempt status.

With Last Obstacles To Becoming Speaker Clear, Paul Ryan Is “All In”

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With the voting now seemingly a mere formality, the question becomes what kind of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will become.

Paul Ryan Now Has A Clear Path To Become Speaker Of The House

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With the top conservative caucus in Congress acquiescing to his candidacy, Paul Ryan is largely certain to become the next Speaker of the House.

Paul Ryan Willing To Be Speaker, If All His Conditions Are Met

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Paul Ryan has never really wanted to be Speaker Of The House, but he’s take the job if House Republicans meet the conditions he’s set out.

Conservative Groups Opposing Paul Ryan For Speaker Before He Even Announces

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Paul Ryan has yet to say if he will run for Speaker of the House, but that hasn’t stopped the opposition on the hard right from forming already.

Ben Carson Isn’t Alone In Having Utterly Silly Ideas About The Debt Ceiling

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Yes, Ben Carson’s comments about the debt ceiling are silly, but it’s the fact that a lot of Republicans agree with him that’s dangerous.

House Conservatives Fail To Unite Behind A Candidate For Speaker

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With just a day to go before House Republicans pick their candidate for Speaker, conservatives don’t seem to be able to unify behind a candidate.

John Boehner’s Parting Words For His Critics Are Spot-On

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John Boehner let loose on the “false prophets” on the right yesterday, and he’s absolutely right.

Donald Trump’s Substance Free Campaign For President

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Donald’s Trump’s campaign is the logical conclusion of more than a decade of emotion-drive, substance-free politics.

Little Known Congressman Files Doomed Motion To Remove John Boehner As Speaker

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A little known Congressman from North Carolina has filed a motion to “remove” John Boehner from the Speakership.

Huckabee And Carson: States Can Refuse To Comply With Supreme Court Rulings On Marriage

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Two Republican candidates for President say that Republican elected officials should simply ignore the Supreme Court if it strikes down bans on same-sex marriage.

After Two Month Stand Off, House Passes Clean DHS Funding Bill

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As expected, Republicans have caved in the showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

Congress Reaches Budget Deal, Delays Immigration Fight For Another Day

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It looks like Congress has averted a budget fight for the second straight year.

Republicans Battle Over Government Funding, Responding To Obama On Immigration

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It’s an old story. Republican leadership wants to avoid a government shutdown, but the hard core conservatives want a fight, this time over the President’s immigration action. We have a week to see how it unfolds.

With GOP Wins, The Tea Party v. Establishment Battle Moves Into The Halls Of Congress

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The GOP’s big wins last week seem to be just guaranteeing that this year’s battle between the Tea Party and the “establishment” will continue.

Rand Paul Is Right. The GOP’s Brand Sucks, But That’s Only Part Of The Problem

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Rebranding alone isn’t going to fix what’s causing the GOP to lose ground among a whole host of demographic groups.

Federal Court Dismisses Tea Party Groups’ Lawsuits Over IRS Targeting

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A Federal Judge has dismissed lawsuits filed by Tea Party groups over the IRS targeting scandal.

The Tea Party Lost Badly In 2014, But It’s Not Going Anywhere

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The death of the Tea Party is greatly exaggerated.

Lamar Alexander Easily Defeats Tea Party Backed Primary Challenger

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To nobody’s surprise, Lamar Alexander easily defeated his Tea Party backed challenger in yesterday’s Tennessee Republican Primary: NASHVILLE — Tennessee voters backed Senator Lamar Alexander against a Tea Party challenge and turned down an aggressive bid by conservatives and business interests to oust three members of the State Supreme Court in primaries on Thursday. Mr. […]

The GOP Establishment Won The Primary Battles, But They Let The Tea Party Win The War

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Tea Party backed candidates may have lost most of the GOP primary battles, but they’ve won the war for control of the Republican agenda.

Today’s Counterfactual: Tea Party Incumbent Loses to Establishment Republican in House Primary

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David Trott’s victory in Michigan’s District 11 Republican House primary marks the first time this year a Republican Establishment candidate has upset a Tea Party Incumbent.

Tea Party Set To Lose Its Final Two Battles In Kansas And Tennessee

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The Tea Party v. “establishment” battle in the GOP has been pretty one-sided this year.

House Border Bill In Doubt In Face of Tea Party Opposition

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The usual suspects are blocking any action at all on the border crisis.

Obama To Take New Executive Action On Immigration?

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According to some reports, President Obama may be about to make an end run around Congressional inaction on immigration reform.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Both Impeachment And The House’s Lawsuit Against Obama

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Once again the GOP finds itself on the wrong side of public opinion.

GOP Establishment Pushes Back Against Calls For Impeachment

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Led by Speaker John Boehner, Republican leaders are trying to placate calls for impeachment.

Cochran Certified Winner Of Mississippi Runoff, But McDaniel Continues His Quixotic Campaign

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Thad Cochran has been officially certified as the winner of the Mississippi GOP Primary Runoff Election, but it’s not over yet.

The Tea Party Needs To Stop Whining About Losing In Mississippi

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Chris McDaniel and his Tea Party supporters are being very sore losers.

On Many Issues, The Tea Party Is Out Of Step With The American Public

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The people with the biggest voices in the GOP seem to be leading it to positions that most Americans disagree with.

Oklahoma Congressman James Lankford Easily Defeats Tea Party Backed Challenger

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With Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn retiring at the end of this year, this year’s battle for the GOP nomination to fill the remainder of his term served as yet another proxy battle in the war between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party that has taken shape inside the GOP over the past year. On […]

Thad Cochran Wins In Mississippi

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After appearing to be at the end of his political career, Thad Cochran has pulled off a surprising victory over his Tea Party backed challenger.

Who will be the new House Whip?

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GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy of California won the vote to replace Eric Cantor as the new GOP House Majority Leader. The question is who replaces McCarthy.

Report: IRS Destroyed Hard Drives With Lerner Emails

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Yet more adventures in bad records retention policy at the IRS.

On Immigration, David Brat And The Tea Party Stray From Their Own Principles

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There is no such thing as a consistent free market, limited government case in favor of restricting immigration, whether legal or illegal.

Eric Cantor’s Loss Means A Lot Less Than You Think It Does

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There aren’t nearly as many “meta” lessons in Eric Cantor’s loss as pundits have been claiming.

Lindsey Graham Appears Headed For Victory In South Carolina GOP Primary

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The South Carolina Primary is just under a week away and, if a new Clemson University Poll is any indication, Lindsey Graham appears to be well situated to win easily over his Tea Party backed challengers by a large enough share of the vote to avoid a runoff: It’s one of the biggest political questions […]

California GOP Turns Against The Tea Party

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Another victory for the GOP establishment in its battle against the Tea Party.

Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst Defeated In Primary Runoff

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Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, who has held that office since 2003, was defeated last night in his re-election bid in a runoff election against Texas State Senator Dan Patrick,who had the support of many on the hard right and in the Tea Party movement: Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick, a tea party favorite, defeated incumbent […]

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