Tea Party

President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 26, 2014. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama: Republican Lawmakers Too Focused On Making Up ‘Phony Scandals’

President Barack Obama is pitching his ideas to boost the American middle class in Minnesota, a state that already has embraced a key component of the president’s economic agenda by moving to raise its minimum wage.

06/27/2014

Desperate to knock off GOP incumbents in this year's Republican primaries, the nation's tea party groups have spent millions only to fall short in election after election. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Tea Party Losses Don’t Stop Cash Or Curb Influence

Desperate to knock off GOP incumbents in this year’s Republican primaries, the nation’s tea party groups have spent millions only to fall short in election after election.

06/26/2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., waves at the end of a news conference on March 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Mainstream Republicans Imploring Tea Party To Rethink Money They Are Giving To Anti-Establishment Groups

Desperate to knock off GOP incumbents in this year’s Republican primaries, the nation’s Tea Party groups have spent millions only to fall short in election after election.

06/26/2014

Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., speaks to supporters during his "Victory Party" after holding on to his seat after a narrow victory over Chris McDaniel at the Mississippi Children's Museum on June 24, 2014 in Jackson, Miss. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

AP: Washington Establishment Delivers Gut Punch To Tea Party

The Washington establishment delivered a punch to the gut of the Tea Party movement Tuesday as Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, a mainstream conservative with more than 40 years congressional experience, narrowly turned back a challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

06/25/2014

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel, talks with members of the media after casting his ballot at the George Harrison Building on June 24, 2014 in Ellisville, Miss. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

McDaniel Won’t Concede: ‘We Have To Be Absolutely Certain The Republican Primary Was Won By Republican Voters’

Fresh off Sen. Thad Cochran’s comeback to defeat Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi’s bitter Republican Senate runoff, the general election matchup between the six-term incumbent and Democratic former Congressman Travis Childers features two pragmatists each trying to wrest a winning coalition out of a jumbled primary.

06/25/2014

Sen. Thad Cochran thanks supporters after narrowly defeating Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election for the GOP primary in Mississippi. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Cochran Wins Mississippi Runoff, Edges Tea Partyer

Six-term Senator Thad Cochran holds a narrow lead over challenger Chris McDaniel.

06/24/2014

US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor speaks during a press conference announcing his resignation as Majority Leader at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 11, 2014. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Republicans Seek Answers In Cantor’s Primary Loss

Republicans, including the vanquished majority leader himself, on Sunday considered Rep. Eric Cantor’s primary loss last week to a little-known tea party challenger and what it means for the GOP heading forward.

06/15/2014

Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner exercises her Fifth Amendment right not to speak about the IRS targeting investigation before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building on March 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Issa: Does The IRS ‘Really Expect The American People To Believe That?’

Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s Tea Party controversy.

06/14/2014

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during a tribute for the recently departed Dr. Maya Angelou at the National Action Network in Harlem on May 31, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Sharpton: Brat’s Win ‘Threatens Civil Rights, Immigration Rights’ In US

Rev. Al Sharpton warns that Dave Brat’s primary win over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor threatens civil rights in the United States.

06/12/2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., waves at the end of a news conference on March 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Graham: Let’s Fix Immigration Before It ‘Leads To Another 9/11-Type Attack’

A day after soundly defeating six Republican challengers, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said he will try to push the GOP to solve hard problems such as immigration.

06/12/2014

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