GOP candidate Mitt Romney reacted Thursday to the Supreme Court's health care ruling. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
As it continues to ramp up its efforts for the 2012 election cycle, a national umbrella organization for the tea party movement readily admits its grassroots organizing strategy is borrowed from the left's political playbook.
While loud and raucous rallies are still a part of the tea party toolbox, the movement, which came to life over dissatisfaction with big government and anger over government bailouts and President Barack Obama's health care reform, is evolving.
After six terms in the Senate, Indiana's Richard Lugar finds himself the latest target of the tea party movement's desire both to have more influence over the policy agenda in Congress and to make the Republican Party more conservative.
With Herman Cain's departure from the 2012 field of candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination, several contenders have sought to claim the "tea party candidate" mantle. But for those entrenched in the movement, none of the remaining candidates have a legitimate claim to the title.
Fmr. Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell explains why she decided to endorse 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
A leader of a Tea Party group was arrested Thursday at New York's LaGuardia Airport while in possession of a handgun, prosecutors said.
Wall Street should have seen it coming. After all, market forces were at work.
Is Occupy Wall Street the new tea party? CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
CNN's Jim Acosta previews the CNN Tea Party Debate in Tampa, Florida.
Gloria Borger predicts Mitt Romney and Rick Perry will dominate Monday's tea party presidential debate.
On Sept. 12, 2009, frustrated tea party citizens from across the country marched upon the Capitol in Washington, energized by a shared sense of disenfranchisement in the political system and anger at a federal government they believed was taxing too much and racking up a dangerous amount of debt.
For all that was new about Mitt Romney speaking before a tea party crowd, the most striking fact was how little was different.
Amid talk of financial doom should the U.S. default, a glimmer of optimism is surfacing. CNN's Kate Bolduan reports.
Right now, some Republican lawmakers in Washington may be wondering how to wiggle out from between a rock and a hard place.
Mitt Romney seems to have everything going his way. The former Massachusetts governor is certainly ahead of the pack where it counts in fundraising and in many recent polls. He's the front-runner, right?
Despite leading in most polls, Mitt Romney still faces questions from Christian conservatives and Tea Party activists.
Presidential candidate Michelle Bachman discusses the economy, debt and job creation, noting she will pull "Obamacare."
With U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota making a splash in the Republican presidential campaign while Sarah Palin sits on the sidelines, is Bachmann edging Palin out of the Tea Party's heart?
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann ended any doubt that she is running for president, saying during Monday night's CNN GOP presidential debate that she has filed for the 2012 race.
Fresh off last-minute budget negotiations that averted a partial government shutdown, President Barack Obama this week will lay out his plan for long-term deficit reduction demanded by conservatives.
To the Tea Party movement that helped fuel Republican electoral success last November, a promise is a promise.
Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price talks about Congressional budget negotiations with AM's Ali Velshi.
Top senators said Sunday that they believe Congress will reach a deal to avoid a government shutdown this week, but there was little consensus on two larger budget battles looming in coming months.
Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement, putting it in the same company as the Democratic and Republican parties, according to a new national poll.
The Tea Party has already stitched together a colorful history made of success and failure, anger and optimism and lots of controversy.
Chief Tea Party Express strategist Sal Russo talks about his switch from Democrat to Republican, and Ross Perot.
Meet Mary Rakovich, the woman considered to be the "godmother" of the Tea Party movement.
Justice Antonin Scalia, a popular and entertaining speaker at various forums around the world, has one of the busiest schedules off the bench. But a closed-door address the conservative justice is scheduled to give Monday afternoon has attracted controversy, partly because of who is sponsoring the event.
Arizona shooting victim James Eric Fuller sent his apologies Monday for telling a Tea Party leader, "you are dead."
CNN political producer Shannon Travis looks at how the Tea Party could impact the GOP's midterm election results.
The midterm elections dealt a powerful blow to President Obama and the Democratic Party as the country appeared to shift decisively to the right, moved by mass anger, "due to a combination of two kinds of fear," historian Michael Kazin told CNN.
Three days after Democrats took a whipping in the House in the midterm elections, jockeying has already begun in the next battle for the Senate, with Democrats -- and even some Republicans -- already feeling the heat.
With the final results in from all but a few heated races, what may have been obvious to some is now proven with numbers: media attention doesn't guarantee victory. In some cases it may even be damaging. Although the GOP gained a majority in the House, many of the party's most talked-about candidates lost.
Voters have given Republicans a mandate to cut government and roll back the Obama administration's health care "monstrosity" in the next Congress, the incoming speaker of the House of Representatives said Wednesday.
Tuesday's elections show America is indeed a center-right country. Americans widely rejected the Democrats' big-spending policies and sent the Democratic majority in the House packing. And rightly so.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski's bid to become only the second person to win a write-in campaign for U.S. Senate appeared on track in Alaska early Wednesday, with write-in candidates leading a Tea Party-backed Republican who beat her in a primary.
GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski says her campaign is "not done yet" as she awaits final election results for the Alaska race.
Leaders of the burgeoning Tea Party movement say their projected midterm election victories should send a strong message: watch out in 2012.
Michelle Obama stumps for Democratic senate candidate Joe Sestak and urges supporters to remain faithful to the party.
Two of the most important figures to emerge if Republicans take over the U.S. House aren't on election-day watch lists: Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Darrell Issa of California.
The Tea Party's sudden popularity risks being hijacked by far right groups in Europe, as Dan Rivers reports.
If you believe the mood music, the Tea Party's rise may mark a political watershed in the U.S.
Former President George W. Bush loomed large throughout the 2010 campaign even though he has been out of office for nearly two years.
Senate Democrats learned this year how difficult it was to pass bills over a determined GOP minority. Now they are bracing for possible legislative gridlock as Republicans are poised to pick up several seats in Tuesday's election.
Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer gives her outlook on American Morning on the eve of midterm elections.
In a few days, Americans could carve out a monument to the Tea Party's power -- or etch out the movement's political tombstone.
Check out a sneak peek of CNN's documentary "Boiling Point: Inside the Tea Party," which airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
The question of whether the Tea Party will have a real impact on American politics (yes!) has evolved into a new debate: Is the Tea Party really about more than taxes?
Conservative radio host Dana Loesh says mainstream Republicans should follow the Tea Party agenda.
Will an anti-incumbent wave return Republicans to power in the House and Senate, or can Democrats engineer a late rush to hold on to their congressional majorities?
Sarah Palin says the GOP is through if it doesn't embrace Tea Party message.
The old proverb "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is one way to describe the 2010 election -- especially when explaining the complicated alliance between Tea Party activists and the Republican establishment.
Sarah Palin warned Monday that the mainstream Republican Party must embrace the core conservative principles of the Tea Party movement or disappear.
As Election Day gets closer, the "enthusiasm gap" is getting clearer.
GOP-backed groups are spending millions on campaign ads and not revealing who's behind the money. CNN's Dana Bash reports.
Three-term Democrat Russ Feingold faces a major challenge from Republican and Tea Party favorite Ron Johnson.
It doesn't get more outside the Beltway than Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson.
The first time I saw Christine O'Donnell in action, there were no bright TV lights and no talk of "dabbling in witchcraft" or her offbeat views on masturbation.
Kentucky tea party activists vow to keep pressuring politicians to stay conservative or they will lose their support.
The Tea Party Express revealed details of its final bus tour for 2010 on Monday night, setting the stage for some of the final political battles ahead of midterm elections.
Duane Skavdahl and Cathy Flaig emphasize that they and fellow Tea Party activists shouldn't be counted on as automatic for either political party.
Kentucky Tea Party activists say they will influence government by elections and sponsoring conservative candidates.
Depending on who is talking, the Tea Party movement is either an extremist force dividing Republicans or a group of disgruntled taxpayers setting the government on a proper course.
South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint says the GOP "is dead" if it doesn't deliver on promises, if it gains the majority.
Democratic political operatives are excited and filled with enthusiasm over the prospects of running against several Tea Party candidates in November, suggesting the Republican nominees are so extreme and out-of-touch that there is no way they stand a chance of winning in November.
South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis talks about the divide between the GOP and the Tea Party.
Tea Party euphoria confronted reality Sunday, with Delaware Senate primary winner Christine O'Donnell backing out of scheduled talk show appearances amid talk of possible civil war among Republicans over the conservative movement.
CNN's Brian Todd looks at reverberations within the GOP after Christine O'Donnell's win in the Delaware primary.
Once upon a time, back after Barack Obama's impressive 2008 presidential win, defeated and depressed Republicans had to do something to prove they still had a pulse. So leaders went out of their way -- and it wasn't easy -- to recruit stellar, well-known, GOP candidates for Senate: a governor in Charlie Crist of Florida, a secretary of state in Trey Grayson of Kentucky, a seasoned and popular congressman in Mike Castle of Delaware.
The preliminaries are over; let the battles begin. With less than seven weeks to go, here are the conclusions of the primary season completed yesterday.
CNN's John King explains what the Tea Party is and how it might impact November elections in the U.S.
Tea Party favorites won two primary elections over more mainstream Republicans on Tuesday, demonstrating again the clout of the conservative political movement on the political right.
A celebratory Christine O'Donnell thanked her supporters, the Tea Party and kingmaker Sarah Palin on the night of her stunning win in Delaware's Republican Senate primary.
Positioning herself as a conservative gate-crasher, Christine O'Donnell won more than 53 percent of the vote against U.S. Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware's Republican U.S. Senate primary Tuesday, a contest that showcased the Republican warfare between conservative Tea Party supporters and the more moderate party structures.
Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell wins the Republican Senate primary in Delaware, defeating Rep. Mike Castle.
TV commentator and Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell defeated U.S. Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware's Republican U.S. Senate primary Tuesday.
The curtain slammed down on the 2010 primaries Tuesday night crushing centrist Republican Rep. Mike Castle and handing the Tea Party movement a final victory in its battle with the GOP establishment.
Christine O'Donnell's upset win over Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary is also another major victory for the Tea Party Express and for Sarah Palin.
Bill Maher gives his take on the Tea Party, Democrats and the upcoming midterm elections.
FreedomWorks' Matt Kibbe on the Tea Party movement's evolution in the year since supporters last marched on Washington.
A damp and enthusiastic crowd of self-proclaimed "Tea Party patriots" gathered at the U.S. Capitol building Sunday for a second straight September 12 march on Washington.
Marco Rubio appears to be modifying his message as he seeks a Senate seat. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
For Marco Rubio, life was simpler when it was tea time all the time.
Mike Lee is as close as the Tea Party could get to a sure thing for the Senate. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
With the momentum of Joe Miller's surprising win over Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Republican Senate primary, the Tea Party movement is setting its sights on Delaware.
Utah's Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Mike Lee, is a vocal defender of what's become the bible of the Tea Party revolution: the U.S. Constitution.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski concedes the GOP primary to Joe Miller for the "good of Alaska".
Call it another major victory for the Tea Party movement - and Sarah Palin.
Beck under fire for holding a rally on the anniversary and site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech.
The planned large rally by Fox News Channel and radio talk show host Glenn Beck on Saturday on the National Mall is causing controversy because of its location and timing.
Before anyone ever heard of the Tea Party movement, there was a grass-roots conservative group from out West that shook up the political status quo.
Joe Miller talks about his support from Sarah Palin in Alaska's heated GOP Senate primary race.
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a scion of what was once one of Alaska's most famous political families, found her Senate career on the brink Wednesday morning.
Tea Party Express members say racist claims about the movement are being exaggerated by left wing opposition groups.
The tea party movement has been called a lot of things -- from racist to the voice of the people. One tea party group is on a mission to change how the movement is perceived, especially when it comes to race relations.
Several observers on the left side of the opinion spectrum write dismissively of the followers of the Tea Party.
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