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Last call

Thaddeus McCotter loves the tea parties. Scott Lemieux is not a fan of Ray Stevens. Mark Fiore finds justice. David Harsanyi parties down. Chris Cillizza ponders a post-partisan Charlie Crist. Sean Hannity slips up; Media Matters rejoices. The Eric Massa...

By David Weigel  |  April 16, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Family Research Council, Haley Barbour, Hannity, Media Matters for America, Pat Buchanan, Politics, United States, Washington Post  
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What Ben Domenech's experience tells us about the White House

The conservative blogger responds to critics of his blog post (reprinted by CBS News) that passed on innuendo about Solicitor General Elena Kagan.

By David Weigel  |  April 16, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Supreme Court  | Tags: CBS News, Elena Kagan, Family Research Council, Republican, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court, Supreme Court of the United States, White House  
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We are the Breitbart road crew

Liz Glover answers a question that had nagged attendees of conservative/tea party events -- how come a camera crew follows Andrew Breitbart wherever he goes?

By David Weigel  |  April 16, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Media  | Tags: Andrew Breitbart, Barack Obama, History, Parties, Politics, President, Tea, United States  
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Taxation without representation, just this once

We're expecting the long-dormant D.C. voting rights bill to rise again once Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) settles on gun-rights language that the city could handle. (The GOP's insertion of language stripping many of the city's gun rights laws had...

By David Weigel  |  April 16, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Dick Armey, Eleanor Holmes Norton, FreedomWorks, Gun Control, Gun politics, Law, Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, Tea Party protests 2009  
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Turning the tea parties against the GOP on banks

Americans United for Change, the 501(c)4 group that's been trying out various populist attacks on the GOP, is attempting to find some daylight between tea parties and Republicans with Web ads that portray the GOP as the party of bank...

By David Weigel  |  April 16, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Bailout, Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve System, Government, Republican, Ron Paul, Townhall.com, United States  
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Victory over the crashers

CrashtheTeaParty set up the pins. Conservative bloggers knocked them down. Tales of hardy tea party activists scaring interlopers out of their rallies are all over the Web today. Moe Lane declares victory, as does Michelle Malkin, who passes on photos...

By David Weigel  |  April 16, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Beaverton Oregon, Beaverton School District, Education, Michelle Malkin, Oregon, Tea Party protests 2009, Teacher, United States  
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About that Politico poll of tea partyers

I blogged yesterday about the survey being taken at the big tea party rally on the Mall. Earlier today, I spoke to Alex Lundry of TargetPoint, the firm that conducted the survey. "We had 15 to 20 interviewers in the...

By David Weigel  |  April 16, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, President, Republican, Republican Governors Association, Republican National Committee, Romney, United States  
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Tea party crashers, found!

Lots of reporters were on the lookout yesterday for liberals, possibly inspired by CrashtheTeaParty.org, infiltrating the tax day tea parties. Lots of tea party organizers were looking for them, too. "If you see someone doing something," FreedomWorks President Matt...

By David Weigel  |  April 16, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: American University, Andrew Breitbart, Barack Obama, FreedomWorks, President, Tea Party protests 2009, United States, WorldNetDaily  
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Lord Monckton, questioning Obama's citizenship

Look, I don't like writing "birther" posts. I don't jump onto the latest story of an attention-seeking lawyer demanding proof of Barack Obama's citizenship. I'm working on other posts about last night's FreedomWorks-organized tea party on the Mall. But it...

By David Weigel  |  April 16, 2010; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Fringe  | Tags: Barack Obama, Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories, Climate change, Hawaii, Kenya, Lord Monckton, President of the United States, United States  
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Politico conducting survey at D.C. tea party

Politico and Targetpoint are conducting a survey at the tea party rally on the mall, asking attendees who they support in 2012, as well as a detailed 22-question survey of things that make them angry ("on a scale of 1...

By David Weigel  |  April 15, 2010; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Beverages, Business, Business and Economy, Food and Related Products, Recreation, Tea, Tea Party protests 2009, United States  
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Let's go to the mall -- today!

I'm headed to the Mall to cover the second tea party rally in D.C. Thursday -- the one organized by FreedomWorks and featuring Ron Paul. No "last call" post for right now. Instead, I want to hear from anyone who's...

By David Weigel  |  April 15, 2010; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, Government, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, Tea, Tea Party protests 2009, United States  
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Tea Party Express spokesman: 'I love Media Matters'

I talked Thursday afternoon with the organizers of the Tea Party Express tour as they stepped on and off their stage. Some of my questions were about the media coverage that's dogged them since, really, their origins a year ago....

By David Weigel  |  April 15, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Joy Behar, MSNBC, Mark Williams, Scott Brown, Tea Party Express, United States  
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The Tea Party Express comes to D.C.

I snapped photos of this afternoon's tea party rally in downtown D.C. in between interviews with organizers Sal Russo and Mark Williams. My impressions of the crowd: comparable to the one that showed up a year ago, for a...

By David Weigel  |  April 15, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Barack Obama, Bart Stupak, Department of Homeland Security, Michele Bachmann, Minnesota, United States, United States Department of Homeland Security, White House  
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Code Pink crashes tea party, looking for converts

At this afternoon's Tea Party Express rally, on the left of the stage, a small woman in a bright pink shirt milled around conducting friendly interviews. The interviewer was Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, a left-wing activist who excels...

By David Weigel  |  April 15, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: CodePink, Conservatism, Egypt, Medea Benjamin, Ron Paul, Uncle Sam, United States, United States Congress  
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Live chat at 2:30: Let's talk about tea parties

I'll be chatting about today's Tax Day tea parties right here at 2:30. Join in!...

By David Weigel  |  April 15, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Dick Armey: Please, Koch, keep distancing yourself from me

Last night, Missy Cohlmia of Koch Companies sent out this statement to multiple reporters. It was a strange thing to find in the inbox, for several reasons.

By David Weigel  |  April 15, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Americans for Prosperity, Charles Koch, Climate change, David Koch, Dick Armey, FreedomWorks, Tea Party protests 2009, United States  
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Tea Party Express takes a victory lap, makes endorsements

How bothered was the Tea Party Express by Ken Vogel's publication of its founding memo, revealing how Republican strategists put the organization together to capitalize on the movement? Last night they e-mailed supporters a bubbly message, telling them to read...

By David Weigel  |  April 15, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2010 Election , Tea Party  | Tags: Joe Wierzbicki, Mark Williams, National Press Club, Politics, Republican, Talk radio, Tea Party Express, United States  
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Poll: Tea partiers miss Bush, like the GOP, don't want a third party, and wonder where Obama was born

The full results of the CBS News/New York Times poll on the tea party movement are well worth reading. I've broken out some of the Tea Party numbers to contrast them with the numbers from the general population. The starting...

By David Weigel  |  April 15, 2010; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Barack Obama, Democratic Party, George W. Bush, Glenn Beck, Republican, Sarah Palin, United States, United States Congress  
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Tea party day, 2010

A year ago, the April 15 tea parties were a curiosity, promoted heavily by Fox News but eyed curiously by Republicans and reporters. Today, the hundreds of rallies happening nationwide will be a media and political sensation. There are, for...

By David Weigel  |  April 15, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Alan Keyes, Andrew Breitbart, George Allen, Republican, Ron Paul, United States, Virginia, Washington  
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Last call

Dan Burton tries to survive the tea party wave. The columnist formerly known as "Spengler" humiliates himself. Nevada conservatives turn on Ensign. Jim Bunning joins the Rand Paul bandwagon. Paul Johnson wants Obama to stop talking and achieve great things....

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Dan Burton, Eric Massa, Jim Bunning, Paul Johnson, Rand Paul, Republican, Tea Party protests 2009, United States  
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In first quarter, Palin spent more on consultants than candidates

Between the leak of her speaking contract and digs Wednesday into her FEC reports, this has been a pretty lousy week for Sarah Palin's real-American cred.

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Sarah Palin  | Tags: Alaska, Federal Election Commission, Political action committee, Politics, Randy Scheunemann, Republican, Sarah Palin, United States  
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CBS/New York Times poll: 4 percent of Americans are tea partiers

Democrats are pushing back a little against this week's CNN poll that has 10 percent of Americans claiming to be participants in the tea party movement. The new CBS News/New York Times poll on Americans' views of taxation digs a little deeper and finds a smaller number. Only 4 percent of people identified themselves to pollsters "who have attended a rally or donated money" to tea parties.

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: CBS, CNN, Democratic, Republican, Tax, Tea, Tea Party movement, United States  
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Jim DeMint finds another outsider he likes

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has made Ken Buck, Senate candidate in Colorado, his newest project for the Senate Conservatives Fund.

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Election  | Tags: Chuck DeVore, Jim DeMint, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Republican, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, Straw poll, United States Senate  
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The voice of Geico vs. FreedomWorks

FreedomWorks, the D.C.-based tea party organizers who were way out in front of the "slurs against black members of Congress" story, reports on a menacing message it says it received last week from voiceover actor Lance Baxter.

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Fringe  | Tags: Matt Kibbe, Mental retardation  
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The $20 tea party brochure

Blogger Garrett Quinn attended today's Tea Party Express event in Boston, and sends over a photo of the official brochure -- which sold for $20.

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Boston, Tea Party Express  
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Trey Grayson says Palin isn't qualified to be president

The establishment candidate (I feel comfortable calling him that as he is running against Rand Paul) in Kentucky's GOP primary for Senate gets asked about Sarah Palin by the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board. He doesn't ace the question. Does Grayson...

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Election , Sarah Palin  | Tags: John McCain, Kentucky, Politics, Rand Paul, Republican, Sarah Palin, United States, United States Senate  
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CrashtheTeaParty.org gets crashed

Who could have seen this coming? A day after its founder Jason Levin embarked on a poorly-thought-out media tour, the false flag operation dubbed CrashtheTeaParty.org has been overrun by conservatives making fun of the group and disrupting its work. To...

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Dana Milbank, Federal, Government, Politics, Rahm Emanuel, US House of Representatives, United States, Washington Post  
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Palin in Boston: 'Please, starve the beast!'

The former governor of Alaska was the star of today's Tea Party Express rally;

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Sarah Palin , Tea Party  | Tags: Boston.com, Parties, Politics, Republican, Sarah Palin, Tea Party Express, United States, United States Congress  
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Fall of the titans

Democrats are cheering the decision by George Pataki -- likely to be joined by Tommy Thompson -- to pass on a Senate run in a deep blue state. They should cheer.

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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Republican-run tea party group might be run by Republicans

Not to diminish the memo obtained by Ken Vogel for his story on the Tea Party Express, but it really just proves something we already knew -- that the bus tour is, and was, a successful gambit by Republican strategists...

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Moving beyond the tea party

I'm a little late on this, but Erick Erickson's amusingly-titled post "The National Tax Day Amalgamated Federation of Confederated Unions of Concerned Tea Party Patriot Expresses of America and the United States Ltd., LLC, and Inc." is likely to have...

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: Conservatism, Nevada, Politics, Rick Santelli, Ron Paul, Tea, Tea Party protests 2009, United States  
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WorldNetDaily wants respect!

The venerable (in online terms) far-right news site takes legal action to demand three tables -- which it says it will gladly pay for -- at the May 1 White House Correspondents' Dinner. It's only been allotted one table. Unacceptable,...

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Last call

Sorry about some lighter blogging today -- between some meetings and a Bloggingheads that was beset (and for now, killed) by technical difficulties, I did not get to spend as much time with Movable Type as I like. Dan Balz...

By David Weigel  |  April 13, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Newt Gingrich  
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Oath Keepers bails on open-carry gun rally outside of D.C.

The much-discussed group that gives military veterans an oath to defend their country against their government is pulling out of an April 19 rally that was set to attract considerable media attention.

By David Weigel  |  April 13, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fringe , Second Amendment  
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FreedomWorks: We'll expose infiltrators at tax day tea parties

In one of the stranger false flag operations of all time, CrashtheTeaParty.org planning to discredit the "tea party" movement by infiltrating the activists' tax day rallies on Thursday.

By David Weigel  |  April 13, 2010; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Rick Scott, candidate for Florida governor

Rick Scott, the chairman of Conservatives for Patients' Rights, launched his campaign for Florida governor on Tuesday.

By David Weigel  |  April 13, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Election , Health Care  
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Gingrich: Republicans would win a showdown on de-funding health-care reform

At a luncheon at the Heritage Foundation -- his second meeting with conservative journalists and bloggers today -- Newt Gingrich expanded a bit on his argument, made most recently at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, that a new Republican Congress...

By David Weigel  |  April 13, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 Election , Health Care , Newt Gingrich  
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Conservatives beat the press on health care debate 'slurs'

In the battle over the March 20 story of racial slurs being hurled at Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.), Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), I'm ready to call this round for conservatives.

By David Weigel  |  April 13, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Health Care , Race  
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In Florida, the health care referendum that wasn't

After the GOP won a special Senate election in Massachusetts, every Republican candidate in the country became the "next Scott Brown." One of the would-be-Browns, Ed Lynch, made the rounds at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, making sure everyone...

By David Weigel  |  April 13, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 Election , Health Care  
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A state-run militia? What could go wrong?

This Associated Press report on talk of a "state-sponsored militia" in Oklahoma is ahead of the curve, by perhaps a year. Legislators say that the idea of a civilian defense force, inspired in part by a tea party activist, may...

By David Weigel  |  April 13, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Fighting back against tea party 'scorn'

The Media Research Center finds its calling again and publishes a lengthy, anecdote-filled report on media coverage of tea party protests. The focus is on the coverage delivered by the big three networks, a decision that gives us data points...

By David Weigel  |  April 13, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Last call

I'll be on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" Monday night, wrapping up last weekend's Southern Republican Leadership Conference. And if you missed it, here's my live chat on that event and a slew of other topics.

By David Weigel  |  April 12, 2010; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Poll: Rand Paul maintains lead in Kentucky

I've been hearing rumors of some slippage for Rand Paul's insurgent U.S. Senate campaign in Kentucky. But if there is momentum for Trey Grayson, the secretary of state, it's not borne out by SurveyUSA, the pollster that has done the most work on this race.

By David Weigel  |  April 12, 2010; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Election , Libertarians , Ron Paul  
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Tea party leader says N.Y. candidate is victim of smear over racist e-mails

One week after launching a tea party-powered campaign to become governor of New York, Buffalo real estate mogul Carl Paladino is being called to account for racist and sexually explicit e-mails he sent to friends -- one of whom leaked it.

By David Weigel  |  April 12, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2010 Election , Fringe , Race  
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A Pulitzer for Kathleen Parker

The Washington Post's columnist is the winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, cementing her status as a path-breaking columnist -- sometimes conservative, hard to put in a box -- who inspires hair-pulling frenzies on the right. For a...

By David Weigel  |  April 12, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Sarah Palin  
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Live chat: Talk to me about the SRLC

I'm answering your questions about the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

By David Weigel  |  April 12, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  SRLC  
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Fox News investigates tea party conspiracy-mongering

CNN might have run the most positive take on the "tea party" movement of any mainstream media outlet. That cleared the deck for Fox News's lastest piece.

By David Weigel  |  April 12, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
Categories:  Fringe , Tea Party  
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Elena Kagan, the Weekly Standard's choice

Steve Benen has some fun with Bill Kristol's Sunday morning endorsement of Elena Kagan for the open seat on the Supreme Court. I sense some confusion or skepticism about Kristol's intentions when he calls Kagan "a very respectable choice." Might...

By David Weigel  |  April 12, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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Nevada Tea Party purge is bearing fruit

Chris Cillizza reports that new polling shows Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) lagging in a three-way race for his seat. Much-discussed Tea Party candidate Jon Scott Ashjian -- he registered that official party name this year -- is down to 5...

By David Weigel  |  April 12, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Election , Tea Party  
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The filibuster scam

I think Andrew Zajac's report gets at the truth of this weekend's Supreme Court rhetoric, as does Ben Pershing's. Republicans will threaten a filibuster while dangling an olive branch if President Obama nominates a "moderate," or a judge who refuses...

By David Weigel  |  April 12, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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Conspiracy most foul!

Blogger Derek Johnson tips me off to an amusing pair of news briefs. Brief number one, April 9: The daughter of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has been named a special contributor to "The Early Show" ... Brown, who preformed on...

By David Weigel  |  April 12, 2010; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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