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The Tea Party And Civil Liberties

First Posted: 02/12/11 01:46 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Tea Party Civil Liberties
Magda Castaneda, who opposes the Tea Party, yells during a Tea Party rally at the Daley Plaza Thursday, April 15, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)


It's long been clear that the best (and perhaps only) political hope for civil liberties in the U.S. is an alliance that transcends the standard Democrat v. GOP or left v. right dichotomies. Last night's surprising (and temporary) failure of the House to extend some of the most controversial powers of the Patriot Act -- an extension jointly championed by the House GOP leadership and the Obama White House -- perfectly illustrates why this is true.

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