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Anatomy of the Tea Party Movement: Americans for Prosperity

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

Americans for Prosperity engages in dirtier, noisier tricks than its sibling FreedomWorks, so much so that Rachel Maddow called Americans for Prosperity "a parasite that gets fat on Americans' fears."

Why the Opinion Industry Hates 'Most People'

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

Companies like AT&T and Comcast are opposed to Net Neutrality because it prevents them from gaining more control over Internet users' clicks.

Climate Denier Calls U.S. Activists "Hitler Youth" at Americans For Prosperity Protest

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Fifty young U.S. clean energy activists stormed the stage today in Copenhagen during a live webcast organized by Americans for Prosperity and featuring climate denier Lord Christopher Monckton.

Anatomy Of The Tea Party Movement

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

The Tea Party movement gained national attention for their unified protests against big government. But the movement itself is far from a cohesive, organized body of supporters.

Of Climate Deniers and "Hitler Youth"

Josh Dorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Dorner

Notorious climate denier Lord (or Viscount, according to the Guardian) Monckton caused heads to shake on Wednesday when he referred to youth climate activists as "crazed Hitler Youth."

Anatomy of the Tea Party Movement: Tea Party Express

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

When people think of the Tea Party movement many of them think of the Tea Party Express rallies that received extensive coverage over the summer from FOX News.

The Copenhagen Tea Party

James Hoggan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Hoggan

Americans For Prosperity's Tea Party campaigns might be happening thousands of miles away from Denmark, but their impact is felt here at the COP15 talks.

Anatomy of the Tea Party Movement:

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Brant-Zawadzki is a website developed by conservative website guru Eric Odom, where most of the August Tea Party protests during the August Congressional recess were organized.

To "Americans for Prosperity" Capitalism Is a Love Story

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The only distinguishing feature of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's "National Defending the American Dream Summit" was its astonishing homogeneity both in thought and in demography.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

Don't tell me that nontroversy doesn't matter. With nearly as many Americans approving of Palin as Obama, nontroversy really, really matters.

Anatomy of the Tea Party Movement: FreedomWorks

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

FreedomWorks is credited as the front group behind the Tea Party protests. It is run by former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey and draws its origins from the think-tank Citizens for a Sound Economy, founded by David Koch. This summer FreedomWorks supported the efforts of both the Tea Party Patriots and the Tea Party Express.

912 March: The Tea Party Movement Is the New Religious Right

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adele Stan

Marching has long been the province of the left. But the election of the nation's first African-American president, a moderate liberal, in a time of economic crisis, yielded right-wing leaders the gold of backlash.

The Right Wing Attack Machine Behind the Van Jones Affair

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

You won't be surprised that Glenn Beck wasn't the mastermind behind the campaign to remove Van Jones. The attack was orchestrated by a fringe group of free-marketeers called Americans for Prosperity.

Fox News Teamed with Big Biz Astroturf Group to Force Out Van Jones

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adele Stan

The racism and red-baiting suffered by Jones at the hands of Beck and his admirers are simply key elements in a marketing strategy designed to serve Very Big Business.

Anti-Reform Group Pumping Calls Into Nebraska Urging Senator Nelson To Help GOP "Kill" Reform

The Plum Line | greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here come the robocalls. In a clear sign that anti-reform forces are banking on "centrist" Dems to help block health care reform, the well funded gro...

Forget Glenn Beck: The Problem is Murdoch

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Adele Stan

Color of Change has done a remarkable thing: One by one, they have moved Beck's advertisers to pull their ads, the latest being Walmart. No small feat. But I'm not sure how much Beck's bosses really care.

No One Wants to Talk About Their Idiots

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Shireman

We need a third political movement in this country -- not today's ideological right or left, who pander to idiots, but a group of radical centrists who step past their initial ignorance, fear, and prejudice, and actually think through solutions to our problems, borrowing ideas from all sides.

Don Lemon & CNN: No to "Real Americans," Yes to Real Journalism!

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Milazzo

Can anyone tell me of any wall to wall on-site coverage of peace movement events over the past six years where the corporate press offered extensive air-time to listen to progressive leaders? I don't recall that ever happening. Do you?

After Swastika Incident, Rep. Scott Holds Health Care Town Hall

Glen McDaniel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Glen McDaniel

A few days after a recent town hall meeting where Scott lectured some in the crowd for "highjacking" the healthcare debate, a large swastika was painted outside his Smyrna district office.

Town Hall Talks about Climate Should Be About Solutions, Not Intimidation

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

While the primary target of town hall vitriol has been health care reform, recent accounts make it clear that some corporate-funded efforts also want to sink clean energy and climate legislation.

Matthew Palevsky

"Obama The Anus Of America": Conservatives Riled Up By Health Care Reform Gather Along Bus Tour (PHOTOS) | Matthew Palevsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two "Hands Off My Health Care" buses have been making their way across the country as the central organizational tools for the conservative group Amer...

Lobbyist-Run Group Provides Birther With Talking Points For Town Hall

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last night, ThinkProgress attended Rep. Tom Perriello's (D-VA) town hall in Ruckersville, Virginia. Inside, many people were holding signs provided by...

Manufactured Protesters Are Killing Democracy

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

The "Tea Party" movement flies in the face of what the true patriots in Boston stood for. Corporate lobbying-run groups are creating the illusion of grass roots protests at the health care town hall meetings.

Townhall Mobs -- Brought to You by Big Oil and Dirty Coal

Josh Dorner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Dorner

There's considerable evidence that these astroturf corporate lobbying operations are also trying to derail clean energy jobs legislation.

At Health Care Town Hall in Bristol, VA, Passions Run High

Sarah E. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah E. Jones

The protesters made a passionate, well-organized and vocal crowd. "If you support this bill you're a communist! You're a communist and you don't love America!" a man shouted.