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Paul Blumenthal

GOP Establishment Keeps Promise To Counter Tea Party With Surge In Primary Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's internecine conflict has sparked a surge in independent spending in GOP congressional primaries as establishment ...

Paul Blumenthal

Establishment Republicans Swamp Conservatives In Idaho GOP Primary Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A host of D.C.-based corporate lobbying groups have banded together to protect Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) from a tea party primary chal...

Charles Koch Wonders Why People Don't Appreciate Him. Really.

David Paul | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
David Paul

As much as Koch imagines himself a herald of liberty and a "free society," his politics have been just one more uninspiring assault on the poor and the middle class. And that is Koch's Achilles heal.

Tea Party Group Switches Endorsement In Competitive GOP Primary

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

FreedomWorks PAC, a conservative political group affiliated with the tea party, switched its endorsement in the Nebraska Republican primary to succeed...

Thom Tillis Is Wrong For The U.S. Senate

Brian LaSorsa | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Brian LaSorsa

Let's face it -- establishment Republicans' influence is waning. The grassroots come out for individuals whose values they share. It's difficult to inspire confidence when your nominee continues to skip candidate forums across the entire state of North Carolina.

GOP Senate Races May Worsen Conservative Divide

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half-dozen Senate races are heightening the struggle between establishment Republicans and tea party campaign operations, threat...

Jon Ward

Mike Huckabee Raises Specter of Holocaust In Warning Tea Party To Back Off Purity Tests

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Whether or not Mike Huckabee is at all serious when he says he's thinking about another presidential run in 2016, what he says still mat...

The Republican 'Civil War' Isn't About Policy: It's About Cash

Jason Sattler | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

But are there actual divisions in policy between Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz? They currently disagree on one thing -- tactics. John Boehner and Paul Ryan cannot afford another government shutdown. Ted Cruz can.

Official Would Rather See The Tea Party 'Take Over The GOP' Than Create A Third Party

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

FreedomWorks Executive Vice President Adam Brandon said he'd rather see the tea party "take over the GOP" than create a third party. In an intervie...

Ted Cruz's Father: Black People ‘Uninformed' And ‘Deceived'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

Evangelical pastor Rafael Cruz, father of tea party star Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), called black and Hispanic voters “uninformed” and “deceived" d...

An Open Letter To National School Choice Week

Steve Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

It's a free country (at least for the time being.) But be honest about it. I find it deeply offensive that you would obfuscate your true intentions and exploit children and unaware adults to advance your destructive political agenda.

Obama's 'You Can Keep Your Plan' Comments Problematic, Not a Big Lie

James Melton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
James Melton

The ACA actually does make it possible for people to keep their coverage -- unless the insurance company decides to stop offering it.

Conservative Groups Driving GOP Agenda

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT and STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Virtually unknown outside Washington, a coalition of hardline conservative groups is fighting to seize control ...

Tea Party-aligned FreedomWorks Fueled by Elite Donors

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

Tea party-aligned nonprofit FreedomWorks Inc. boasted its largest fundraising year on record in 2012, primarily fueled by a handful of million-dollar gifts, according to previously unpublished documents obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics.

House Passes Bipartisan Water Bill

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Bucking some of the same conservative groups that encouraged the government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats unit...

Paul Blumenthal

Here's The Real Reason We Aren't Done With Shutdowns

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After the 16-day government shutdown earlier this month produced devastating poll numbers for the GOP, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McCo...

Paul Blumenthal

Fed Up With Shutdown Politics? Blame Citizens United

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dysfunctional politics led a coalition of independent conservative groups and hardline Republican lawmakers to push for a showdown on Ob...

Get Your GOP Hands Off My Medicare

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The Tea Partiers have it all muddled again. They're crying about 50 million uninsured Americans retaining access to doctors under the Affordable Care Act instead of protesting, as they did in their early days, the Republican attempt to strangle Medicare.

Religious Right Will Cheer Tea Party Extremism at Values Voter Summit

Peter Montgomery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

The Values Voter Summit makes clear how completely the Religious Right's leaders are working to merge their activists' anti-abortion and anti-gay zeal with the anti-government extremism of the Tea Party. Actually, it goes beyond that.

Jon Ward

Tea Party Group Urges House GOP To Stand Firm

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and congressional Republicans angle for a deal with President Barack Obama to resolve the government shutdown...

Obamacare Choice: Navigation or Conflagration

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Right now, 48.6 million Americans lack health insurance. The vast majority aren't freely choosing that insecurity. It's not that they don't want the peace-of-mind of insurance. It's that they can't afford it.

Amanda Terkel

Top Obama Official Hits Conservatives For Telling Young People Not To Enroll In Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Obama administration ramps up its efforts to educate the public about enrolling in Obamacare, conservative groups are waging a ca...

Burning Obamacare Draft Cards

Hal Donahue | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

For a right-wing group to use callow youth to make light of the horrendous sacrifices suffered by my generation, both for and against war, I find disgraceful and offensive.

Colbert Blasts Tea Party's Newest Dumb Idea

Posted 07.30.2013 | Comedy

FreedomWorks, the infamous Tea Party group (yes, apparently the Tea Party is still a thing), has launched an innovative new campaign: Encouraging youn...

Doug's Dozen: Koch Bros' Top 12 Slogans Against Health Insurance

Doug Molitor | Posted 09.24.2013 | Comedy
Doug Molitor

News item: David Koch-founded FreedomWorks and its GOP allies are mobilizing a counter-offensive including town hall meetings, protests and media pr...