Republican Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma were Tea Partiers before the term existed. Staunch fiscal and social conservatives who are unafraid to alienate colleagues with principled but unpopular crusades, DeMint and Coburn have long been scourges of wasteful government spending, no matter how small.
With Monday's proposal to freeze the wages of federal employees Obama has angered his base in exchange for modest deficit reduction, and no support from Republicans. So what is he thinking?
Washington can seem like a Venn diagram where the two circles—Republicans and Democrats—will never touch. But on the issue of education reform, the two parties may be able to come together.
Investment banker and Clinton administration veteran Roger Altman is rumored to be a likely replacement for Larry Summers, and the left is not pleased.
Joe Miller becomes the fourth Tea Party–affiliated GOP Senate nominee to lose. Is the Tea Party hurting Republicans more than it is helping them?
Tea Party Patriots is asking its members to call Republican senators and demand that they vote next Tuesday to forgo all earmarks, calling it "our first battle with the newly empowered GOP."
The vision hasn't been signed to by the commission's members—let alone Congress or President Obama—but the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform co-chairs released a plan that emphasizes spending cuts.
The hottest issues in Washington today—from deficits to taxes to health care—are direct outgrowths of former president George W. Bush's policies. Too bad no one wants to ask him about them.
You govern from the center, to look effective and protect vulnerable incumbents, but you oppose with partisanship, to make the majority look ineffective and drive down their approval ratings. Pelosi would be perfect as minority leader.
The Tea Party is being blamed for nominating weaker Republicans in Colorado, Nevada, and Delaware. But you can never prove a counterfactual.
Tea Party activists know that winning the election does not not mean they have achieved their goals. But they intend to keep pushing the GOP to deliver.
That sound you heard a little while ago? That was Democrats nationwide sighing in relief at Gov. Joe Manchin's victory in West Virginia, where he defeated Republican John Raese in a special election for Senate.
Republicans must win the West Virginia Senate race if they want to take control of the Senate. The polls close at 7:30 ET, so it will be an early sign of what is to come.
Democrats and liberals have been unwilling to accept that Rand Paul is going to be in the U.S. Senate. It's time for them to accept that and try to learn from it.
This election, the longtime Beltway insiders running FreedomWorks have seamlessly allied themselves with the insurgent political neophytes of the Tea Party movement. The Washington group offers political know-how to the ragtag band of activists, and the latter provides free labor in battleground districts—as well as street cred—to the former.
It's one of those massive brouhahas that are fundamentally about nothing and that the political establishment takes much too seriously. But the debate over whether Democrat Jack Conway should not have attacked Rand Paul's alleged college-age misbehavior, and whether Paul's counterattacks have ended up hurting Conway more than Paul, just keeps getting bigger.
President Obama claims he must defend and enforce the ban on gays serving in the military, even though he opposes it. But most experts in constitutional and military law say he has other options.
Democrats look likely to lose a Senate seat and congressional seats in Pennsylvania, even though it has been leaning more Democratic in recent elections, because they've managed to spend too much money for its suburban voters and not enough for its rural voters.
Vulnerable Democrats are producing ads that would make you think they are Republicans. Our guide to their various approaches.