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HNN Hot Topics: The Tea Party Movement

Is There Intelligent Life Among Republicans?
by Richard Striner

Conservative leaders say the GOP must not become the "stupid party." How's that going?

OCTOBER 21, 2013

The Tea Party Luddites
by Leonard Steinhorn

Like the Luddites, the Tea Party is raging against inevitable change.

OCTOBER 21, 2013

Tea Party Wants to Take America Back to the Eighteenth Century
by Joseph J. Ellis

Their ultimate destination is the 1780s and our dysfunctional government under the Articles of Confederation.

OCTOBER 14, 2013

Tea Party Tactics Lead Straight Back to Secession
by Stephen Mihm

Forget the Confederacy -- look the nullification crisis for a way out of this mess.

OCTOBER 8, 2013

Even Richard Hofstadter Would Be Amazed by Tea Party Extremism
by Robert Brent Toplin

How the paranoid style in American politics has shut down the government.

OCTOBER 7, 2013

The Tea Party Isn't Conservative
by Christopher S. Parker

It's got more in common with the John Birch Society than mainstream Republicans

MAY 13, 2013

Senator Cruz, You're No James Madison
by John Willingham

Ted Cruz titled his senior thesis after Madison's Federalist No. 51. But the founder would be aghast at what Cruz is doing to his legacy.

MARCH 3, 2013

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