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My Daily Domestic Clips 08/30/2010 (a.m.)

  • tags: currentevents

    • The tea party is essentially a loosely organized band of anti-tax,
      libertarian-leaning political newcomers who are fed up with Washington and take
      some of their cues from Beck. While the movement drew early skepticism from
      establishment Republicans, these same GOP powerbrokers now watch it with a wary
      eye as activists have mounted successful primary campaigns against

      The Beck rally further demonstrated the tea party activists’ growing
      political clout.

      If the GOP is able to contain and cooperate with the tea party, and recharge
      its evangelical wing with Beck-style talk of faith, it spells the kind of change
      Ratliff and others like him are searching for.

      The promise of change helped President Barack Obama win the White House in
      2008, but could turn against his fellow Democrats this year. Americans’ dim view
      of the economy has grown even more pessimistic this summer as the nation’s
      unemployment rate stubbornly hovered near 10 percent and other troubling
      economic statistics have emerged on everything from housing to the economy’s

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