Why the country's conservative drift, on a wide range of issues, has accelerated.
The Tea Party movement is taking aim at Republican incumbents, including Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Olympia Snow of Maine, and Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts. Will it succeed in unseating them?
Millions of dollars have poured into Wisconsin for Election Day. At stake: a desire to swing the state Supreme Court majority on the issue of collective-bargaining power for unions.
Republican Sens. Richard Lugar of Indiana and Orrin Hatch of Utah could face tea party challenges in their 2012 primaries. But while Hatch is embracing the tea party, Lugar is fighting it.
Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, plans to respond to Obama's State of the Union address on behalf of the tea party movement. The Michelle Bachmann response is not the official GOP rebuttal, but Republicans dismiss appearances of a divided party.
The tea party movement may have genuine grassroots. But just beneath the surface are professional fund-raisers, foundations, and political action committees – some of which have been around for years – pushing a conservative-libertarian agenda.
Members of the Tea Party movement say they are not beholden to the GOP.