Will Tea Party Activists Derail before November?
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With former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin calling for followers to "re-load" and not retreat, questions are being raised about Tea Partiers' tactics and whether their words are inciting violence. On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Sara Terry looks at the Tea Party movement and its growing momentum. Will the frustration that's feeding the movement turn into long-term political activism? Also, deadly bombings hit the Moscow subway, and President Obama goes to Kabul, and has tough words for Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Banner image: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at the Tea Party Express' 'Showdown in Searchlight,' rally March 27, 2010 in Searchlight, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Deadly Bombings Hit Moscow Subway ()
In Moscow today, two female suicide bombers set off huge explosions in two subway stations, killing more than three dozen people. No one has claimed responsibility yet, but many Muscovites blamed Chechen terrorists. Clifford Levy is Moscow Bureau Chief for the New York Times.
- Clifford Levy: Moscow Bureau Chief, New York Times
Will Tea Party Activists Derail before November? ()
After losing on healthcare reform, Tea Partiers launched a nation-wide bus campaign this weekend. On Saturday, they some ten thousand activists descended on Harry Reid's small hometown of Searchlight, Nevada, hoping to help unseat the Democratic Majority Leader this November and to play a major role in the mid-term elections. Tea Partiers have been criticized for inflammatory rhetoric that's ratcheting up political tension, and which critics say has helped fuel harassment against some Democratic lawmakers. How far will the movement go? How will it shape political debate? And how are Democrats and mainstream Republicans responding?
- David Weigel: Senior Reporter, Washington Independent, @daveweigel
- Mark Potok: Director, Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project
- Tony Shreeve: member, American Patriotic Taxpayers
- James Joyner: blogger, Outside the Beltway
- John Geer: Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University
Obama Goes to Afghanistan with Stern Message for Karzai ()
President Obama made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan yesterday. Though it lasted only a few hours, but the President made the most of his time. In Kabul, he had a stern message for Afghan President Hamid Karzai about cleaning up corruption, and then rallied American troops during a visit to Bagram Air Base just outside the capital. Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent at the Washington Post.
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