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Tea Partiers don't like either political party, but their candidates are Republicans as a matter of political reality.  Not many are expected to make it to Capitol Hill, but could they have influence beyond their numbers? Also, poor oversight of billions in Afghan reconstruction funds. On Reporter's Notebook, gentle ridicule was the price last night for President Obama to reach Jon Stewart's audience of young potential voters.

Banner image: (L-R) Bill Black, his wife Jody Black and Don Rose, all of Nevada, wait to attend a Tea Party Express rally in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2010. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Making News Poor Oversight of Billions in Afghan Reconstruction Funds 7 MIN, 25 SEC

The Afghan province of Nangarhar received $100 million in US development aid in fiscal 2010 and is often cited as a model for the rest of the country. But an audit mandated by Congress calls the program "incoherent," without mechanisms to avoid waste or monitor success. John Brummet is Assistant Inspector General for Audits at the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, SIGAR.

John Brummet, Assistant Inspector General for Audits, SIGAR

Main Topic The Tea Parties and the Consequences in Congress 35 MIN

The New York Times says about 30 Tea Party candidates could get to the House, while eight have a chance at the Senate. There is no official platform, but all want "smaller government," and their constituents' demands range from repealing healthcare reform to abolishing Medicare and Social Security. Many long for what they see as the Good Old Days -- before 1900 -- and they regard the Constitution as a form of holy writ. We talk with Tea Partiers and others about where they're coming from and how even a small contingent could have a big influence on Capitol Hill.

Kate Zernike, New York Times (@kzernike)
Chris Littleton, Littleton and Associates (@clittleton)
Mark Herr, Organizer, Mid-South Tea Party
Jill Lepore, Harvard University / New Yorker magazine (@NewYorker)
Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball. He’s author of “The Kennedy Half Century; The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy.” (@larrysabato)
Jonathan Alter, MSNBC (@jonathanalter)

Boiling Mad

Kate Zernike

Reporter's Notebook President Obama, 'Dude,' Visits Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' 7 MIN, 49 SEC

Last night on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, President Obama told Jon Stewart he was there to make a "plug" for young people to vote in next week's elections. The President did have to pay a price. Stewart didn't just call Barack Obama "Dude," he also challenged his performance as President of the United States. David Lightman is National Correspondent for the McClatchy Newspapers.

David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers (@LightmanDavid)

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