Tea Party Favorite DeMint Resigns Unexpectedly

In what could be a sign of the tea party’s waning influence in Congress, one of its champions suddenly resigned his Senate seat Thursday. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) unexpectedly announced he will leave the Senate at the beginning of January to become the next president of The Heritage Foundation, one of the largest and most-well-funded conservative think tanks in Washington. DeMint, who often backed conservative alternatives to establishment candidates in GOP primaries, was re-elected to a second term in the tea party-backed wave of 2010. He was the first member of Congress to back Marco Rubio’s challenge to Gov. Charlie Crist in what became a nasty GOP primary for the party’s nomination for Senate. Rubio ended up winning the election, … Continue reading

Congressman Hustled Off Floor For Hoodie; Trayvon Martin Protest

A congressman was escorted off the House floor after donning a hooded sweatshirt in protest of the killing of Trayvon Martin, an African-American Florida teen. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) was forced off the House floor after giving a speech in which he denounced the sort of racial profiling which appears to have led to 17-year-old Martin being gunned down in his Sanford, Fla., neighborhood. Martin’s death has sparked national outrage and protest, as well as multiple investigations into the incident — including a federal probe by the Justice Department. The alleged shooter in the incident remains free and hasn’t been charged, due to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute. That state law has come under intense scrutiny since Martin’s death. “Just … Continue reading