The Tea Party movement's threat to the Republican leadership: illustration by Ingram Pinn

The Tea Party is a grassroots US political movement that was set up in 2009 and calls for spending cuts and lower taxes to effect smaller federal government .

It has been described as part conservative and part libertarian.

Taming of Tea Party bodes ill for Obama

Bill passage brings relief and highlights Congress working well

Republicans hit Obama over health reform

Response to State of the Union speech targets jobs and Obamacare

The Rising US libertarian tide
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The tide is rising for America’s libertarians

The new spirit in a rising climate of anti-politics has become an attitude, rather than a movement

Tea Party shifts electoral strategy

Group plans to focus on ‘red’ states where Democrats have little hope

Democrat ahead in Virginia governor race

Clinton fundraiser capitalises on backlash against Tea Party

US business must stand up to Tea Party

Big Money needs to decide on bringing the Republicans further back from Cruzomania

Impasse fallout splits US conservatives

Business group squares off against ideological conservatives

Ingram Pinn illustration
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Watch out for a European Tea Party

The big danger to the euro is that the political consensus that underpins it could come unstuck

Republicans gear up to take on Tea Party

Business and party leaders push back after the shutdown

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Stupid to think the Tea Party is brainless

The way to deal with the movement is not through ridicule but to understand its motivation

Back to work: President Barack Obama makes a statement on the reopening of government after he signed a law ending the shutdown and extending the US debt limit

US politics: They blinked

Obama’s ability to capitalise on his political victory will be complicated by new fiscal battles with Republicans

Postmortem focuses on Tea Party power

Prominent Republicans speak out against hardline elements of party

GOP moderates need a political machine

Republicans have strayed from the virtues of respect for tradition, says Jacob Weisberg

Defeat has bitter taste for Tea Party

Republicans lured into fight many in their ranks warned they could not win

The Tea Party’s proxy war over healthcare

It is a casus belli for the rightwing’s battle over the role of government

Tea Party unmoved by US default threat

Sceptics say failure to raise debt ceiling will not prompt a slump

Default is defeat for Republicans

Speaker Boehner must save his country from his party

Boehner’s room for manoeuvre limited

Tea Party wields disproportionate power in Congress

US budget politics: America goes dark

The shutdown has idled workers, spooked markets and split the right. But the Tea Party says it is just getting started

U.S. House Speaker Boehner arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Boehner’s future lies in the balance

Sympathy wanes for Speaker over inability to control lawmakers

Excess self-esteem and the Tea Party

The Republicans who shut down the government are like overindulged, trophy-laden children

Republicans have a Tea Party problem

Conservative stalwarts are the sort of allies the mainstream can do without, writes Reihan Salam

Decline and fall of American politics

The Tea Party’s fiscal brinkmanship is reckless and wrong

Texas senator Ted Cruz

Cruz promises healthcare funding protest

Texas senator vows to speak until he is ‘no longer able to stand’

Tea Party Bolsheviks shake up Republicans

Takeover of congressional representatives is textbook Trotsky

Republican factions expose party rifts

Squabbles highlight divisions over economic, security and social policies

Libertarian Republicans delay Pentagon bill

Sign of the mounting congressional criticism over NSA surveillance

Left wing groups were targeted by IRS

Organisations with ‘progressive’ in name flagged for scrutiny

IRS chief quits over Tea Party scandal

Obama tries to quell controversies including Benghazi attack

Obama voices anger at tax probe allegations

President outraged at claims IRS targeted Tea Party groups

Republicans attack Tea Party tax probes

Claims that senior IRS officials knew of misconduct in June 2011

Sanford hikes back into politics with poll win

S Carolina ex-governor ‘on Appalachian Trail’ to cover up affair

Republican stirs up immigration debate

Idaho congressman admits US system is broken

Tea Party calls for Rove to be blacklisted

Activists highlight growing Republican chasm

Tea Party favourite builds up support

Senator’s links with senior Republican reveal group’s influence

It’s only make believe in Tea Party land

The Red Menace is alive and well in the imagination of Senator Ted Cruz

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Tea Party’s moment of maximum leverage

The question is whether they dive into their own political abyss in unison or in pieces

Respect for those who finish the job

The current crop of conservative US leaders is proving to be surprisingly flighty

Boehner resists Tea Party tax pressure

Republican leader’s budget package angers conservatives

Grand Old Party in search of brand-new message

Defeated right torn in two and seeking broader base