Jun 3, 2018

Tea Party House Republicans are slowly vanishing

Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Tea Party movement, which swept Washington and the House majority in 2010 amid anger over a political system they claimed was disconnected from American values, is slowly dwindling, the AP's Lisa Mascaro writes.

Why it matters: "Now, with [Republican] control of the House again at stake this fall and just three dozen of them seeking re-election, the tea party revolts shows the limits of riding a campaign wave into the reality of governing," says Mascaro.

The big picture: Many of the political figures associated with the movement aren't in public office. Some have either joined the Senate, re-entered private life, or joined the Trump administration. Meanwhile, not only is the House Tea Party Caucus gone, but "so, too, are almost half the 87 new House Republicans elected in the biggest GOP wave since the 1920s," Mascaro writes.

Flashback: A recent NBC News/WSJ poll — which said 66% of Democrats have a "high level of interest" in this fall's midterm elections compared to 49% of Republicans — largely mirrors the growing enthusiasm among Republicans ahead of the 2010 midterms.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

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The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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