Editor's Note: With the first ever Tea Party Convention happening in Nashville, Friday’s American Morning audience grew weary of the discussion. A majority questioned why this “fringe” movement warranted so much attention, while a minority admonished CNN for “diminishing” the Tea Party by focusing on the extreme elements in the group.
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The first-ever national Tea Party Convention is under way in Nashville. Here at CNN, we're shining a spotlight on the grass-roots political movement that wants its voice heard in Washington.
One person in particular not only embraces tea partiers' anger – he was born from it.
For the final part of our series "Welcome to the Tea Party," we spoke to Kentucky Dr. Rand Paul, son of former presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
We've heard many stories about how sports rivalries test family loyalties. But never one quite like this.
He is a chef from New Orleans, but a Colts fan at heart. And she is a die-hard Saints fan, from Indianapolis. It's gotten so bad that the couple has divided their restaurant – "War of the Roses" style – right down the middle.
Deb and Carter Hutchinson joined us on Friday's American Morning, live from Mooresville, Indiana.
There is a little bit of good news today. The Labor Department released its January jobs report, saying the unemployment rate dropped to 9.7%.
To break down the numbers, we were joined on Friday's American Morning by Lackshman Achuthan, economic analyst and managing director of the Economic Cycle Research Institute; and Jill Schlesinger, editor at large at CBS Moneywatch.com.
CNNMoney: Job losses continue but rate falls
There is no dampening spirits of New Orleans fans. They are gearing up for their first-ever Super Bowl Sunday.
Everyone is in a festive mood, even in some of the neighborhoods that were so depressed after Hurricane Katrina. Our John Zarrella brings us the sights and sounds from The Big Easy.
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Editor's Note: The Tea Party is not a political party, but the movement is making efforts to organize. There's this weekend's first ever Tea Party Convention in Nashville, the countless rallies and hundreds of Tea Party Web sites. But there's another venue tea partiers are using to get together that you may not have heard of – cruises.
By Jim Acosta, CNN
On board a cruise ship easing into the U.S. Virgin Islands, among the thousands of passengers ready for some fun in the sun, are members of a rising American political movement having a meeting of the minds.
"People are just not ready for this mad charge to the left," says Kevin Collins, a Staten Island, New York Tea Party member.
Led by former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes, more than a hundred conservative and Tea Party activists and their families rented out space on this ship for what was billed as a "cruise for liberty."
Cruise organizer Michael O'Fallon markets this seven day voyage as a chance to talk politics in paradise.
"Right now people are wanting to be with other conservatives. Maybe it's because they feel like they're on an island right now,” says O’Fallon, Sovereign Cruise president.
At the pre-cruise kick-off at a Miami hotel, Keyes explained why he believes the Tea Party is gaining steam.
"I think it is quite obvious that this isn't about Republicans and Democrats. It may be about the failure of both parties and the whole party system," says Keyes.