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January 23, 2011 2:49 PM

Rubio, a tea party favorite, may not join its Senate caucus

A tea party caucus of U.S. senators convenes Thursday for the first time, but one of the movement's biggest stars doesn't plan to be there — at least for now. Tea Party Express chairman Amy Kremer, who will attend Thursday's session, acknowledged a "little bit of disappointment'' that Florida's Marco Rubio won't be there. The caucus includes Kentucky's Rand Paul, South Carolina's Jim DeMint and Utah's Mike Lee.

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