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Throngs turn out to hear tea party stars

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands have gathered in Washington for a rally at the Lincoln Memorial featuring champions of the tea party movement, including broadcaster Glenn Beck and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

It's taking place at the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech 47 years ago today. Some civil rights leaders have denounced the choice of a venue, and are staging a rival rally nearby. Palin says the way to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy is to honor those men and women in the military who protect the United States and its freedoms.

Beck told the crowd that "for too long, this country has wandered in darkness." He said it's now time to "concentrate on the good things in America, the things we have accomplished and the things we can do tomorrow."

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