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July 14, 2010 1:22 pm ET

Rep. Carter Joins The Liar's Chorus Of Arizona Apologists

Last night on the House floor, Rep. John Carter (R-TX) defended Arizona's notorious new immigration law by claiming that it reflects federal law "word for word." In fact, the Arizona law includes enforcement policy that doesn't exist at the federal level. Carter's second talking point — that the bill completely prohibits racial profiling by requiring a "lawful stop" — is just as hackneyed and just as false. Proponents of the law admit that they would use the clothing, accent and appearance of someone lawfully stopped (say, for speeding) to form a "reasonable suspicion" and demand a person's immigration papers.

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July 12, 2010 9:56 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 11, 2010

The Sunday shows were quiet yesterday save for Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), who offered a weak and inaccurate defense of Arizona's notorious new immigration law. The Arizona Republican insisted to CNN's Candy Crowley that Arizona's immigration enforcement law does not allow racial profiling and mirrors federal law. The truth is that SB 1070 hinges on a police officer's "reasonable suspicion" that someone is in the country illegally, and supporters of the law have argued that dress and grooming can identify "illegals." Most damning of all, emails show the law's coauthor was eager to give Arizona cops the authority to demand papers from people who violate city ordinances by having "cars on blocks in the yard." And Franks' claim that Arizona's law does not go beyond existing law was shown to be false long ago.

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June 23, 2010 9:52 am ET

AZ Sen. Pearce Accused Of Spousal Abuse, Fought Against Domestic Violence Protections For Women

SB 1070 author Sen. Russell Pearce (R-AZ) is largely responsible for the current anti-immigrant law in Arizona.  His determination to target a specific population through legislation is not a new development, however. In 2002, Pearce worked to protect men accused of domestic violence from restraining orders, opposed stiffer penalties for men who assault pregnant women, and took strong stands against the safety of women in Arizona. These backward positions on domestic violence law reflect Pearce's own experience. According to police reports and court documents, Pearce broke down his first wife's door in front of witnesses and allegedly grabbed his second wife by the neck and threw her to the floor.

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June 14, 2010 5:17 pm ET

FAIR Hails Anti-Immigrant, Islamophobe Victory In The Netherlands

In a June 11 post at the Federation for American Immigration Reform's Stein Report, FAIR Media Director Ira Mehlman touted recent Dutch election results as evidence that the cause of strict immigration enforcement is gaining steam worldwide. The victorious Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) is virulently anti-immigrant and Islamophobic, and its leader Geert Wilders has a history of inflammatory and offensive statements about Islam and Muslims.

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June 08, 2010 4:40 pm ET

Ad Check: Lobbyist-Connected "Maverick" McCain Paints "Outsider" Opponent As Lobbyist

Sen. John McCain has a new ad up attacking his primary opponent's lobbying background. According to the ad, J.D. Hayworth is being hypocritical and dishonest when he campaigns as an outsider, because he took a lobbying position after being voted out of Congress. But despite McCain's own longstanding claim to be a "maverick," the fact is that the Arizona Senator surrounded himself with lobbyists during his failed presidential bids.

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June 08, 2010 1:58 pm ET

Sen. Kyl: "We're Not Going To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform This Year...That's Just A Fact."

Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) dismissed the possibility of passing comprehensive immigration reform this year.  Of course, after years of voting against immigration reform, Kyl is very familiar with what it takes to kill reform.

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June 03, 2010 12:33 pm ET

Gov. Brewer Needs To Be Prepped For Her Meeting With The President

Last night during an appearance on On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer prefaced her meeting with President Obama on the state of immigration in Arizona by saying that she has no idea of how border troops will be deployed and also that she would like to see border security measures strengthened. Perhaps Gov. Brewer is unaware that her Republican counterparts in Congress have never really been quite in the mood to fund border security.

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June 01, 2010 9:36 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 30, 2010

On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Darrell Issa repeated his claim that the Obama administration committed a crime when it offered Rep. Joe Sestak a job. Either Rep. Issa isn't paying attention to the expert consensus that there was nothing criminal about the Sestak affair, or he's determined to keep this story alive because the GOP is using it to criticize the president in an election year. On Meet the Press, Arizona's J.D. Hayworth decried any effort at comprehensive immigration reform as "amnesty."

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May 26, 2010 2:05 pm ET

Author Of SB 1070 Says The U.S. Immigration System Isn't Broken

During an interview on MSNBC, Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce and National Council of La Raza's Clarissa Martinez got into a discussion about the immigration changes in Arizona.  Sen. Pearce -- the chief proponent and author of SB 1070 -- insisted that not only do immigrants not respect the nation's laws but also that the immigration system in the United States isn't broken.

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May 12, 2010 3:28 pm ET

New AZ Law Prohibits Latino Curriculum That Benefits Students

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a new bill into law that specifically targets Latino citizens and residents, prohibiting Arizona school districts from teaching Latino-specific curriculum.  However, the Arizona legislature and executive office failed to recognize that students enrolled in the now prohibited courses actually do better in school than their peers.

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May 10, 2010 2:41 pm ET

New Pro-Fence Ad From McCain Leaves Out His Anti-Fence Voting Record

In a new pro-border fence ad, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) converses with Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu about border security measures.  McCain conveniently leaves out his anti-border security funding votes and his anti-fence statements from this new, misleading ad.

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May 03, 2010 10:00 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 2, 2010

The debate over Arizona's immigration enforcement statute dominated Sunday's political talk shows. On Face the Nation, Arizona Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth insisted that the Arizona law does not enable racial profiling, even though after modifications the bill will result in profiling.  And on Meet the Press, Rep. Mike Pence implied that the successful American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is responsible for growing unemployment to nearly 10% nationwide.

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April 23, 2010 9:53 am ET

John McCain: The Ultimate Hypocrite On Immigration Reform

To those familiar with the life and career of Senator John McCain, his current position on immigration reform is incredibly disappointing.  Facing a far-right primary challenger, McCain has turned his back on his constituents and the causes he once championed.

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April 20, 2010 9:57 am ET

It Could Soon Be Illegal To Be In Arizona Without The Proper Paperwork

If Arizona Governor Brewer signs the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act, police will be authorized to demand residency paperwork from anyone they suspect to be in the state illegally, even if that suspicion is based on the color of their skin and nothing else.

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April 19, 2010 10:52 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 18, 2010

On Sunday's political talk shows, the economy was front and center -- along with plenty of false and misleading statements. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. John McCain claimed that taxes have gone up in the past year. On Face the Nation, Sen. Scott Brown claimed that no one has talked about job creation since he was sworn in -- right after he talked up the jobs bill he voted for way back in February. And Sen. Mitch McConnell used an appearance on State of the Union to reassert falsely that the financial reform bill will bail out Wall Street. Sen. Marsha Blackburn echoed that falsehood on Meet the Press.

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April 05, 2010 10:04 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday was a light day for political talk shows, but Republican misinformation still found a home on Fox News Sunday. Sen. Jon Kyl continued the Republican effort to misrepresent public opinion of health care reform and repeated the false claim that the stimulus failed to create jobs.  Meanwhile, Rep. Kevin McCarthy wrongly claimed that Democrats haven't focused on job creation.

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March 01, 2010 9:18 am ET

Fact Checking the Sunday Shows - February 28, 2010

On yesterday's political talk shows, Republican Senators Jon Kyl (AZ), John McCain (AZ), and Lamar Alexander (TN) along with Representatives Paul Ryan (WI), Marsha Blackburn (TN), and Eric Cantor (VA) repeated countless false talking points about Democratic health care reform proposals.

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February 25, 2010 3:16 pm ET

Even Before Summit, Republicans Declared It A Failure

Today the president is hosting a bipartisan, bicameral health care summit at the Blair House in hopes of finding the common ground between Republicans and Democrats.  Yet even before the summit had started, Republicans were publicly deriding it as a useless photo-op.

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February 12, 2010 11:36 am ET

Rep. Ryan's "Roadmap" Mixes & Matches The Worst Policies Of Bush And McCain

On January 27, 2010, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, released a "Roadmap for America's Future" budget proposal.  Despite Ryan's efforts to frame the plan as fresh and new, a quick glance shows his ideas are simply mixed and matched from the worst policies of President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain.

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January 22, 2010 2:57 pm ET

GOP Reps Falsely Claim Clean Energy Legislation Would Harm Economy, Kill Jobs

On January 21, 2010, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Sam Graves (R-MO), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) wrote a letter to Cass Sunstein, the White House administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  In the letter, the congressmen falsely claimed clean energy policies would kill jobs and harm the economy.  In reality, increasing our investment in clean energy technology would create 1.9 million American jobs and boost household income by nearly $1,200 per year!

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January 11, 2010 9:40 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows

On yesterday's political talk shows, America bore witness to the predictable screed of worn-out falsehoods from Washington conservatives.  Below is Media Matters Action Network's introductory fact check of conservative political figures that appeared on the Sunday shows.

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October 15, 2009 4:40 pm ET

Republican Lawmakers Leading Witch Hunt Against Muslim Group

The Council of American-Islamic Relations has recently come under attack from four Congressional Republicans who accuse the group of attempting to plant spies in key Congressional offices in order to affect policy.  Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) held a press conference yesterday accusing the Muslim advocacy group of "trying to infiltrate the offices of members of Congress by placing interns in the offices."  The accusations against CAIR are in large part frivolous and are based on a new book written by authors known for their history of deception and bigotry.

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August 26, 2009 3:21 pm ET

Conservatives Consistently Question Whether To Rebuild New Orleans

Conservative talk radio host Neil Boortz recently said, "Obama wants to rebuild New Orleans? Build it and they will come. They? The debris that Katrina washed out." Sadly, Boortz is not alone in his beliefs. While conservative elected officials tend to use more tact in their public statements questioning whether to rebuild the city, the gist is the same.

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August 18, 2009 1:39 pm ET

Rep. Shadegg's Legislation Will Fail To Provide Americans With Tangible Help Acquiring Health Insurance

During an August 18, 2009 appearance on CNN, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) said he has written legislation that will give Americans cash with which to purchase health insurance.  Since Americans will need anywhere between $13,000 and $25,000 per year to purchase private health coverage over the next few years and Rep. Shadegg is under the impression that private health insurance only costs a family $5,800, this plan isn't exactly well thought out.

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August 13, 2009 5:05 pm ET

ATR vs. Reality: Green Jobs in Arizona

Americans for Tax Reform claims Waxman-Markey will hurt Arizona, but ignores the fact that an increased investment in clean energy technology would create 30,000 Arizona jobs.

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August 13, 2009 9:54 am ET

Rep. Boehner Falsely States Reps. Pelosi & Hoyer Called Dissent Un-American

On August 13, 2009, House Minority Leader John Boehner falsely claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called their opposition "un-American." In reality, Pelosi and Hoyer were criticizing those on the right who relied on disrupting town hall meetings and "drowning out" those with opposing views.

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July 28, 2009 12:00 pm ET

The GOP "Health Care Rapid Response Team" Rakes In Money From Health Care Special Interests

Each morning, the House Republican Conference provides the press with the roster of its "Health Care Rapid Response Team," which lists House Republicans who "are available to talk about health care this week." However, a quick glance at who's filling their campaign coffers raises the question: just whose interests do these members have at heart?

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July 17, 2009 12:41 pm ET

Rep. Shadegg Used Biased Data To Support His Inadequate Health Care Legislation

During a July 17, 2009 appearance on Fox News, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) touted his own "figures" to support the tax credits allowed in his health care legislation.  However, the figure he cited is the product of an AHIP study and is much lower than the figures produced by other, less biased, surveys.

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June 19, 2009 2:07 pm ET

6 Ways Rep. Shadegg Gets It Wrong On Health Care

In a June 19, 2009 blog post on The Hill titled "Six Reasons Government-Run Health Care is Bad for America", Rep. John Shadegg illustrates at least six reasons conservatives can't be trusted to factually and fairly represent this vital topic.

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June 15, 2009 12:01 pm ET

FLASHBACK: McCain Campaign Thought Terrorist Attack Would Be A "Big Advantage"

On June 15, 2009, Sen. John McCain criticized CIA Director Leon Panetta for saying of former Vice President Cheney, "it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point." Yet in years past, both John McCain and his chief campaign adviser admitted that an increased fear of terrorism would help Republican candidates, presumably by "making their point."

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