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March 23, 2011 5:15 pm ET filed under Video

Letter Saying Hispanics "Hate America" Not Racist Because Writer Is "Married To A Hispanic"

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March 23, 2011 3:51 pm ET filed under Blog

AZ State Senator: Letter Saying Hispanics "Hate America" Not Racist Because Writer Is "Married To A Hispanic"

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March 14, 2011 9:57 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 13, 2011

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March 14, 2011 9:50 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 13, 2011

Natural disasters nearly crowded out political chatter on the Sunday talk shows, but conservative guests dutifully plugged talking points into the spaces between stories about leaking reactors and coastal devastation in Japan. Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) are still clinging to the notion that the Recovery Act didn't lead to the current economy recovery, and each man blamed President Obama for the spike in gas prices that's followed recent political turmoil in the Middle East. McConnell also claimed the government's done nothing to address entitlement costs, although the Affordable Care Act took a number of steps to reign in the health care spending that's darkening our fiscal horizon. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-TN) falsely insisted that tax cuts increase revenues on Fox News Sunday, while Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) misled Meet the Press viewers about Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) campaign rhetoric.

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March 07, 2011 10:17 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 6, 2011

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March 07, 2011 10:06 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 6, 2011

For the first time in weeks, the Sunday political shows didn't touch on GOP union-busting efforts in Wisconsin and elsewhere, choosing instead to focus on national economic issues. That meant a series of tired talking points from familiar Republican faces. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) implied Democrats have raised taxes, when in fact they've cut taxes by hundreds of billions. Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) ignored economic growth and 1.5 million new private sector jobs in the past year to attack President Obama's economic policies. Bachmann also misled NBC viewers about the Affordable Care Act and the partisan nature of the Tea Party. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed the administration has protected government workers at the expense of private sector jobs. On less familiar topics, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) dishonestly insisted American Muslims don't cooperate with law enforcement despite much evidence to the contrary, and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) foolishly claimed that Apple electronics are manufactured in America. Somebody should tell that to the Chinese factory workers who built your iPhone.

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March 01, 2011 10:04 am ET filed under Blog

Anti-Immigrant Arizona Legislator Invokes Special Rights

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February 28, 2011 10:12 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 27, 2011

This week's Sunday political chatter was focused on two very, very different places: Wisconsin and Libya. Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) defended his union-busting efforts on Meet the Press by arguing that union contract agreements in recent weeks prove public workers aren't being honest when they say they'll accept his pension and health insurance demands, but that's disingenuous; the agreements he referenced had been in the works long before his power grab. Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) joined Walker in suggesting that collective bargaining is to blame for state budget troubles, but the facts don't bear that out. Meanwhile on Fox News Sunday, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) asserted that public employees are overpaid (before absurdly claiming that the Bush tax cuts worked) and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) told ABC viewers that Walker is simply fulfilling a campaign promise.  None of these claims is true. On other topics, Mike Huckabee (R-AR) lied about the national debt on Fox News and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) falsely asserted that President Obama never showed support for Iranian protesters in the summer of 2009.

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February 24, 2011 12:13 pm ET filed under Blog

Arizona Senate Committee Advances Unconstitutional Bill To Redefine Citizenship

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February 24, 2011 10:51 am ET filed under Blog

Maverick No More: Sen. McCain Now Tied For Most Conservative U.S. Senator

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February 17, 2011 5:34 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Flake: GOP Pandering To Birthers Is Not 'Helpful'

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February 14, 2011 10:13 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 13, 2011

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February 14, 2011 9:54 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 13, 2011

With Valentine's Day looming, the Sunday shows provided a timely reminder of the GOP's love for false talking points. While Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wrongly claimed that President Obama "refused to support" pro-democracy protestors in Iran in 2009, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) confined themselves to stale misinformation about the economy. On Fox, Ryan implied that government workers have benefited most from Democrats' economic policies, alleged that President Obama tried to raise taxes by $2 trillion last year, and claimed that the president has increased spending by 84 percent. Meanwhile on NBC, Speaker Boehner told viewers that Obama's policies "destroy jobs." No matter how many times Republican leaders say these things, the facts continue to demonstrate that they're just not true.

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February 08, 2011 2:56 pm ET filed under Blog

House Subcommittee Calls Lila Rose's Funder For Abortion Testimony

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February 02, 2011 2:02 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Sen. Kyl Blames Arizona's Transplant Cuts  On "Rationing That's Required By ObamaCare"

Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) erroneously claimed that Gov. Jan Brewer's decision to cut Medicaid funding for certain kinds of transplant surgeries was somehow related to the Affordable Care Act, and went so far as to say that it's "a kind of rationing that's required by ObamaCare."  But in fact, Gov. Brewer announced her plans to 'roll back' Medicaid coverage in her State of the State address in January 2010, well before the Affordable Care Act was even signed into law.

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January 26, 2011 10:47 am ET filed under Fact Check

Sen. McCain Repeats Rep. Ryan's "Nifty" Spending Distortion

This morning on Fox & Friends, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) praised GOP State of the Union responder Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), saying that Ryan "understands these issues better than almost anybody else." Maybe he should have stopped there. Instead, he repeated what PolitiFact calls Rep. Ryan's "nifty accounting maneuver" by saying, "we increased spending by some 84 percent in the last two years." In fact, spending levels have increased but they have not skyrocketed to these levels. In other words, McCain and Ryan deliberately hyperbolize spending numbers to scare the American public.

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January 25, 2011 4:33 pm ET filed under Video

CO Sen. Kent Lambert (R): Americans Want SB 1070

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January 13, 2011 6:01 pm ET filed under Video

Gov. Pawlenty Takes Cheap Shot At Obama, Hasn't Watched Tucson Speech

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January 12, 2011 1:31 pm ET filed under Blog

Gun Owners of America Fights To Preserve The Next Jared Lee Loughner's Right To Purchase Firearms

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January 12, 2011 11:08 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Pence: Guns At Political Events Are Like "Placards" At Anti-War Rallies

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January 11, 2011 10:49 am ET filed under Video

FLASHBACK: Gingrich Has Blamed Gun Violence On Liberals For Over A Decade

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January 11, 2011 10:36 am ET filed under Blog

Gingrich Blamed Liberals For Past Tragedies: "Vote Republican"

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January 10, 2011 4:49 pm ET filed under Blog

9 Bullets

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January 10, 2011 2:08 pm ET filed under Blog

Arizona's Eighth Congressional District Epitomized Over-The-Top Demonization Of Liberals

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January 10, 2011 1:38 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Arizona's Eighth District Epitomized Over-The-Top Demonization Of Liberals

While it is critical to understand that Jared Loughner's terrorist attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and dozens of her constituents over the weekend was not directly caused by the words of her political opponents, the tragedy in Arizona presents an opportunity to examine the nature of our political discourse. Giffords' district, the Arizona Eighth, is a prime example of overheated rhetoric.

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January 10, 2011 12:47 pm ET filed under Blog

Republican Jewish Coalition Mocks Concerns About Overheated Rhetoric

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January 10, 2011 10:31 am ET filed under Fact Check

A Tale Of Two Sheriffs: Arizona's Clarence Dupnik & Joe Arpaio

Following the tragic shooting in Arizona this weekend, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik lamented that Arizona has "become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry" and denounced "the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out." Dupnik's comments stand in stark contrast to the words and actions of Arizona's most famous law enforcement official, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In addition to charges of racial profiling in his crusade against illegal immigration, Arpaio has said that illegal immigrants are "all dirty" and dismissed concerns about civil rights as "crap."  

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December 22, 2010 5:39 pm ET filed under Video

The National Security Leadership Of Sen. Kyl

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December 21, 2010 12:32 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. McCain Suggests Only Rationale For Terror Trials Is To "Employ A Lot Of Security People"

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December 21, 2010 12:31 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. McCain Suggests Only Rationale For Terror Trials Is To "Employ A Lot Of Security People"

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