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February 03, 2011 11:19 am ET

Experts Tear Down Judge Vinson's Activist Health Care Ruling

In the wake of Judge Roger Vinson's decision striking down the Affordable Care Act, legal scholars and policy experts from across the political spectrum have dissected the ruling — and rejected it wholesale. Both conservative and liberal legal experts find Vinson's interpretation of the Constitution and disregard for precedent unconvincing, while wonks hear echoes of Bush v. Gore in his 'just-this-once tone,' and see Vinson's GOP background in his unabashed shout-outs to the Tea Party and right-wing Family Research Council.

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December 17, 2010 4:43 pm ET

Family Research Council Falsely Claims Only Two Re-Elected House Republicans Voted To Repeal DADT

The Family Research Council emailed an outraged press release to supporters yesterday denouncing the House vote to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." In the message, FRC voices its "huge disappointment" with Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), saying he was joined by "only one other Republican that was reelected, Rep. Ron Paul (Texas)," in supporting repeal. In fact, ten returning House Republicans voted to end the military's ban on openly gay troops.

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December 06, 2010 11:51 am ET

The Anti-Gay Family Research Council Paints Gay Troops As Sexual Predators

The Family Research Council (FRC) hosted a live webcast on Thursday in order to rally support against the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." In a series of interviews, the group spun Department of Defense data to paint gay men and women as sexual predators and threats to national security through lies about military effectiveness and enlistment.

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August 09, 2010 10:02 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 8, 2010

On Sunday's Meet the Press, Reps. John Boehner (R-OH) and Mike Pence (R-IN) dodged repeated questions about the cost of extending the Bush tax cuts. Both indirectly suggested that government doesn't need to pay for tax cuts. There is a clear consensus among economists across the political spectrum that tax cuts don't pay for themselves, and that letting tax cuts swell deficits is, in a Bush adviser's words, "just future taxes." Rep. Boehner also suggested Social Security is unsustainable, and Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) agreed on Fox News Sunday. In fact, Social Security is solvent through 2037, and the shortfall thereafter is fairly small. Elsewhere, Tony Perkins told Face the Nation viewers that the Prop. 8 decision ignored the impact of no-fault divorce laws on marriage, when in fact the ruling specifically addressed the subject.

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January 07, 2010 3:22 pm ET

Family Research Council Spreads Homophobic Falsehoods In Misleading Email

On January 6, 2010, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council sent an email to supporters that falsely claimed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act "would require every employer in America to open every position to homosexuals... and 'transgenders'" including "Christian owned businesses and potentially Christian ministries." In reality, the bill simply prevents unlawful discrimination, and even exempts small businesses and religious organizations.

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December 15, 2009 4:59 pm ET

Family Research Council Video Spews Homophobic Lies About Kevin Jennings

On December 15th, 2009, the right-wing Family Research Council released a hateful video about Kevin Jennings, the head of the Department of Education's Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools.  Predictably, the video is devoid of facts and full of homophobic smears.

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November 19, 2009 4:24 pm ET

Family Research Council Deceives Supporters In Misleading Email

On November 19, 2009, the conservative Family Research Council sent an email to supporters that falsely claimed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act would "force churches, small businesses run by Christians, and faith-based charities to hire nonbelievers or face federal investigation." In reality, the bill exempts small businesses and religious organizations.

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October 02, 2009 11:47 am ET

Family Research Council Is Fervently Anti-Gay

Even before its baseless attacks on Kevin Jennings, the right-wing Family Research Council had a long history of anti-gay rhetoric and activity.

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