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May 26, 2011 1:43 pm ET

GOP's So-Called "JOBS Act" Breaks Deal With White House, Furthers Ideological Crusade Against Jobless Benefits

When the White House struck a deal with the GOP in December to temporarily extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, progressives were frustrated, but at least the deal included a commitment from Republicans to extend emergency unemployment insurance (UI) through 2011. But now, House Republicans are moving a bill to the floor that would allow states to use federal unemployment insurance funds for other purposes. They claim their deceptively named "JOBS Act" is meant to avoid tax increases necessitated by recession-driven borrowing as states try to finance jobless aid, but in fact the bill undermines the very foundations of the UI system — a system conservatives oppose on ideological grounds, despite the economic fact that it is the biggest bang-for-the-buck form of stimulus spending. Democrats, on the other hand, recognize there is a way to avoid higher UI taxes on employers without gutting the entire system.

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May 16, 2011 10:39 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 15, 2011

The Sunday political talk shows were full of conservatives spouting misinformation about everything from energy policy and taxes to the debt and recent economic history. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) falsely claimed the economy isn't creating jobs, despite 2.1 million new private-sector jobs added over 14 straight months of growth. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) misled on Social Security, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) claimed the Bush tax cuts haven't hurt the national debt picture, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) exaggerated the spending cuts in the House GOP budget, which total a mere $155 billion after you factor in the deep tax cuts the plan offers to the wealthiest. Each of those three claimed that ending tax subsidies for oil companies would increase gas prices, but it won't — and Kyl had to blatantly misrepresent a Congressional Research Service report to support his claim. And in a statement that sums up GOP insincerity on a negotiated debt-reduction agreement, Ryan rewrote the last decade of Republican policy by claiming that "the whole reason we're running into this debt limit so soon is because of the spending spree that has occurred over the last two years."

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May 11, 2011 12:18 pm ET

Newt Gingrich: A History Of Hypocrisy

As disgraced former Speaker Newt Gingrich tweets his way into the GOP presidential race for 2012, we are reminded of his outstanding record of political and moral malfeasance in his decades-long effort to promote himself. From his personal and professional ethical transgressions to his crusade against the working class, Gingrich continues to thrive in the shadows of fiscal corruption and the spotlight of right-wing hyperbole. Despite his rocky marital past and remarkably hypocritical and extremist rhetoric, Gingrich unabashedly vaunts himself as the country's moral compass without a hint of irony, consistently waging an ideological war in an effort to maintain his own relevance.

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May 09, 2011 2:24 pm ET

Happy Mother's Day: Women And Children Would Suffer From GOP Policies

After spending a day honoring mothers, it is important to not just give them lip service but to actually look at out how women and families are faring in regards to health care. Republicans have recently taken several votes that put women's and children's health care in jeopardy. The GOP budget that passed the House would turn Medicaid into a block grant program, which would allow states to slash services. With women and children making up significant numbers of Medicaid beneficiaries, cutting funding would be severely detrimental to these two groups. In addition, the GOP budget contains provisions that would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), affecting the poorest and most vulnerable children. And Republicans are still bent on eliminating the Affordable Care Act, a law that provides health care coverage for the uninsured and increases benefits for the underinsured, most often women and children.

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May 06, 2011 12:08 am ET

Republicans Kick Off Presidential Season With Old Falsehoods In First Debate

On May 5, Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party cosponsored the first debate of the presidential primary season, featuring Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), pizza magnate Herman Cain, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), and former Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM). The campaign kickoff, however, didn't produce many exciting moments. Aside from the civil libertarian flavor provided by Paul and Johnson, the candidates mostly stuck to Republican talking points on issues like foreign policy, gas prices, and health care costs that have already been debunked.

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April 28, 2011 5:31 pm ET

McCaughey Uses The GOP Budget To Attack The Health Care Law

As the health care law's number one enemy, Betsy McCaughey is up to her usual attacks on the Affordable Care Act, this time in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. While she avoids endorsing the GOP budget, she uses her special brand of convoluted logic to proclaim that since the health care law already destroyed Medicare, people should therefore support the GOP budget because it saves Medicare for future retirees. She falsely claims private insurance will lower long term health care costs better than Medicare. And she distorts the role of the Independent Payment Advisory Board in the health care law, calling it a "rationing panel." Overall it's a tired attack on the Affordable Care Act and weak defense of the Republican budget.

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April 25, 2011 5:41 pm ET

NRCC Now Just Wishing Progressive Debt-Reduction Plans Out Of Existence

The headline of the National Republican Congressional Committee's latest blog post reads, "Democrats Borrow The Future With No Plan For Debt Reduction." The post pretends that President Obama's speech proposing major debt reduction over the next decade never happened, and makes the strange argument that a White House effort to protect the U.S.'s credit rating from Standard & Poor's proves "Democrats have been in full out denial" about the debt. The NRCC apparently wasn't paying attention two weeks ago when the Congressional Progressive Caucus introduced a budget resolution titled "The People's Budget," a mirror image of the Republican scheme to undo the social safety net in order to finance a huge tax cut for the rich. That's just one of four debt-reduction plans offered by Democrats this month. Ironically, by showing more interest in name-calling than in engaging with the ideas Democrats actually put forward, the NRCC's researchers only further the fears that drove S&P to downgrade its expectations for U.S. debt in the first place.

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April 25, 2011 9:32 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 24, 2011

On Easter Sunday, two Republicans expressed the same dangerous, sweet-sounding idea about the debt limit. According to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), we needn't worry about raising the limit because the Treasury can still make interest payments without borrowing further. That may be music to voters' ears, but economists say that such a move would undermine the recovery and wipe out investor confidence in the U.S., causing the economy to spiral downward. Coburn went on to falsely claim that the president has not included entitlement reform in his debt-reduction plans. Elsewhere on Sunday, would-be 2012 candidate Rick Santorum (R-PA) told Fox that the GOP's Medicare plan is "identical" to the Affordable Care Act and wouldn't cost seniors anything extra, while Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AL) told CBS that the plan does not replace traditional Medicare with a voucher system. None of these claims is true.

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April 05, 2011 12:00 pm ET

"Hope Isn't Hiring"? The RNC's New Attack Site Is Full Of Lies

The premise of the RNC's new attack website, HopeIsntHiring.com, is that President Obama has nothing more than positive rhetoric and good vibes to offer to those hardest hit by the recession. But if you account for the facts in telling the story of the past two years, things aren't nearly so convenient for the GOP. Far from an aloof figure during the worst financial crisis since the 1930s, President Obama has pushed policies that turned the economy around past Republican obstructionism. The strong rebound in private-sector job growth over the past two years proves the 'Hiring' site is just another vacuous gimmick.

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March 23, 2011 3:51 pm ET

Republicans Celebrate The Affordable Care Act's One-Year Anniversary By Reviving Old Lies

This morning on Fox News, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) declared that President Obama and supporters of the Affordable Care Act "keep saying things that aren't true" about the law, while Republicans continue to "put the facts out and our facts are backed up by the authorities." Of course, Hatch has it exactly backwards, which was evident today as Republicans commemorated the health care law's one-year anniversary by repeating worn out lies about a "government takeover" that will destroy jobs, cut Medicare benefits, increase the deficit, and raise premiums. Let's examine the real facts about the Affordable Care Act.

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March 14, 2011 1:17 pm ET

REPORT: The Republican Party's War On Jobs

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February 03, 2011 2:44 pm ET

Despite Criticism From Both Sides Of The Aisle, Republicans Propose Balanced Budget Amendment Again

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) recently announced that he is re-proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. Hatch has previously tried unsuccessfully to enact this amendment, with his most successful attempt gaining 66 of the 67 necessary votes for the act to become law. However, despite its popularity with Republicans and some Democrats in Congress, a Balanced Budget Amendment has also been criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike. A Balanced Budget Amendment would require a two-thirds majority to enact any new tax increases or raise the debt limit, transfer budgetary power from Congress to the judiciary, and be almost unenforceable, creating an unnecessary burden at its best and a potentially devastating hurdle to necessary spending at its worst.

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January 25, 2011 10:40 pm ET

Fact Checking Rep. Ryan's State Of The Union Response

In his televised response to President Obama's State of the Union address, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) repeated a series of debunked Republican talking points and attacks on Democratic policies. Among other things, Ryan absurdly claimed that the Recovery Act "failed" to create jobs, overstated Obama's role in creating the current debt, and stubbornly insisted that the Affordable Care Act will increase the deficit, even though nonpartisan experts say that he's wrong.

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January 07, 2011 2:51 pm ET

Offense On GOP Health Care Hypocrisy

Rather than focusing on job creation, Republicans are on a misinformation-riddled rampage to repeal the health care protections Americans just gained. The short messaging document below helps progressives go on the offensive and fight back with values-driven, plain-spoken talking points, responses to top attacks, and key facts.

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January 05, 2011 12:11 pm ET

Sen. Alexander's Deeply Dishonest Filibuster Reform Speech

At a Heritage Foundation event yesterday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) gave a speech decrying Democratic attempts to change the filibuster rules. The speech was shot through with falsehoods, such as the claim that Democrats are trying to eliminate minority rights in the Senate because they lost an election. In fact, the reform proposals preserve the filibuster, but require obstructionists to actually hold the floor continuously to prevent a bill's consideration. Similarly, Alexander claimed that Democrats have invented the simple majority vote for rules changes out of thin air, but the practice is based in the Constitution and was used as early as 1917 — and Republicans argued for the procedure in 2005. Later, Alexander disingenuously quoted the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV). Byrd condemned GOP filibusters, but Alexander simply skipped that part of Byrd's speech. Most egregious among Alexander's falsehoods, he claimed that Democrats are "the real party of no," despite the fact that filibusters have doubled since Republicans lost control of the Senate.

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November 18, 2010 6:17 pm ET

Meet The Real Speaker-Elect

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October 15, 2010 9:25 am ET

Playing Offense On GOP Extremism

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October 14, 2010 6:47 pm ET

The Real Republican Pledge To America

The Republicans' real agenda can be found in the positions of their candidates. Republican candidates for federal and statewide office have publicly taken all of the positions listed below.  Herein lies the real Republican pledge to America.

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October 14, 2010 3:27 pm ET

Ways And Means Republicans Exploit Proposed Sale Of Catholic Hospitals To Mislead On Health Care Reform

In an October 8, 2010 blog post, Ways and Means Republicans exploited a decision to sell three Catholic hospitals in Pennsylvania to unleash a slew of false and misleading attacks on the health care reform bill. The post takes the president and CEO of Mercy Health System, Kevin Cook, out of context to claim that the hospitals "have been put up for sale, with ObamaCare cited as a main reason for the decision." The post further suggests that the Affordable Care Act will cut "one-half trillion" dollars from Medicare, thereby forcing health care providers to drop out of the program. In reality, discussions about selling the hospitals took place long before the Affordable Care Act came into effect, and were due to numerous factors, including a lack of resources and investment in the facilities. Furthermore, the Affordable Care Act will strengthen Medicare without cutting seniors' benefits and, according to a report released by the Office of the Actuary for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Congress will intervene to prevent health care providers from dropping out of the program.

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October 06, 2010 12:04 am ET

The Real Driving Force Behind Boehner And The GOP: Special Interests And Lobbyists

Boehner-led Republicans have proven time and time again that their only agenda is to act on behalf of lobbyists, big corporations and the same special interest groups and billionaires who poured millions of dollars into their campaigns — all at the expense of the American people. Now set to take control of the House in January, Boehner and the GOP will return power to big business, let lobbyists write the rules again, and waste precious time and resources by cooking up subpoenas and investigations, rather than serving the national interest. 

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October 06, 2010 12:03 am ET

Branding Boehner

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September 23, 2010 5:58 pm ET

Surprise! GOP's "Pledge To America" Misleads On Taxes

Today the House Republicans released their midterm election manifesto, dubbed the "Pledge to America." In the Pledge, Republicans claim that in the time since President Obama took office, he and Congressional Democrats have "enacted $680 billion in gross tax increases." However, many of the tax increases the Republicans cite eliminate corporate tax loopholes. Additionally, Republicans ignore the fact that under President Obama federal taxes are at their lowest levels in 60 years and that Obama and Congressional Democrats have cut taxes for 95% of working families.

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July 15, 2010 3:33 pm ET

Republican Policy Committee's Attack On General Kagan Lacks Substance

In a "policy paper" titled "Vacuity, Farce, and the Kagan Hearings," the Senate Republican Policy Committee (RPC) attacked Solicitor General Elena Kagan with a series of debunked myths, falsehoods, and distortions.

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July 08, 2010 10:28 am ET

NRSC Site "The Real Harry Reid" Full Of Unreal Statements

In an obvious and uncreative comeback to the "Real Sharron Angle" website published by the campaign of Senator Harry Reid, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has published a site called "The Real Harry Reid."  However clever the NRSC thinks it is, the information on the new site is inaccurate and misleading on Sen. Reid's plan for energy and jobs in Nevada.

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June 21, 2010 2:06 pm ET

FLASHBACK: Republican Senators Claimed Judicial Filibusters Are Unconstitutional

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said it is "possible" that Republicans will attempt to filibuster Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.  However, while filibustering is within the GOP's rights, at least eight Republican senators have publicly argued that judicial filibusters are unconstitutional.

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June 03, 2010 11:44 am ET

Ad Check: Fiorina Mocks Climate Threat As "Weather"

On June 2, 2010, California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina released an ad mocking her Democratic opponent, Sen. Barbara Boxer, for discussing climate change as a threat to American national security.  While Fiorina derides Boxer for worrying about "the weather," national security experts take the threat of climate change seriously.

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May 07, 2010 11:15 am ET

Sen. Sessions Delivers GOP Talking Points On Potential SCOTUS Nominee

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) repeated a litany of false Republican talking points about the president's upcoming Supreme Court nomination.

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May 06, 2010 1:05 pm ET

RNC Issues Wildly Misleading Report On Judicial Nominees

The Republican National Committee has made a new attempt at producing damaging information about President Obama's nominees to various judicial seats.  Whether by removing appropriate context, using faulty sources, or simply lying about the past judgments of these jurists, the RNC displays a deeply rooted disdain for the truth in this newest "research" piece.

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April 26, 2010 6:39 pm ET

The GOP & Immigration Reform: 2006 vs. 2010

Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they intend to stop all progressive legislation -- no matter the cost to their constituents or the country as a whole.  As the fight over comprehensive immigration reform heats up, conservatives should remember who voted for reform in 2006.  Some of the loudest voices in opposition to the 2010 effort come from the same individuals who championed reform in 2006.

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April 26, 2010 10:39 am ET

On Wall Street Reform, Who Will Republicans Listen To?

Driven by recklessness and greed, Wall Street bankers plunged the world economy into the worst recession in a generation, causing millions of workers to lose their jobs.  Americans are crying out for reform that brings accountability and transparency into the financial system, and makes Wall Street pay.  Meanwhile, greedy CEOs on Wall Street are fighting to hold on to the same casino system that rewards lost bets with bailouts and bonuses.  

With the first vote on Wall Street reform scheduled this evening, Americans are asking, "Who will the Republicans listen to?"

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