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August 11, 2009 2:53 pm ET filed under Fact Check

ATR vs. Reality: Green Jobs in Alabama

Americans for Tax Reform claims Waxman-Markey will hurt Alabama, but ignores green job creation.

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August 04, 2009 11:42 am ET filed under Fact Check

The Heritage Foundation's Five Questions Answered

Through an email and blog post, the Heritage Foundation is asking supporters to ask members of Congress five questions during health care town hall meetings in August.  Here, Media Matters Action Network (again) answers the often repeated Republican talking points that Heritage has phrased as questions.

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August 03, 2009 6:25 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Oil Companies Bankroll "Experts" In New Anti-Regulation Infomercial

As the debate over cap-and-trade heats up in the Senate, the Competitive Enterprise Institute has released what it calls a "documentary" on climate change. The video, Policy Peril: Why Global Warming Policies Are More Dangerous Than Global Warming Itself, is an attempt to downplay the risks associated with global warming.  CEI fails to note, however, that a host of "experts" interviewed in the video are employed by organizations that have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from America's largest oil companies.

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July 30, 2009 12:43 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Heritage Foundation Sings The Praises Of Insurance Company-Owned Lewin Group

In a July 29, 2009 blog post, the Heritage Foundation heaped praise on the Lewin Group, writing, "the Lewin Group is an independent and well-respected national health care and human services policy research and consulting firm." In reality, the Lewin Group is merely a subsidiary of UnitedHealth, and its studies are buried if their clients don't like the results.

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July 30, 2009 9:45 am ET filed under Fact Check

Heritage Researcher Misleads On The Cost Of The American Clean Energy And Security Act

On July 29, 2009, Heritage Foundation research assistant Nicolas Loris falsely claimed the American Clean Energy and Security Act would cost American families $3,000 per year. In reality, this legislation would create 1.7 million American jobs, reduce harmful emissions and help America become more energy independent - all for the price of a postage stamp per day.

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July 14, 2009 6:45 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Heritage Foundation Video Smears The Employee Free Choice Act

On July 14, 2009, the Heritage Foundation released a web video titled "The Truth Behind The Employee Free Choice Act."  However, the misleading video contains little truth.  Instead, it relies on the same anti-union scare tactics that have come to characterize opposition to the pro-worker bill.

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June 29, 2009 12:33 pm ET filed under Blog

Ricci Reversed: Heritage Claims Sotomayor Supported "Transparently Discriminatory" Actions

Today's 5-4 decision, made along ideological lines, is sure to fire up conservatives opposed to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation.

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June 23, 2009 5:27 pm ET filed under Blog

The Right Wing Is Wrong About 'Hot Dog Diplomacy'

Last week, congressional Republicans and their conservative allies persistently attacked President Obama for not speaking out more aggressively against the Iranian government.  Now, it seems a new right-wing meme is emerging.

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June 10, 2009 12:50 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Blackburn Attacks Health Care Reform By Misrepresenting A Discredited Study

In a video posted at the Heritage Foundation's blog, "The Foundry," Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) falsely claimed that a public health care option would lead to an additional "120 million Americans without health insurance."

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June 01, 2009 3:26 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Heritage: Exxon-Funded "Harvard Economist: Cap and Trade is All Pain for No Gain"

On June 1, 2009, Heritage's blog, the Foundry, quoted Economics Professor Martin Feldstein to discuss the costs of cap-in-trade. However, they made no mention of Feldstein's connections to ExxonMobil.

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May 28, 2009 5:29 pm ET filed under Blog

Heritage Blog Agrees, But Then Fails, To Consider Full Statement By Sotomayor

The Heritage Foundation refuses to make an intellectually honest argument about Judge Sotomayor's comments on race.

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May 20, 2009 5:11 pm ET filed under Blog

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May 15, 2009 6:04 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Heritage Foundation Video Is Full Of Falsehoods About The Employee Free Choice Act

The Heritage Foundation produced an anti-Employee Free Choice Act video featuring Rian Wathen, reportedly a "former labor union official." In the video, Wathen continues to disseminate previously debunked falsehoods about the Employee Free Choice Act.

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May 08, 2009 6:22 pm ET filed under Blog

Heritage Foundation Holding On To Dubious Scientific Claims

In a blog post today, Heritage Foundation's Nick Loris dusted off a couple of his favorite discredited arguments about climate change.

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May 05, 2009 9:48 am ET filed under Fact Check

American Energy Solutions Group's National Energy Summit: Another Excuse for the GOP to Flack for the Oil Industry

At a time when congress should be focused on finding tomorrow's energy sources, Republicans are literally inviting the oil industry to Capitol Hill so they can lobby for the status quo.  Every single witness showcased at the GOP's National Energy Summit has strong ties to Big Oil.

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May 04, 2009 1:59 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Heritage Foundation Green Jobs Panel - Bought and Paid For By ExxonMobil

On May 4, 2009, the Heritage Foundation held a panel titled "Busting the Myth of Green Jobs" to show that the experience of Spain is "more a cautionary tale than a blueprint for success."  Instead of showcasing the views of unbiased academics and economists, the Heritage Foundation put forth a panel of individuals financially connected to ExxonMobil.

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April 22, 2009 11:58 am ET filed under Fact Check

Heritage vs. Reality:  Global Warming And The Poor

On April 22, 2009, the Heritage Foundation posted comments from Religion and a Free Society fellow Ryan Messmore in which Messmore asserts that the poor will suffer "in the name of environmental protection" as a result of the President's cap-and-trade policies.  However, not only does Messmore miss the mark on the effect of the so-called "cap-and-trade" taxes upon American citizens, he also neglects to consider the effects upon the poor if no action is taken to counteract global warming.

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April 20, 2009 12:54 pm ET filed under Fact Check

The Heritage Foundation vs. Reality: Global Warming Edition

On April 20, 2009, Heritage Foundation contributor Nick Loris wrote a blog post purporting that because public support for global warming preventive measures is falling, the government should rethink its climate change policies.

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April 14, 2009 4:20 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Heritage Hires Abramoff Crony and Ethically Challenged ex-Representative Tom Feeney

On April 14, 2009, the Heritage Foundation announced it hired ex-Representative Tom Feeney to "consult" on community outreach.

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