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September 03, 2010 11:06 am ET filed under Blog

As Republicans Spin Job Numbers, Small Business Bill Waits

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August 09, 2010 12:41 pm ET filed under Blog

Midwest Two-Step: Heartland GOPers Dance Around Bush Tax Cut Questions

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August 09, 2010 12:41 pm ET filed under Video

(FULL VIDEO) Heartland GOPers Dance Around Bush Tax Cut Questions

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August 09, 2010 10:04 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 8, 2010

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August 09, 2010 10:02 am ET filed under Fact Check

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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August 06, 2010 11:33 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Pence Blasts State Aid Package As A "Bailout" AND "Takeover"

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August 05, 2010 10:08 am ET filed under Blog

GOP Swoons Over Missouri Health Care Vote, Ignores National Attitudes

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July 29, 2010 4:52 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Pence On The Republican Agenda: It's Coming, We Promise

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July 27, 2010 1:41 pm ET filed under Fact Check

On False Tax Hike Charge, Rep. Pence Sticks To His Poorly-Aimed Guns

In a floor speech this morning, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) returned to the dishonest claim that Democrats are "poised to add tax increases to their agenda" and suggested that Democrats will increase taxes for everyone in January. Pence also attacked the Democrats' economic policy, claiming that Democratic policies have failed to fix our economy. The reality is that it was Pence's party that wrote an expiration date into the 2001 tax cuts that brought us this deficit — and Democrats are proposing to extend those cuts for 98% of Americans. What's more, the Recovery Act has turned the economy around and taken us from massive monthly job losses to slow but steady private-sector job growth.

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July 23, 2010 10:20 am ET filed under Video

Rep. Pence: Reagan Cut Taxes And Revenue Went Up

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July 19, 2010 5:27 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Pence: Reagan Cut Taxes And Revenue Went Up

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July 19, 2010 10:30 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 18, 2010

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July 19, 2010 10:18 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 18, 2010

The political shows were busy on Sunday, with Indiana Republican Mike Pence misleading Fox News Sunday viewers about the Recovery Act and Sen. Cornyn misrepresenting the origins of the federal deficit on Meet the Press. Sen. McConnell told State of the Union viewers a flagrant lie about the Obama administration's response to the Gulf oil spill, and exaggerated the number of small businesses that benefit from the Bush tax cuts for the rich. Elsewhere, NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions described the Tea Party as "one-third Democrat, one-third Republican" on Meet the Press despite clear evidence that Tea Party activists are overwhelmingly Republican. On Face the Nation, the task of defending Arizona's immigration law fell this week to former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who offered no new evidence to support his conviction that SB 1070 will not lead to ethnic profiling.

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July 14, 2010 2:53 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Burton Overstates Cost Of Clean Energy By 5000%

Last night on the House floor, Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) lied about the cost of Democrats' proposals for clean energy legislation. According to Burton, a cap-and-trade policy would "cost every family in this country about $4,000 more for utility bills." Burton is off by a factor of 50; according to estimates, the legislation passed in the House would add about $83 per year to family energy costs, or 23 cents per day. The Senate proposal would cost families $146 per year at worst, and might actually reduce family costs by $35 per year.

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June 23, 2010 3:00 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Congressmen Parrot Glenn Beck's Lies On The House Floor

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June 16, 2010 12:13 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Pence Complains About President Obama Answering His GOP Critics

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June 14, 2010 10:30 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking the Sunday Shows — June 13, 2010

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June 14, 2010 10:11 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking the Sunday Shows — June 13, 2010

On Sunday, Carly Fiorina advanced her Senate campaign with a series of false Republican talking points about border security and her own background. Fiorina misrepresented her tenure at Hewlett-Packard, and lied about President Obama's funding for border security and the recently-departed head of the Minerals Management Service. House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence called the Obama administration's handling of the gulf oil disaster "slow." A timeline shows that claim is false. And since it wouldn't be Sunday without a Republican voice misrepresenting the Recovery Act, Rep. Pence pretended the package did not cut taxes (it did) and that it is not turning the economy around (it is).

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June 01, 2010 1:15 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Still Rooting Against The Recovery

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May 25, 2010 12:23 pm ET filed under Blog

Republicans Refuse To Listen To The American People On "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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May 19, 2010 10:42 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Souder's Impassioned Speech On His "Moral Views"

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May 07, 2010 1:33 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Pence Calls 290,000 New Jobs "Bad News"

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May 03, 2010 10:00 am ET filed under Fact Check

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 4:01 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Distorts New Health Care Report

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April 15, 2010 10:21 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Pence Calls Wall Street Reform A "Bailout" Five Times In One Interview

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April 15, 2010 9:39 am ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Pence Lies, Denies Democrats Cut Americans' Taxes

Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Mike Pence outright lied, saying President Obama and Congressional Democrats have not cut taxes. Despite Pence's partisan misinformation, Democratic leaders have cut taxes for 95% of Americans, resulting in the lowest tax level in sixty years.

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April 13, 2010 11:40 am ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Pence Spreads The Lie That Wall Street Reform Is A "Permanent Bailout"

During an April 13, 2010 interview on Fox News, House Republican Conference chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) repeated the Frank Luntz talking point that reforming Wall Street would result in a "permanent bailout." The bill does not bail firms out, but safely dismantles any failed financial company that threatens the stability of the entire economy.  The dissolution fund is financed NOT by taxpayers, but by fees levied on financial companies.

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March 22, 2010 10:59 am ET filed under Fact Check

FLASHBACK: Rep. Pence Praised Bush's Executive Order Banning Abortion Funding

In a compromise with pro-life Democrats, President Obama agreed to issue an Executive Order restating the ban on federal funding for elective abortion.  Rather than praise the President, Rep. Mike Pence belittled the action, saying, "the American people will be fooled by this and the fact the President is signing a piece of paper." Yet when President Bush signed an Executive Order banning funding for abortion, Pence declared it was upholding "a fundamental axiom of western civilization," the "belief in the sanctity of human life."

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March 16, 2010 2:01 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Pence Wrongly Asserts Health Care Reform Funds Abortions

During a floor speech on March 16, 2010, Rep. Mike Pence falsely claimed the health care reform bill contained "public funding of abortion." In reality, the bill explicitly bans federal money from funding abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the health of the mother is endangered.

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March 15, 2010 4:38 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Inhofe Blasts House Republicans For Earmark "Moratorium"

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