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April 13, 2010 12:53 pm ET

After Meeting With Bankers, Sen. McConnell Attacks Wall Street Reform

A day after reported that Sen. Mitch McConnell met with 25 Wall Street executives and hedge fund managers, McConnell took to the Senate floor to spout false attacks on Democratic efforts to hold those bankers accountable.

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March 29, 2010 5:36 pm ET

Sen. McConnell Wrongly Claimed Americans Supported Repealing Health Care Reform

In the Weekly Republican Address that aired on March 27, 2010, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell inaccurately stated "Americans really want" to repeal health care reform. In reality, 50% of Americans oppose repealing the bill and 27% believe the bill "did not go far enough."

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February 25, 2010 3:16 pm ET

Even Before Summit, Republicans Declared It A Failure

Today the president is hosting a bipartisan, bicameral health care summit at the Blair House in hopes of finding the common ground between Republicans and Democrats.  Yet even before the summit had started, Republicans were publicly deriding it as a useless photo-op.

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February 10, 2010 10:58 am ET

Sen. McConnell Misleads On The Recovery Act

On February 9, 2010, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act "wasn't a job generator." In reality, the Recovery act created up to 1.6 million jobs and kept 6 million Americans out of poverty last year, including an estimated 102,000 in McConnell's home state of Kentucky. 

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January 18, 2010 9:32 am ET

Fact Checking the Sunday Shows

On yesterday's political talk shows, a vast majority of the time was rightly spent discussing the human tragedies following the disastrous earthquake in Haiti.  However, the calamity did not stop Sen. Mitch McConnell from further perpetuating the false rightwing talking point that Americans oppose health care reform, or former Bush advisor Karen Hughes from falsely implying the Obama administration wasn't obtaining intelligence from detained terrorists.

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August 10, 2009 3:22 pm ET

Douglas Holtz-Eakin Vs. Sen. McConnell: The Stimulus

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell disagrees with Republican economic guru Douglas Holtz-Eakin on the effectiveness of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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July 15, 2009 11:59 am ET

Rep. Geoff Davis Misrepresents The American Clean Energy And Security Act

On July 14, 2009 Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) wrote a column criticizing the American Clean Energy and Security Act.  In an attempt to disparage the bill, Rep. Davis says it will raise costs and "fundamentally alter the foundation of America's energy and economy." In reality, the American Clean Energy and Security Act would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for the price of a postage stamp per day.

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June 29, 2009 6:26 pm ET

Sen. McConnell Falsely Claims Ricci Proves Sotomayor "Wrongly Deprived" Firefighters Of "Equal Justice"

On June 29, 2009, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) incorrectly stated that the Supreme Court's ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano is evidence that SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor misapplied the law.  In reality, the three-judge panel that previously ruled in Ricci followed binding precedent, while the Supreme Court offered a new interpretation of the law.

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June 12, 2009 1:50 pm ET

The GOP's Twisted Timeline For SCOTUS Nominees

In their latest display of political gamesmanship, Senate Republicans are decrying a 48-day period between Judge Sotomayor's nomination and the commencement of her Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings as too short.  Yet 48 days was the exact length of time between Judge Roberts' nomination and the start of his committee hearings.  Here are the highlights:

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June 09, 2009 3:36 pm ET

Frank Luntz' Health Care Talking Points Take A Trip To The Senate Floor

In a press release on June 9, 2009 detailing a floor statement given on health care, Sen. Mitch McConnell fell in lockstep with insurance industry-funded pollster Frank Luntz' obstructionist talking points.

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June 08, 2009 11:31 am ET

Rep. Geoff Davis Cites Report Urging Strong, Early Action To Combat Climate Change

In a June 5, 2009 anti-cap-and-trade blog post on, Rep. Geoff Davis cited a 2006 report by the British government titled the "Stern Review Report on the Economics of Climate Change." What Rep. Davis failed to mention, however, was that the report concluded, "the benefits of strong, early action considerably outweigh the costs."

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June 03, 2009 2:15 pm ET

Sen. McConnell Press Release On Health Care Hits All Major Republican Talking Points

In a June 3, 2009 press release regarding health care reform, Senator Mitch McConnell echoes disproven Republican talking points on "government takeover," banks, and the auto industry bailout, and draws directly on a memo released by GOP pollster Frank Luntz on how to effectively mislead the public on heath care reform. The only thing the press release doesn't include is an original thought.

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May 18, 2009 10:26 am ET

Then & Now: Sen. McConnell On Filibuster Of SCOTUS Nominees

In 2005, Senator Mitch McConnell was one of the most ardent supporters of the nuclear option. Today, he is singing a different tune.

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April 30, 2009 4:07 pm ET

Sen. McConnell Misrepresents Amendment That Would Help Struggling Homeowners

On April 30, 2009, after killing an amendment that would keep people in their homes, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement claiming the bill would "lead to higher interest rates and even greater uncertainty in the housing and credit markets." In actuality, the amendment simply allowed bankruptcy judges to adjust a struggling homeowner's mortgage payments.

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April 29, 2009 12:24 pm ET

The Senate Republicans: 100 Days Of Political Grandstanding

On April 29, 2009, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a press release aimed at rewriting the record of Senate Republicans during President Obama's first 100 days in office. However, McConnell's claim that Republicans are a party of "principled support, principled opposition, and pragmatic, creative solutions" is far from true. In reality, Republicans have offered nothing more than 100 days of political grandstanding.

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April 23, 2009 1:37 pm ET

Rep. Whitfield vs. Reality: Spanish Green Jobs Study

On April 23, 2009, Live Blog on posted a question from Rep. Ed Whitfield regarding the green jobs created by the proposed government spending. However, neither Rep. Whitfield nor the powers that be at bothered to do a little background check on the issue at hand.  If they had, it would have become clear that Rep. Whitfield's question misrepresents the results of a study that was produced by a libertarian think tank that has received funding from Exxon Mobil.

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