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August 01, 2011 3:10 pm ET filed under Blog

Does Rep. Bachmann Even Understand What The Debt Ceiling Is?

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July 27, 2011 10:02 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Peter King Rejects Rep. Ellison's Request To Testify At Radicalization Hearing

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July 20, 2011 11:00 am ET filed under Blog

Committed to Default, Rep. Bachmann Rejects GOP Plan

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July 15, 2011 9:18 am ET filed under Blog

Boehner Rejects Bachmann's Default Denial

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July 14, 2011 3:52 pm ET filed under Blog

Flashback: Reagan Proposed Tax Hikes, Unemployment Benefits Extension

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July 13, 2011 10:37 am ET filed under Blog

Denial: Bachmann Claims She Only Endorsed Part Of Radical Pledge

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July 12, 2011 11:56 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Blatantly Misrepresents President Obama's Bargaining Postition

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July 11, 2011 11:09 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 10, 2011

This week's Sunday political talk shows focused largely on the looming default crisis, with a chorus of Republican leaders singing the GOP talking points on the negotiations. In the wake of Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) reported rejection of President Obama's proposal of trillions in deficit reduction for an increase in the debt ceiling, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) dishonestly told Fox News Sunday viewers that "Nobody is talking about not raising the debt ceiling." Also on Fox, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) defended his demand for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution by misleadingly stating that 49 states are required to balance their budgets every year. On CNN, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) misrepresented Senate Democrats' proposal for lowering the debt and wrongly claimed that federal revenues went up as a result of the Bush tax cuts. And on NBC's Meet the Press, presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty unleashed a series of false attacks on President Obama's economic record.

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July 01, 2011 4:55 pm ET filed under Blog

In Minnesota Shutdown, An Echo Of National GOP's Stubborn Tax Position

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June 29, 2011 10:44 am ET filed under Blog

Pawlenty: "Science" Proves Climate Change Is "Caused By Natural Causes"

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June 28, 2011 11:17 am ET filed under Blog

Bachmann Refuses To Back Down From Founding Fathers Gaffe

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June 27, 2011 11:50 am ET filed under Blog

Seriously Extreme: Rep. Bachmann's Journey To GOP Presidential Candidate

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June 27, 2011 11:28 am ET filed under Fact Check

Seriously Extreme: Rep. Bachmann's Journey To GOP Presidential Candidate

Today, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) formally announced that she is seeking the Republican presidential nomination at an event in Iowa. In a field of lackluster candidates, Bachmann is an unabashedly polarizing figure whose statements, agenda, and policy positions are not only often factually inaccurate but are also frequently imbued with extreme, hateful, homophobic and even violent rhetoric. The fact that she is considered a viable representation of the Republican party sends a stark message about the toxicity of the GOP in 2012. Often the Affordable Care Act's most apoplectic opponent, Bachmann has suggested that health care reform will result in "death panels" as well as "school-based sex clinics," and that it could allow a 13-year-old girl can be taken to an abortion clinic during a school day to "have their abortion, be back and go home on the school bus that night...mom and dad are never the wiser." She has rallied those against the Affordable Care Act to stand together, saying, "What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing." She has used such extreme rhetoric to oppose other policies as well, calling the federal tax code a "weapon of mass destruction" and referring to Wall Street reform as "thuggish." Additionally, Bachmann has proposed eliminating the minimum wage and cutting billions from veterans' benefits. She also voted against a bill providing for 9/11 first responders' health care and then bragged about it, calling it "new spending." Michele Bachmann's increasing legitimacy as a presidential contender speaks volumes about the atmosphere within the Republican party today.

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June 27, 2011 11:12 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 26, 2011

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June 27, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 26, 2011

The last Sunday of June saw GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) dominate the airwaves, making the rounds on Fox News Sunday and Face the Nation. On both, Bachmann repeated lies about health care reform's effect on jobs and Medicare, sentiments echoed by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on This Week. Bachmann and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) falsely stated that even if the debt ceiling weren't raised, the country would not go into default, something most economists disagree with. On Face The Nation Bachmann falsely called the stimulus a failure and continued to baselessly blame President Obama for high gas prices. Lastly, Sen.  Jon Kyl (R-AZ), fresh off his departure from the debt ceiling talks, was on Fox News Sunday to falsely claim that tax increases would hurt the economy, a claim that the previous decade proves false.

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June 21, 2011 2:17 pm ET filed under Blog

Bachmann Strategist Predicts Romney Will Win, Huntsman Will Emerge

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June 21, 2011 1:47 pm ET filed under Blog

Pawlenty Flip-Flops On "Reagan's 11th Commandment"

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June 20, 2011 4:24 pm ET filed under Blog

Right-Wing Reps. Spent Thousands Of Taxpayer Dollars On 2009 Rally Disguised As Press Conference

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June 17, 2011 6:45 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Bachmann Refuses To Weigh In On Criminally Charging Doctors And Nurses Who Perform Abortions

This afternoon on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) refused to answer whether she would support criminally charging doctors and nurses who perform abortions:

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June 17, 2011 4:29 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann's 'Shocking Lack Of Empathy'

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June 13, 2011 10:18 am ET filed under Video

Tim Pawlenty Calls His Own Economic Proposal "Courageous"

From the June 13, 2011, edition of Squawk Box on CNBC:

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June 13, 2011 10:01 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 12, 2011

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June 13, 2011 9:43 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 12, 2011

Sunday saw multiple GOPers blaming President Obama for job losses that are rightly blamed on President Bush's recession and pretending that Obama policies haven't started to turn the job market around. Republicans have never stopped misleading people about the impact of the Recovery Act, but ignoring two million new private-sector jobs since February 2010 is shameless. Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) each offered one jobs lie or another. Pawlenty claimed that tax cuts pay for themselves (they don't), that President Obama is "out of ideas" on economic and entitlement issues (false), that we "have to" cut Social Security (nope), that the Affordable Care Act cut $500 billion from Medicare (wrong again), and that he didn't really leave a $6 billion deficit behind at the end of his term as Governor of Minnesota (nice try). Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) falsely claimed on CBS that the GOP Medicare plan doesn't affect current seniors, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) told CNN that ending oil subsidies will increase gas prices, and Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) told CNN that the debt ceiling deadline isn't real because "the global economy will understand" if we default.

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May 31, 2011 11:22 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Won't Say Whether She Would Sign GOP Medicare Plan In Its Current Form

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May 31, 2011 11:02 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 29, 2011

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May 31, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 29, 2011

The Sunday political talk shows cranked out their usual smorgasbord of misinformation and talking points this weekend. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) misled NBC viewers about the relationship between President Bush's tax cuts and our current national debt, and implied that President Obama has raised taxes when the opposite is true. On CBS, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) claimed the House GOP's "Path to Prosperity" budget will "save" Medicare (though it would in fact replace the entire program with undervalued health care vouchers) and deflected all criticism of the GOP's plan by claiming that "Democrats have not put forward any plan whatsoever," even though that's not true. Cantor capped his appearance by exaggerating the debt reduction in the GOP plan by about $6 trillion. 2012 hopeful Tim Pawlenty told ABC viewers the president is "doing nothing" on Medicare, even though that program's trustees say President Obama's signature health care law extended the life of the program by eight years. And on Fox, freshman Rep. Allen West (R-FL) falsely claimed that 'only Democrats' have voted to cut Medicare.

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May 26, 2011 9:37 am ET filed under Fact Check

Slew Of House Republicans Falsely Claim President Obama Called For Israel To Return To "1967 Borders"

Since his speech on the Middle East last Thursday, President Obama's opponents have falsely attacked him for calling on Israel to return to its "1967 borders." In reality, Obama repeated the ordinary belief that an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace deal should result in two states with secure borders "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps," which will allow Israel to retain large settlements in the West Bank. Addressing the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the president explained very clearly that his original statement meant that the final border negotiated between the parties "will be different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967." However, that hasn't stopped many House Republicans from perpetuating a smear against Obama for something he never actually said.

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May 19, 2011 3:08 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Accuses President Obama Of 'Betraying' Israel

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May 09, 2011 12:11 pm ET filed under Blog

Right-Wing Reps. Blast GOP Leaders For Breaking Promises

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May 02, 2011 10:25 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 1, 2011

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