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May 11, 2010 6:30 pm ET

Top Republicans Hypocritically Target Solicitor General Kagan's Experience

Republican Senators Mitch McConnell, Jeff Sessions, and John Cornyn have all criticized President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, for her lack of experience as a judge. However, in 2005, all three Republican leaders touted President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers, who also lacked both judicial experience and Kagan's impressive credentials.

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April 26, 2010 10:17 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 25, 2010

Guests on Sunday's political shows spent most of their time trying to forecast the future of immigration reform, Wall Street reform and the Supreme Court. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell just couldn't help himself, though. On Fox News Sunday, the Kentucky senator repeated the falsehood that the Wall Street reform bill contains a "bailout fund."

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April 21, 2010 9:57 am ET

PolitiFact.com Smacks Down Sen. McConnell: "Bank Bailouts Not In Bill"

Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.com analyzed comments by Sen. Mitch McConnell claiming that the Senate's Wall Street reform bill "actually guarantees future bailouts of Wall Street banks." The site concluded, "McConnell is using seriously overheated rhetoric. Nothing in the bill 'guarantees' future bailouts of Wall Street banks. We rate his statement False."

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April 19, 2010 10:52 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 18, 2010

On Sunday's political talk shows, the economy was front and center -- along with plenty of false and misleading statements. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. John McCain claimed that taxes have gone up in the past year. On Face the Nation, Sen. Scott Brown claimed that no one has talked about job creation since he was sworn in -- right after he talked up the jobs bill he voted for way back in February. And Sen. Mitch McConnell used an appearance on State of the Union to reassert falsely that the financial reform bill will bail out Wall Street. Sen. Marsha Blackburn echoed that falsehood on Meet the Press.

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April 13, 2010 12:53 pm ET

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

A day after FoxBusiness.com 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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March 08, 2010 9:17 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 7, 2010

On yesterday's political talk shows, Republican members of Congress used their time in the spotlight to blandly reiterate the weak GOP talking points on a variety of issues.  Senators McConnell and Hatch, however, went even further and made outrageously false claims about Democratic health care reform legislation.

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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 25, 2010 10:38 am ET

Health Care Reform Summit: The GOP "Away Team"

The GOP Summit "Away Team" will have a rocky landing at President Obama's bipartisan summit on health care reform.  These 18 members of Congress have made no secret of their staunch opposition to health care reform - no matter how much their constituents support it or how it would benefit their districts.

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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 25, 2010 9:01 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - January 24, 2010

After the game-changing Massachusetts special election and Supreme Court decision, much of the focus on this week's Sunday political talk shows was on strategic decisions for the coming year.  Regarding the future of health care reform, Senators Cornyn, McCain, and McConnell attempted to convince viewers that the Republican Party has wanted to work with the Democratic majority on health care reform - when, in fact, the GOP has actively and openly fought the process every step of the way.

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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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December 01, 2009 11:52 am ET

Republican Senators Have Voted To Cut $1.31 Trillion From Medicare

During Senate debate this morning, several Republican Senators took to the floor to encourage passage of the McCain amendment and to discuss their wrong interpretation of Medicare funding in the Democrats' health care reform legislation.  What is most interesting about this morning's debate is that these senators who falsely accused Democrats of cutting Medicare have themselves cut Medicare by $1.31 trillion during their collective tenure in Congress.

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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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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 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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May 01, 2009 10:27 am ET

In Their Own Words: The Majority's Prerogative

In 2005, many Republican Senators went so far as to claim the filibuster of judicial nominees was unconstitutional. Now four years later, with President Obama's first Supreme Court appointment looming, will they remain consistent in their position or commit one of the most blatant acts of hypocrisy in the 220-year history of the United States Senate?

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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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