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December 19, 2011 9:24 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 18, 2011

This week on the Sunday political talk shows, topics of discussion ranged far and wide. On Fox News Sunday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney advocated for block granting Medicaid despite the harm that would do to those who rely on the program. On This Week, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) distorted the content of a CBO report on income inequality. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), appearing on Meet the Press, shared several false claims: that employers are concerned about "uncertainty," and that the Keystone pipeline would create 20,000 jobs. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), also on Meet the Press, did the same, falsely asserting that there's no evidence the payroll tax holiday created jobs and that Iran has threatened the U.S. and Israel with nuclear weapons.

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November 04, 2011 3:05 pm ET

GOP Responses To Jobs Report Ignore Main Obstacle To Growth

With the news this morning that the private economy added 104,000 jobs but the public sector shed 24,000, prominent Republicans had a chance to trot out the same tired, debunked explanation for slow economic growth they've been using throughout the Obama presidency. According to the GOP, job creators are not hiring because of regulations and high spending from Washington, D.C. But according to the job creators themselves, regulations, taxes and spending are not the issue — they simply don't have enough customers to justify expanding their workforces. The problem continues to be weak demand.

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October 11, 2011 4:20 pm ET

The Facts About Texas' In-State Tuition Law

In 2001, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a law granting in-state tuition benefits to undocumented immigrants. Now that Perry is running for president, his critics, including GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, are using Perry's support for the law to accuse him of being insufficiently tough on immigration. However, Texas' in-state tuition law is both good for the economy and legally sound. Given those facts, critics like Romney should explain why Perry's judgment about the best policy for Texas was wrong instead of simply pandering to anti-immigrant sentiment among GOP primary voters.  

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September 21, 2011 10:36 pm ET

What Happened To The Republican Consensus On Climate Change?

In May right-wing activist Marc Morano said Republican candidates "can believe in the science of global warming ... if you keep your mouth shut about it and you advocate no quote-unquote solution to the problem." By contrast, the following statements show that in previous years, prominent Republicans spoke about both the robust body of evidence indicating that human activities are changing the climate and the need to address the problem. While the political discourse has since regressed, the scientific consensus has not.

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September 07, 2011 4:47 pm ET

Correcting Mitt Romney's Mistaken Jobs Chart

Mitt Romney's jobs plan features a brazenly dishonest chart comparing job gains following recessions. "Figure 2" from page 16 of the proposal claims that in the 24 months after the recent recession officially ended, the American economy has shed 800,000 jobs. The figure labels this the "Obama Recovery," and the way the chart is arranged suggests Obama is to blame for the massive job losses that occurred under President Bush. Subliminal sloppiness aside, though, the number is flat wrong. The recession ended in June 2009, and in the subsequent 24 months the economy has gained 554,000 jobs on net. That would still stack up poorly next to some other 24-month recoveries from less severe recessions, but that's not because the private sector isn't creating jobs; it's because a half-million public-sector layoffs over the same two years hide the one million new private-sector jobs that have actually been created in the "Obama Recovery."

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June 02, 2011 9:02 am ET

Mitt Romney's 'Jobs Record' Is A Sham

Mitt Romney is attempting to establish himself as the Republican presidential candidate with the most credibility on job creation, but the former Massachusetts governor may have trouble defending his record. During Romney's tenure as governor, Massachusetts' job growth was bested by every state in the nation except three, including Hurricane Katrina-devastated Louisiana. As CEO of Bain Capital, Romney profited as five of the companies under his firm's direction went bankrupt, and thousands of workers lost their jobs. One particularly brutal round of firings came back to haunt Romney during his failed 1994 Senate campaign, when laid-off workers protested his candidacy.

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April 26, 2011 2:08 pm ET

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Mislead On Impact Of Oil Drilling

Last night, potential Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty both suggested more domestic oil drilling as a solution to rising gas prices. The fact is, however, that immediate drilling would not lead to significantly lower prices. Studies by the Energy Information Administration, as well as EIA Administrator Richard Newell's own testimony before Congress, demonstrate that more drilling for oil would have little effect on both short-term and long-term pricing. Indeed, the EIA estimates that opening up areas that are currently closed for drilling would only bring down gas prices by about three cents per gallon.

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December 14, 2009 1:08 pm ET

Mitt Romney Gets It Wrong On The Stimulus

During a December 13, 2009 appearance on Meet the Press, Mitt Romney falsely stated the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act had not created a single job.  In reality, the Congressional Budget Office recently estimated the stimulus created up to 1.6 million American jobs.

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October 07, 2009 2:19 pm ET

FLASHBACK: In 2005, Romney Lauded Cap-And-Trade As "Good For Business"

Continuing his streak of changing his policy views to fit his political aspirations, Mitt Romney sent an October 7, 2009 email lambasting clean energy jobs legislation.  Besides being wrong on the merits, Romney fervently criticizes a climate policy he embraced just a few short years ago.

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October 07, 2009 1:13 pm ET

Romney Blatantly Flaunts False Cost Estimate For Clean Energy Jobs Legislation

On October 7, 2009, Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC sent an email to supporters falsely claiming clean energy jobs legislation would raise costs by $1,761 per household and kill jobs.  In reality, legislation increasing our investment in clean energy technologies would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

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August 14, 2009 12:04 pm ET

Mitt Romney Falsely States Reps. Pelosi & Hoyer Called Dissent Un-American

In a blog post on August 14, 2009, Mitt Romney falsely claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called their opposition "un-American." In reality, Pelosi and Hoyer were criticizing those on the right who relied on disrupting town hall meetings and "drowning out" those with opposing views.

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June 01, 2009 10:57 am ET

Mitt Romney: Foreign Policy Novice

Former Gov. Mitt Romney is scheduled to deliver a foreign policy/defense speech at the Heritage Foundation.  After numerous blunders during his stalled 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Romney is hardly one to take seriously on issues of national security. 

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