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February 02, 2012 9:29 am ET

Meet Dutch Sheets, Another Gingrich Faith Adviser

Newt Gingrich's campaign announced last week that Dutch Sheets, a popular evangelical preacher, would co-chair the campaign's Faith Leaders Coalition. Like other members of the coalition, Sheets is a divisive and abrasive figure who has said in no uncertain terms that President Obama is a Muslim and that natural disasters and terrorist attacks in the United States are a consequence of turning away from Christianity.

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January 25, 2012 12:41 pm ET

Meet Michael Youssef, Gingrich's Divisive Faith Co-Chair

Michael Youssef, an Egyptian-born evangelical pastor, has endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for president. The Gingrich campaign has announced that Youssef, head of an Atlanta megachurch, will be the National Co-Chair of its Faith Leaders Coalition. Youssef's divisive views include the belief that democracy is not possible in any Muslim-majority country, and he has said that "socialists and leftists" try to "present Islamists and Jihadists as peace lovers." Youssef also advances the idea that there is a war against Christianity in America, yet he directs a share of his vitriol toward other Christians, particularly Presbyterians and Episcopalians.

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January 10, 2012 12:00 pm ET

Gingrich Denies Facts About Same-Sex Adoption In Massachusetts, D.C.

During an appearance on the January 10, 2012, edition of CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich attempted to advance his claim that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. had forced Catholic Charities and other religious institutions to put an end to their adoption services. O’Brien attempted to correct Gingrich by pointing out that, in both cases, Catholic Charities were simply being asked to abide by non-discrimination laws in order to receive public funding. Gingrich rejected O’Brien’s explanation, but her analysis was exactly correct.

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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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May 23, 2011 10:52 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 22, 2011

The absurd ginned-up right-wing outrage over President Obama's reiteration of a long-standing tenet of mainstream Middle East peace plans continued on Sunday morning, even as the president drew applause from the crowd at AIPAC for repeating his call for a Palestinian state based on "the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps." Newt Gingrich, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) each misrepresented the president's words in order to attack him. Honest conservatives were no easier to find on domestic policy issues either. McConnell joined Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in claiming the House GOP budget 'saves Medicare' (although it in fact replaces the program with something utterly different) and that the White House would ration seniors' care (another falsehood). McConnell also claimed tax cuts aren't driving the debt and lied about President Obama's position on the Bush tax cuts. Meanwhile, Ryan claimed the Republican Medicare scheme polls better when you explain the details (nope), insisted Democrats haven't put forth any debt reduction plans (wrong again), and said his plan cuts $6 trillion in spending when on net it only cuts $155 billion. On CBS, Gingrich repeated an exaggeration of his record as Speaker of the House. And, not to be outdone, pizza magnate Herman Cain misled Fox viewers about the Fair Tax and claimed that failing to raise the debt ceiling would increase "market confidence," even though the market is saying the opposite.

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May 19, 2011 9:19 am ET

No, Health Care Waivers Aren't Proof Of Pelosi's "Crony Politics"

About 20 percent of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Affordable Care Act waivers granted in the month of April went to businesses in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) congressional district. Thanks to a freakout in the right-wing blogosphere and the willful negligence of a number of prominent Republicans, that fact has been blown severely out of proportion, resulting in people like Tim Pawlenty, disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin leveling wild accusations of "crony politics." But according to everyone who actually knows anything about the issue — including both the applicants for and grantors of the waivers — Pelosi had nothing whatsoever to do with the waivers in her district. Instead, they were granted in compliance with HHS standards, and were necessitated by a local law that means some California businesses need a little extra time before coming into compliance with the health care reform law.

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May 11, 2011 12:18 pm ET

Newt Gingrich: A History Of Hypocrisy

As disgraced former Speaker Newt Gingrich tweets his way into the GOP presidential race for 2012, we are reminded of his outstanding record of political and moral malfeasance in his decades-long effort to promote himself. From his personal and professional ethical transgressions to his crusade against the working class, Gingrich continues to thrive in the shadows of fiscal corruption and the spotlight of right-wing hyperbole. Despite his rocky marital past and remarkably hypocritical and extremist rhetoric, Gingrich unabashedly vaunts himself as the country's moral compass without a hint of irony, consistently waging an ideological war in an effort to maintain his own relevance.

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March 28, 2011 10:19 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 27, 2011

The situation in Libya dominated Sunday's political talk shows in advance of President Obama's address to the nation this evening. However, while the usual posturing on domestic issues fell by the wayside, the serious nature of the conflict did not prevent conservatives from misinforming viewers about foreign policy. On Fox News Sunday, presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich brazenly denied that he reversed his stance on U.S. intervention in Libya, despite indisputable evidence that he has shifted positions and contradicted himself on multiple occasions. Meanwhile, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld promoted his new book on ABC's This Week, where he distorted the legacy of the Bush administration's engagement in the Middle East.  

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December 06, 2010 9:43 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 5, 2010

The lame duck session may be young, but lame Republican arguments on Sunday morning talk shows are a tradition in this town. This week, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) deceived Fox News viewers about the Affordable Care Act's impact on the cost of health care; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich labeled Democrats' tax proposal "class warfare," when the data show tax breaks for the wealthy are bad for the economy (and worse for the debt); and Gingrich suggested that business owners aren't hiring because of tax uncertainty, but that doesn't explain the decade of economic stagnation that followed the "certainty" of the Bush tax cuts. Meanwhile, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) claimed Democrats are "just spending, spending, spending and taxing, taxing, taxing," despite the fact that Democrats passed 25 separate tax relief measures in 2009 alone. Hatch and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) each claimed that "700,000 small businesses" will be affected by higher tax rates on the wealthy, a number that counts athletes, authors, and Wall Street giants as "small." Finally, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) flagrantly misrepresented a recent Gallup poll showing Americans want Bush's tax giveaways to the rich to end.

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November 15, 2010 9:58 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 14, 2010

This week's Sunday shows were all about ducks and pork. The fight over pork-barrel earmark spending is largely a matter of opinion, though, so the falsehoods were limited to the tax and spending fights expected in the lame duck session that starts this week. On Fox, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) repeated long-discredited talking points about "small businesses" and tax cuts, and exaggerated the tax rates American companies actually pay. On NBC, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) suggested keeping tax breaks for the rich would help the economy despite the evidence to the contrary. Meanwhile, Rand Paul (R-KY) and Newt Gingrich each claimed that government workers are overpaid because they make more on average than private sector workers, but neither man acknowledged that the pay gap reflects differences in skills and education levels between the two groups. And on ABC, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he can't vote for the New START Treaty because of concerns about "modernization" and missile defense systems, even though President Obama upped the budget for modernizing our nuclear arsenal, and the general in charge of missile defense says the treaty will actually make his job easier.

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September 13, 2010 9:39 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 12, 2010

It was a typically dishonest Sunday for Republicans on the political talk shows. On Fox News Sunday, Newt Gingrich said businesses aren't hiring because President Obama wants to take all their money and because their health care costs are rising. In fact, studies show that a lack of consumer demand is holding down business investment, and the Affordable Care Act has its greatest cost impact on employer-based insurance. On Face the Nation, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) conceded that just 3% of small businesses will pay higher taxes under the Obama tax plan, but insisted that 3% accounts for 50% of small business income. No matter how often he says it, it just isn't true.

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August 12, 2010 11:54 am ET

Gingrich: Dems Teach The Unemployed To Prefer Government-Funded Poverty Over Honest Work

In an email to supporters yesterday, Newt Gingrich blamed Democrats for high unemployment and argued that "the extension of unemployment benefits has given people a perverse incentive to stay on unemployment rather than accept a job." Gingrich cynically warns that Democrats are making jobless Americans "get so used to being unproductive that they are willing to accept welfare indefinitely instead of taking a job." Gingrich is just the latest in a long line of Republicans to attack the unemployed for political gain. In reality, unemployment checks average about $300 per week, and cherry-picked anecdotes about "indefinite welfare" ignore the real source of high unemployment: a severe economic crisis brought about by Republican mismanagement.

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July 26, 2010 10:16 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 25, 2010

On Fox News Sunday, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich defended his year-old "Latina woman racist" attack against Justice Sonia Sotomayor by insisting that a white man would have been pilloried had he made similar remarks. Read in their full context, Sotomayor's remarks do not assert any inherent superiority of judgment for Hispanics — or any other race for that matter. It's worth remembering that Sotomayor was praising the way greater diversity of experience leads to more fully-informed decisions. Later, Gingrich misled viewers to believe that Democrats can extend the Bush tax cuts without changing the law (Republicans wrote the bill to sunset after 2010). Elsewhere, Civil Rights Commissioner Abigail Thomas claimed that polling shows Tea Partiers are reflective of America at large. In fact, polling shows that's just not true.

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May 17, 2010 10:07 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 16, 2010

On Sunday's political talk shows, Republicans echoed the fierce, false criticisms of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan that we heard throughout last week.  Newt Gingrich claimed that Kagan is "anti-military." Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) parroted Gingrich's lie that the military's prohibition on homosexuals began under President Clinton. And Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed that Kagan wants the government to ban books. Meanwhile, Gingrich advanced false narratives about health care reform and President Obama's attitude toward free enterprise, and Sen. McConnell attacked the Recovery Act.

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March 17, 2010 3:34 pm ET

Gingrich Group Attacks Gingrich Tactic

On March 17, 2010, Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future sent an email to supporters blasting self-executing rules as "blatantly unconstitutional." Yet as Speaker of the House, Gingrich "set new records" for the amount of self-executing rules, using them up 35% of the time in the 105th Congress.

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March 15, 2010 11:31 am ET

American Solutions Repeats Tired Clean Energy Myths

In a "Solutions Insider" published on March 15, 2010, Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future repeated the rightwing myth that clean energy legislation would "kill millions of jobs and raise costs for American families by thousands of dollars per year." In reality, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.

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February 10, 2010 8:52 am ET

Gingrich Falsely Claims The Shoe Bomber Was An American Citizen

During a Daily Show appearance on January 9, 2010, former Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized the Obama administration for reading Miranda rights to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the underwear bomber.  Rejecting comparisons to the Bush administration's handling of the shoe bomber, Gingrich falsely claimed Richard Reid was an American citizen.  In reality, he was a British citizen.

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December 03, 2009 4:50 pm ET

Gingrich Lies About White House Jobs Summit

During a December 2, 2009 appearance on Fox News' Hannity, former Speaker Newt Gingrich falsely claimed the White House Jobs Forum didn't include "a single small business," and the stimulus created "virtually no jobs." Both claims are blatant untruths.

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August 19, 2009 2:05 pm ET

Gingrich's Sudden Shift On End-Of-Life Care

On August 19, 2009, Newt Gingrich wrote a column on in which he argued against the government taking a role in end-of-life issues.  However, just last month he argued that all Americans should receive end of life counseling.

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August 13, 2009 10:38 am ET

Newt Gingrich Repeats Old Falsehoods About The American Clean Energy And Security Act

In an August 13, 2009 speech to the American Enterprise Institute, Newt Gingrich repeated previously-debunked conservative talking points on the American Clean Energy and Security Act.  In reality, the bill would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter per day.

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August 06, 2009 2:00 pm ET

Oil and Gas Industries Fuel Unruly Townhall Meetings

During the congressional recess, Democratic lawmakers have been facing unruly mobs at town hall meetings in their districts. However, the protestors' outrage has been largely manufactured by front groups tied to the oil and energy industries.

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July 29, 2009 6:00 pm ET

Gingrich Proposes A "Take Home Pay Raise" That Would Only Benefit The Wealthy

Today, former Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote a column titled "America Needs A Take-Home Pay Raise."  Unfortunately, his plan would only help those who are already wealthy, without offering any solace to families and business hurting in today's economy.

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July 17, 2009 11:03 am ET

Gingrich Grossly Distorts Health Care Study

During a July 16, 2009 appearance on Fox News' Hannity, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich misrepresented the results of a health care study conducted by the insurance company-funded Lewin Group (and got their name wrong, too).

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June 25, 2009 12:21 pm ET

American Solutions Gets The Facts (And Our Name) Wrong

Attempting to rebut a Media Matters Action Network fact check, Newt Gingrich's coal-funded American Solutions for Winning the Future gets its facts - and our name - wrong.

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June 22, 2009 4:51 pm ET

American Solutions Can't Solve Cap-And-Trade Math

On June 22, 2009, Newt Gingrich's organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, launched a new ad attacking the American Clean Energy and Security Act.  Featuring shaky black-and-white footage of a bridge collapsing, the ad clearly intends to frighten the public about the costs of the Democrats' cap-and-trade plan.  But, predictably, Gingrich's group has its facts all wrong.

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June 09, 2009 4:29 pm ET

Newt vs. Reagan

Does Newt Gingrich believe Ronald Reagan's worldview was "intellectual nonsense and stunningly dangerous"? Apparently so.

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June 01, 2009 10:49 am ET

Newt Gingrich's Cap-And-Trade Video Spreads Falsehoods

On May 28, 2009, Newt Gingrich's organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, posted a video asking its members to "Stop the Energy Tax." What the group should really do is stop spreading misinformation about the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

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May 15, 2009 4:06 pm ET

FLASHBACK: Newt Gingrich Loved That Pork

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich's organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future,  has put forth an economic recovery plan.  They suggest "eliminating Congressional earmarks and wasteful pork-barrel spending." Yet as Speaker of the House, Gingrich openly used well-placed pet projects to boost the GOP's electoral prospects.

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April 24, 2009 3:30 pm ET

Gingrich vs. Gingrich: Battle Of The Philosophies

During Newt Gingrich's testimony in front of the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA 01) brought up a 2007 interview Newt Gingrich gave to PBS.  Rep. Inslee pointed out the drastic change two years has wrought in Mr. Gingrich.

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April 22, 2009 12:52 pm ET

Newt Gingrich: Wrong On The Employee Free Choice Act

On April 22, 2009, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote an op-ed in Politico arguing against the Employee Free Choice Act, which earlier this year he called "a mortal threat to American freedom." However, Gingrich's fear mongering ignores the facts: The Employee Free Choice Act will protect the rights of American workers and give the economy a much-needed boost.

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