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November 15, 2010 9:58 am ET filed under Fact Check

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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October 08, 2010 1:48 pm ET filed under Blog

The Gingrich That Stole Food Stamps

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October 05, 2010 12:52 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP House Candidate Spends $11K On Private Jet For Newt Gingrich

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September 21, 2010 6:14 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cantor: Gingrich Is "Very Much A Counselor" To House GOP

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September 13, 2010 9:43 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 12, 2010

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September 13, 2010 9:39 am ET filed under Fact Check

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 18, 2010 12:45 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Peter King Denounces Gingrich's "Nazi" Comparison: "It Was Wrong"

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August 12, 2010 11:55 am ET filed under Blog

Newt Gingrich's Statistics: All Sizzle, No Steak

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August 12, 2010 11:54 am ET filed under Fact Check

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 4:15 pm ET filed under Blog

Newt Gingrich: "This Is A 70+ Percent Center-Right Country"

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July 26, 2010 10:21 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 25, 2010

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July 26, 2010 10:16 am ET filed under Fact Check

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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July 22, 2010 3:41 pm ET filed under Blog

Newt Gingrich Joins Muslim-Baiting Movement

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May 20, 2010 2:49 pm ET filed under Video

Gingrich Explains That Bennett Lost Because He's "Reasonable"

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May 19, 2010 1:33 pm ET filed under Blog

Gingrich: The Left Is A Bigger Threat To America Than Foreign Terrorists

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May 18, 2010 11:49 am ET filed under Blog

Gingrich Explains That Sen. Bennett Lost Because He's Too "Reasonable"

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May 17, 2010 10:07 am ET filed under Fact Check

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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April 09, 2010 10:32 am ET filed under Blog

Gingrich Takes Political Advice From Man Who Calls Obama "The Kenyan"

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March 17, 2010 3:34 pm ET filed under Fact Check

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 filed under Fact Check

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 25, 2010 9:04 am ET filed under Blog

Gingrich Uses Nonprofit Group To Promote For-Profit Consulting Firm

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February 11, 2010 10:08 am ET filed under Blog

Newt Gingrich Continues To Struggle With The Facts

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February 10, 2010 8:52 am ET filed under Fact Check

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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January 27, 2010 1:14 pm ET filed under Blog

Newt Gingrich's Glass House

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December 03, 2009 4:50 pm ET filed under Fact Check

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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December 03, 2009 3:35 pm ET filed under Video

Newt Gingrich Lies About White House Jobs Summit

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October 22, 2009 1:45 pm ET filed under Blog

Jake Tapper Smacks Down The Likes Of Newt Gingrich Over Poll Results

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October 20, 2009 5:08 pm ET filed under Blog

Gingrich Claims Washington Post/ABC News Poll Was "Deliberately Rigged"

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September 30, 2009 3:58 pm ET filed under Blog

Newt's A Tease: First A Porn Company, Then A Strip Bar

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich seems to have gotten into the habit of leading companies in the adult entertainment industry to believe they won awards, then telling them "no."

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September 11, 2009 2:41 pm ET filed under Blog

Newt Gingrich Awards Porn Studio "Pink Visual" With Entrepreneurship Award

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