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October 06, 2011 2:01 pm ET

The House GOP's Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

In September, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, initiated an investigation of Planned Parenthood's financial records looking for misappropriated federal funds and requesting paperwork going back over 13 years. This Republican vendetta against Planned Parenthood is part of a larger fight in which Republicans are trying to prevent women from being in control of their reproductive health. To that end, House Republicans introduced a multitude of bills and amendments since January that would chip away at women's reproductive rights by eliminating Title X funding, defunding Planned Parenthood, imposing harsh restrictions on funding for abortions, replacing sexual education programs with abstinence-only programs, redefining rape to limit abortion exceptions, reinstating the global gag rule, supporting crisis pregnancy centers and imposing harsher parental notification laws.

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April 18, 2011 9:45 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 17, 2011

On Sunday morning, first-year Tea Party Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) almost managed to upstage her party's budget chairman by wrongly insisting on ABC that the GOP's "Path to Prosperity" budget is not a voucher program, works just like the insurance benefits for members of Congress, and would be sufficient to cover the cost of medical care for seniors. But Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) still offered the biggest whopper of the morning, claiming on CBS that the GOP budget doesn't cut taxes for the rich. None of these claims is true. The Republican plan slashes income taxes for the wealthy to Herbert Hoover levels while eliminating the capital gains tax. For the non-rich, the plan would end Medicare as we know it, leaving the typical 65-year-old with over $20,000 in annual medical costs by the year 2030. Meanwhile, freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) claimed President Obama hasn't helped grow the economy, which is demonstrably false, and Walsh joined Rep. Allen West (R-FL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in calling for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that would in fact cripple Congress' ability to control spending and address recessions.

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November 30, 2010 4:17 pm ET

Rep. Foxx Lies About Taxes To Attack Democrats

Earlier today, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) took to the floor of the House to criticize Democrats over taxes, claiming that Americans have not received "any tax cuts in the past four years" and lamenting the imposition of "more than $680 billion in tax increases" on the American people. However, President Obama and congressional Democrats have cut taxes for 95 percent of working families, and many of the supposed tax increases that Congress has enacted actually eliminated corporate tax loopholes. Foxx also disingenuously raised the specter of "the largest tax increase in the history of the country" while ignoring elements of Obama's proposal to extend pieces of the Bush tax cuts.

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November 05, 2009 11:23 am ET

Rep. Foxx Lies About Health Care Coverage In Both Dem & GOP Plans

On November 5, 2009, Rep. Virginia Foxx blatantly misrepresented both the Democratic and Republican health care bills. Contrary to her statements, the Democratic bill covers twelve times as many Americans as the GOP plan while decreasing the deficit by $104 billion.

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October 15, 2009 4:40 pm ET

Republican Lawmakers Leading Witch Hunt Against Muslim Group

The Council of American-Islamic Relations has recently come under attack from four Congressional Republicans who accuse the group of attempting to plant spies in key Congressional offices in order to affect policy.  Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) held a press conference yesterday accusing the Muslim advocacy group of "trying to infiltrate the offices of members of Congress by placing interns in the offices."  The accusations against CAIR are in large part frivolous and are based on a new book written by authors known for their history of deception and bigotry.

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August 24, 2009 2:35 pm ET

Rep. McHenry Falsely Stated The CBO Said Waxman-Markey Would Raise Costs By $1,400

During a town hall meeting on August 19, 2009, Rep. Patrick McHenry misled his audience by stating the Congressional Budget Office estimated the American Clean Energy and Security Act would cost Americans $1,400 annually.  In reality, this legislation would create 1.7 million American jobs, reduce harmful emissions and help America become more energy independent, all for about the cost of a postage stamp a day.

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August 14, 2009 12:51 pm ET

Which Is It? Rep. McHenry Is Inconsistent On Taxes

In May 2009, Rep. Patrick McHenry candidly admitted "marginal tax rates are the lowest they've been in generations, and all we can talk about is tax cuts." Yet his congressional website still insists that  "Congressman McHenry believes in lowering the tax burden on American workers, families and small businesses." Which is it?

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August 05, 2009 6:17 pm ET

GOP Senators Mix Up Talking Points On Judge Sotomayor

In a Senate floor speech on August 5, 2009, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) argued that Judge Sonia Sotomayor's 17-year record as a mainstream jurist was "unpersuasive" because, "as a judge on the court of appeals, Judge Sotomayor has been constrained by Supreme Court precedent."  His statement contradicted Sen. Richard Burr's (R-NC) claim earlier today that Sotomayor has a record of ignoring judicial precedent.

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May 19, 2009 10:12 am ET

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina's Desperate Attempt To Deceive

In an effort to preserve the broken status quo, insurance giant BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is preparing three television ads based on myths, half truths and downright hypocrisy.  The ads make it clear that the company is more concerned with protecting their stranglehold on American patients than earnestly improving the country's health care system.  The accusations lead one to ask: If BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is so sure a public health care option would be a disaster, why are they so afraid to compete with it?

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May 13, 2009 5:21 pm ET

Rep. McHenry Has No Idea What The Public Thinks About Global Warming

On May 12, 2009, during the Heritage Foundation's weekly Conservative Bloggers Briefing, Rep. Pat McHenry (R-NC) claimed the American people think global warming is "a bunch of bull." But recent polling shows that the American people overwhelmingly believe that global warming is real.

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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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