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June 29, 2011 2:23 pm ET filed under Blog

Radical Ohio Anti-Choice Bill Bans Abortions After Detectable Heartbeat

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June 29, 2011 12:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner Won't Face Up To GOP's Medicaid Cuts

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June 28, 2011 1:05 pm ET filed under Blog

The Results Are In: Cutting Spending Has Hurt Economy

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June 03, 2011 3:52 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Republicans Suddenly Embrace Fact-Checkers Who Routinely Call Them Liars

In order to attack Democrats' credibility on the House-passed Republican budget proposal, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have recently cited independent fact-checkers' analyses Democratic statements about the GOP plan to dismantle the Medicare system. But those same fact-checking organizations routinely point out Republicans' false claims — including their distortions about how their plan would affect Medicare. And while those organizations have taken issue with specific phrasing or excessive rhetoric from Democrats, it's well-established that the Republican plan would, in fact, turn Medicare into a voucher system that would shift rising health care costs onto future seniors rather than preserving the Medicare program as-is.

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June 01, 2011 12:11 pm ET filed under Video

Speaker Boehner Touts Letter From His Partisan Group Of "150 Economists"

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June 01, 2011 11:01 am ET filed under Blog

Why You Shouldn't Trust Speaker Boehner's Economists, Part II

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May 26, 2011 4:50 pm ET filed under Fact Check

FLASHBACK: Since 1991, Speaker Boehner Has Voted To Cut More Than $800 Billion From Medicare

After losing a special House election in a solid red district in New York, Republicans are trying to go back on the offensive, with Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) insisting that "The only people in Washington, DC who have voted to cut Medicare have been the Democrats." However, leaving aside the recently passed House Republican plan to privatize Medicare, Boehner's statement is far from true. As Political Correction previously documented, House Republicans have voted to cut over $1 trillion from Medicare since 1991. Boehner has personally voted to cut Medicare by a total of at least $814.3 billion.

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May 26, 2011 9:37 am ET filed under Fact Check

Slew Of House Republicans Falsely Claim President Obama Called For Israel To Return To "1967 Borders"

Since his speech on the Middle East last Thursday, President Obama's opponents have falsely attacked him for calling on Israel to return to its "1967 borders." In reality, Obama repeated the ordinary belief that an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace deal should result in two states with secure borders "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps," which will allow Israel to retain large settlements in the West Bank. Addressing the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the president explained very clearly that his original statement meant that the final border negotiated between the parties "will be different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967." However, that hasn't stopped many House Republicans from perpetuating a smear against Obama for something he never actually said.

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May 24, 2011 2:22 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner's Hilariously Misleading Medicare Chart

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May 24, 2011 12:02 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Jordan's Gas Price Witnesses: An Ideologue And A Donor

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May 24, 2011 11:09 am ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Jordan's Gas Price Witnesses Fueled By Big Oil, Jordan Donations

On May 25, Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-OH) House Oversight subcommittee will hold a hearing into how the Federal Reserve's policies purportedly "add to hard times at the pump." Jordan's witnesses include a right-wing economist who works at think tanks that have been funded by Big Oil and a small business owner who has donated large sums to Jordan and other Ohio Republicans.

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May 23, 2011 11:26 am ET filed under Blog

Why You Shouldn't Trust Speaker Boehner's "150 Economists"

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May 16, 2011 4:05 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner's Economic Illiteracy Is A Feature, Not A Bug

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May 16, 2011 10:49 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 15, 2011

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May 16, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 15, 2011

The Sunday political talk shows were full of conservatives spouting misinformation about everything from energy policy and taxes to the debt and recent economic history. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) falsely claimed the economy isn't creating jobs, despite 2.1 million new private-sector jobs added over 14 straight months of growth. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) misled on Social Security, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) claimed the Bush tax cuts haven't hurt the national debt picture, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) exaggerated the spending cuts in the House GOP budget, which total a mere $155 billion after you factor in the deep tax cuts the plan offers to the wealthiest. Each of those three claimed that ending tax subsidies for oil companies would increase gas prices, but it won't — and Kyl had to blatantly misrepresent a Congressional Research Service report to support his claim. And in a statement that sums up GOP insincerity on a negotiated debt-reduction agreement, Ryan rewrote the last decade of Republican policy by claiming that "the whole reason we're running into this debt limit so soon is because of the spending spree that has occurred over the last two years."

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May 13, 2011 4:57 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner Sums Up GOP Dishonesty In 140 Characters Or Less

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May 13, 2011 1:05 pm ET filed under Blog

Senator And Former Bush Budget Director Portman: "The Issue Has Not Been A Lack Of Revenue"

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May 12, 2011 1:21 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Kasich Won't Listen To "Yelling And Screaming" Electorate Because He's "A Servant Of The Lord"

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May 12, 2011 10:34 am ET filed under Blog

"Jack's Story": Rep. Issa Uses Committee Resources To Promote Travails Of Major GOP Donor

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May 11, 2011 2:29 pm ET filed under Blog

Independent Fact Checkers Debunk Speaker Boehner's Bogus Economic Claims

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May 10, 2011 2:39 pm ET filed under Fact Check

The Many Errors Of Fact In Speaker Boehner's Wall Street Speech

In what was billed as a major speech to reassure Wall Street about the ongoing political battle over the debt limit and the proper approach to debt reduction, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) threw out so many naked falsehoods that it is difficult to enumerate them concisely. Here is a table of contents to help you navigate our comprehensive fact check of the Republican leader's lies.

"Government Mortgage Companies...Triggered The Whole Meltdown"

The Recovery Act "Hurt Our Economy And Hampered Private Sector Job Creation"

"Job Creators Were Looking For Certainty," Not More Consumer Demand

"We've Also Seen The Arrogance Of Government Recently In...Skyrocketing Gas Prices"

"Energy Resources Under Lock And Key"

"Addressing The Drivers Of Our Debt" Through Taxation Would Mean Acting "In Defiance Of The Will Of Our People"

"My Colleagues And I Are Not Calling For Tax Cuts In Our Budget"

GOP Medicare Plan Gives Seniors "The Same Kind Of Options As Members Of Congress"

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May 10, 2011 10:57 am ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner Dodges Questions About Failure Of Bush Tax Cuts

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May 09, 2011 5:39 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner: "Monumentally Arrogant And Massively Irresponsible"

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May 05, 2011 2:40 pm ET filed under Blog

More Republicans Shy Away From GOP Medicare Plan

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May 05, 2011 11:02 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bob Gibbs' Mining Witnesses Represent $14,400 In Campaign Donations

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May 03, 2011 10:26 am ET filed under Blog

GOP Unclear About Where They Stand On Health Exchanges

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April 26, 2011 1:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner Didn't Want To Defend GOP Support For Oil Subsidies, So He Lied

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April 26, 2011 11:44 am ET filed under Blog

Who Could Have Guessed Speaker Boehner Would Play Chicken With The Debt Ceiling?

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April 12, 2011 11:29 am ET filed under Blog

CNN Poll: Majority Of Americans Want The Government To Fund The Health Care Law

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April 06, 2011 1:23 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner Demands Budget Alternative That Obama Released In February

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