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September 26, 2011 9:50 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 25, 2011

This week's Sunday talk shows saw Republicans sloppily blaming President Obama wholesale for America's economic woes. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) used his bully pulpit to claim President Obama made "every problem" he inherited from Bush's failed economic polices "much worse." On Face the Nation, RNC Chair Reince Priebus took the same tack by claiming DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz couldn't "point to one economic statistic in this country that Barack Obama has made better." Graham also absurdly claimed that cuts to the defense department triggered if the super committee fails to reach a compromise would "destroy the Defense Department." And on State of the Union, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) struggled to absolve the Tea Party of blame for a third budgetary standoff in the House, instead accusing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) instead of 'manufacturing a crisis.'

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September 22, 2011 2:27 pm ET filed under Blog

"Deficit Hawk" Sen. Coburn Wants To Cut $11 Million In Tackle Box Tax Breaks, But Retain $21 Billion In Giveaways To Big Oil

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September 22, 2011 12:49 pm ET filed under Blog

Now Dr. Coburn is Blocking Autism Research

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September 21, 2011 10:36 pm ET filed under Fact Check

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 21, 2011 1:45 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Snowe Embraces Tea Party Economic Know-Nothingism

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September 21, 2011 1:18 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. Graham Ignores The Main Reason For Weak Hiring

From the September 20, 2011, episode of Freedom Watch on Fox Business:

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September 21, 2011 11:54 am ET filed under Blog

GOP Alternate Reality: Sen. Graham Ignores The Main Reason For Weak Hiring

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September 20, 2011 12:36 pm ET filed under Blog

In 2010, Sen. Alexander Claimed "Buffett Rule" Would Primarily Affect Wall Street

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September 19, 2011 9:51 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 18, 2011

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September 19, 2011 9:32 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 18, 2011

This week's Sunday political talk shows saw a litany of standard GOP untruths. On CNN, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) repeated the favorite false Republican talking point of late: that businesses aren't hiring because of "uncertainty." He was joined in his lie by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and presidential candidate Herman Cain, both of whom appeared on Fox News Sunday. Both Cain and Ryan also revived an old piece of misinformation — that raising taxes on top earners would disproportionately harm small businesses — which was echoed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). For his part, Graham misrepresented the public's opinion on taxing the wealthy, and absurdly claimed that "everything" — including unemployment — is worse because of President Obama's policies. Ryan dredged up some old lies about the House-passed GOP budget's effects on Medicare, which it would essentially destroy, and then falsely claimed that the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board puts bureaucrats in charge of "rationing."

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September 16, 2011 2:14 pm ET filed under Blog

What's Sen. Olympia Snowe Waiting For?

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September 15, 2011 12:34 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. Hatch Channels Jeff Foxworthy: You Might Be A Tax-And-Spend-Liberal If...

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September 15, 2011 12:21 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Hatch: "Taxes Are Already Heading Higher Than They Have Been Historically"

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September 14, 2011 2:34 pm ET filed under Blog

After Blasting Reid For Not Holding Votes, Coburn Blocks Vote On Disaster Relief

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September 09, 2011 3:32 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Coburn's Disingenuous Defense Of Tax Breaks For Big Oil

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September 09, 2011 11:59 am ET filed under Blog

American Jobs Act Is 57 Percent Tax Breaks, GOP Fails To Notice

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September 08, 2011 4:30 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP's Coordinated Prebuttal To President's Jobs Speech: Obama "Made It Worse"

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September 07, 2011 11:58 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. McConnell Takes Just One Day To Violate His Own "No-Politics Zone" Around Jobs

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September 06, 2011 3:30 pm ET filed under Blog

Proud Hostage Taker Sen. McConnell Says "Job Creation Should Be A No-Politics Zone"

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September 06, 2011 11:41 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. DeMint: "A Lot" Of Unemployed Americans Don't Want To Work

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September 06, 2011 10:15 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 4, 2011

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September 06, 2011 9:59 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 4, 2011

The Labor Day editions of the Sunday political shows featured a would-be president lying about energy policy and a so-called "Tea Party kingmaker" lying about safety net programs. On CBS, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) defended her promise that as president she would bring gas prices below $2 per gallon by claiming that President Obama has put American energy resources "off limits." Actual energy experts have said repeatedly that government policies aren't behind rising gas prices, which were "inevitable" in light of the artificially low prices brought about by the economic collapse. And the statistics don't back up Bachmann's accusations about Obama's policies. Meanwhile, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) told ABC viewers that Social Security is bankrupt (even though it isn't) and claimed on CNN that unemployment benefits don't create jobs (even though they do).

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September 02, 2011 2:35 pm ET filed under Blog

Why Did Republicans Stop Acknowledging The Economic Importance Of Demand?

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September 01, 2011 11:12 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. Coburn Threatens To Block Bipartisan Transportation Funding Backed By Labor And Chamber Of Commerce

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August 30, 2011 11:55 am ET filed under Blog

Senators Have Financial Incentives To Favor Bad Policies For Seniors

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August 25, 2011 1:00 pm ET filed under Blog

Tennessee Doesn't Subsidize New Jersey — But It Might If Sen. Coburn Gets His Way

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August 25, 2011 9:16 am ET filed under Blog

If Medicare "Weakened Us As A People," Why Does Sen. Rubio Want To "Save" It?

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August 23, 2011 3:33 pm ET filed under Blog

Another Scientist Calls Out Sen. Coburn's Misleading, Juvenile "Report"

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August 23, 2011 10:46 am ET filed under Blog

CoburnCare: Pay More, Get Less

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August 22, 2011 11:15 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 21, 2011

This Sunday's talk shows echoed a quiet week in Washington, with newly-minted head of the Republican Governor's Association Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) regurgitating standard lines on the President Obama's economic policies. McDonnell also faulted President Obama for the country's current debt and deficits, rejecting the notion that President George W. Bush bears any responsiblity. Long-shot presidential candidate Rick Santorum joined him in misplacing blame for deficits, claiming that safety net programs like Medicaid and food stamps are "the core problem with our deficit," before wrongly suggesting that repealing the health care reform law would create jobs and increase growth. Fellow presidential contender Jon Huntsman trotted out his flat tax plan, glossing over the truth about its disproportionate effect on the lower and middle classes. He also blamed the fact that corporations aren't hiring on "uncertainty and confusion," when business leaders themselves point to weak demand, not government policies.

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