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May 23, 2011 2:15 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Scott Brown Runs Away From House GOP Plan To Unmake "Medicare As We Know It"

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May 23, 2011 1:03 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. McConnell's Half-Hearted Defense Of Medicare Vouchers: "Paul Ryan Would Say It's Not A Voucher Plan"

From the May 22, 2011, edition of Fox News Sunday:

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May 23, 2011 11:18 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 22, 2011

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May 23, 2011 10:52 am ET filed under Fact Check

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 20, 2011 1:49 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Cantor's Convenient Justification For Gutting Medicare

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May 19, 2011 4:27 pm ET filed under Blog

Constituent Demands To Know Why Rep. Lamar Smith Voted To "Dismantle" Medicare

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May 18, 2011 8:24 am ET filed under Blog

EXCLUSIVE: Gingrich Says He Would Vote For GOP Medicare Scheme Today

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May 17, 2011 5:06 pm ET filed under Blog

The Right Reaffirms Its Hostility To Medicare

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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 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 06, 2011 9:48 am ET filed under Blog

Republican Plan To Dismantle Medicare Isn't Dead, It's Resting (Really)

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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 11:33 am ET filed under Blog

GOP Struggling To Deal With Backlash Against Medicare Overhaul

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May 02, 2011 3:31 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Hypocritically Blames "Misinformation" For Budget Backlash

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May 02, 2011 10:25 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 1, 2011

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May 02, 2011 10:03 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 1, 2011

Hours before President Obama announced U.S. Special Forces had killed Osama bin Laden, more pedestrian and partisan news ruled the Sunday morning airwaves. On Fox, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) falsely blamed $4 trillion of debt on President Obama and then incorrectly claimed that failing to raise the debt ceiling wouldn't be a big deal. On ABC, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) tried to defend his budget by claiming people don't like it because there is "misinformation" swirling around and not because it dismantles the social safety net. Elsewhere on Sunday, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) each claimed that the U.S. needs a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, an idea rejected by experts on both sides of the aisle. And on NBC, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) dishonestly claimed that the Ryan Budget would increase funding to Medicare, while criticizing the Affordable Care Act for cutting Medicare, a claim which is also untrue.

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April 25, 2011 9:35 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 24, 2011

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April 25, 2011 9:32 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 24, 2011

On Easter Sunday, two Republicans expressed the same dangerous, sweet-sounding idea about the debt limit. According to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), we needn't worry about raising the limit because the Treasury can still make interest payments without borrowing further. That may be music to voters' ears, but economists say that such a move would undermine the recovery and wipe out investor confidence in the U.S., causing the economy to spiral downward. Coburn went on to falsely claim that the president has not included entitlement reform in his debt-reduction plans. Elsewhere on Sunday, would-be 2012 candidate Rick Santorum (R-PA) told Fox that the GOP's Medicare plan is "identical" to the Affordable Care Act and wouldn't cost seniors anything extra, while Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AL) told CBS that the plan does not replace traditional Medicare with a voucher system. None of these claims is true.

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April 21, 2011 8:41 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. Kirk Dismisses Negative Polling On GOP Budget With '80s Reminiscing

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April 20, 2011 5:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Another Day, Another Poll, An Even More Frightening Number For GOP Medicare Scheme

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April 19, 2011 1:57 pm ET filed under Blog

POLL: Americans Hate Republicans' Big Debt-Reduction Idea, Support Taxing The Rich By 2:1 Margin

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April 18, 2011 10:07 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 17, 2011

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April 18, 2011 9:45 am ET filed under Fact Check

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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April 13, 2011 3:49 pm ET filed under Blog

If It Ain't Broke... GOP Senators Propose Harmful Social Security 'Fixes'

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April 12, 2011 5:36 pm ET filed under Blog

Supporter Of GOP Medicare Plan Admits: "Future Seniors Will Have To Pay More"

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April 12, 2011 11:42 am ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. McCarthy Claims New Medicare Plans Will Be "Exactly" Like Congress' Health Care

This morning on Fox News, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) adopted Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) talking point, claiming that the Medicare reform proposed in Rep. Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" will grant seniors access to health care plans "exactly" like those available to members of Congress. In reality, however, federal employees' health care plans are structured in a way that prevents rising health care costs from transferring to beneficiaries, while Ryan's Medicare reform proposal contains no such safeguards. Over time, rather than 'saving' Medicare, Ryan's proposal would force seniors to pay more and more of their costs out-of-pocket.

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April 11, 2011 10:27 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 10, 2011

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April 11, 2011 10:13 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 10, 2011

With a government shutdown narrowly averted this weekend, the Sunday shows focused naturally on spending issues. On CBS, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) made the absurd assertion that government spending caused the recession (and not rampant fraud on Wall Street), and falsely claimed that a balanced budget amendment would help our fiscal situation. On Fox, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) repeated a favorite GOP lie about entitlement programs — that they "are not gonna be there for me when I retire" unless voters allow conservatives to rip holes in the safety net. And on NBC, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) misled viewers about his budget proposal that would undo safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps while cutting taxes for the richest Americans and protecting special interest tax loopholes for Big Oil. Meanwhile on ABC, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) seemed to have forgotten that he voted in February to eliminate all Title X funding for family planning services.

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April 06, 2011 2:20 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP "Path To Prosperity" Would Drive More Seniors Into Poverty

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