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March 24, 2011 1:34 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Bill Could Cut Families Off From Food Stamps If A Parent Goes On Strike

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March 03, 2011 2:09 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. DeMint Erases Wall Street's Role In Recession To Bolster GOP Attack On Public Workers

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March 02, 2011 4:10 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Governors Complain About Lack Of Flexibility In The Affordable Care Act But Offer No New Plans

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February 28, 2011 10:25 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011 10:12 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 27, 2011

This week's Sunday political chatter was focused on two very, very different places: Wisconsin and Libya. Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) defended his union-busting efforts on Meet the Press by arguing that union contract agreements in recent weeks prove public workers aren't being honest when they say they'll accept his pension and health insurance demands, but that's disingenuous; the agreements he referenced had been in the works long before his power grab. Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) joined Walker in suggesting that collective bargaining is to blame for state budget troubles, but the facts don't bear that out. Meanwhile on Fox News Sunday, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) asserted that public employees are overpaid (before absurdly claiming that the Bush tax cuts worked) and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) told ABC viewers that Walker is simply fulfilling a campaign promise.  None of these claims is true. On other topics, Mike Huckabee (R-AR) lied about the national debt on Fox News and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) falsely asserted that President Obama never showed support for Iranian protesters in the summer of 2009.

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February 09, 2011 9:48 am ET filed under Blog

Instead Of Making Actual Cuts, GOP Freshman Would Form A Committee To Talk About Cuts

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January 04, 2011 5:39 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. DeMint: "There's More Bipartisanship Than We Need In The Senate"

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December 17, 2010 5:17 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. DeMint: START Treaty Will Increase Number Of Nuclear Weapons

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December 08, 2010 5:56 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Graham's Rhetoric On Guantánamo Swings To The Right

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December 01, 2010 12:33 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Joe Wilson: DADT Works Because It Works, Duh

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December 01, 2010 10:09 am ET filed under Video

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) Explains His Position On DADT

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November 18, 2010 11:52 am ET filed under Blog

FLASHBACK: Sen. Graham Lauded Light Sentence Bin Laden's Bodyguard Received In Military Tribunal

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November 15, 2010 10:05 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 14, 2010

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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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November 10, 2010 11:51 am ET filed under Video

Sen. DeMint: "You Can't Be A Fiscal Conservative and Not Be A Social Conservative"

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November 10, 2010 11:31 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. DeMint: "You Can't Be A Fiscal Conservative and Not Be A Social Conservative"

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November 08, 2010 11:32 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 7, 2010

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November 08, 2010 11:19 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 7, 2010

The Sunday shows were crowded with naked falsehoods yesterday. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) claimed on Fox News that President Obama "has killed jobs" despite the fact that a resurgent private sector has added 1.1 million jobs so far this year. On CBS, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed that 750,000 small businesses pay income taxes in the top two brackets, but that number only works if you include massive corporations like Bechtel and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which play accounting games to avoid corporate tax rates, in your definition of "small businesses." Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) absurdly claimed on NBC that Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) entitlement-slashing debt reduction plan requires more sacrifice from bureaucrats than from average Americans. Worst of all, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) claimed on ABC that tax cuts for the wealthy are good for the economy and don't increase the deficit. In the real world, of course, Pence is wrong on both counts.

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September 30, 2010 1:31 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. DeMint: Business Wants Government To Do Nothing

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September 07, 2010 9:24 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 5, 2010

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September 07, 2010 9:09 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 5, 2010

Holiday weekends make for quiet Sundays on the political talk circuit, but yesterday Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) shouldered the propaganda load usually carried by a larger rotation of Republicans. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. McCain took dishonest potshots at President Obama's economic record — economists agree the Recovery Act worked, and the administration has been pushing tax relief for small businesses all summer while McCain's Senate colleagues have blocked the bill — and lied about the future of Medicare. In reality, the Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare without cutting benefits. On Meet the Press, Sen. Graham claimed the Affordable Care Act includes a government takeover of health care and higher costs (neither claim is true) before suggesting that tax cuts for the wealthy pay for themselves (they don't) and that the Recovery Act led to 2.5 million job losses (it didn't).

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July 20, 2010 5:09 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. Graham On Kagan: "President Obama...Chose Wisely" (Pt. 1)

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July 20, 2010 5:08 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. Graham On Kagan: "President Obama...Chose Wisely" (Pt. 2)

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July 06, 2010 9:19 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 4, 2010

The Sunday political talk shows were mostly quiet on Independence Day, with one glaring exception. South Carolina Republican and Tea Party Senator Jim DeMint offered an incendiary response to President Obama's speech on immigration reform. On Fox News Sunday, DeMint told guest host Major Garrett that Obama is lying to the American people, and really wants to give no-strings amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in an insidious plot to grow Democratic voter and union membership rolls. DeMint also suggested that Obama has refused to secure the border. In fact, the president has increased funding for real border enforcement, stopped throwing money into the failed electronic fence program, and charted a course to real, fair and sensible reform for our broken immigration system.

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June 03, 2010 9:18 pm ET filed under Blog

South Carolina State Senator Calls Nikki Haley A "Raghead"

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April 13, 2010 1:25 pm ET filed under Fact Check

You Lie! Rep. Joe Wilson Repeats "16,000 IRS Workers" Falsehood

In recent weeks, conservatives have spread the false claim that the federal government will hire "16,000 new IRS agents" to enforce the Affordable Care Act.  Writing in The Daily Caller today, Rep. Joe Wilson became the latest GOP official to repeat this blatant lie, which has been thoroughly refuted by independent fact checkers.

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March 29, 2010 9:56 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 28, 2010

On yesterday's political talk shows, Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep. Michele Bachmann used their respective appearances on Face the Nation not only to continue spreading misinformation about health care reform but to also distance themselves from recent violence from the Tea Party movement.

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March 15, 2010 10:28 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 14, 2010

On yesterday's political talk shows, Republican members of Congress repeated worn out obstructionist talking points about health care reform.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spread lies about the use of reconciliation and falsely equated it to the Republicans' attempt to change Senate rules in 2005.  Flying in the face of the facts, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) falsely claimed the plan would cut Medicare benefits, raise premiums, and increase the deficit.

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March 10, 2010 11:32 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. Graham Proposes New "Gang Of 14" To Make Sure Dems Don't "Pull The Nuclear Trigger"

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March 05, 2010 5:52 pm ET filed under Video

Sen. Graham Denounces Republicans Who Support "Torture"

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