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November 28, 2011 9:19 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 27, 2011

On the last Sunday of November, Republicans had a lot of airtime — and lots of lies. On Meet the Press, anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform regurgitated the false Republican talking point that Obama's stimulus plan "killed jobs." Freshman Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) made an appearance on This Week to claim the deficit is not a revenue problem, a statement disputed by historically low revenue intake. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) appeared on Fox News Sunday to hype the "Toomey Plan", claiming that it would have raised revenues while paying down the debt, leaving out that the plan trades regressive tax cuts for only small revenue increases. Lastly, Herman Cain appeared on State of the Union to claim that unemployment benefits shouldn't be extended because they are a 'distraction' from the real problem of a lack of economic growth. But the Congressional Budget Office has found that unemployment benefits are a "timely and cost-effective" way to spur on the economy.

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November 22, 2011 11:35 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Hensarling Touts "Progressivity" Of Regressive GOP Tax Plan

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November 22, 2011 11:00 am ET filed under Blog

Norquist Pre-Super Committee Fail: GOP Raising Taxes Would Be "Slitting Their Wrists"

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November 21, 2011 11:22 am ET filed under Blog

Why The Super Committee Was Destined To Fail

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November 21, 2011 10:12 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 20, 2011

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November 21, 2011 10:02 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 20, 2011

Sunday's political talk shows focused almost exclusively on the efforts of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, with a number of the committee's members appearing on separate shows. Democratic committee member Sen. John Kerry (MA) pointed out on Meet the Press that "we are not a tax-cutting committee. We're a deficit-reduction committee." However, that point doesn't seem to have gotten through to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), all of whom complained that the only thing stopping a deal was a refusal by Democrats to extend the costly and regressive Bush tax cuts. For the second time in as many weeks, Hensarling argued that the Bush tax cuts were not one of the largest drivers of the debt, while Kyl claimed that not extending them would wreck the economy. Toomey went so far as to say that that the federal government does not have a revenue problem but only a spending problem.

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November 17, 2011 4:53 pm ET filed under Blog

Millionaire's Tax Is Popular In New Jersey, Where It Has Worked Before

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November 16, 2011 11:15 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan: GOP Compromised By Offering Plan To "Replace" The Bush Tax Cuts

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November 15, 2011 1:51 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Scott Rigell Says Fellow Republicans “Not Dealing With Reality” In Debt Debate

From the November 14, 2011, session of the U.S. House of Representatives:

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November 15, 2011 1:34 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Scott Rigell Says Fellow Republicans “Not Dealing With Reality” In Debt Debate

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November 14, 2011 2:30 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Cornyn: We Can't Repeal DOMA Because Discrimination Is Cheaper Than Equality

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November 14, 2011 11:01 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. Coburn's Disingenuous Support For DOMA

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November 14, 2011 10:37 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 13, 2011

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November 14, 2011 10:29 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 13, 2011

The Penn State sexual abuse scandal headlined the political talk shows on Sunday, but Republican leaders still found plenty of time to air dishonest talking points about conservative policies. GOP super committee members Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) misled viewers about the root of the debt problem the committee is trying to solve and what Republicans have proposed to address it. In particular, both lawmakers severely distorted the impact of the failed Bush tax cuts. Elsewhere, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus declared that Republicans want to "reduce taxes on every single American," ignoring the party leaders demanding that the poor pay higher taxes, and struggling presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) claimed that "what we need to win this war on terror" is the reinstatement of Bush-approved torture techniques.

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November 11, 2011 4:53 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Cantor Flip-Flops On Whether "Anybody" Should Pay Higher Taxes

From Rep. Eric Cantor's (R-VA) November 10, 2011, speech at Rice University:

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November 11, 2011 3:21 pm ET filed under Blog

VIDEO: Rep. Cantor Flip-Flops On Whether "Anybody" Should Pay Higher Taxes

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November 10, 2011 11:58 am ET filed under Video

Sen. DeMint Pushes Bogus Christmas Tree Tax Claim Against President Obama

From a November 10, 2011, appearance by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) on Fox News' America's Newsroom:

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November 10, 2011 9:23 am ET filed under Blog

"Oops": Perry's Gaffe Steals The Show

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November 09, 2011 8:46 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Bachmann Continues To Mislead On Corporate Tax Rate

From a statement by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) during the November 9, 2011, "Your Money, Your Vote" Republican presidential debate:

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November 09, 2011 3:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. McCain Laments "Plight Of The People" While Peddling Tax Cuts To Help Corporations Buy Yachts

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November 07, 2011 4:16 pm ET filed under Blog

High Taxes Are Not Crushing McDonald's Profits

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November 07, 2011 11:06 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 6, 2011

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November 07, 2011 10:57 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 6, 2011

With much of the airtime on this week's Sunday political talk shows devoted to discussing the Herman Cain scandal and Gov. Rick Perry's (R-TX) antics, the substantive issues took a back seat. Yet a few key Republicans still managed to squeeze in a couple of standard GOP attacks. On This Week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) claimed that the stimulus "has not worked," a falsehood echoed by presidential candidate Jon Huntsman on Meet the Press. Boehner also found time to inflate the effect of a millionaires' surtax on small-business owners, and to deny that congressional Republicans have gone after America's social safety net. In fact, one major Republican initiative — the House-passed GOP budget plan — proposed to upend major safety net programs for children, the poor, and seniors.

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November 04, 2011 3:05 pm ET filed under Fact Check

GOP Responses To Jobs Report Ignore Main Obstacle To Growth

With the news this morning that the private economy added 104,000 jobs but the public sector shed 24,000, prominent Republicans had a chance to trot out the same tired, debunked explanation for slow economic growth they've been using throughout the Obama presidency. According to the GOP, job creators are not hiring because of regulations and high spending from Washington, D.C. But according to the job creators themselves, regulations, taxes and spending are not the issue — they simply don't have enough customers to justify expanding their workforces. The problem continues to be weak demand.

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November 04, 2011 2:15 pm ET filed under Blog

Dr. Coburn, Heal Thyself

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November 04, 2011 10:35 am ET filed under Blog

Mitt Romney's Tax Lie And The Occupy Wall Street Movement

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November 03, 2011 1:20 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Rokita: People Who Say The Rich Aren't Paying Fair Share "Are Going To Come After The Middle Class"

From a November 2, 2011, statement by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives:

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November 03, 2011 11:45 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Knows A Thing Or Two About 'Straw Men'

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November 03, 2011 11:38 am ET filed under Video

Rep. Ryan Accuses Obama Of "Preying On Resentment And Envy"

From a November 3, 2011, appearance by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on MSNBC's Morning Joe:

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November 02, 2011 3:01 pm ET filed under Blog

Does Millionaire Sen. Ben Nelson's Desire To Leave A "Bigger Estate" Affect His Voting Record?

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