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October 31, 2011 10:49 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 30, 2011

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October 31, 2011 10:24 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 30, 2011

This week's Sunday talk shows included several GOP presidential contenders who have figured out that ignoring facts is a winning formula among their party's voters. While all the candidates who appeared on the shows parroted the same points they've been making for the past several months, there were also several new allegations. On Face the Nation, GOP frontrunner Herman Cain, after having adjusted his 9-9-9 tax plan to avoid tax hikes on those living in poverty, claimed that the exemption was there all along and that his critics simply misreported his plan. That's unlikely given that Cain has been on record defending taxing the income of those living in poverty. On This Week, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was called out for misrepresenting immigration statistics. Rather than acknowledge her mistake and move on, Bachmann claimed that she did not say what the video clearly showed her saying. And on Fox News Sunday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) repeated a slew of easily debunked economic talking points, including that President Obama had overseen the creation of "practically no jobs."

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October 28, 2011 3:59 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Has No Idea What He's Talking About

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October 28, 2011 10:46 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Lankford: Obama Is Inciting Pitchfork-Wielding Mobs To Go Rob Rich People

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October 27, 2011 12:30 pm ET filed under Blog

Poll: Almost 70 Percent Of Millionaires Support Higher Taxes On Millionaires

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October 27, 2011 8:49 am ET filed under Blog

Reminder: Sen. Coburn Is Not A "Fiscal Hawk"

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October 26, 2011 12:47 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Blasts Obama's "Class Warfare" And "Intellectually Lazy Arguments"

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October 18, 2011 8:26 pm ET filed under Video

Cain: My Plan "Does Not Raise Taxes On Those Making The Least"

From the October 18, 2011, CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate:

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October 17, 2011 12:17 pm ET filed under Blog

VIDEO: Herman Cain Disagrees With Himself On The Regressive Nature Of "9-9-9"

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October 17, 2011 9:46 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 16, 2011

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October 17, 2011 9:37 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 16, 2011

Republicans spent their Sunday morning TV appearances blaming Democrats for the economy and trying to convince Wall Street protesters to join them in their scapegoating. Contrary to what Herman Cain and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) claimed, the facts show that private firms, not government entities, inflated the subprime mortgage bubble, and Wall Street, not Democrats, turned those loans into an elaborate casino game that left the entire country on the hook for their bad bets. Similarly, Cantor and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) were wrong to suggest that Democratic policies on taxes and regulations are hurting the economy, and that Republican proposals will do more to create jobs than President Obama's proposed American Jobs Act. In addition, Cain claimed that his "9-9-9" tax plan won't hurt the poor and implied that Obama has cut defense spending, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) blamed the credit downgrade on the president, and Sen. McCain said that Obama never spoke up on behalf of Iranian protesters in 2009. In each case, the facts disagree.

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October 13, 2011 4:49 pm ET filed under Video

Santorum: "9-9-9" Would Give "Children Like Harry Reid And Nancy Pelosi Guns" To Use On America

From an October 13, 2011, appearance by Rick Santorum on Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:

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October 13, 2011 4:34 pm ET filed under Blog

100,000 Reasons To Support The "Buffett Rule"

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October 13, 2011 10:17 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Hits Cain On Taxes: "I Want To Adopt The Reagan Tax Plan"

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October 11, 2011 10:43 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 9, 2011

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October 11, 2011 10:31 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 9, 2011

Sunday's political talk shows were chock full of the misinformation that we've come to expect from conservatives. On CBS' Face The Nation, presidential hopeful Herman Cain told viewers that his 9-9-9 economic plan was revenue neutral and disputed the charge that it is regressive. However, his plan would cut taxes for the very wealthy and "disproportionately tax lower and middle income earners." Cain also appeared on CNN's State of the Union, where he claimed that 50 percent of taxpayers account for just 3 percent of all taxes. On NBC's Meet the Press, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) claimed that businesses are not hiring because of regulatory uncertainty. That is not supported by the facts, however: Economists and business owners point to weak consumer demand, not uncertainty. And finally, Rick Santorum, another presidential contender, continued his homophobic ways by telling Fox News host Chris Wallace that being gay is a choice.

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October 06, 2011 9:18 am ET filed under Blog

Norquist Politicizes Jobs' Death: The Face Of "What Obama And Dems Hate And Tax"

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October 05, 2011 6:10 pm ET filed under Blog

Senate Democrats Introduce Millionaires' Tax To Pay For Jobs Bill

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October 04, 2011 2:46 pm ET filed under Blog

Poll: A Large Majority Of The American People Support The Buffett Rule

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October 03, 2011 10:30 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 2, 2011

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October 03, 2011 10:20 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 2, 2011

On the first weekend in October, the Sunday talk shows saw a presidential candidate, two governors, and a former vice president's daughter. Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) appeared on CBS and CNN to absolve President George W. Bush for the current economic situation while solely placing the blame on President Barack Obama. Not to be outdone by Barbour, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) appeared on Meet the Press to lie about the president's previous statements on unemployment. Herman Cain, still riding high from his Florida straw poll victory, appeared on Fox News Sunday to falsely claim that his "9-9-9 plan" is actually fairer than the current progressive tax system. Lastly, Keep America Safe's Liz Cheney appeared on State of the Union to claim that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that enhanced interrogation led us to Osama bin Laden. In fact, Panetta has said that the Bush-era torture program produced lies and misinformation about the identity of bin Laden's personal courier.

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September 29, 2011 5:00 pm ET filed under Blog

Newt Gingrich's Tax Policy: Cut Newt Gingrich's Taxes

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September 28, 2011 2:46 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. West: "The President Is A Marxist Because He Believes In The Separation Of Classes"

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September 27, 2011 2:32 pm ET filed under Blog

Ignoring Polls, Speaker Boehner Claims Dem "Machine" Must "Build Support For Tax Hikes"

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September 26, 2011 5:37 pm ET filed under Blog

Five Of Boehner's Six "Fiscal Experts" Agree: Deficit Reduction Requires Revenue Increases

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September 26, 2011 3:36 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Tax Policy Is "Highway Robbery"

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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 23, 2011 11:33 am ET filed under Blog

Latest GOP Debate Pummels Perry

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September 22, 2011 3:32 pm ET filed under Blog

Ways & Means GOP Pretends "Every Bit Of Tax Data" Invalidates "Buffett Rule"

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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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