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May 11, 2010 6:30 pm ET

Top Republicans Hypocritically Target Solicitor General Kagan's Experience

Republican Senators Mitch McConnell, Jeff Sessions, and John Cornyn have all criticized President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, for her lack of experience as a judge. However, in 2005, all three Republican leaders touted President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers, who also lacked both judicial experience and Kagan's impressive credentials.

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March 31, 2010 11:53 am ET Smacks Down The GOP's "16,500 New IRS Agents" Lie

In the final weeks of the health care debate, Republicans repeated the baseless claim that the Affordable Care Act required "16,500 additional IRS agents." The experts at examined the claim yesterday and deemed it "wildly inaccurate."

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March 23, 2010 5:22 pm ET

Rep. Poe Misleads On Drilling In The Gulf Of Mexico

On March 23, 2010, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) criticized "anti-American energy elites" because "we don't drill off our own coast" in the Gulf of Mexico. That is not true. In fact, the federal government already leases over 35 million acres for drilling in the Gulf.

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March 22, 2010 10:58 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 21, 2010

On yesterday's political talk shows, Reps. John Boehner and Paul Ryan, Sen. John Cornyn, and RNC Chairman Michael Steele repeated worn out obstructionist talking points. Despite the GOP's slanderous attempts to derail health care reform, the bill will stop insurance company abuses, cut the deficit, create jobs, and provide millions of Americans with affordable health care coverage.

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February 25, 2010 3:16 pm ET

Even Before Summit, Republicans Declared It A Failure

Today the president is hosting a bipartisan, bicameral health care summit at the Blair House in hopes of finding the common ground between Republicans and Democrats.  Yet even before the summit had started, Republicans were publicly deriding it as a useless photo-op.

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February 24, 2010 2:34 pm ET

Sen. Cornyn's "Nuclear" Hypocrisy

On February 24, 2010, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) referred to the reconciliation process as "the 51 vote nuclear option." However, reconciliation is not the same thing as the "nuclear option," which refers to an attempt to change the Senate rules. Additionally, Cornyn previously wrote that "the 51-vote rule is a consistent Senate tradition."

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January 30, 2010 12:10 pm ET

In Q&A Session, Rep. Hensarling Falsely Asserts Democrats Are At Fault For The Deficit

During a January 29, 2010 question and answer session between House Republicans and President Obama, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) falsely claimed Democrats are to blame for the growing deficit.

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January 22, 2010 2:57 pm ET

GOP Reps Falsely Claim Clean Energy Legislation Would Harm Economy, Kill Jobs

On January 21, 2010, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Sam Graves (R-MO), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) wrote a letter to Cass Sunstein, the White House administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  In the letter, the congressmen falsely claimed clean energy policies would kill jobs and harm the economy.  In reality, increasing our investment in clean energy technology would create 1.9 million American jobs and boost household income by nearly $1,200 per year!

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January 12, 2010 9:39 am ET

Sen. Cornyn Falsely Stated Health Care Reform Would Kill Jobs

On January 12, 2010, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) falsely claimed health care bills in front of congress would kill jobs. In reality, provisions contained within the bills could create up to 400,000 American jobs within the next decade.

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November 03, 2009 4:38 pm ET

Rep. Neugebauer Spreads Lies On Comparative Effectiveness Research

On the House Republicans' new "amplify" website, Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) repeated a slew a false assertions on comparative effectiveness research (CER).

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October 22, 2009 1:16 pm ET

Sens. Hutchison & Bond Make Misleading Charges About Clean Energy Legislation

On October 21, 2009, Republican Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) and Kit Bond (MO) wrote an op-ed in the Washington Times in which they make a slew of misleading charges about clean energy legislation. In reality, legislation increasing our investment in clean energy technologies would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

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September 30, 2009 1:23 pm ET

Rep. Poe Regurgitates Debunked "Czar" Attack

On September 29, 2009, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) took to the floor of the House to criticize the administration over its "czars." However, the nonpartisan website has already debunked this line of attack.

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July 28, 2009 12:00 pm ET

The GOP "Health Care Rapid Response Team" Rakes In Money From Health Care Special Interests

Each morning, the House Republican Conference provides the press with the roster of its "Health Care Rapid Response Team," which lists House Republicans who "are available to talk about health care this week." However, a quick glance at who's filling their campaign coffers raises the question: just whose interests do these members have at heart?

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July 09, 2009 11:07 am ET

Rep. Poe Falsely Claimed EPA Economist Is "A 35-Year Veteran Scientist"

In a floor speech on July 9, 2009, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) perpetuated the myth that the EPA suppressed a report produced by a "veteran scientist" named Alan Carlin.  But in reality, Carlin is an economist with no expertise in climate science, and his "report" was rejected because it was full of previously discredited, unoriginal research.

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June 29, 2009 2:35 pm ET

Rep. Culberson Distorts The Truth On The American Clean Energy And Security Act

In a June 29, 2009 blog post on The Hill's "Congress Blog," Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) falsely claimed the American Clean Energy and Security Act would drastically raise costs and kill jobs. In reality, this legislation would create 1.7 million American jobs, reduce harmful emissions and help America become more energy independent - all for the price of a postage stamp per day.

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June 25, 2009 10:00 am ET

Top Republicans Have Close Ties To Big Oil & Utility Companies

As the vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act draws near, Republicans in the House are sure to fight it tooth and nail.  However, examining their close ties to the oil, gas and electric utility industries raises the question: "Whose side are they on?"

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May 20, 2009 6:59 pm ET

Rep. Culberson Spreads Misinformation On Cap-And-Trade

On May 20, 2009, Rep. John Culberson wrote a blog post in The Hill claiming that the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act of 2009 would cost Texans billions in increased electricity charges and hundreds a year in utility bills, and said: "the staggering costs of a cap and trade program will stifle our domestic energy and manufacturing sectors and result in major rate increases for consumers." As usual, a Republican has it wrong on cap-and-trade.

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May 18, 2009 6:11 pm ET

Rep. Culberson: Staggeringly Inconsistent On Spending

Texas Rep. John Culberson is a typical, insincere politician.  His "Let Texans Run Texas" blog featured two posts BACK TO BACK in which he decried exorbitant federal spending in one, and bragged about requesting $267 million for a pet project in the next.

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May 05, 2009 5:51 pm ET

Reps. Issa & Smith: A Day Late

On May 5, 2009, Congressmen Darrell Issa and Lamar Smith wrote a letter to President Obama chastising his White House for allegedly threatening to destroy the reputation of Perella Weinberg, a Chrysler bondholder.  The only problem?  Perella Weinberg publicly denied rumors of the threats a full day before the congressmen sent their letter.

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May 01, 2009 10:27 am ET

In Their Own Words: The Majority's Prerogative

In 2005, many Republican Senators went so far as to claim the filibuster of judicial nominees was unconstitutional. Now four years later, with President Obama's first Supreme Court appointment looming, will they remain consistent in their position or commit one of the most blatant acts of hypocrisy in the 220-year history of the United States Senate?

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April 22, 2009 3:56 pm ET

Rep. Barton vs. Pangaea

On April 22, 2009, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans, led by Rep. Joe Barton, issued a press release with the snarky header: "Q. How'd the oil get to Alaska, hitchhike? A. Yes."  Obviously, no one would say that oil hitchhiked to Alaska.  And Energy Secretary Steven Chu certainly didn't take the bait when Rep. Barton questioned him.  It is clear that Rep. Barton and his allies are ignorant of a widely accepted geologic fact.

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April 21, 2009 12:44 pm ET

Rep. Barton's Cap-and-Trade Distortions

On April 20, 2009, Rep. Joe Barton penned an op-ed smearing President Obama's cap-and-trade plan. Among other falsehoods, Rep. Barton stated, "The climate is changing, and that is normal." Of course, calling global warming "normal" is absurd. However, Republicans trying to scare people about legislation that would help save the economy has become far too ordinary.

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April 20, 2009 12:26 pm ET

Gov. Rick Perry and the Secessionists

Washington, DC - Today, Media Matters Action Network released a memo outlining Texas Governor Rick Perry's ties to a Texas secessionist group whose former leaders are responsible for numerous acts of domestic terrorism. "From bomb threats, to kidnapping, to planning attacks using biological weapons, the Texas Nationalist Movement has a long violent history that cannot be ignored," Media Matters Action Network Managing Director Ari Rabin-Havt said. "Governor Perry should be ashamed of his association with these domestic terrorists."

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