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December 11, 2009 2:51 pm ET

Kevin Jennings Taught Adolescents How To Perform Sexual Acts

Right-wing and religious groups are targeting the new Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools, Kevin Jennings.  Their newest attack, known as "fistgate," falsely alleges that Jennings hosted a seminar to teach high school students how to perform sexually explicit acts.

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November 19, 2009 11:37 am ET

Chai Feldblum Said "Gays Win, Christians Lose"

Conservative organizations claim that when asked about the rights of employers to follow their religious beliefs in hiring people, Chai Feldblum, a nominee for a position on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, replied, "Gays win; Christians lose." Yet there is no factual account of Chai Feldblum making such a statement.

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October 16, 2009 2:39 pm ET

Anita Dunn's Hero is Mao Zedong

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October 06, 2009 3:03 pm ET

Chai Feldblum's Positions Disqualify Her For Equal Employment Opportunity Post

Some on the far right claim Chai Feldblum's policy positions disqualify her for a position on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Unable to attack Feldblum's sterling credentials, opponents of her nomination are turning to vague personal attacks, out-of-context quotations and irrelevant criticisms that in no way reflect her ability to protect American workers from unfair (and illegal) discrimination as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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October 02, 2009 3:35 pm ET

Kevin Jennings Praised A Member Of NAMBLA

The conservative smear machine, still attempting to damage progressives by drawing shady guilt-by-association connections, is trying to link Kevin Jennings, the head of the Department of Education's Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools, to the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).  It's no surprise that upon examining the facts, no such connection exists.

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September 30, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Kevin Jennings Will Encourage Your Child To Try Out Homosexuality

Right-wing and religious groups are targeting the new Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools, Kevin Jennings.  Their attacks have consisted of vicious and false statements meant to destroy Mr. Jennings' career.

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September 30, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Kevin Jennings (And The Obama Administration) Support Statutory Rape

Right-wing and religious groups are positing that Kevin Jennings, appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary at the Department of Education for the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, supported the statutory rape of a student during his time teaching at a boarding school in Massachusetts.

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September 29, 2009 12:12 pm ET

Patrick Gaspard Is "ACORN's Man In The White House"

The right wing is jubilant over a report stating that White House political affairs director Patrick Gaspard used to work for ACORN.  However, the report calling Gaspard a "longtime ACORN operative" is false: Gaspard never worked for ACORN.

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September 21, 2009 2:26 pm ET

Using The NEA, The Administration Urged Artists To Promote Legislative Agenda

Conservatives are accusing the National Endowment for the Arts of attempting to finance propaganda for the Obama administration.  In reality, the NEA and Serve.gov hosted a conference call to inform artistic leaders about opportunities to give back to their communities.

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September 17, 2009 12:01 pm ET

Cass Sunstein Wants To Allow Animals To Sue Humans

Conservatives have said that OIRA administrator Cass Sunstein believes animals should be able to sue humans.

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September 17, 2009 10:05 am ET

Carol Browner Destroyed EPA Computer Files

Conservatives have accused Carol Browner, Director of White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, of destroying government files.

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September 17, 2009 10:01 am ET

Carol Browner Is A Socialist

Carol Browner, Director of White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, is a Socialist who will implement her radical ideas that will violate freedoms.

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September 17, 2009 10:01 am ET

Mark Lloyd Wants To Reinstate The Fairness Doctrine

While conservatives in the media have called Lloyd a "neo-Nazi" who wants to shut down conservative media, he has explicitly rejected the premise of the Fairness Doctrine.  He simply wants to "expand media opportunities for women, people of color, small businesses, and those living in rural areas."

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September 17, 2009 10:01 am ET

Cass Sunstein Is Going To Ban Hunting

Glenn Beck has reported that Cass Sunstein wants to ban hunting because it is cruel to animals.

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September 17, 2009 10:01 am ET

Cass Sunstein Wants To Donate Your Organs

Conservative news sources have reported that Cass Sunstein would like to force Americans to donate their organs upon death.

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September 17, 2009 9:59 am ET

Cass Sunstein Will Allow The Government To Regulate Your Email And Internet Use

Glenn Beck and other conservative outlets have reported that Cass Sunstein will create a government board to monitor internet content and to ensure all emails sent are civil.

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September 17, 2009 9:59 am ET

John Holdren Favors "Forced Abortions, Mass Sterilization"

John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy has been accused of supporting "forced abortions" and "mass sterilization" in order to control the population.  The right-wing smear machine spreading these falsehoods relied on out-of-context descriptions, not endorsements, of existing views from a 30 year-old text book.

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September 17, 2009 9:58 am ET

John Holdren Believes An "Ecocatastrophe" Or "Thermonuclear War" Is Imminent

John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, has been accused of saying an "ecocatastrophe" is imminent.  The right-wing smear machine misrepresented a paper written by Dr. Holdren when he was 26 years old.  In reality, Dr. Holdren is within the scientific maintstream.

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September 17, 2009 9:57 am ET

John Holdren Called For "Zero Economic Growth"

John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, has been accused of calling for "zero economic growth." The right-wing smear machine spreading these falsehoods relied on out-of-context descriptions, not endorsements, of existing views from a 30 year-old text book.

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September 17, 2009 9:56 am ET

SEIU Thugs Roughed Up Anti-Reform Americans At Town Halls

Several conservative media outlets have reported that SEIU "thugs" caused violence at health care town halls during August 2009.

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