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August 19, 2011 1:01 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Brewer: Obama Plan Could Be "Backdoor Amnesty" For "Millions"

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August 10, 2011 3:03 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Super Committee Appointees Don't Understand What Caused The Debt

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August 08, 2011 10:01 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 7, 2011

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August 08, 2011 9:46 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 7, 2011

The highlight of yesterday's Sunday political talk shows was Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) deceptive performance on Fox. Ryan misled on a range of topics, from the causes of the S&P downgrade of U.S. debt, to the drivers of that debt, to President Obama's policy positions, to the reasons businesses aren't expanding today, with plenty of stops in between. By comparison, Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) dishonesty about Afghanistan and Social Security, Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) bogus economic statistics, and Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-AL) deceit on deficits under President Bush and Democrats' willingness to cut spending were barely even blips on the radar.

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August 02, 2011 12:05 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Franks Responds To Balanced Budget Amendment Question With Allusions To Nazis

From the August 1, 2011, session of the U.S. House of Representatives:

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August 02, 2011 11:45 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Franks Responds To Balanced Budget Amendment Question With Allusions To Nazis

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July 29, 2011 5:20 pm ET filed under Video

Remember When Republicans Were Worried About Uncertainty?

As Republicans risk massive uncertainty for small businesses by playing chicken with the debt ceiling, Political Correction takes a look back at GOP leaders from the House and Senate bemoaning the risk of uncertainty for job creators in order to push the extension of the Bush tax cuts.

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July 25, 2011 2:11 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Kyl Goes From Poll Doubter To Public Opinion Expert In Just Seven Days

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July 25, 2011 10:20 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 24, 2011

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July 25, 2011 10:12 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 24, 2011

This week's Sunday shows were largely about the struggle to reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling. On Fox News Sunday, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) blamed Obama's policies for "out of control" spending without noting that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the recession, and the Bush tax cuts are the primary drivers of debt and deficits. He also touted the deeply problematic balanced budget amendment. On CNN, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) claimed that the House-passed GOP budget eliminated all corporate loopholes when it really secures tax breaks for big oil, all while necessitating a middle-class tax hike. Price also minimized the very serious effects of the checks that won't get paid out if the debt limit isn't raised by August 2nd. Later, Tim Pawlenty falsely claimed that President Obama is responsible for tripling deficits within his term. On Face the Nation, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) wrongly said that spending alone is the problem driving deficits. Finally, on Meet the Press, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) justified the GOP's efforts to obstruct debt ceiling negotiations by distorting credit rating agencies' warnings, and then blamed Democrats for the GOP-driven politicization of a Federal Aviation Administration funding bill.

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July 19, 2011 10:45 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Franks Uses Fallen Soldiers To Argue For Republican Policy

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July 18, 2011 10:38 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 17, 2011

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July 18, 2011 10:21 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 17, 2011

The looming default crisis dominated the Sunday talk shows, which meant Republicans were busy misrepresenting their own proposals, the polling about their proposals, and the policies that put us in this mess to begin with. On NBC, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) claimed the GOP's balanced budget amendment scheme is the only way to satisfy credit raters about U.S. creditworthiness, which is simply not true. On ABC, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) pretended that polling supports the GOP's anti-tax zealotry despite at least 21 polls this year that show broad opposition to their ideological stance. On Fox, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) falsely claimed the GOP's scheme doesn't require even steeper cuts to the safety net than the House 2012 budget and unfairly laid the blame for our debt entirely at President Obama's feet, and Herman Cain lied about who pays top-end income tax rates. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani misrepresented recent economic history and exaggerated his own budget accomplishments in New York City, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) misled viewers about Social Security.

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July 05, 2011 9:36 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 3, 2011

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July 05, 2011 9:35 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 3, 2011

The pre-Fourth of July Sunday shows featured a lot of talk about America's involvement overseas, particularly in Afghanistan and Libya, but the GOP lawmakers found time to squeeze in some tired misinformation about the economy as well as a few new falsehoods. On CNN's State of the Union, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claimed that the American people "don't want compromise" on the budget and debt ceiling, but polling shows Americans are amenable to combinations of tax increases and spending cuts. He also minimized the dangers of a default, even though economists and the financial sector warn that even a short default could prove economically catastrophic. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) spent much of his airtime bashing President Obama, claiming that the president ignored his own bipartisan fiscal commission's report in his State of the Union address and that Obama hasn't put forward a debt reduction plan of his own. Both of these are false. In addition, Cornyn blamed "the president and his party" for the unemployment rate even though the Recovery Act has helped slowly begin to turn the unemployment picture around from a place where it was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs each month.

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June 28, 2011 1:42 pm ET filed under Blog

Republicans Quit Debt Negotiations Because 5:1 Cuts-To-Taxes Ratio Wasn't Good Enough

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June 27, 2011 11:12 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 26, 2011

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June 27, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 26, 2011

The last Sunday of June saw GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) dominate the airwaves, making the rounds on Fox News Sunday and Face the Nation. On both, Bachmann repeated lies about health care reform's effect on jobs and Medicare, sentiments echoed by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on This Week. Bachmann and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) falsely stated that even if the debt ceiling weren't raised, the country would not go into default, something most economists disagree with. On Face The Nation Bachmann falsely called the stimulus a failure and continued to baselessly blame President Obama for high gas prices. Lastly, Sen.  Jon Kyl (R-AZ), fresh off his departure from the debt ceiling talks, was on Fox News Sunday to falsely claim that tax increases would hurt the economy, a claim that the previous decade proves false.

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June 23, 2011 1:27 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Kyl, Rep. Cantor Take Their Ball And Go Home

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June 21, 2011 9:56 am ET filed under Video

Sen. McCain Excuses His Comments Linking Illegal Immigrants To Fires

From the June 21, 2011, edition of NBC's Today:

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June 20, 2011 6:33 pm ET filed under Blog

McCain Scrambles To Defend Comments Linking Illegal Immigrants To AZ Fires

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May 31, 2011 12:21 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. McCain Suggests Muslims Are "Not Exactly Who We Would Like" Fighting Gaddafi

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May 27, 2011 3:16 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. McCain's Judicial Filibuster Flip-Flop

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May 17, 2011 4:31 pm ET filed under Blog

Santorum: Sen. McCain "Doesn't Understand How Enhanced Interrogation Works"

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May 16, 2011 10:49 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 15, 2011

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May 16, 2011 10:39 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 15, 2011

The Sunday political talk shows were full of conservatives spouting misinformation about everything from energy policy and taxes to the debt and recent economic history. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) falsely claimed the economy isn't creating jobs, despite 2.1 million new private-sector jobs added over 14 straight months of growth. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) misled on Social Security, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) claimed the Bush tax cuts haven't hurt the national debt picture, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) exaggerated the spending cuts in the House GOP budget, which total a mere $155 billion after you factor in the deep tax cuts the plan offers to the wealthiest. Each of those three claimed that ending tax subsidies for oil companies would increase gas prices, but it won't — and Kyl had to blatantly misrepresent a Congressional Research Service report to support his claim. And in a statement that sums up GOP insincerity on a negotiated debt-reduction agreement, Ryan rewrote the last decade of Republican policy by claiming that "the whole reason we're running into this debt limit so soon is because of the spending spree that has occurred over the last two years."

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May 12, 2011 11:10 am ET filed under Blog

Sen. McCain: Torture Did Not Lead Us To Bin Laden, And It Undermines Our National Character

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May 04, 2011 4:30 pm ET filed under Blog

America's Worst Sheriff: Arpaio Faces New Corruption Scandal

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May 04, 2011 3:00 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Roe Ignores Rationing By Private Insurance Companies, Complains About Fertility Coverage

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April 19, 2011 11:14 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Steve King, GOP Fill Immigration Hall Of Shame

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