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November 09, 2011 9:42 am ET filed under Blog

Gov. Barbour Explains Why Failed "Personhood" Initiative He Supported Was A Bad Idea

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November 08, 2011 12:04 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Barbour And American Crossroads Rewrite Economic History

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November 04, 2011 5:01 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Barbour Votes For Personhood Bill He Admits Is Problematic

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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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June 06, 2011 10:34 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 5, 2011

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June 06, 2011 10:09 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 5, 2011

The first Sunday in June saw potential GOP presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) dominating the misinformation in the Sunday talk shows. On Fox News Sunday, Palin distorted the truth about the economic recovery, blasting the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing efforts as ineffective and claiming that we've "hit a brick wall," when in fact economists agree that rounds of bond-buying easing helped stabilize the economy and that May's jobs numbers are merely a road bump. She also lied about the source of April's positive job-creation numbers, left out some key information about the U.S.'s corporate tax rate, and distorted Moody's warning about raising the debt ceiling. Palin and Barbour both had lots to say about the Republican budget proposal — all of it false. They both suggested that no one but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has offered a viable plan to save Medicare, even though the Democrats have discussed building on reforms in the health care law in order to contain costs and save the program. Palin claimed the GOP plan will "save" Medicare (but it won't) and that it doesn't affect current seniors (but it does). Barbour repeated the old falsehood that the GOP plan will give seniors options just like those of Congress (which it won't). He also attacked the Obama administration with claims that it has helped Wall Street at the expense of Main Street; that President Obama is responsible for high gas prices; and that health care reform discourages job creation. The facts do not support those claims either.

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June 02, 2011 3:45 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Issa Crops Out The Truth To Advance A Partisan Sound Bite

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June 02, 2011 1:57 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Issa Suggests Obama Used BP Oil Spill To Punish "Right-To-Work" South

During an Oversight Committee hearing on the Obama adminstration's response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, Rep. Issa (R-CA) posited his latest hyperbolic conspiracy theory. This time, he implies that the Obama administration used the BP oil disaster to punish southern states for anti-labor policies.

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March 29, 2011 2:48 pm ET filed under Blog

Potential GOP Candidates Cozy Up To Unapologetic Bigot Bryan Fischer

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March 25, 2011 3:29 pm ET filed under Blog

The Lies They Love To Tell: Republicans On The Affordable Care Act

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March 02, 2011 4:10 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Governors Complain About Lack Of Flexibility In The Affordable Care Act But Offer No New Plans

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February 28, 2011 4:49 pm ET filed under Fact Check

GOP Governors Seek Medicaid Block Grants That Would Destroy Jobs, Undermine Health Care Reform

Coming out of the National Governors Association meeting this weekend, several Republican governors have a new talking point — they want federal block grants to fund Medicaid. Governors like Rick Scott (R-FL), Scott Walker (R-WI) and Haley Barbour (R-MS) are touting block grants — capped allotments of money — as the solution to the lack of flexibility in their state Medicaid programs. However, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows that the increased flexibility would come with financial risks and costs to the states, as well as cuts to Medicaid eligibility and benefits. Additionally, providing states with block grants for Medicaid would fundamentally change how the program is funded and would ultimately undermine the Affordable Care Act.

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February 28, 2011 10:25 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011 10:12 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 27, 2011

This week's Sunday political chatter was focused on two very, very different places: Wisconsin and Libya. Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) defended his union-busting efforts on Meet the Press by arguing that union contract agreements in recent weeks prove public workers aren't being honest when they say they'll accept his pension and health insurance demands, but that's disingenuous; the agreements he referenced had been in the works long before his power grab. Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) joined Walker in suggesting that collective bargaining is to blame for state budget troubles, but the facts don't bear that out. Meanwhile on Fox News Sunday, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) asserted that public employees are overpaid (before absurdly claiming that the Bush tax cuts worked) and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) told ABC viewers that Walker is simply fulfilling a campaign promise.  None of these claims is true. On other topics, Mike Huckabee (R-AR) lied about the national debt on Fox News and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) falsely asserted that President Obama never showed support for Iranian protesters in the summer of 2009.

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February 16, 2011 3:39 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Barbour's Sudden Discomfort With 'Denouncing' People

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February 15, 2011 1:58 pm ET filed under Fact Check

A Comprehensive Fact Check Of Gov. Barbour's Comprehensive CPAC Falsehoods

As the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference got underway, potential 2012 presidential candidate Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) took to the microphone to deliver a rambling half-hour-long speech crammed with tired talking points copy-and-pasted from the prior speeches of more prominent Republicans.

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December 20, 2010 12:14 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Barbour On Segregated South: It Wasn't "That Bad"

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November 02, 2010 5:22 pm ET filed under Video

Haley Barbour Lukewarm On Michael Steele

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September 01, 2010 5:28 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Barbour Implicitly Criticizes GOP's Tough Talk On Immigration

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September 01, 2010 12:44 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Barbour Rewrites History: Republican Rise In The South Had Nothing To Do With Race

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August 30, 2010 10:02 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 29, 2010

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August 30, 2010 9:59 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 29, 2010

Sunday on Face The Nation, Republican Senate hopeful Joe Miller (AK) stoked fears about Social Security's finances and Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) wrapped his sugary drawl around a variety of sour attacks on Democrats' economic policies. Miller claimed "the trust fund is empty," but in reality Social Security holds assets of $2.5 trillion and is solvent through the Baby Boomers' golden years. Later, Gov. Barbour dissembled about the cost-cutting Affordable Care Act — the bill actually reigns in health care spending while expanding coverage dramatically and cutting the deficit — and suggested Democrats aren't creating jobs despite the expert consensus that the Recovery Act and other measures saved millions of jobs and turned the economy around.

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April 07, 2010 5:04 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Gov. Barbour Repeats "16,000 IRS Agents" Lie

In recent weeks, conservatives have spread the false claim that the federal government will hire "16,000 new IRS agents" -- or a "health gestapo" -- to enforce the Affordable Care Act.  Today on Fox News, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour became the latest Republican official to repeat this blatant lie, which has been thoroughly refuted by independent fact checkers.

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November 19, 2009 6:00 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Barbour Refuses To Call Palin "Qualified" To Be President

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