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May 18, 2011 11:16 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Lamar Smith Defends GOP Immigration Record With Tired Rhetoric, Failed Policies

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May 10, 2011 1:16 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Lamar Smith Pre-Empts Obama Immigration Address With DREAM Act Attack

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May 04, 2011 11:18 am ET filed under Blog

Which Corporate Donor Will Judiciary Committee Republicans Back At Net Neutrality Hearing?

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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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April 05, 2011 10:31 am ET filed under Blog

"Ill-Advised" GOP Bill Would Require Interagency Conference Call Prior To Terrorist Interrogations

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March 30, 2011 10:44 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Lamar Smith Not Deterred By Report Rebutting His New Black Panthers Fantasy

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March 22, 2011 1:06 pm ET filed under Blog

AT&T And T-Mobile PACs Gave Big Bucks To GOP Committee Chairs Overseeing Merger

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January 26, 2011 12:06 pm ET filed under Blog

Despite Right-Wing Freakout, Civilian Court Sentences Terrorist To Life In Prison

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January 25, 2011 1:21 pm ET filed under Fact Check

"A Toxic Anti-Hispanic Environment": Rep. Lamar Smith's Immigration Record

As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has jurisdiction over immigration policy, and Smith has threatened aggressive hearings and investigations into the Obama administration's execution of immigration laws. In November, a prominent Hispanic Republican organization urged the Republican leadership not to give Smith this position, warning that he would create a "toxic anti-Hispanic environment" based on his past history of "extreme positions" and "inflammatory" rhetoric. Indeed, Smith has said that Presidents Obama and Bush were "close to a violation of the oath of office" due to their immigration policies; called for the abolition of birthright citizenship; used the derogatory term "anchor baby"; and employed a series of falsehoods to attack illegal immigrants.

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January 21, 2011 12:03 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Lamar Smith's Problem Is With Immigrants — Illegal Or Not

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January 20, 2011 3:12 pm ET filed under Blog

Meet Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith

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January 20, 2011 2:57 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Lamar Smith's War Against "The Greatest Threat To America," "Liberal Media Bias"

Rep. Lamar Smith, (R-TX) the new chairman of the House judiciary committee, has stated that "the greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession or even another terrorist attack," but is in fact "a liberal media bias." Smith has devoted substantial effort to fighting this purported problem, forming the Media Fairness Caucus, regularly addressing supposed media bias on the House floor, and publishing on his House website a newsletter of alleged instances of "one-sided reporting." Smith's hatred of liberal media has led him to praise Fox News, use materials from the conservative Media Research Center, and even write columns for Accuracy in Media, a right-wing media watchdog group that has urged reporters to demand that President Obama release his birth certificate.

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January 20, 2011 2:46 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Lamar Smith Poised To Send House Judiciary Committee On Wild Goose Chase

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has expressed frustration for months over being unable to convince the House judiciary committee to investigate President Obama on a number of accusations of wrongdoing that have been propagated by Fox News and the right-wing media. Smith is no longer in the minority and has been appointed the committee's chairman. Having obtained the power to issue subpoenas and oversight letters, Chairman Smith has the opportunity to cash in on his scandal wish list. Unfortunately for Smith, the right-wing witch hunts he has suggested he will pursue are largely fabricated pseudo-scandals.

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January 20, 2011 2:27 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Lamar Smith's Situational Ethics

Despite Rep. Lamar Smith's experience on the House ethics committee and his strong rhetoric on morality, the new chairman's actual ethical convictions seem to fall along personal or partisan lines. Smith has contributed time, money, and votes in the support of fellow Republicans who were fighting ethics accusations, including former leaders Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich. While Smith suggested the alleged perjury of a fellow Republican was not "real wrongdoing," he condemned and voted to impeach President Clinton for the same charge.

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July 30, 2010 4:09 pm ET filed under Video

The Outrageous, Irrelevant Reasons The GOP Blocked Free Health Care For 9/11 Responders

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July 30, 2010 2:49 pm ET filed under Blog

WATCH The Outrageous, Irrelevant Reasons The GOP Blocked Free Health Care For 9/11 Responders

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May 13, 2010 6:03 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Lamar Smith Says "DREAM Act Is A Nightmare"

In an op-ed in The Hill, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) attempted to mislead readers about the DREAM Act.  While Smith tries to paint the legislation as a new kind of amnesty, in reality the DREAM Act allows the children of immigrants to earn legal residency if they have not been arrested and are attending college or are enlisted in the armed services.

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January 22, 2010 2:57 pm ET filed under Fact Check

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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October 09, 2009 4:46 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Lamar Smith On Nobel: "The World Is Actually A More Dangerous Place" Since Obama Took Office

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June 04, 2009 8:54 am ET filed under Blog

House Republicans Forming "Media Fairness Caucus"

The GOP has been getting a lot of bad press recently, but Republicans in Congress are convinced that it's not because of their obstruction or lack of ideas.  Rather, they say, it's all the media's fault.

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May 11, 2009 7:28 pm ET filed under Blog

Hate Crimes: The Same Three Arguments They Always Make, And The One Thing They Never Say

A particularly contentious bill has passed the House and makes its way towards the Senate, gathering steam and vitriol from conservatives as it goes: the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, known among laymen as Hate Crimes, or "The Matthew Shepard Bill."  For a bill so simple, so straightforward, and so carefully worded, it generates a truly astonishing amount of crazed opposition - and a lot of repetition.  Below are the same three unsupportable arguments conservatives always make against the Hate Crimes bill - and the one thing they never talk about.

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May 05, 2009 5:51 pm ET filed under Fact Check

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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