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During an appearance on the January 10, 2012, edition of CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich attempted to advance his claim that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. had forced Catholic Charities and other religious institutions to put an end to their adoption services. O’Brien attempted to correct Gingrich by pointing out that, in both cases, Catholic Charities were simply being asked to abide by non-discrimination laws in order to receive public funding. Gingrich rejected O’Brien’s explanation, but her analysis was exactly correct.
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From the September 12, 2011, CNN/Tea Party Republican primary debate:
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From the September 7, 2011, GOP Reagan presidential debate on MSNBC:
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From the September 6, 2011, episode of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News:
September 07, 2011 11:13 am ET filed under Blog
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From the August 11, 2011, GOP presidential primary debate in Iowa:
August 09, 2011 1:44 pm ET filed under Blog
June 02, 2011 9:02 am ET filed under Fact Check
Mitt Romney is attempting to establish himself as the Republican presidential candidate with the most credibility on job creation, but the former Massachusetts governor may have trouble defending his record. During Romney's tenure as governor, Massachusetts' job growth was bested by every state in the nation except three, including Hurricane Katrina-devastated Louisiana. As CEO of Bain Capital, Romney profited as five of the companies under his firm's direction went bankrupt, and thousands of workers lost their jobs. One particularly brutal round of firings came back to haunt Romney during his failed 1994 Senate campaign, when laid-off workers protested his candidacy.
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October 19, 2010 2:29 pm ET filed under Ad Check
American Action Network (AAN) is out with a new ad attacking Bill Keating (D-MA) for supporting a supposed job-killing tax hike on small businesses and the "health care overhaul" that cut seniors' Medicare benefits "by half a trillion dollars." Despite the ad's misleading claims, the impending tax increases are the result of legislation authored by Republicans, and leading Democrats favor extending the Bush tax cuts for 97 percent of Americans. Furthermore, the Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare without cutting seniors' benefits.
October 16, 2010 2:36 pm ET filed under Ad Check
It's official: debunking the NRCC's attack ad against Bill Keating is about as easy as picking low-hanging fruit. The ad makes the absurd accusation that Keating supported the stimulus plan that used American tax dollars to create jobs in China while voting to "raise his own paycheck 66 percent." However, Keating's vote to raise his paycheck — from $18,000 to $30,000 — occurred in 1982, over twenty-five years before the stimulus package took effect. What's more, renewable energy grants provided by the stimulus have created thousands of American jobs; the claim that they have created jobs in China stems from a distortion of an economic report.
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April 19, 2010 10:52 am ET filed under Fact Check
On Sunday's political talk shows, the economy was front and center -- along with plenty of false and misleading statements. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. John McCain claimed that taxes have gone up in the past year. On Face the Nation, Sen. Scott Brown claimed that no one has talked about job creation since he was sworn in -- right after he talked up the jobs bill he voted for way back in February. And Sen. Mitch McConnell used an appearance on State of the Union to reassert falsely that the financial reform bill will bail out Wall Street. Sen. Marsha Blackburn echoed that falsehood on Meet the Press.
March 30, 2010 11:20 am ET filed under Fact Check
In a Boston Globe op-ed published on March 30, 2010, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) repeated false Republican talking points attempting to smear the newly-adopted Affordable Care Act.
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February 05, 2010 11:59 am ET filed under Fact Check
At a press conference yesterday, newly minted Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) stated the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act "didn't create one new job." In reality, the Recovery act created up to 1.6 million jobs and kept 6 million Americans out of poverty, including an estimated 98,000 in Brown's home state of Massachusetts.