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October 31, 2011 10:49 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 30, 2011

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October 25, 2011 1:30 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Pushes The NRA's U.N. Treaty Conspiracy

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October 24, 2011 9:46 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 23, 2011

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October 24, 2011 9:40 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 23, 2011

This week's Sunday political talk shows focused primarily on national security, with the shows' Republican guests universally condemning the administration's announcement late last week that the remaining American troops would withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011. In the process of trashing President Obama's record on foreign policy on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) found time to suggest that trying terrorist suspects in civilian courts was unprecedented and dangerous, even though the Bush administration successfully prosecuted a number of prominent terrorists in federal courts, which tend to hand down stricter sentences than military commissions. Later on the same show, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) misrepresented President Ronald Reagan's legacy when she explained that her economic policy proposal "takes a page out of Ronald Reagan's blueprint," which she claimed created an "economic miracle" in the 1980s. On State of the Union, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) focused on economic falsehoods, attacking proposals to tax income over $1 million by inflating the number of small businesses affected and suggesting falsely that the American people don't support such a plan. He continued misinforming the audience, suggesting their biggest concern is over-reguation despite strong evidence that lack of demand is a much more pressing issue.

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October 12, 2011 9:20 am ET filed under Blog

GOP Debate Features Right-Wing Economic Illiteracy

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October 06, 2011 2:01 pm ET filed under Fact Check

The House GOP's Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

In September, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, initiated an investigation of Planned Parenthood's financial records looking for misappropriated federal funds and requesting paperwork going back over 13 years. This Republican vendetta against Planned Parenthood is part of a larger fight in which Republicans are trying to prevent women from being in control of their reproductive health. To that end, House Republicans introduced a multitude of bills and amendments since January that would chip away at women's reproductive rights by eliminating Title X funding, defunding Planned Parenthood, imposing harsh restrictions on funding for abortions, replacing sexual education programs with abstinence-only programs, redefining rape to limit abortion exceptions, reinstating the global gag rule, supporting crisis pregnancy centers and imposing harsher parental notification laws.

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September 29, 2011 11:31 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Doesn't Want The Supreme Court To Do Its Constitutional Duty

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September 22, 2011 9:35 pm ET filed under Video

Bachmann Demands "Private Solutions That Are Permanent In The Private Sector"

From the September 22, 2011, GOP Presidential Fox News/Google debate:

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September 22, 2011 2:52 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Senators Falsely Claim Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion Is "Crushing" States

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September 16, 2011 1:37 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Labels Mandatory Vaccinations "Perrycare"

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September 12, 2011 9:41 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Bachmann Invents Unilateral Obama Order Mandating Free 'Morning After Abortion Pills'

From the September 12, 2011, CNN/Tea Party Republican primary debate:

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September 12, 2011 9:17 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Bachmann Repeats "Blank Check" Debt Ceiling Foolishness

From the September 12, 2011, CNN/Tea Party Republican primary debate:

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September 12, 2011 8:32 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Bachmann: "Obama Stole Over $500 Billion Out Of Medicare To Switch It Over To Obamacare"

From the September 12, 2011, CNN/Tea Party Republican primary debate:

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September 12, 2011 10:07 am ET filed under Blog

Meet The Woman Rep. Bachmann 'Hopes To Be Someday'

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September 12, 2011 9:53 am ET filed under Fact Check

Meet The Woman Rep. Bachmann 'Hopes To Be Someday'

GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) recently praised anti-feminist crusader Phyllis Schlafly as her "lifeline to what was happening in the world" when she was "a young bride and a young mother." Calling the woman who says paper diapers did more for women than feminism "the mother of the modern conservative movement," Bachmann insisted Schlafly is "there on every issue, on every front." Schlafly's major claim to fame is her role in defeating the Equal Rights Amendment; today she warns against encroaching socialism as a result of President Obama's policies. A closer look at the woman Bachmann calls "my dear mentor and the person that I hope to be some day" reveals the type of president Bachmann intends to be.

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September 07, 2011 9:49 pm ET filed under Video

Bachmann Repeats Indefensibly False "Indefensible 1967 Borders" Line

From the September 7, 2011, GOP Reagan presidential debate on MSNBC:

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September 07, 2011 8:59 pm ET filed under Video

Bachmann Still Thinks Gas Prices Are President Obama's Fault

From the September 7, 2011, GOP Reagan presidential debate on MSNBC:

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September 06, 2011 10:15 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 4, 2011

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September 06, 2011 9:59 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - September 4, 2011

The Labor Day editions of the Sunday political shows featured a would-be president lying about energy policy and a so-called "Tea Party kingmaker" lying about safety net programs. On CBS, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) defended her promise that as president she would bring gas prices below $2 per gallon by claiming that President Obama has put American energy resources "off limits." Actual energy experts have said repeatedly that government policies aren't behind rising gas prices, which were "inevitable" in light of the artificially low prices brought about by the economic collapse. And the statistics don't back up Bachmann's accusations about Obama's policies. Meanwhile, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) told ABC viewers that Social Security is bankrupt (even though it isn't) and claimed on CNN that unemployment benefits don't create jobs (even though they do).

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August 29, 2011 10:05 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Suggests Natural Disasters Are Divine Call To Reduce Spending

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August 15, 2011 10:27 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 14, 2011

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August 12, 2011 4:13 pm ET filed under Blog

Despite Director's Criticism Of GOP Rhetoric, Bachmann Thinks S&P "Proved Me Right"

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August 11, 2011 10:06 pm ET filed under Video

Pawlenty: "I Balanced The Budget Every Time In Minnesota That I Was Governor"

From the August 11, 2011, GOP presidential primary debate in Iowa:

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August 11, 2011 9:27 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Bachmann: "I Was Right" About The Debt Ceiling

From the August 11, 2011, GOP presidential primary debate in Iowa:

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

Rep. Bachmann's Best Defense For Stimulus Hypocrisy Is Her Incompetence

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August 09, 2011 10:50 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann's Downgrade Solution: "Tell The Markets That There Will Be No Default"

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August 08, 2011 1:45 pm ET filed under Blog

After Campaigning For Default, Rep. Bachmann Pounces On Downgrade

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August 05, 2011 4:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann Accidentally Proves Sen. Kerry's Point About Responsible Journalism

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August 04, 2011 1:30 pm ET filed under Blog

Pawlenty Doubles Down On Economic Illiteracy

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August 01, 2011 4:27 pm ET filed under Blog

Bachmann Campaign Manager Jokes That Rick Perry "Ought To Stay In Texas"

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