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January 27, 2012 11:01 am ET filed under Blog

The 5.6 Million Reasons Behind GOP Senators' Letter To Obama

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December 21, 2011 4:39 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Duffy's Irresponsible Floor Speech On The Payroll Tax Holiday

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December 20, 2011 5:41 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Ron Johnson Forgets Bush Tax Cuts Were Supposed To Be Temporary

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December 20, 2011 2:19 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Fact-Checking PolitiFact On Its "Lie Of The Year"

Earlier in the year, Republicans in the House overwhelmingly voted on a budget proposal crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Ryan's radical piece of "right-wing social engineering," as Newt Gingrich once referred to it, aims to, among other things, convert both the Medicaid and food stamp program into block grants, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and end the single-payer health care system known as Medicare. Unfortunately, the fact checkers at PolitiFact have decided that this indisputable fact — that the Ryan budget ends what Americans have long understood as Medicare, and replaces it with a more expensive and inferior privatized health care system that will be Medicare in name alone — warranted their "Lie of the Year" designation. But PolitiFact is wrong. Republicans have voted to end what all Americans know as Medicare. As economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman writes of PolitiFact's decision, "they've bent over backwards to appear 'balanced.'"

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December 19, 2011 9:26 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 18, 2011

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December 19, 2011 9:24 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - December 18, 2011

This week on the Sunday political talk shows, topics of discussion ranged far and wide. On Fox News Sunday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney advocated for block granting Medicaid despite the harm that would do to those who rely on the program. On This Week, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) distorted the content of a CBO report on income inequality. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), appearing on Meet the Press, shared several false claims: that employers are concerned about "uncertainty," and that the Keystone pipeline would create 20,000 jobs. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), also on Meet the Press, did the same, falsely asserting that there's no evidence the payroll tax holiday created jobs and that Iran has threatened the U.S. and Israel with nuclear weapons.

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December 15, 2011 4:12 pm ET filed under Blog

Has Rep. Ryan Changed His Mind About The Affordable Care Act?

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December 12, 2011 12:11 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Republicans: Payroll Tax Holiday Isn't "Stimulating" Enough

A prominent group of Republican lawmakers are opposing Obama administration efforts to extend a payroll tax holiday — due to expire on December 31 — that would continue putting more money in the pockets of working Americans. Opponents lean heavily on the argument that the current payroll tax holiday has not had a sufficiently stimulative effect on the economy, but experts disagree, arguing that the holiday has helped bolster the recovering economy.

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December 08, 2011 3:06 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Lies In Email Urging People To Vote For Lie Of The Year

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December 08, 2011 11:30 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Sensenbrenner Invokes "Impeachment" Over Fast And Furious

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November 29, 2011 5:38 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Walker Can't Shrug Off Recall Effort

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November 18, 2011 2:56 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Blames Economic Woes On "Moral Relativism" And "People Just Having No Work Ethic"

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November 16, 2011 11:15 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan: GOP Compromised By Offering Plan To "Replace" The Bush Tax Cuts

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November 04, 2011 12:15 pm ET filed under Blog

Will Rep. Paul Ryan Denounce "Gimmick" In Jon Huntsman's Praise Of Ryan Budget?

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November 03, 2011 11:45 am ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Knows A Thing Or Two About 'Straw Men'

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November 03, 2011 11:38 am ET filed under Video

Rep. Ryan Accuses Obama Of "Preying On Resentment And Envy"

From a November 3, 2011, appearance by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on MSNBC's Morning Joe:

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November 01, 2011 11:15 am ET filed under Blog

On Right-Wing Radio, Rep. Paul Ryan Lurches Between Desperate, Contrary Talking Points

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October 28, 2011 3:59 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Has No Idea What He's Talking About

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October 28, 2011 1:15 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Ryan: I Know You Are, But What Am I?

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October 27, 2011 12:30 pm ET filed under Blog

Poll: Almost 70 Percent Of Millionaires Support Higher Taxes On Millionaires

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October 26, 2011 12:47 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Paul Ryan Blasts Obama's "Class Warfare" And "Intellectually Lazy Arguments"

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October 25, 2011 4:50 pm ET filed under Blog

Romney's Convenient 'No Comment'

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October 24, 2011 2:42 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Ryan Is Confused About Who Wants "Painful Austerity, The Kind You See In Europe"

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October 11, 2011 10:43 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 9, 2011

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October 11, 2011 10:31 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 9, 2011

Sunday's political talk shows were chock full of the misinformation that we've come to expect from conservatives. On CBS' Face The Nation, presidential hopeful Herman Cain told viewers that his 9-9-9 economic plan was revenue neutral and disputed the charge that it is regressive. However, his plan would cut taxes for the very wealthy and "disproportionately tax lower and middle income earners." Cain also appeared on CNN's State of the Union, where he claimed that 50 percent of taxpayers account for just 3 percent of all taxes. On NBC's Meet the Press, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) claimed that businesses are not hiring because of regulatory uncertainty. That is not supported by the facts, however: Economists and business owners point to weak consumer demand, not uncertainty. And finally, Rick Santorum, another presidential contender, continued his homophobic ways by telling Fox News host Chris Wallace that being gay is a choice.

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October 06, 2011 11:47 am ET filed under Blog

Gov. Walker: Wall Street Greed Has Nothing To Do With "Real Issues"

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October 03, 2011 2:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Top Republicans Line Up To Support Right-Wing Sen. Ron Johnson's Leadership Bid

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September 26, 2011 11:50 am ET filed under Video

Gov. Walker Claims Pensions, Health Care Benefits Were "The Only Changes We Made" For Public Workers

From the September 26, 2011, edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe:

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September 20, 2011 2:03 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Ryan Hypocritically Accuses Obama Of "Nullifying The Notion That There Is An Alternative Path For America"

From the September 20, 2011, edition of The Laura Ingraham Show:

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September 20, 2011 2:02 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Ryan Decries Iraq, Afghanistan Savings He Himself Has Touted As "War Gimmick"

From the September 20, 2011, edition of The Laura Ingraham Show:

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