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April 18, 2011 9:45 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 17, 2011

On Sunday morning, first-year Tea Party Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) almost managed to upstage her party's budget chairman by wrongly insisting on ABC that the GOP's "Path to Prosperity" budget is not a voucher program, works just like the insurance benefits for members of Congress, and would be sufficient to cover the cost of medical care for seniors. But Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) still offered the biggest whopper of the morning, claiming on CBS that the GOP budget doesn't cut taxes for the rich. None of these claims is true. The Republican plan slashes income taxes for the wealthy to Herbert Hoover levels while eliminating the capital gains tax. For the non-rich, the plan would end Medicare as we know it, leaving the typical 65-year-old with over $20,000 in annual medical costs by the year 2030. Meanwhile, freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) claimed President Obama hasn't helped grow the economy, which is demonstrably false, and Walsh joined Rep. Allen West (R-FL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in calling for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that would in fact cripple Congress' ability to control spending and address recessions.

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April 11, 2011 12:05 pm ET filed under Blog

Despite GOP Claims, Deficit Is A Revenue Problem

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April 01, 2011 11:53 am ET filed under Blog

Tea Party Freshman Flip-Flops On Government Shutdown

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March 23, 2011 4:45 pm ET filed under Video

Rep. Biggert Doesn't Know Whether She Voted For Big Oil Subsidies

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March 17, 2011 3:09 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Rep. Brags About Foreign Aid Cuts That Could Undermine U.S. Mission Abroad

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March 11, 2011 9:20 am ET filed under Blog

House Republicans Can't Answer Foreclosure Questions

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March 01, 2011 12:06 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Kirk Smears "Discredited" Economist He Touted In 2010 Election

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January 12, 2011 2:31 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Kirk Encourages Politicians To "Be More Civil"

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December 09, 2010 4:53 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. Kirk Filibusters 9/11 Health Care Bill After Supporting It In The House

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December 02, 2010 3:20 pm ET filed under Fact Check

In Tax Debate, GOP Puts Words In Orszag's Mouth

As debate raged on the House floor over a Democratic proposal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class, Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Peter Roskam (R-IL) rushed to emphasize that even some Democrats think allowing tax rates to increase for the wealthy is economic disaster. In their efforts, both congressmen claimed that former Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag wrote in an op-ed that it's "no time to raise taxes on anybody." In fact, in his op-ed Orszag said that "ideally" only middle-class tax cuts would be extended. He did acknowledge that the current political climate could necessitate a compromise, but still emphasized that it was "key" to avoid making tax cuts for the wealthy permanent.

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October 29, 2010 3:51 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Mark Kirk Blames His Vote For Cap-And-Trade On His Own "Ignorance"

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October 20, 2010 4:11 pm ET filed under Blog

Nearly Half Of Crossroads' 22,000 Ads Target — And Lie About — Health Care Reform

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October 18, 2010 10:15 am ET filed under Blog

Mark Kirk, Tea Partier? Flipping The GOP's "Voted With Pelosi" Attack

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October 14, 2010 5:12 pm ET filed under Blog

Mark Kirk's Closing Argument: I Will Work With Democrats

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October 12, 2010 9:30 am ET filed under Blog

Vast Majority Of Chamber's 27,000 Ads This Year Focus On Health Care Reform

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October 11, 2010 12:10 pm ET filed under Blog

Where Are The Jobs? Don't Ask Mark Kirk

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October 11, 2010 10:34 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 10, 2010

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October 11, 2010 9:54 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 10, 2010

Yesterday on Meet the Press, Illinois senate candidates Mark Kirk (R) and Alexi Giannoulias (D) debated economic policy and traded personal barbs. At one point Kirk described himself as "a fiscal hawk" who "foreswore earmarks," but the truth isn't so pretty: Kirk requested over $200 million in earmarks in from 2007 to 2008, including millions for organizations that donated to his campaign. Later, Kirk argued that the Recovery Act "largely failed," and implied that small businesses weren't helped by the bill. In fact, the Recovery Act's mixture of tax relief for businesses and investments in industry and infrastructure helped us avoid another Great Depression and turned the economy around. Meanwhile, on Face the Nation, former RNC chair Ed Gillespie misled CBS viewers about the balance of political power in the world of soft-money electioneering groups. In reality, 2008 saw conservative and liberal groups each spend about $200 million — far from Gillespie's imagined gap between the parties. Then, Gillespie proved he just isn't good at math when he exaggerated the value of stimulus payments to dead people by 200,000%.

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September 24, 2010 3:24 pm ET filed under Blog

Tax Debate Undercuts GOP Warnings About "Lame Duck"

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September 16, 2010 12:14 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Mark Kirk's Latest Whopper Underscores GOP Dishonesty On Taxes

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August 05, 2010 11:11 am ET filed under Blog

Mark Kirk Takes Full Credit For GOP Opposition To Recovery Act

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July 26, 2010 4:46 pm ET filed under Blog

Illinois Republican Clings To Breitbart, Invokes Apartheid Martyr

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July 09, 2010 3:13 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Mark Kirk "Smears" Opponent Over Alleged BP Ties

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June 29, 2010 5:43 pm ET filed under Blog

Rand Paul: Latest GOP Candidate To Trade Courage For Cowardice

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June 10, 2010 10:40 am ET filed under Blog

DOD: Rep. Kirk Campaigned While On Active Duty

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June 07, 2010 10:25 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - June 6, 2010

Sunday on ABC's This Week, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn defended his candidate for Barack Obama's former Senate seat and argued in favor of Israel's blockade of Gaza. Sen. Cornyn glossed over Senate candidate Mark Kirk's history of exaggerating his Navy career, calling it a "misunderstanding." According to the Texas Republican, Israel would have allowed humanitarian goods into Gaza after inspecting the relief flotilla -- but in reality, Israel is barring a wide variety of humanitarian items from entering Gaza. Meanwhile, on Fox News Sunday, Mississippi governor Haley Barbour complained about media coverage of the Gulf oil disaster and downplayed its severity.

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June 01, 2010 6:19 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Mark Kirk Has A Record Of Distorting His Military Service

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June 01, 2010 5:56 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Rep. Mark Kirk Has A Long Record Of Distorting His Military Service

Rep. Mark Kirk has been less than honest about his military background.  Kirk, who is in a tight race against Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, has claimed that he was recognized as the "Intelligence Officer of the Year," that he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and that he was deployed to Afghanistan.  More recently, he's claimed that he commanded a war room in the Pentagon.  The facts, however, do not support Kirk's narrative.  Despite compelling evidence, Kirk refuses to apologize and insists that inaccuracies (which he's told for years) are simple misunderstandings.

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March 10, 2010 4:12 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Senate Republicans Twist Sen. Durbin's Remarks On Health Care Premiums

On March 10, 2010, the Senate Republican Conference published a blog post twisting remarks by Sen. Dick Durbin to make it appear as if he was contradicting President Obama's statement two days earlier.  While Durbin said "next year's" premiums would increase slightly after the bill is enacted, he stressed that they would increase more rapidly without reform. The president, on the other hand, discussed the long-term impact of the bill.

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March 10, 2010 2:13 pm ET filed under Blog

GOP Manufactures Controversy Over Pelosi Health Care Comment

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