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This week's Sunday political talk shows saw a major focus on the debate over the payroll tax cut extension. On Face the Nation, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) attacked President Obama and "Newt Romney" — a name for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney she came up with during Saturday's debate — over the payroll tax cut, saying there's no evidence the cut helped create jobs. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the tax cut an 'emergency measure' and said it wouldn't be necessary if President Obama's "failed" policies hadn't resulted in a higher deficit and jobless rates. McConnell, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), also pushed for the Keystone Pipeline using discredited job creation numbers.
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On Sunday, Republicans struggled to deflect attention from Rep. Joe Barton's (R-TX) ridiculous apology to BP. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ludicrously suggested that President Obama has taken so much money from BP that he is more likely than the GOP to side with Big Oil — which has given Republicans $188 million since 1990. McConnell and Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) each claimed that Barton's comments are not the Republican position, but the 114-member Republican Study Committee has expressed similar concerns. Elsewhere, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) proved that she doesn't understand the basics of cap-and-trade by calling that system of economic incentives a "command-and-control type of system."
June 15, 2010 3:51 pm ET filed under Blog
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On Sunday, Carly Fiorina advanced her Senate campaign with a series of false Republican talking points about border security and her own background. Fiorina misrepresented her tenure at Hewlett-Packard, and lied about President Obama's funding for border security and the recently-departed head of the Minerals Management Service. House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence called the Obama administration's handling of the gulf oil disaster "slow." A timeline shows that claim is false. And since it wouldn't be Sunday without a Republican voice misrepresenting the Recovery Act, Rep. Pence pretended the package did not cut taxes (it did) and that it is not turning the economy around (it is).
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May 13, 2010 2:28 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On May 12, 2010, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) unveiled clean energy legislation that will create jobs, increase security, and put America on the path to energy independence. At a time marked by economic uncertainty and threats to our safety, the American Power Act provides the solutions we need.
April 22, 2010 10:49 am ET filed under Blog
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Promoting a new book, the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Chris Horner has written a series of blog posts on conservative websites. Each one cites a cap-and-trade cost estimate snatched from a Freedom of Information Act request. The documents recovered analyzed a policy not included in any clean energy bill proposed in Congress, rendering them meaningless. In fact, CEI's claims were widely debunked in September 2009.
April 19, 2010 2:12 pm ET filed under Fact Check
During the Tax Day protests in Washington, Dick Armey's FreedomWorks passed out misleading fliers lying to Tea Partiers about clean energy legislation. Despite FreedomWorks' false claims, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.
April 09, 2010 4:19 pm ET filed under Blog
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In an April 8, 2010 article in the New York Times, a spokesman for Valero Energy Corporation falsely claimed clean energy legislation would hurt consumers and kill jobs. In reality, investing in clean energy would boost America's economy by $111 billion and create up to 1.9 million jobs.
April 01, 2010 3:13 pm ET filed under Blog