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Kirsten Gillibrand: "Today, about 40 percent of guns are purchased without a background check."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On January - 30 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Kirsten Gillibrand says 40 percent of guns sold today escape background check

Gun control advocates are lining up behind President Barack Obama’s call for a law requiring universal background checks on gun purchases. "The background checks bill is vitally important," New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said in an interview on MSNBC Jan. 24, 2013. It’s "going to basically say you can’t buy guns without getting a background check. Today, about 40 percent of guns are purchased without a background check." If the figure sounds familiar, it’s because gun control advocates are citing it with abandon. Obama mentioned it in the White House ceremony outlining ...

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Americans for a Strong Defense: Says Chuck Hagel has called for "an end to our nuclear program."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On January - 30 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Chuck Hagel has called for 'an end to our nuclear program,' says Americans for a Strong Defense

The United States faces terrifying threats from foreign countries, but Chuck Hagel, the nominee for defense secretary, wants to close up our nuclear shop, says Americans for a Strong Defense, a group formed to oppose Hagel’s nomination. "We live in a dangerous world," says the narrator in an ad that ran shortly before the Jan. 31 hearings were set to begin. "Iran. North Korea. Even Russia." Ominous news coverage mentions "brand new threats from Iran aimed squarely at the United States," North Korea launching a "long-range missile" and Russia "test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile." ...

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The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Dianne Feinstein says one of five law enforcement officers killed are killed by assault weapons

Almost six weeks after the gun rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., took the lead in proposing a new assault weapons ban. She later argued for its passage on the Jan. 28, 2013, edition of CBS’ Face the Nation. Host Bob Schieffer asked Feinstein, "What about the idea -- which some gun rights supporters cite -- they say, ‘Look, all of this is just to make people feel good. It's just, kind of, feel-good legislation’ -- that, in the end, it's not going to stop these kinds ...

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The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Marco Rubio says after D.C. passed gun laws, 'violence skyrocketed'

Do gun laws work? As lawmakers consider President Barack Obama's call to take action against gun violence after mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado, Wisconsin and Arizona, some argue new rules won’t help. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, told Fox News that Obama’s plan — which proposes steps such as closing background check loopholes and banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines — is "not going to solve the problem." "Washington, D.C. had some of the strictest gun laws in the country," Rubio told host Brian Kilmeade on Jan. ...

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The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Sean Hannity says under President Barack Obama, 8.3 million fewer Americans are working

During the Jan. 22, 2013, edition of his Fox News show, Sean Hannity introduced an interview segment with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., by noting that during his second inauguration, President Barack Obama barely mentioned the primary topic of the 2012 presidential election -- the economy. After playing some excerpts from Obama’s inaugural speech, Hannity said, "While Obama remains hell-bent on tackling national security threats like climate change, the president made no substantive references to economic matters like putting you the American people back to work." Then, welcoming McCarthy to the show, Hannity ...

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The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis says ‘Obamacare’ tax is cheaper than insurance

Following President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address, three freshmen Republican members of Congress appeared on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show to offer their reactions. The panel focused on the need to address the nation’s debt problem, but the discussion also turned to a favorite Republican point of attack: Obamacare. Ron DeSantis, who represents northeast Florida including St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, and areas near Jacksonville, predicted that the health care law will put negative pressure on the insurance market. "It's structured in a way I think is going to end ...

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The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Rep. Jackie Speier says poll shows NRA members believe all gun buyers face background checks

On the president’s list of gun-control priorities: require background checks for all gun sales. That step has widespread support, even among gun owners, gun-control advocates say. In fact, many assume such a measure is already in place, claimed Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat who is vice chair of a new congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. "Even members of the NRA, when they were polled recently, were under the impression that everyone has a criminal background check," she told Ed Schultz in a Jan. 15, ...

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Bernie Sanders: "Poverty levels (are) at an all-time high."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On January - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Bernie Sanders says poverty in U.S. is at an all-time high

The rich should pay more taxes because of rising income inequality, said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in a Jan. 7, 2013, interview on MSNBC. Sanders’ comments came after anchor Thomas Roberts asked him whether he, President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers are ready to "go after corporations that in some cases pay no taxes at all." Roberts asked, "Do Democrats smell blood in the water here?" Sanders responded, "Well, Thomas, it's not smelling blood in the water. What it is is looking at reality, and the reality is that we have growing wealth ...

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The Truth-o-Meter says: True | PBS commentator Mark Shields says more killed by guns since '68 than in all U.S. wars

Since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., supporters and opponents of gun control have thrown out statistics to support their point of view. Here’s one that caught our eye, offered by liberal commentator Mark Shields on the Dec. 21, 2012, edition of the PBS NewsHour. Shields told host Judy Woodruff, "You know, Judy, the reality is -- and it's a terrible reality -- since Robert Kennedy died in the Ambassador Hotel on June 4, 1968, more Americans have died from gunfire than died in … all the ...

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The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Facebook post says more people were murdered with knives, body parts or blunt objects than with rifles

Gun-rights advocates have mounted an aggressive social-media campaign to blunt the popularity of the White House’s efforts to advance new restrictions on guns. One reader forwarded us a statistics-heavy Facebook post that echoes others we’ve received. It says, "Facts gun control advocates don’t want you to know. According to the FBI, in 2011, 1,694 were murdered with knives, 726 with hands or feet, 496 with clubs or hammers, 323 with rifles of any type. But Obama wants to ban semi-automatic rifles?" We should first note that there is significant disagreement over ...

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Says Chuck Hagel "opposed sanctions against Iran."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On January - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel "opposed sanctions against Iran"

The grilling Chuck Hagel, the nominee for Secretary of Defense, will receive from the U.S. Senate boils down to this : How much does he love Israel and hate Iran? Politicians and foreign policy observers have been poring over Hagel’s votes and statements about the Middle East in reaction to President Barack Obama’s Jan. 7 nomination of Hagel, a Republican and former senator from Nebraska, to replace retiring Leon Panetta. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, a member of the House foreign affairs committee who chairs a subcommittee on the Middle East, issued a ...

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The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Pro-Israel group's ad depicts Obama and Hagel disagreeing on Iran

President Barack Obama’s nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as defense secretary is expected to create a hotly contested fight about his comments on Israel and Iran. Pro-Israel hawks have cast a portrait of Hagel as too soft on Iran and not chummy enough with Israel. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said a day before the Jan. 7 announcement that if confirmed, Hagel would be "the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the State of Israel in our nation's history." The Hagel nomination comes two months after Obama won re-election amid much ...

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Former Rep Leads Crusade Against Pot

Posted by Reuters On January - 5 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
By Alex Dobuzinskis Jan 5 (Reuters) - Retired Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy is taking aim at what he sees as knee-jerk support for marijuana...

Economy Is on Track, Unless Congress Screws It Up

Posted by Steve Benen, MSNBC On January - 4 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Steve Benen, MSNBCThe new monthly jobs report wasn't quite as strong as some had hoped, but it wasn't necessarily awful news, either. As Matt Yglesias noted, "[M]ake no mistake -- this economy is growing and has been growing steadily fo...

Gabby Giffords To Visit Newtown On Friday

Posted by Mollie Reilly On January - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will visit Newtown, Conn. on Friday, NBC Connecticut and ABC News reported Thursday. Giffords, who two years ago survived a...

Let’s Repeal the Second Amendment

Posted by Kurt Eichenwald, Vanity Fair On January - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Kurt Eichenwald, Vanity FairAs news of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary played out around the country, the mantra from the gun-rights folks was fairly consistent: now is not the time to discuss how the government should deal with controls on fire...
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | AIG says it has repaid the government, plus profit

New Year’s Day football watchers got a heavy dose of rah, rah from AIG, the big insurance company that was bailed out by federal taxpayers. An ad called "Thank You, America" featured scenes from Hurricane Sandy, tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., and the World Trade Center — disasters the company insured — with the message: We paid you back. AIG has repaid "everything, plus a profit of more than $22 billion," an employee in the ad says. Text on the screen soon flashes: "$205 billion, paid to America from AIG." ...

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Greta Van Susteren was up in arms on Wednesday about a Daily Beast story which alleged that she had joked about Secretary of State Clinton's...

New Year’s Predictions for California

Posted by Steven Greenhut, OC Register On December - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Steven Greenhut, OC RegisterCalifornia's Democratic leaders are giddy about the future now that they have gained everything they wanted in the recent election – voter-approved tax increases and two-thirds supermajorities in both houses ...
Now that Christmas is over, President Obama and Speaker Boehner will soon resume talks to cut Social Security as part of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. Here are 10 reasons why the chained CPI -- the Social Security cut they are considering -- is terrible policy.

Bill Moyers: The Most Underreported News Story of 2012 Is…

Posted by Bill Moyers On December - 26 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
It's easy enough to compile a "best" and "worst" list, but what about bringing attention to important issues that went largely unreported in 2012? Some of the answers will still surprise you.

Getting More for Less in Health Care

Posted by Froma Harrop, Providence Journal On December - 26 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Froma Harrop, Providence JournalSad, sad, sad that in talking about budget cuts, we use painful words like "extracting billions from Medicare" or "slashing the Medicare entitlement." Has it ever occurred to the gladiators that impr...

NRA’s LaPierre Continues Gun Push w/Lies

Posted by Mike Lupica, NY Daily News On December - 24 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Mike Lupica, NY Daily NewsSo now Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association, who attacks the mental health system in this country even as he sounds like he needs to be in it, goes on “Meet the Press” and continues to double d...

Sen. Barrasso: Obama Wants to Go Over "Cliff"

Posted by Alicia Cohn, The Hill On December - 23 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Alicia Cohn, The HillSen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said Sunday he thinks President Obama wants to dive over the so-called "fiscal cliff.""I believe the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes," Barrass...
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