Overgeneralization: Graham on ‘Enemy Combatants’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) overstates the extent to which information from ‘enemy combatants’ contributed to locating Osama bin Laden.

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Slippery Slope: National Association for Gun Rights on Gun Registry

In ads attacking House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), Rep. Scott Rigell (R., Va.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), the National Association for Gun Rights suggests the three members’ support for background checks mean they support a federal gun registry.

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Straw Person Argument: Cornyn vs. Obama

Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) misrepresents President Obama’s (D) comments about Senate Republicans’ threats of a filibuster on gun legislation and then rebuts his misrepresentation.

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Ad Hominem: John McCain ‘Wacko Birds’

In an interview with Huffington Post, Se. John McCain (R., Ariz.) employs an illegitimate Ad Hominem attack against Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), and Rep. Justin Amash (R., Mich.).

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Faulty Comparison: West on Obama Presidency

Former Rep. Allen West (R., Fla.) suggests that Barack Obama’s presidency is comparable to historic events, including the Depression, Civil War and Nazi regime.

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Guilt By Association: National Association for Gun Rights

An ad from the National Republican Congressional Committee misleads when it attacks Rep. Mike McIntyre (D., N.C.) for a vote on a nonbinding House GOP budget resolution.

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Slippery Slope: American Crossroads and ‘Rationed Care’

A pro-Republican super PAC employs a slippery slope argument in a 2012 ad that claims the Affordable Care Act creates an unelected board that would ration health care.

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Guilt by Association: Inhofe vs. Hagel

Sen. James Inhofe (R., Okla.) engages in guilt by association when he suggests former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R., Neb.) is “cozy” with terrorists because an Iranian official said Tehran hoped Hagel, as secretary of defense, will bring “practical changes in U.S. foreign policy.

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Guilt By Association: Tea Party Patriots vs. Rove

The Tea Party Patriots engage in guilt by association when they photoshop GOP political consultant Karl Rove into Heinrich Himmler’s Nazi uniform.

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