False Categorical: Economic Stimulus and Jobs

Republican candidates and groups employ a false categorical when their ads in the 2010 midterm elections falsely claim that the economic stimulus package did not create or save any jobs.

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Loaded Language: Boehner ‘Steal’

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) uses loaded language when he discusses tax increases.

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Understating Effects: Jindal on Spending Cuts

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) understates the effect of the sequester on government programs.

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Understating Effects: ‘3 Percent Cut’ in Spending

An ad from a group called Public Notice misses a key detail when it claims that the sequester involves only “a 3 percent cut in federal spending.”

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Loaded Language: Obama ‘Gut’ spending

By tying the word “gut” to hypothetical Republican positions on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, President Obama uses loaded language to insinuate that the Republicans support plans they have not advanced.

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Overstating Effects: Obama on Criminal Cases

President Obama (D) exaggerates the potential effects of the sequester on federal prosecutors’ criminal cases.

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Overstating Effects: Duncan on Teachers’ Jobs

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan overstates the potential effect of sequestration cuts on teachers’ jobs.

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Overstating Effects: Obama on Janitors’ Pay

President Obama (D) overstates the potential effects of the sequester on the paychecks of the Capitol’s janitorial staff.

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Average Bear: Obama vs. Romney on Job Creation

A TV ad by Obama for America uses an average without context to attack former Gov. Mitt Romney (R., Mass.).

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