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May 26, 2011 9:37 am ET

Slew Of House Republicans Falsely Claim President Obama Called For Israel To Return To "1967 Borders"

Since his speech on the Middle East last Thursday, President Obama's opponents have falsely attacked him for calling on Israel to return to its "1967 borders." In reality, Obama repeated the ordinary belief that an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace deal should result in two states with secure borders "based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps," which will allow Israel to retain large settlements in the West Bank. Addressing the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the president explained very clearly that his original statement meant that the final border negotiated between the parties "will be different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967." However, that hasn't stopped many House Republicans from perpetuating a smear against Obama for something he never actually said.

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March 08, 2011 4:18 pm ET

In Morning Joe Interview, King Misleads To Defend Hearing

In a March 8 Morning Joe appearance, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) pushed a number of false or misleading claims to defend his upcoming hearing into the purported radicalization of American Muslims. King deceitfully suggested that his views are in sync with the Obama administration, ignored facts to attack the Minneapolis Muslim community, misleadingly claimed that an imam "tipped off" would-be subway bomber Najibullah Zazi, and falsely suggested that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) does not support Muslim Americans cooperating with law enforcement.

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March 07, 2011 4:14 pm ET

Rep. Peter King's "Relatives Of People Who Were Radicalized" Undermine His Hearing's Case

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has announced that his upcoming hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims will  include testimony from Abdirizak Bihi and Melvin Bledsoe, who King describes as "relatives of people who were radicalized," who will speak on "how they were radicalized, and the lack of cooperation" from Muslim leaders. But the stories of their family members actually undermine King's case. Bledsoe is the father of alleged Little Rock Army recruiting center shooter Abdulhakin Muhammad. While Bledsoe has said that unnamed "foreign nationals" in the Nashville Muslim community radicalized his son, Muhammad, his lawyer, and the FBI have all reportedly said he was radicalized while imprisoned in Yemen. Muhammad rarely attended mosques while living in the U.S. both before and after his Yemen trip, and was repeatedly interviewed by the FBI following his return. Abdirizak Bihi is the uncle of Burhan Hassan, one of a number of Minneapolis Somali American youths who were recruited by a Somali terror group and died in Somalia. But the resulting investigation is considered a breakthrough in law enforcement outreach to the Muslim community that the FBI is reportedly trying to replicate nationwide.

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March 07, 2011 10:40 am ET

Rep. Peter King's Claim That Muslim Americans Don't Cooperate With Law Enforcement Rejected By Law Enforcement

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has said that his upcoming hearing into the radicalization of Muslim Americans is necessary because law enforcement officials say Muslim Americans are uncooperative in terror investigations. But King does not plan to call law enforcement or counterintelligence officials to testify at his hearing, and many such experts — including Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI director Robert Mueller — have lauded the cooperation of Muslim Americans with law enforcement. Moreover, studies indicate that the American Muslim community has been a crucial resource in helping law enforcement to stop terrorist attacks.

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March 07, 2011 10:06 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - March 6, 2011

For the first time in weeks, the Sunday political shows didn't touch on GOP union-busting efforts in Wisconsin and elsewhere, choosing instead to focus on national economic issues. That meant a series of tired talking points from familiar Republican faces. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) implied Democrats have raised taxes, when in fact they've cut taxes by hundreds of billions. Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) ignored economic growth and 1.5 million new private sector jobs in the past year to attack President Obama's economic policies. Bachmann also misled NBC viewers about the Affordable Care Act and the partisan nature of the Tea Party. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed the administration has protected government workers at the expense of private sector jobs. On less familiar topics, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) dishonestly insisted American Muslims don't cooperate with law enforcement despite much evidence to the contrary, and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) foolishly claimed that Apple electronics are manufactured in America. Somebody should tell that to the Chinese factory workers who built your iPhone.

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February 28, 2011 4:14 pm ET

Rep. Peter King To Call Glenn Beck's Favorite Muslim To Testify On Muslim Extremism In America

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has said that Zuhdi Jasser, who professionally fear mongers about the dangers of "American Islamist organizations," will be the star witness at King's upcoming hearings on Muslim radicalism in the United States. King is not the only right-wing figure to tout Jasser: Glenn Beck has declared Jasser "one Muslim that we were all searching for after 9-11" and "a voice that I trust." Moreover, in recent days, Glenn Beck has called upon Jasser to help push his theory that the uprisings in Egypt were the result of communists and Islamists engaged in a conspiracy to create a Marxist revolution or an Islamic caliphate. Even many conservatives have rejected Beck's claims as "delusional," "wacky," and evidence that Beck is "out of control."

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December 21, 2010 2:39 pm ET

FLASHBACK: Anti-Muslim Hardliner Rep. Peter King's Past Support For The IRA

Incoming Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is widely known for his anti-Muslim views. In the years since 9/11, King has striven to link the American Muslim community to extremism, stating that up to 85 percent of mosques are run by extremist leaders and accusing leaders in "mainstream Islam" of being uncooperative with anti-terror efforts. Most recently, King has pledged to hold hearings on the "radicalization of the American Muslim community," sanctimoniously suggesting that he'll do so "on behalf of Muslims." Yet King's previously strident support for the Irish Republican Army — the terrorist group responsible for countless bombings and murders during the decades of violent conflict in Northern Ireland — makes it clear that not all terrorists are equal in King's eyes. Not only did King fundraise for IRA-linked groups, but he also publicly touted the IRA as "the legitimate voice of occupied Ireland" and pledged support for the "brave men and women" of the IRA who were "carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism." Although King denounced the IRA after 9/11, he continued to express sympathy for the group and its members.

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August 23, 2010 9:15 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - August 22, 2010

Congress is still on recess as the summer comes to a close, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) isn't taking a vacation from spreading misinformation.  On Sunday's Meet the Press, Sen. McConnell unleashed a torrent of false claims.  After blaming President Obama for the uproar over the proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, McConnell turned his attention to the scheduled expiration of the Bush tax cuts at the end of this year.  McConnell argued that the public opposes higher taxes for the wealthy, that higher tax rates for the top two income brackets would affect 50 percent of small businesses, and that the Bush tax cuts are not to blame for soaring deficits; all of those claims are patently false.  Later in the program, New York gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio (R) smeared Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as "not peace-loving," implying that he sympathizes with terrorists.

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May 10, 2010 10:11 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 9, 2010

The Mother's Day editions of the Sunday political talk shows spent a great deal of time breaking down last week's failed terrorist bombing in Times Square. In an appearance on ABC's This Week, Rudy Giuliani attacked the Obama administration for its commitment to the rule of law and informing terror suspects of their Miranda rights. In the process, Giuliani warped the facts of recent investigations -- and numerous statements he has made in the past about terrorists, courts and the rule of law contradict his criticisms.

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January 12, 2010 5:39 pm ET

Harold Ford Gets It Wrong On Harold Ford

In a January 12, 2010 op-ed in the New York Post, former Congressman Harold Ford made a litany of false statements about his record in Congress.  Despite his new claims, Ford has a well-documented history of being hostile to reproductive rights and the needs of the LGBT community.

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April 24, 2009 12:40 pm ET

Tortured Logic: Rep. Peter King Will Shut Down Congress Over Torture Investigations

On April 23, 2009, Politico reported the completely unsurprising fact that Rep. Peter King -- who recently made the nonsensical suggestion that the DHS should be "talking about look out for mosques" -- doesn't want any investigation into Bush era officials responsible for torture. In fact, Rep. King threatened to shut down Congress if any charges are filed, saying, "[w]e would need to have a scorched earth policy and use procedural means to bring the place to a halt - go to war." But Rep. King's defense of torture ignores reality: torture doesn't work and it puts more American lives at risk.

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