Abortion Distortions 2014:
In the 2014 fight for control of Congress, Democrats are sometimes using a tactic they’ve used before: Falsifying or exaggerating the positions their Republican opponents have taken on abortion.
The real contrast between the parties on this polarizing issue is stark enough: Democrats tend to favor a legal right to abortion, and Republicans tend to oppose it. But in a number of TV ads we’ve seen running in September, the divide is made to seem wider than it really is.
In a new TV ad, Rep. Tom Cotton tries to rewrite history with the claim that President Obama “hijacked the farm bill, turned it into a food stamp bill.” Food stamp funding has been part of farm bills going back to 1973.
Read “Hijacking History in Arkansas" for our full analysis.
Special Interest Battle in Midwest Races:
Two ads from the conservative Crossroads organizations claim Democratic Senate candidates in Iowa and Michigan who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline are backed by an environmental activist who “stands to profit by blocking Keystone.” That’s based on outdated information on the activist’s former investments.
An ad from Rep. Bill Cassidy attacks Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu for not “fully funding veterans benefits,” even though he voted for the House version of a bipartisan budget bill that included those very same cuts.
"False Choice: Veterans vs. Immigrants."
A Republican TV ad in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District features indignant veterans scolding a Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos for cuts to “veterans benefits” that never happened.
"No Cuts for Military Veterans"
Dueling ads in Louisiana Senate race on illegal immigration leave misleading impressions about Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy & Democratic Sen. MaryLandrieu.
"Playing Politics with Immigration."
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Mr. Obama finds his own past statements coming back to haunt him.
“Obama Fumbles ‘JV Team’ Question”
President Obama enjoys his sports analogies, so let’s just say that he fumbled when he was asked on “Meet the Press” whether he made a “misjudgment” eight months ago in dismissing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as the equivalent of “a jayvee team.”
Obama said he “wasn’t specifically referring” to ISIS when he made the junior varsity reference during an interview with The New Yorker in January. But the magazine article and a transcript of the interview — which Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler obtained and wrote about earlier this month — shows that Obama was referring to ISIS when he said “if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.”
Four times President Obama used the phrase “good news” during his interview Sunday on “Meet the Press.”
Three times on the confronting the threat of ISIS (or ISIL, as the administration refers to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria):
- ISIL poses a broader threat because of its territorial ambitions in Iraq and Syria. But the good news is coming back from the most recent NATO meeting is the entire international community understands that this is something that has to be dealt with.
- On Wednesday, I’ll make a speech and describe what our game plan’s going to be going forward. But this is not going to be an announcement about U.S. ground troops. This is not the equivalent of the Iraq war. What this is is similar to the kinds of counterterrorism campaigns that we’ve been engaging in consistently over the last five, six, seven years. And the good news is is that because of American leadership, we have I believe, a broad-based coalition internationally and regionally to be able to deal with the problem.
- The dangers that are posed— are— are more directed at them right now than they are us. And the good news is, I think, for the f— perhaps the first time, we have absolute clarity that the problem for Sunni states in the region, many of whom are our allies, is not simply Iran. It’s not simply a Sunni-Shia issue. Sunni extremism, as represented by ISIL, is the biggest danger that they face right now.
And once when talking about immigration:
- So the good news is, we have bipartisan support for that [overhauling the immigration system]. We have a Senate bill that would accomplish that. The House Republicans refuse to do it. And what I said to them was, “If you do not act on something that’s so common sense that you’ve got labor, business, evangelicals, law enforcement, you’ve got folks across the board supporting it, then I’m going to look for all the legal authorities I have to act.” I want to make sure we get it right. I want to make sure, number one, that all the T’s are crossed.