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"The House of Representatives has never sued a sitting president in all of U.S. history."

"We would create thousands of jobs in Colorado, if the Keystone Pipeline were to be built."

Because of the current immigration crisis, Republicans want to "repeal" a 2008 law that President George W. Bush signed and "want to be on record as not wanting to protect children from ... sex trafficking."    

Says John Cornyn dodged the draft during the Vietnam War.

Says Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, "skipped an important VA reform hearing to attend three fundraisers."

Says Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, missed "79 percent of veterans affairs committee hearings."

"We know how to stop AIDS: persuade men not to have sex with men."

Twenty percent of single adults, ages 21 to 25 with no kids, "are not working or even in school trying to find a job."  

"97 percent of the 100 poorest counties in America are in red states."

"We’ve had about 3,000 murders" in connection with lax border security.

Says Mark Pryor "continues to insist" that Obamacare is "an amazing success."

The Obama administration's policies "have reduced minority dropout rate by 25 percent."

The United States is the leading nation in the world "with the highest amount of doubt about the conventional wisdom of climate change."

"Having an active father makes children 98 percent more likely to graduate from college."

"By some estimates, as few as 2 percent of the 50,000 (Central American) children who have crossed the border illegally this year have been sent home."

The state of New York is the "worst in the nation in economic recovery."

Russia "has an economy the size of Italy."  

"The best evidence is that you lose -- if you use marijuana as a teenager regularly -- eight IQ points."    

A tax plan promoted by North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis will "overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy."

Says a 9-year-old girl was recently raped in Austin, Texas, by a guy previously "caught four times and released."

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