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Talent For Deception

In four separate TV spots Republican Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri falsely attributes several unflattering quotes about his opponent to the Kansas City Star.

‘Daisy’ Redux

The Republican National Committee’s latest ad – a 2006 version of President Johnson’s famous 1964 “Daisy” commercial against Barry Goldwater – invokes the threat of a nuclear attack by al Qaeda.

A ‘Drug Deal’ Gone Bad

The DCCC’s evidence that Florida Republican Clay Shaw took part in a “drug deal” when he voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan is flimsy at best.

Tugging At Heartstrings With Loose Facts

Democrat Chris Murphy’s ad falsely implies that incumbent Republican Rep. Nancy Johnson failed to respond to a local resident’s pleas for help with her son’s medical problems.

Midwestern Mythmaking in Iowa

Two ads in Iowa attempt to damage congressional candidates Bruce Braley and Mike Whalen by critiquing Braley’s stance on energy and by pointing out Whalen’s radical endorsements, but both are misleading.

Cute Puppy or Red Herring?

GOP candidate Michael Steele misleadingly accuses Democratic Rep. Ben Cardin of taking “money from special interests” and then voting against importing cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.

A Half-Truth in the Florida 22nd

Clay Shaw attacks Democrat opponent Ron Klein for being a lobbyist at the state level, but Klein is only a registered lobbyist locally in Palm Beach County.

Casting Credentials Away in the Old Dominion

An attack ad by Republican Sen. George Allen tries to portray his opponent, Democrat James Webb, as a lightweight, wrongly claiming he served under former President Ronald Reagan for 10 months before quitting.