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Fact Checker Finds Dems’ Rhetoric On Hobby Lobby Decision Overheated

The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler says in some cases the response from Democrats "has gotten way ahead of the facts." Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says the House Republicans push to sue President Barack Obama has no legal merit.

The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: Democrats On Hobby Lobby: 'Misspeaks,' 'Opinion' And Overheated Rhetoric
In the wake of the Supreme Court's 5-to-4 ruling that, as a closely held company, Hobby Lobby was not required to pay for all of the birth-control procedures mandated by the Affordable Care Act, Democrats have rushed to condemn the court. But in some cases the rhetoric has gotten way ahead of the facts. Here's a round-up of some of the more noteworthy claims. In some cases, lawmakers concede that they [made] a mistake; in others, they ... argue that they are offering what amounts to opinion, even though the assertion was stated as fact (Kessler, 7/15).

Politico: Harry Reid: Judge Judy Would Toss Obama Suit
Would Judge Judy take up House Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against the president? Harry Reid certainly doesn't think so. In a nearly 15-minute speech on Tuesday afternoon attacking the House's proposed legal action, the Senate majority leader concluded that the syndicated courtroom TV star — retired family court judge Judith Sheindlin — would swiftly toss out the House's lawsuit against President Barack Obama's executive actions on health care (Everett, 7/14).

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