Q: Is it true that there are bills in Congress that would exempt members and their staffs and families from buying into “Obamacare”?
A: No. Congress members and staffers will be required to buy insurance through the exchanges on Jan. 1. But reportedly there is concern about whether federal contributions to premiums can continue without a change.
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Q: How many have become president after losing both in Iowa and New Hampshire? A: In the current system, only Bill Clinton, though others have lost one or the other.
Summary The year 2007 wasn’t a good one for political honesty. Though not even technically an election year, it provided a bumper crop of falsehoods and distortions nonetheless. Presidential candidates kept us busy: Republican Rudy Giuliani made false claims over and over about his record as mayor of New York, …
Q: What percentage of the national spending is pork? A: About 1 percent.
Q: Do Catholic women get abortions more frequently than Protestant women? A: Catholics are slightly more likely to get an abortion than Protestants, according to a 2000-2001 survey.
Q: Does a United States senator receive his full pay upon retiring? A: No. A member of Congress can’t receive more than 80 percent of his or her final salary upon retirement, and the average is much less.
Q: Does Obama have a real estate problem? A: A political patron from whom he bought a strip of land is under federal indictment, but there’s no evidence Obama did anything improper.
Q: Is health care better in Canada? A: Wait times are longer in Canada, but health and doctor quality don’t seem to suffer.
Q: Is the Supreme Court going to define "well regulated militia"? A: Perhaps so. It is considering a gun-control case in which it might choose to rule on what the Second Amendment means.
Summary In a recent ad, Clinton claims members of the National Guard and military Reserve didn’t have health insurance until she and a GOP colleague took action. We find the ad misleading. In fact, active-duty Guard and Reserve troops already were covered by federal insurance, and four out of five …