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: Did Obama accuse veterans of "selfishness" and whining? Would he have forced them to "pay for their war injuries"? A: This chain e-mail contains fabricated quotes and misrepresents a budget idea that the White House scrapped. The quotes were intended as satire.
We had plenty to say recently about a misleading health care ad from a group called Conservatives for Patients’ Rights. We criticized the ad on its merits — but another organization has taken a different tack. Health Care for America Now released this TV spot, titled "Shady," on May 7, attacking the …
On July 16, 1914, a U.S. record of 7 inches of rain in 30 minutes fell in Cambridge, Ohio. Source: NOAA’s National Weather Service
In 2007, California exported about 214.5 million pounds of fresh strawberries and 31.9 million pounds of frozen strawberries, with the majority going to Canada. Source: California Strawberry Commission
Last year, 16.1 percent of U.S. imports came from China, and 16 percent came from Canada. Source: Census Bureau
Q: Did gun control in Australia lead to more murders there last year? A: This ‘Gun History Lesson’ is recycled bunk from a decade ago. Murders in Australia actually are down to record lows.
In 2008, the U.S. exported $71.5 billion worth of goods to China and imported $337.8 billion in goods from China. Source: Census Bureau
In 2008, Canada was the United States’ top trading partner, with $596.9 billion worth of goods traded between the two countries. Source: Census Bureau
Q: Has a “smoking gun” been found to prove Obama was not born a U.S. citizen? Did he attend Occidental College on a scholarship for foreign students? A: This chain e-mail is a transparent April Fools’ Day hoax. It fabricates an AP news story about an nonexistent group, and makes …