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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By now you’ve probably seen it – the purported pic of Sarah Palin wearing a red, white and blue bikini and toting a gun. At first glance, we suspected it was fake and someone’s idea of a joke. And guess what? It is. We tracked down the guy who took …
Q: Did a Billy Graham team member say Obama should be defeated "to save America"? A: No. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association says a widely quoted anti-Obama screed wasn't written by anyone associated with the organization.
Q: Would Obama tax my profits if I sell my home? Would he tax my IRA? Would he tax my water? A: No. A new e-mail being circulated about Obama's tax proposals is almost entirely false.
Q: Is a letter from an anonymous teacher about illegal immigrants getting school grants true? A: No. It cobbles together misleading statements to give the impression that illegal immigrants are receiving perks from taxpayers, when, in fact, they are not.
Q: Did Obama write that he would "stand with the Muslims" and that he nurses a "pervasive sense of grievance and animosity" toward whites? A: No. A widely circulated e-mail fabricates some quotes from Obama’s books and twists others.
Q: Did electing a Democratic Congress in 2006 really lead to increased unemployment, higher gas prices and more home foreclosures? A: No, and most of the figures in a widely-circulated e-mail are made up. In fact, the entire premise of the e-mail is a logical fallacy.
I’ve noticed that chain e-mails, particularly those about politics, have a lot of things in common: urgent and frightening messages; spelling errors; a tendency to blame mainstream media for not telling the real story; and false, misleading, utterly bogus, and completely off-base claims. If there was ever a case where …
Summary If these two nasty e-mail messages are any indication, the 2008 presidential campaign is becoming a very dirty one. One claims that Obama is "certainly a racist" by virtue of belonging to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, which it says "will accept only black parishoners" and espouses a …
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 the U.S. pay $1,800 a month to refugees? A: No. A false claim about Canada is being recycled in a bogus e-mail to "American taxpayers."