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: Do I have to answer Census questions? Isn’t this an invasion of privacy and a violation of the Fourth Amendment? A: A widely circulated anti-Census commentary makes several false claims. The law requires truthful answers and states that they will be kept confidential. Courts have upheld its constitutionality.
Q: Did the Obama administration shut down a Georgia ammunition supplier? Is it trying to create an ammo shortage? A: Georgia Arms still is doing a booming business in reloaded military cartridges. The Pentagon quickly reversed a move to stop selling spent casings.
Q: Did the government issue new dollar coins without the words "In God We Trust"? A: Congress ordered the words to be stamped on the edges of the coins, but an unknown number of "Godless dollars" were produced by mistake.
Q: Did the Obama administration burn soldiers’ Bibles? A: The military destroyed Bibles printed in Afghan languages to prevent distribution to local Muslims. But it happened during the Bush administration.
Q: Is Oklahoma as defiantly conservative as a chain e-mail says? A: The state is one of the most Republican in the nation, but the message exaggerates Oklahoma’s laws on religion, immigration and guns.
Q: Would the "hate crimes" bill make it a crime to denounce homosexuality from the pulpit and give legal protection to pedophiles? A: No on both counts. The First Amendment is still operative, and pedophiles would get no breaks under this bill.
Advocates of gun rights often argue that in World War II Japan was deterred from invading the U.S. mainland by a fear of American citizens with guns in their closets. They frequently quote Japan’s Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto as saying: "You cannot invade mainland United States. There would be a rifle …
Is Obama shying away from the Freedom of Choice Act? When CNN correspondent Ed Henry asked the president about his current thinking on FOCA at last night’s White House press conference, Obama used very different language than he did during the campaign. In 2008, as we noted in our Ask …
Q: Did Obama ask Georgetown University to remove all religious symbols before he would speak there? A: A religious symbol was covered at the Catholic and Jesuit institution after the White House asked for a neutral TV backdrop.
There’s no dispute that thousands of handguns, military-style rifles and other firearms are purchased in the U.S. and end up in the hands of Mexican criminals each year. It’s relatively easy to buy such guns legally in Texas and other border states and to smuggle them across. But is …