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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Most of the world’s cases of malaria and deaths from the disease occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Source: World Health Organization
Blogs, news organizations and Twitter are all exploding with rumor and fact about the swine flu outbreak. But at the National Academy of Sciences today, President Obama said there was no need to panic: Obama: We are closely monitoring the emerging cases of swine flu in the United States. And …
Honey is 80 percent sugars and 20 percent water. Source: Department of Agriculture
Honeybees are herbivores — but they can turn to cannibalism when stressed. Source: Department of Agriculture
Q: Did Obama delay the rescue of Captain Phillips? A: No. Military officials say that the claims being made in a widely circulated chain e-mail are false.
The Library of Congress was created on this day in 1800, when President John Adams approved spending $5,000 for “such books as may be necessary for the use of congress.” Source: Library of Congress
Americans United For Change, a liberal labor-funded group, has released a new ad accusing congressional Republicans of opposing "progress." The ad accuses Republicans of voting against children’s health insurance, equal pay for women, economic recovery, middle-class tax cuts and a budget that would lead to "long-term prosperity." We’ve called this …
A worker honey bee’s brain is only a cubic millimeter in size, but it has the densest neuropile tissue of any animal. Source: Department of Agriculture
Q: Have 84 members of Congress been arrested for drunk driving in the last year? Have seven been arrested for fraud? A: We judge these statistics to be not credible. They originated nearly a decade ago with a Web site that still refuses to provide any proof or documentation, or …