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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Nearly 41 percent of U.S. teenagers aged 16 to 17 report having tried marijuana at least once, and 6 percent say they have tried cocaine. Source: National Center for Health Statistics
Speaker Pelosi said in February that she was “never” told that the CIA was using waterboarding in interrogations. Then in May she changed her story to say she was told, but still claimed it was not quite as early as the CIA said. On that point she’s contradicted, however, both …
CBS’ "Face the Nation" on May 17 featured the divergent views of Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Republican Rep. Peter King of New York. Host Harry Smith asked about President Obama’s decision to block the court-ordered release of photos allegedly showing harsh treatment of …
As one of the world’s largest office buildings, The Pentagon has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York. Source: The Pentagon
Q: Is the Army demanding information about soldiers' privately owned firearms? A: This is another false Internet rumor. A memo from one commander of a small unit in Kentucky was an isolated mistake that was quickly corrected; it wasn't Army policy.
Despite 17.5 miles of corridors it takes only seven minutes to walk between any two points in the Pentagon. Source: The Pentagon
Brian Moran is so far the least visible of the trio of candidates competing in the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial primary, set for June 9. He’s the only one who hasn’t run a TV spot yet. But on May 17, he went up with his third radio ad, aiming to show …
A new fundraising plea from the Democratic National Committee highlights the link between a new conservative group’s health care ads and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth — but it goes too far in its claim of a connection. An e-mail message from David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign manager, says: Plouffe, DNC …
In 2007, nearly four in ten (39.7 percent) of all births were to unmarried women, more than double the proportion in 1980 (18.4 percent). Source: National Center for Health Statistics
Q: Did Michelle Obama make $317,000 a year while working part-time at the University of Chicago Medical Center? A: This allegation in a chain e-mail is wrong: Obama’s reported income was $103,633 in 2007, the year she reduced her work schedule to part time.