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 loan $2 billion to Brazil’s oil company to benefit China and George Soros? A: The president had nothing to do with the loan, which the Export-Import Bank approved for Brazil to buy U.S.-made equipment and services.
The president can pardon any person who has committed a federal crime, except in cases of impeachment, as outlined in Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution. Source: Annenberg Classroom
The 27th Amendment, preventing members of Congress from granting themselves pay raises during the current session, was introduced in 1789 by James Madison, but not ratified until 1992. Source: Annenberg Classroom
One of the items we noted in our Sept. 10 wrap-up of President Barack Obama’s televised prime-time address to Congress was his carefully worded estimate of the number of uninsured citizens. Obama, Sept. 9: There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage. We said that …
We’ve often observed an odd quirk in the behavior of political partisans; they tend to exaggerate even when they could make their point without doing so. The most recent example is the weekend protest in Washington, D.C., at which a very large number of people turned out to criticize the …
Note: We are retracting one of our Sept. 10 criticisms of President Obama’s speech on health care. We said that he "overstated the degree of concentration in the insurance industry." We have continued to research the subject, and the following information turned up by our reporter D’Angelo Gore has led us …
Q: Will the White House be flying the Chinese flag on Sept. 20 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China? A: No. The flag will fly at the Ellipse, across the street from the White House. The Chinese flag has flown on White …
Article I, Section 4 of the Constitution allows Congress to determine when and how frequently it will meet. With the passage of the 20th Amendment, new sessions of Congress are required to begin at noon January 3 of each year. Source: Annenberg Classroom
This week, readers sent us comments on illegal immigrants and health insurance, medical bankruptcies, and terminology in the abortion debate. In the FactCheck Mailbag we feature some of the e-mail we receive. Readers can send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters may be edited for length.
Vermont ratified the Constitution on Jan. 10, 1791, even though it had not yet become a state. Source: Annenberg Classroom