Q: Has the Pentagon recently declared that sharing one’s faith is punishable by court-martial?
A: No. The Pentagon merely restated its long-held policy that military members can “share their faith (evangelize)” but “not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others … to one’s beliefs (proselytization).”
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The U.S. Postal Service has 656,000 career employees. Source: USPS
A new health care ad from a conservative group claims that “Medicare will be bankrupt in eight years.” That gives a false impression. The program does have huge financial problems, but there’s no reason to think it’s going out of business as the word “bankrupt” implies. And …
An average of 667 million pieces of mail are processed each day by the U.S. Postal Service. Source: USPS
This week, readers sent us comments on medical errors, car insurance mandates and the postal service. In the FactCheck Mailbag we feature some of the e-mail we receive. Readers can send comments to email@example.com. Letters may be edited for length.
There were 14.2 million computers in U.S. schools, as of the 2005-2006 school year. Source: Census Bureau
We’re not ones to doubt that money can influence politics. But uncovering a paying-for-favors scandal takes more than a mere list of campaign contributions and a few committee votes. That tactic, however, is being used – again – in the health care debate, this time in an ad from the liberal …
The average annual salary of public school teachers in the U.S. is $50,758. The highest state average is in California ($63,640) and the lowest is in South Dakota ($35,378). Source: Census Bureau
More than half of the United States’ 9.9 billion pounds of total apple production in 2008 came from Washington state. Source: Census Bureau/USDA
In 2008, an average of 31 million children each month participated in the national school lunch program. Source: Census Bureau
The liberal group Health Care for America Now has come out with another ad attacking the health insurance industry. The ad is running as part of a million dollar ad buy, according to the group. It repeats a claim that is being made repeatedly as the debate over overhauling the …