Summary The year 2007 wasn’t a good one for political honesty. Though not even technically an election year, it provided a bumper crop of falsehoods and distortions nonetheless. Presidential candidates […]
Summary Romney’s latest ad attacks McCain in New Hampshire with false and misleading claims: It claims McCain "voted to allow illegals to collect Social Security." That’s untrue. Nobody who is […]
Q: Does a United States senator receive his full pay upon retiring?
A: No. A member of Congress can’t receive more than 80 percent of his or her final salary upon retirement, and the average is much less.
Q: Is the Supreme Court going to define "well regulated militia"?
A: Perhaps so. It is considering a gun-control case in which it might choose to rule on what the Second Amendment means.
Q: Who was the last U.S. president to own slaves?
A: Zachary Taylor owned slaves while in office. U.S. Grant owned a slave he freed in 1859, long before becoming president.
Summary In the final Democratic debate in Iowa, we found: Richardson claimed “enormous progress” in New Mexico education, when in fact the state’s eighth-grade reading scores have slipped and remain […]
Summary In the Dec. 12 Republican presidential debate in Des Moines: Arizona Sen. John McCain promised to make the U.S. “oil independent” within five years, a goal experts say can’t […]
Q: Did President Bush call the Constitution a "goddamned piece of paper"?
A: Extremely unlikely. The Web site that reported those words has a history of quoting phony sources and retracting bogus stories.
Q: Are lobbyists justified in a democracy?
A: The Constitution guarantees the right to petition government.
Q: What about Ben & Jerry's chart saying 50% of federal spending is military?
A: Not true. The real figure is 19.4%.