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%.
Q: Does the U.S. pay $1,800 a month to refugees?
A: No. A false claim about Canada is being recycled in a bogus e-mail to "American taxpayers."
Q: Were Clinton’s policies responsible for the 1990s’ economic growth?
A: He deserves part of the credit, but many factors were at work.
Summary The latest Democratic presidential debate brought into sharp focus the candidates’ disagreements on how quickly the U.S. can disentangle itself from Iraq. Long-shot candidate Dennis Kucinich stood by his […]
Summary The Sunday night debate, complete with interpreters, produced a few flubs or fibs from the Democratic field, including these: Rep. Dennis Kucinich gave a figure for health insurance company […]
Summary Democratic presidential contender Bill Richardson boasts of creating 80,000 jobs since becoming governor of New Mexico. Not yet, he hasn’t. The state has gained fewer than 76,000 payroll jobs […]
Summary Seven Democratic presidential candidates appeared Aug. 7 in a nationally televised forum at Chicago’s Soldier Field, sponsored by the AFL-CIO. Once again, we found some claims that were wrong […]