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Making Sense of Stimulus Spending

With the economy continuing to shed hundreds of thousands of jobs per month, Republicans are stepping up attacks on President Obama. They claim that the massive “stimulus” spending isn’t working very well. A Republican Party Web site classifies as “fiction” the president’s repeated claim that the spending already has “saved …

Corzine’s Misleading Calls on Christie

Less than a week after former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie won the right to challenge Democratic New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine as the Republican nominee in the fall gubernatorial contest, the Corzine campaign released two ads with the goal of reminding voters just how Republican Christie is. A number of …

June 16, 2009

Males were four times more likely than females to die from unintentionally drowning in 2005 in the U.S.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Obama’s Auto Team & ‘The Laws of Physics’

Q:Did the Obama auto team tell a Michigan engineer the government should change “the laws of physics”?
A: This is another Internet tall tale. The supposed source of the story says he has not even met with the Obama task force.

June 15, 2009

In 2005, almost 30 percent of children age 1 to 4 years old who died, died from drowning.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

June 14, 2009

In 2005, there were 3,582 fatal unintentional drownings in the U.S.; that’s an average of 10 deaths per day.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

June 14, 2009

In 2005, there were 3,582 fatal unintentional drownings in the U.S.; that’s an average of 10 deaths per day.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Obama & Naval Academy swords

Q: Did Obama order a "swordless graduation" at the U.S. Naval Academy?
A: This Internet scuttlebutt is false. Graduating midshipmen have gone without swords at graduation for decades, even when Bush and Cheney spoke.

June 13, 2009

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum cost $168 million to build, including both building and exhibits. Land was donated by the U.S. government, but the museum was funded by more than 200,000 private donations.
Source: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

June 12, 2009

Nine out of 10 visitors to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are not Jewish.
Source: Holocaust Memorial Museum