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FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Aug. 25-Aug. 31

This week, readers sent us comments on tort reform, sharks, fonts and health insurance (surprise!).
In the FactCheck Mailbag we feature some of the e-mail we receive. Readers can send comments to editor@factcheck.org. Letters may be edited for length.

RNC’s Steele to Seniors: “Stand With Us”

The Republican National Committee says it will be running this new TV ad in Florida and on selected cable networks starting Sept. 1. It features GOP Chairman Michael Steele touting the party’s "Seniors’ Bill of Rights," which we said last week is a mixture of false, true and misleading claims.

Steele – continuing in the same vein – is shown urging President Obama to "change his mind" about making "cuts to Medicare," "ration[ing] health care based on age"

September 1, 2009

During the 2006-2007 school year, 7.3 million students (59 percent of them boys) played high school sports. That total is about 2.1 million higher than the number in 1979-1980.
Source: Census Bureau

Obama’s Montana Town Hall

Q: Did the White House "orchestrate" a recent town hall meeting to make it appear that Montana is "just crazy for Obama and government health care"?

A: A chain e-mail that makes that claim isn’t supported by the record. Some of what it says is false.