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Health Care Overhaul: Constitutional?

Q: Are the health care overhaul proposals that are pending in the House and Senate constitutional?
A: Legal experts agree that requiring citizens to buy something is a novel concept that has not been tested in the courts.

October 2, 2009

Of the 10.9 million children age 5 to 17 in the U.S. who speak a language other than English at home, 7.9 million speak Spanish.
Source: Census Bureau

Grayson’s Iffy Claims

Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is facing rebuke from House Republicans for saying that "Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick." In a Sept. 29 speech on the House floor, Grayson said that the Republican health care plan is: "Don’t get sick. And if you do get sick, die quickly." Grayson later told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, "What I mean is they have got no plan," and that the lack of plan would allow uninsurance-related deaths to continue.

Obama’s Reading Material

Q: Was Obama reading an anti-America book written by a Muslim?
A: No. The book, a New York Times best-seller, is about America's role in a new global era. The author, a leading journalist, is a Muslim but describes himself as "not a religious guy."

October 1, 2009

Texas is the state that produces the most crude oil in the U.S., with 1,087,000 barrels a day.
Source: Energy Information Administration