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Voting for a Health Care Takeover?

A relatively unknown conservative group called the League of American Voters has launched an ad attacking Democratic members of Congress for, in the words of the TV spot, voting in favor of “Obama and Pelosi’s health care takeover." But the ad is filled with misleading claims.

The group’s Web site says it is running similar ads "across the nation." We contacted the group to ask where exactly the ad is airing, but we have yet to receive an answer.

FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Feb. 23-March 1

This week, readers sent us a comments about reconciliation and health care, premium costs, and the danger of clicking on links in chain e-mails.
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.

FactCheck Radio Episode #1

The premiere edition of our podcast features a look at the factual malpractice that took place during the president’s nearly daylong health care summit. 


You’ve Got False Mail

If you live in Connecticut and are a registered Republican, you may have received a mailer or two from former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon attacking her opponent in the state’s GOP Senate primary, former U.S. Rep. Robert Simmons. But some of the mailers’ claims are false.
In one mailer, McMahon claims Simmons cosponsored cap-and-trade legislation that will “cost the average American family more than $1,700 a year.”

First, Simmons did not, as the mailer implies,

March 2, 2010

Chile’s population is 16.6 million.
Source: CIA World Factbook

March 1, 2010

March 1, 1692, marked the beginning of the Salem Witch Trials.
Source: Library of Congress