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FactCheck Mailbag, Week of June 14-20

This week, readers sent us comments about our criticisms of a Democratic robocall and claims that the GOP budget plan would "end" Medicare.
In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the e-mail we receive. Readers can send comments to Letters may be edited for length.

Sleazy, False and ‘Racist’ Hit in LA

A conservative group falsely claims in a web ad that Democrat Janice Hahn "hired hardcore gang members with taxpayer money to be gang intervention specialists" in South Los Angeles. It's true that Hahn, a city councilwoman running in a special election for Congress, supports the city's gang intervention programs, but she made no direct payments to gang members. It's also true that the city funds nonprofits that use ex-gang members to help settle gang disputes, but the city money is used to fund administrative costs,

Obama’s ‘Bumbles’

Q: Did Obama double the debt and commit every "bumble" he's accused of in a critical chain e-mail?
A: No. The debt hasn't doubled, and of the 24 claims only six are true. We found another seven to be partly true, and the rest to be false, misleading or exaggerated.

FactChecking Bachmann

We are periodically taking a look at past claims from the 2012 presidential candidates. Today's topic: Michele Bachmann.
The Republican representative from Minnesota announced during this week's debate that she was running for the nation's highest office. Several claims from Bachmann have appeared on our site before, including:

Earlier this year, Bachmann falsely claimed that $105 billion in spending was "hidden" in the federal health care law and that this was done "secretly, unbeknownst to members of Congress."

GOP New Hampshire Debate

In the first New Hampshire debate among 2012 presidential hopefuls, we found a number of incorrect, misleading or shaky factual claims. Pawlenty was wrong when he boasted that he was …

FactCheck Mailbag, Week of June 7-13

This week, readers sent us comments about Mitt Romney's misery index, Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan, energy-efficient light bulbs and a time-saver request.
In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the e-mail we receive. Readers can send comments to Letters may be edited for length.

DCCC Dials Wrong Number

Democrats make false and misleading claims about the impact of the House GOP budget plan on Medicare and the federal debt in automated phone calls placed in 13 districts. The robocalls, paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee …

Secret Service Tattletales?

Q: Does a recent book quote Secret Service agents saying denigrating things about Obama and other recent Democratic presidents while praising only Republicans?
A: No. The book's author, Ronald Kessler, states that a viral e-mail's descriptions of Obama and Clinton "are completely wrong." His book quotes both flattering and unflattering observations about presidents of both parties.