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Kerry Exaggerates Role in Some Key Legislative Battles

John Kerry is fond of saying “I led the fight” on a lot of things. But reporters who cover Congress often gave others credit for the leading roles in some of those fights — with scant mention of Kerry.

President Uses Dubious Statistics on Costs of Malpractice Lawsuits

The President holds out the prospect of major cost savings if Congress will pass a law limiting what injured patients can collect in lawsuits. But both the General Accounting Office and the Congressional Budget Office suggest savings – if any – would be relatively small.

Bush A Military ‘Deserter?’ Calm Down, Michael

Michael Moore, the populist author and movie and TV producer, called Bush a “deserter.” The fact is Bush was honorably discharged without ever being officially accused of desertion or being away without official leave.

Even Opponents Call Iowa Anti-immigration Ad Factually Accurate

An ad running heavily in Iowa says meatpackers replaced Iowans with thousands of foreign workers and then cut wages “almost in half.” That claim is true, according to academics who studied the Iowa meatpacking industry. But the same academics disagree with the ad’s anti-immigration message and one called it “borderline racist.”

Gephardt ‘Enron’ Attack Misses the Mark

Dick Gephardt has been attacking Howard Dean for giving “huge tax breaks” to Enron. But Gephardt has failed to show that Enron got any special treatment.