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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.

Puncturing a Republican Tax Fable

Republican National Chairman Ed Gillespie said “80% of the tax relief for upper income filers goes to small businesses.” That’s untrue – and a classic example of a statistical distortion gone amok.