A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

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

February 28, 2010

The last time the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team won the gold medal was in 1980 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Source: U.S. Olympic Committee/Associated Press

February 27, 2010

Feb. 28 is the deadline for individuals and corporations to donate to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti and claim those contributions on 2009 tax returns.
Source: IRS.gov

February 26, 2010

The highest medal count for the United States in the Olympic Winter Games is 34, which the U.S. team attained in 2002 in Salt Lake City.
Source: U.S. Olympic Committee

February 25, 2010

In the first Olympic Winter Games, in 1924, the Canadian hockey team won all five of their games and outscored their opponents 110 to 3.
Source: Vancouver Organizing Committee

February 24, 2010

The first Paralympic Winter Games were held in 1976 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.
Source: Vancouver Organizing Committee

Just the Facts 2010: E-mails

In this week’s webisode, our second since rebooting the vidcast, host Christine Nieves looks at some false chain e-mails about Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin. We first wrote about them during the 2008 presidential election, but the lessons in debunking are timeless. We use them as examples to review …

FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Feb. 16-Feb. 22

This week, readers sent us a personal recollection of Obama’s Columbia years, and comments on climate change consensus and veep-to-veep combat.
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.

February 23, 2010

The Paralympic Games began after World War II in 1948, when Sir Ludwig Guttman organized a competition for British veterans who were in wheelchairs.
Source: Vancouver Organizing Committee