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McConnell’s stale, inflated claim about health plan cancellations

An assertion by the Senate minority leader is a textbook case of the type of comparison that opponents of the Affordable Care Act have been making for months. But such claims can be misleading.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Rauner's ad says wife is a Democrat, but donations show otherwise

Pivoting from a primary campaign geared to his party's conservative base, Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner is now seeking to expand his appeal with a TV spot featuring playful banter with his wife, who proclaims herself to be a Democrat. But that on-screen declaration of political allegiance doesn't line up with Diana Rauner's history of campaign donations, which skews heavily Republican.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Lowden's Obamacare charge against foe off target

Checking an advertisement supporting Republican Sue Lowden's candidacy to become Nevada's next lieutenant governor.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Sheheen ad slams Haley's education record as governor

Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen is airing a new TV ad that slams Republican Gov. Nikki Haley for her record on education as governor. It says South Carolina students have fallen behind under her leadership. We checked the facts in the ad.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Obamacare for the Mortgage Industry?

A slate of new ads from the 60 Plus Association evoke a well-worn conservative punching bag -- Obamacare -- to attack seven senators for supporting a lesser-known plan.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Allen West’s new book dotted with familiar, but fake, quotes from great Americans

Former Rep. Allen West outlines his political philosophy, warrior code and experiences as a black conservative in a new book that’s peppered with quotations attributed to Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other famous figures.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

‘Billions’ spent on attacking Obamacare?

President Barack Obama said of anti-Obamacare attacks, “We didn’t have billions of dollars of commercials like some critics did.” Is that correct?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

CBO’s Obamacare estimate: it’s more complicated than you think

With all of the hoopla this week about the administration achieving 7 million sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, we wanted to offer a technical note about the source of that goal — the estimate by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that 7 million people would be enrolled in the exchanges. After healthcare.gov’s troubled start, CBO then reduced the estimate to 6 million.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Seven fake pictures of President Obama from social media

The seven dumbest, widely-circulated fake photographs of President Obama. People believe this stuff, really.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

IRS chief: No ‘targeting’ of tea party groups, just ‘inappropriate criteria’

The head of the IRS testified that “the inspector general found inappropriate criteria were used to select organizations for further review — he did not refer to it as targeting.” Is that correct?

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Does mortgage industry bill cost 'average investors' retirement savings?

A new television ad targeting U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan combines the go-to bogeyman for conservative causes this year – the Affordable Care Act – with a scary-seeming claim about retirement savings into a 30-second melange airing in Raleigh and throughout the state this month.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Not ‘Everybody’ Is Covered Under ACA

President Obama went too far in saying the Affordable Care Act meant "everybody" would have "basic health care." The law doesn't create a universal health care system, and not everyone will have insurance.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Eric Cantor, the Fry Cook and the Whopper

Did you hear the story about President Obama and the fry cook? House Majority Leader Eric Cantor did, but he got it wrong.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Obamacare enrollment numbers: what we know and what we don’t know

For months, politicians have rushed out with either wildly inflated — or deflated — numbers about the Affordable Care. Here's an attempt to take stock.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Did Michelle Obama wave a communist flag while visiting China?

Actually, it was a pair of plain red streamers during a folk-dancing exhibition.

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

A Democratic attack ad tries to connect the dots, and earns 4 Pinocchios

This attack ad attempts to connect the dots: Rep. Tom Cotton made a fortune working for insurance companies, the story goes, and so he would happily do their bidding as Republicans dismantle Medicare. But the links are weak to nonexistent.

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Ad attacks politician Miller's 'High Life'

The attorney general and the Playboy "playmate"?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Misleading Anti-Obamacare Ad in Michigan

Americans for Prosperity’s latest anecdotal TV ad attacking the Affordable Care Act features a Michigan mom who says her family’s “new plan is not affordable at all” and that the law is “destroying the middle class.”

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Do 60 percent of women use ‘birth control’ for something other than family planning?

Checking the claim that “99 percent of women used birth control in their lifetime and 60 percent use it for something other than family planning."

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Benacquisto has voted to raise taxes, fees, but ...

To try to stop state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto’s rise to the national level, opponents and PACs supporting her opponents have turned to her past.

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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