Articles from September, 2008

Economic barrage

In new TV ads, McCain and Obama make claims about taxes and Fannie Mae. We find they're both exaggerating.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 at 6:52 p.m.

McCain's Spanish dancing

At the first debate, Obama said McCain had balked at meeting with the Spanish prime minister and wasn't sure if Spain was a U.S. ally. We sort out the facts.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, September 29th, 2008 at 7:03 p.m.

Friday night fight

McCain and Obama spar at Ole Miss in their first debate. We check their facts and find a few blunders.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Saturday, September 27th, 2008 at 12:14 a.m.

Sorting out the truth on Iraq

This is Part 2 of our series on key issues of the presidential election. We'll distill the candidates' positions and examine key rulings. This time, Iraq.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, September 26th, 2008 at 5:42 p.m.

Obama's executive pay misfire

Obama takes a swing at McCain while attacking high executive pay. But he misses.

By Adriel Bettelheim :: Published on Thursday, September 25th, 2008 at 6:10 p.m.

Facts in Bermuda vacation ad do the job

Obama's latest attack: John McCain went to Bermuda, said nice things, received donations. Check, check, check.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 at 6:39 p.m.

Bridge too far on the Bridge to Nowhere

The famous Bridge to Nowhere is still a hot issue, but now it's being used as a weapon (though not very plausibly) against Obama.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 at 4:54 p.m.

The Palin 'rape kit' controversy

Bloggers contend Palin supported a city policy that charged sexual assault victims for forensic exams. We find the truth is murky.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, September 22nd, 2008 at 6:29 p.m.

Sorting out the truth on taxes

Between now and Election Day, we plan to focus on key issues of the presidential election. We'll distill the candidates' positions and examine key rulings. First up: taxes.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, September 19th, 2008 at 4:48 p.m.

Eager to be ahead of the economy curve

Barack Obama wants voters to know he's been focused on economic woes all along, but he's taking credit for a plan that was mostly devised without him.

By Adriel Bettelheim :: Published on Thursday, September 18th, 2008 at 4:42 p.m.

McCain's 'warning' on Fannie & Freddie

McCain spoke up after a widely read report drew attention to chicanery at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but it's a huge stretch to suggest he could have somehow averted the current crisis.

By Adriel Bettelheim :: Published on Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 at 5:23 p.m.

McCain's pork project

McCain hammers at this point of distinction: he hates pork-barrel spending, Obama revels in it.

By Shawn Zeller :: Published on Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 at 5:27 p.m.

Palin's pipeline - less than meets the eye

It was her biggest goal as governor, and she took a few steps down the road. But this pipeline is still a bit of a pipe dream.

By Alexander Lane :: Published on Monday, September 15th, 2008 at 1:59 p.m.

Sarah in the spotlight

We fact-check statements from Sarah Palin's first major news interview since being named the vice presidential nominee of the Republican Party.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, September 12th, 2008 at 7:14 p.m.

Kindergarten Sex Ed? Hardly

A McCain ad says Obama wants "comprehensive" sex ed for kindergartners. No, he doesn't.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, September 11th, 2008 at 11:15 a.m.

Lipstick, pigs and pit bulls

The McCain campaign seized on Obama's use of an old metaphor to say he said something he didn't.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 at 6:33 p.m.

The e-mail heard round the world

Anne Kilkenny of Wasilla, Alaska, shared some thoughts on Gov. Sarah Palin in an e-mail to a few friends. But then they told a few people and so on and so on.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 at 7:46 p.m.

The bridge barrage

We sort out the claims and exaggerations about Palin's actions on the Bridge to Nowhere.

By Bill Adair, Robert Farley :: Published on Monday, September 8th, 2008 at 6:25 p.m.

McCain's big night

In a St. Paul hockey arena, John McCain accepts the Republican nomination. We check his facts.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, September 5th, 2008 at 12:06 a.m.

FACT SHEET: Are you experienced?

We look at the four nominees for president and vice president and count up their experience.  

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 at 6:07 p.m.

Getting fired up in St. Paul

After losing a day because of Hurricane Gustav, Republicans — and their new ally Joe Lieberman — try to make up for lost time with lots of praise of John McCain and a few digs at Barack Obama. We check the facts.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 at 11:25 p.m.

Drilling down on Palin's record

We examine new claims about Palin's record on energy and the Bridge to Nowhere and find some exaggerations and a Full Flop.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, September 1st, 2008 at 7:08 p.m.

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