Articles from February, 2009

High-speed train not a Mickey Mouse line

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal stretches the truth about a rail line that might get money from the stimulus.

By Alexander Lane :: Published on Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 5:16 p.m.

Make more than $200,000? The tax man cometh!

Obama's budget says bye-bye to Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 5:13 p.m.

A presidential decision: a Portuguese Water Dog

Michelle Obama dishes the details on the new family pet. It'll likely be a Portuguese Water Dog, which means progress for Promise No. 502.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 6:13 p.m.

Obama wants federal cars plugged in

Obama is trying to use the stimulus bill to buy more hybrids and spark more production from automakers.  

By Robert Farley :: Published on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 7:29 p.m.

Foreclosure freeze from banks, not Obama

Obama promised a three-month moratorium on foreclosures. He hasn't delivered, but others have.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, February 23rd, 2009 at 5:34 p.m.

Earth, wind and fire

We find the stimulus bill fulfills Obama's promise for more research into alternative energy sources such as biomass, wind and solar.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 3:17 p.m.

A sign of the times: the mortgage rescue plan

We rate how well Obama's foreclosure plan fulfills his campaign promise.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 2:47 p.m.

That's a lot of weatherstripping

Obama promised to weatherize 1 million homes per year. With a big infusion of money from the economic stimulus, we rate it a Promise Kept.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 5:39 p.m.

With the stroke of a pen, keeping his promises

The economic stimulus bill fulfills or makes progress on about 50 of Obama's campaign promises.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

Tale of the House Mouse

We check out two Republican claims on the stimulus bill and find both are wrong.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 4:58 p.m.

Withdrawal of Gregg creates Truth-O-Meter dilemma

EDITOR'S NOTE: The withdrawal of Sen. Judd Gregg as Obama's nominee for commerce secretary creates a tricky situation for us. Here's how we're dealing with it.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 6:12 p.m.

Chain e-mails are back — and they're still wrong

Get ready to hit the Delete key. Chain e-mails are making a resurgence and landing in your inbox. We check two of them and find they're Pants on Fire wrong.

By Bill Adair, Alexander Lane :: Published on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 4:27 p.m.

Mailbag: 'You really need to get a grip'

In our latest mailbag, we get a lively mix of criticism, praise, and a new idea for the Obameter

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 at 12:22 p.m.

Numbers are the rope in stimulus tug-of-war

Obama says critics are picking on 1 percent of the plan. A Republican lawmaker says only 15 percent of the package will be spent this year. We check the math.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 7:17 p.m.

Sorting out the truth about "the porn lawyer"

The conservative group Fidelis says David Ogden, Obama's nominee for deputy attorney general, did legal work for Playboy. We find they're right, although it's a stretch to sum him up as a "porn lawyer."

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 3:51 p.m.

Your guide to the economic stimulus bill

For two weeks, you've heard claims that the bill includes lots of goodies — millions for Filipino veterans, ACORN and programs for sexually transmitted diseases. We sort out the truth.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, February 5th, 2009 at 4:44 p.m.

Senate doesn't steer clear of earmarks in stimulus

The White House maintains there are no earmarks in the stimulus bill. But we find a few.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

How Filipino veterans could benefit from stimulus

Yes, there's a provision in the stimulus bill that would help Filipino veterans from World War II. But it's complicated.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 at 6:51 p.m.

Could ACORN reap windfall from stimulus bill?

Republican leaders warn the economic stimulus plan would provide billions in funding to such organizations as ACORN. We dig down to see if they are right.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Monday, February 2nd, 2009 at 6:11 p.m.

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