Articles from March, 2009
Some conservative pundits have said the GIVE Act, now named after Sen. Edward Kennedy, would lead to mandatory volunteerism. But the bill didn't do that.
The Republicans contend Obama's cap-and-trade policy would impose a $3,128 tax per family. But it's not a tax and it wouldn't cost that much.
The GOP budget proposal doesn't include estimates of revenues or expenses.
Obama promised to "throw his weight around" for a college football playoff system, but it's Congress that is playing offense.
Numbers have been flying fast and furious in response to Obama's first budget proposal. We took a look at some of the more popular claims to see which ones add up.
A Republican congresswoman alleges that Obama's budget would eliminate two sacred deductions for familes that earn more than $250,000. But we find she's way off.
Obama promised tax credits to encourage people to buy plug-in vehicles when they come on the market. We rate it a Promise Kept.
Seven of the 10 are at least In the Works, including our latest update on green jobs.
Obama says the Model T got better mileage than today's SUV. Maybe so, but is that the best way to think about fuel efficiency?
Members of Congress are outraged over bonuses for AIG. We check their facts.
We examine Obama's policy to prevent the "revolving door" for lobbyists and find that he's broken his promise. The policy has a big loophole.
We find the House Republican leader can rightfully claim a pure record on earmarks.
Obama claims U.S. eighth graders are slipping at math. But we find they're actually improving.
Sen. Charles Schumer says Bridge to Nowhere, the poster child for earmark waste, could not happen in today's system. We say it could.
Obama budget chief Peter Orszag claimed earmarks are down 75 percent. He's way off.
We examine a couple of promises on energy. One makes Obama's budget plan, another doesn't.
Halfway through 100 days, he has made considerable progress on many campaign promises. But now come the tough ones.
The vice president insists he's got the right figures comparing CEO and worker pay. We don't find anything wrong with his math, but he's missing a few qualifiers.
We find Sen. Tom Coburn is wrong with his claim that under Obama's health plan, all care will be run by the government.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the Democrats spent more in a month than the combined cost of Hurricane Katrina and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We crunch the numbers and find that's wrong.
We add a new promise about earmarks to our database and rate it Compromise.
We explore whether the Democratic figure for earmarks is unrealistically low and what exactly President Obama promised during the campaign.