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Wes Hester

Richmond-Times Dispatch political reporter

Wes Hester is the Main Street reporter on the Richmond Times-Dispatch political team.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Wes Hester

Under Ryan plan, "those 54 and younger would receive the same kind of healthcare options now enjoyed by members of Congress."

 "Our crime rate continues to plummet."

Phil Puckett "voted no on sending the EPA a message that they’ve gone too far not once, but twice."

House Republicans required the use of Styrofoam cups in House cafeterias that are "part of Koch Industries."

"If you look at the benefits and wages of recorded federal employees, they far outstrip the market rates of the private sector."

The U.S. has "over $62 trillion in unfunded liabilities."

Department of Education officials investigating Virginia Tech shootings "have not once gotten into the car and driven down to Blacksburg to talk to the police chief or the university president or to anyone else."

Failure to raise the debt limit does not force a U.S. default on debt payments.

There is "a situation in this country where you're nearing 50 percent of people who don't even pay income taxes."

"China now owns $1.1 trillion of our debt, our trade deficit last year with them was a quarter of a trillion dollars."

Recent stories from Wes Hester
Of debt, taxes and time travel

Scott’s argument ignores a few details that drove up debt like, say, two wars overseas and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression which resulted in stimulus spending that the congressman supported.  

One year later: Some truths, some half-truths

One year after President Obama signed the health care law, we examine some of the truths and half-truths.

One year later: the falsehoods continue

We review 10 big distortions on the health care law's one-year anniversary.

Fact-checking the federal budget fight

A deadline looms for the federal budget on Friday, with even more deadlines to come.

Top 5 falsehoods about the Bush tax cuts

With the tax debate heating up, we review some of the talking points that are just flat wrong.

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