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Fact Checker: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Obama's Fannie Mae 'Connection'

The McCain campaign is attempting to link Barack Obama to the mortgage crisis by claiming that he received advice on housing and mortgages from the former head of Fannie Mae, Franklin Raines. The evidence for the Obama-Raines link is pretty flimsy.

By Michael Dobbs  | September 19, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1387)
Categories:  2 Pinocchios, Ad Watch, Barack Obama, Candidate Record  
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McCain, Obama Mislead on Immigration

Both John McCain and Barack Obama have made misleading statements on immigration reform in an attempt to win support from Hispanic-Americans.

By Michael Dobbs  | September 19, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
Categories:  2 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Candidate Watch, Immigration  
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Did Obama author the stimulus package?

Barack Obama claims that his economic stimulus plan "formed the basis" one the package eventually adopted by Congress and the White House. He is greatly exaggerating his role.

By Michael Dobbs  | September 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  2 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Candidate Record, Candidate Watch, Economy  
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Taxing Promises

The McCain campaign has repeatedly accused Barack Obama of planning to raise taxes on middle-income families. The claim is based on flimsy evidence.

By Washington Post editors  | September 17, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  1 Pinocchio, Barack Obama, Candidate Watch  
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Palin for Energy Czar!

Four Pinocchios for Sarah Palin who has repeatedly overstated Alaska's share of total U.S. energy production, despite challenges from fact checkers.

By Michael Dobbs  | September 16, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (342)
Categories:  Candidate Record, Candidate Watch, Economy  
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Obama Confuses his Verb Tenses

An Obama campaign ad claims that top McCain advisers "lobby" for special interests. The Democratic presidential candidate is grammatically challenged.

By Michael Dobbs  | September 15, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (193)
Categories:  3 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Candidate Watch  
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