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Archive: January 2011

The battle over the health care bill

Both sides in the health care debate are playing fast and loose with the facts regarding the Congressional Budget Office estimates of the health care bill.

Posted on January 13, 2011 at 6:00 AM ET | Comments (77)

Palin's use of 'blood libel' and Reagan comment in statement on Tucson shooting

Palin's use of the phrase "blood libel" has raised eyebrows. We explain the context of the phrase, and also of the quote she used by Ronald Reagan.

Posted on January 12, 2011 at 12:30 PM ET | Comments (251)

Julian Assange's Fears of Guantanamo

Does Wikileaks founder Julian Assange have a "real risk" of ending up in Guantanamo? Doubtful.

Posted on January 12, 2011 at 6:00 AM ET | Comments (28)

Gunsights or Surveyor Symbols?

Military imagery has long been a staple of political rhetoric. But did Sarah Palin's map of targeted Democrats go too far--or are her defenders ignoring the obvious when they claim she did not put gunsights on her map?

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 6:05 AM ET | Comments (262)

Welcome to the new Fact Checker

The Fact Checker is back! Veteran diplomatic correspondent Glenn Kessler will examine the truth behind the rhetoric.

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 6:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

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