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Fact Checker: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

History lesson: Why letting go is so hard to do

Why presidents have trouble cutting ties with dictators. A lesson from the history books.

By Glenn Kessler  | February 5, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Middle East, issue context  
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Obama in Cairo: Bold or timid?

White House Chief of Staff William Daley claims that Obama's speech in Cairo was criticized for being too bold about democracy. The evidence suggests the opposite.

By Glenn Kessler  | February 4, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Middle East  
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Three scenarios for the Egyptian end game

The Fact Checker examines three possible scenarios for the Egyptian end game, drawn from history

By Glenn Kessler  | February 3, 2011; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Middle East, issue context  
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McConnell's claims of wide backing for health-care repeal

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell claimed widespread backing for repeal of the health care law. Is he right?

By Glenn Kessler  | February 2, 2011; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
Categories:  1 Pinocchio, Health, Mitch McConnell  
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Decoding Obama's statement on Egypt and Mubarak

What did the president's statement on Egypt really mean? We provide a guide.

By Glenn Kessler  | February 2, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Other Foreign Policy, issue context  
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Harry Reid's imaginary $4 billion credit to the health-care law

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claims the new health care law has yielded $4 billion from health-care fraudsters. But he's wrong.

By Glenn Kessler  | February 2, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  3 Pinocchios, Harry Reid, Health  
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Obama's diplomatic balancing act on Egypt

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Egypt was "stable" and the government was trying to meet the "needs and interests of the Egyptian people." Her words may come back to haunt her.

By Glenn Kessler  | February 1, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Middle East, Other Foreign Policy, issue context  
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