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McCain, Obama, Biden, and JFK

The McCain camp has seized on an unguarded comment by Joe Biden to reintroduce the experience argument into the closing days of the presidential campaign. What do Obama and McCain have to learn from JFK and the Cuban missile crisis?

By Michael Dobbs  | October 23, 2008; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Candidate Watch, History  
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From GITMO to the Battlefield

John McCain claims that 30 released Guantanamo detainees have "tried to attack America again." The presumptive Republican nominee is twisting the facts.

By Michael Dobbs  | June 30, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (173)
Categories:  2 Pinocchios, Candidate Watch, History, War on Terror  
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What the President Didn't Know

Both Obama and McCain have pointed to JFK's handling of the Cuban missile crisis to emphasize their own readiness for the commander-in-chief position. But history has become confused with myth.

By Michael Dobbs  | June 23, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  3 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Gov Watch, History  
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'The People Have Spoken'

Hillary Clinton says that the "people have spoken" and she is the "chosen" one. Her claim to be winning "the popular vote" is highly debatable. It is also meaningless.

By Michael Dobbs  | June 2, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2 Pinocchios, Candidate Record, Candidate Watch, History  
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The Pot and the Kettle

Scott McClellan says that the American media failed to do its job properly during the run-up to the Iraqi war. The Fact Checker agrees.

By Michael Dobbs  | May 29, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Geppetto's Checkmark, History, Iraq, MSM Watch  
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Obama and Auschwitz, Part II

Barack Obama has made his "Americans liberated Auschwitz" claim more than once. He is not the only presidential candidate to twist the history of World War II.

By Michael Dobbs  | May 28, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (193)
Categories:  3 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Candidate Watch, History  
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Where in the world is Auschwitz?, Michael Dobbs , May 27, 2008
McCain, Obama, and Kissing Dictators, Michael Dobbs , May 21, 2008
John McCain's Birthplace, Michael Dobbs , May 20, 2008
Golf-gate!, Michael Dobbs , May 15, 2008
Bush's Brain on Bush's Heart, Michael Dobbs , May 12, 2008
The Tuskegee Experiment, Part II, Michael Dobbs , May 9, 2008
How Unpopular Is George Bush?, Michael Dobbs , May 8, 2008
Citizen McCain, Michael Dobbs , May 2, 2008
Hillary's 'two percent' college loan, Michael Dobbs , April 23, 2008
Paying for the Iraq War, Michael Dobbs , April 18, 2008
Bill Shoots from the Hip, Michael Dobbs , April 11, 2008
Suffragettes for Hillary, Michael Dobbs , April 8, 2008
Name, Rank, and Service Number, Michael Dobbs , April 3, 2008
Obama's 'Camelot connection', Michael Dobbs , March 31, 2008
Clinton stumbles on Ohio history, Michael Dobbs , March 5, 2008
Readers Fact Check Dem Debate, Michael Dobbs , February 28, 2008
Bill the Attack Dog, Michael Dobbs , January 22, 2008
Poetry versus Prose, Michael Dobbs , January 8, 2008
Off-base on NAFTA and "Hillary Care", Washington Post Editors , January 7, 2008
Hillary and Martin Luther King Jr., Michael Dobbs , December 31, 2007
The 2007 Pinocchio Awards, Michael Dobbs , December 31, 2007
The Fibs of 2007, Michael Dobbs , December 24, 2007
Four Pinocchios for Romney on MLK, Michael Dobbs , December 23, 2007
Marching with King, Michael Dobbs , December 22, 2007
Hillary Bakes Some Stats, Michael Dobbs , December 21, 2007
Most Revealing Fibs: Fred Thompson, Michael Dobbs , December 12, 2007
Obama Tells a Fib, Michael Dobbs , November 28, 2007
Aliens Support Clinton, Richardson, Michael Dobbs , November 6, 2007
Biden Talks Tough to Brezhnev?, Michael Dobbs , November 5, 2007
Is Hillary Responsible for the 'Library Lockdown'?, Michael Dobbs , November 1, 2007
One Up, One Down for John McCain, Michael Dobbs , October 31, 2007
Barbers for Dodd, Gorbie Endorses Rudy, Michael Dobbs , October 26, 2007
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