Friday, August 22, 2014

The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Mitt Romney says Dow Chemical chose Saudi Arabia over Oklahoma for plant Mitt Romney likes to draw a straight line between environmental regulations and the jobs they cost. That was the thrust of his statement at a ...

Can Afghanistan Survive Without America?

Posted by Dexter Filkins, New Yorker On July - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Dexter Filkins, New YorkerIn the eleven years since the American invasion of Afghanistan, Abdul Nasir has become a modern and prosperous professional. A worldly man in his late thirties, he smokes Marlboros, drives a Toyota, and follows Spanish soccer...

CNN Host Scrutinizes Own Network For Health Care Blunder

Posted by Katherine Fung On July - 1 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
CNN's "Reliable Sources" proved to be somewhat awkward, as host Howard Kurtz dissected his own network's botched reporting of the Supreme Court's health care ruling....

Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup

Posted by Arianna Huffington On June - 30 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
This week was all about the Supreme Court -- and the suddenly surprising John Roberts. First, the Chief Justice guided the court through a split-the-baby decision on Arizona's immigration law, allowing the noxious "show-your-papers" provision to stand while striking down three others. (Splitting the baby was very much in vogue: see News Corp.) Then came the landmark health care ruling in which Roberts, perhaps mindful of a recent poll showing three-quarters of Americans think he and his fellow justices allow political views to influence their decisions, found a narrow way to uphold Obamacare -- a move that left many conservatives fuming, caused Justice Kennedy to accuse Roberts of "vast judicial overreaching," and prompted Albert Brooks to tweet: "It's a terrific day in America. I'm gonna go out and get wildly sick." Much closer to home, we mourned the passing -- and celebrated the life -- of Nora Ephron (see here, here, here, here, here -- and read Nora's HuffPost posts here).
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Barack Obama says that under his health care law, those who have health insurance will keep it After the Supreme Court upheld the health care bill he’d signed into law, President Barack Obama applauded the...
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Mitt Romney says "Obamacare" means up to 20 million Americans will lose insurance they like and want Following the Supreme Court’s decision upholding President Barack Obama’s health care law, Mitt Romney...

Mitt Romney: "Obamacare adds trillions to our deficits and to our national debt."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On June - 28 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Mitt Romney says 'Obamacare' adds trillions to the deficit How is it that a law can raise taxes and cut spending, but also add trillions to the deficit? That was Mitt Romney’s claim after the U.S. Supreme Cou...

Sarah Palin: Obama "said (the individual mandate) wasn't a tax."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On June - 28 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Sarah Palin says Barack Obama once said the individual mandate "wasn't a tax" Moments after the Supreme Court ruled that it was largely upholding President Barack Obama’s health care law, Republicans zeroed in ...

Rush Limbaugh: "Obamacare is . . . the largest tax increase in the history of the world."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On June - 28 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Limbaugh, GOP have it wrong: Health care law is not the largest tax increase ever A silver lining for conservatives in the Supreme Court’s health care decision Thursday is that the court allowed the l...

The Future Is Better Than You Think

Posted by Peter Diamandis, Forbes On June - 27 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Peter Diamandis, ForbesWe are all unknowingly addicts.  Addicts of bad news.  Twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week, the news media is constantly feeding us negative stories on every digital device in their arsenal &qu...
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Obama says DREAM Act hasn’t changed since Republicans supported it, only politics has The debate over immigration was revived by President Barack Obama’s announcement of a reprieve for the children of ...
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Chain email says River School lip-reading instructor confirms first lady Michelle Obama said "All this for a damn flag" at 9/11 ceremonies Authors of chain emails love to question President Barack Obama&#39...

Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup

Posted by Arianna Huffington On June - 24 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
This week, Greece fended off a looming exit from the eurozone with its election of New Democracy's Antonis Samaras -- but couldn't fend off political nemesis Germany on the soccer field, falling 4-2 in the European Cup quarterfinals. In the U.S., the Obama campaign released a new video attacking Mitt Romney's record of shipping American jobs overseas -- both as governor and as a "corporate buyout specialist." Meanwhile, Bloomberg News reported that Romney had asked Florida's Republican governor to stop touting his state's good economic news because it clashed with the GOP candidate's message that Obama is destroying the economy. And there are still 135 more days until the election -- a long, hot run-up that promises to be increasingly ugly. Finally, Rodney King died this week, his plaintive "can we all get along?" plea resonating as a fitting epitaph for our times.
An Illinois-based lesbian couple is searching for a new wedding venue after the manager of one historic banquet hall told them she wouldn't help "celebrate...

David Plouffe: "Gov. Romney was very clear, he would veto the DREAM Act."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On June - 22 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Mitt Romney said he would veto the DREAM Act, says David Plouffe Since President Barack Obama announced a new policy to suspend deportations for some young illegal immigrants, his campaign has been touting that polic...

Facebook posts: "Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties in U.S. are illegals."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On June - 21 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Facebook post claims nearly 60 percent of public housing residents are illegal immigrants One of the strongest charges aimed at illegal immigrants is that not only have they broken the law, but they are rel...

Barack Obama: "Women (are) paid 77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On June - 21 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Barack Obama ad says women are paid "77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men" President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign released a new ad aimed at women on June 21, 2012. Here’s...

Facebook posts: "Less than 2 percent of illegals are picking crops, but 41 percent are on welfare."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On June - 20 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Facebook post says "less than 2 percent of illegals are picking crops, but 41 percent are on welfare" A reader recently sent us a Facebook post with "10 Illegal Alien Facts." One of them was, "...

Jim DeMint: Says President Obama's new immigration plan "is amnesty."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On June - 20 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Jim DeMint and other Republicans say Obama immigration plan is amnesty After President Barack Obama unveiled a new immigration plan for young people who came to the U.S. illegally, it didn't take long for...

The One Man Who Can Save Europe

Posted by Clive Crook, Bloomberg On June - 20 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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Obama Now Looks Like the Narrow Underdog

Posted by Stuart Rothenberg, Roll Call On June - 19 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Stuart Rothenberg, Roll CallBack in October, President Barack Obama's job approval rating stood at 44 percent in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey and only 17 percent of voters said that things in the country were "generally headed...
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Facebook post says Michigan lawmaker silenced for saying ‘vagina’ Yes, this did happen. The rumors you’ve heard about a female lawmaker in Michigan saying "vagina" and causing an uproar are...

Facebook posts: "More than 43 percent of all food stamps are given to illegals."

Posted by Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On June - 19 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Facebook post says more than 43 percent of all food stamps are given to illegal immigrants A reader recently sent us a Facebook post with "10 Illegal Alien Facts." One of them was that &...
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Barack Obama ad says Mitt Romney was No. 1 in state debt as Mass. governor In the newest installment of a continuing attack on Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts, an ad from the Obama campai...