Obama tells a whopper about McCain and Social Security: Factcheck.org

For a candidate who says he is different kind of politician, Obama is looking pretty predictable. Go to Florida and tell retirees the other guy is going to take away your Social Security. Common tactic.According to Factcheck.org as reproduced in Newsweek, Obama's claim about John McCain and Social Security is just plain false. Check it out:In Daytona Beach, Obama said that "if my opponent had his way, the millions of Floridians who rely on it would've had their Social Security tied up in … [Read more...]

Obama’s misleading new ad on Born Alive Infant Protection Act

It is hard to know where to start with this one.Ben Smith at Politico posted this new ad from Barack Obama blasting McCain for another ad by Gianna Jessen, abortion survivor.First, the Jessen ad is not John McCain's ad. Second, McCain does support the availability of abortion in cases of rape and incest (Sarah Palin does not). And third, Barack Obama voted against legal recognition to infants of quesionable viability while an Illinois state senator. Obama has yet to … [Read more...]

Who's the centrist in the 2008 election?

Both McCain and Obama want the mantle of a change agent and one capable of reaching across party divide. This article in the Philadelphia Inquirer from John Lott, research scientist at University of MD, contests the Obama charge that McCain is McSame, or a clone of George Bush. He writes:Does John McCain represent a third Bush term? The Obama campaign claims the two are almost indistinguishable. It was the mantra during the Democratic convention, and it is the theme of new ads Barack Obama … [Read more...]

Two new polls show Obama with a tiny lead

The AP reports on two new polls. The Pew poll has the candidates even up when considering the poll's margin of error while the Gallup poll has Obama up 4. … [Read more...]

Sarah Palin's email account hacked

I wonder if her recipe for mooseburgers was discovered?This is sad. … [Read more...]

Vice-President: How much experience is necessary?

Moderate David Brooks takes on the issue of Sarah Palin's experience in Monday's New York Times. He raises the question of whether or not Sarah Palin is qualified to be Vice-President without raising the more important question of whether Barack Obama is qualified enough to be President.He writes:What is prudence? It is the ability to grasp the unique pattern of a specific situation. It is the ability to absorb the vast flow of information and still discern the essential current of … [Read more...]

ThinkProgress is wrong: Palin did not reduce funding to Special Olympics

ThinkProgress has produced another inaccurate and misleading claim about Sarah Palin's actions as Governor of Alaska.They claim that she cut funds to Special Olympics in an obvious bid to paint her as a hypocrite given that she has a Down Syndrome son and she asserts that she will be an advocate for families with special needs kids.Here is the 2007 budget with the Special Olympics line item:The program was alloted received $250,000 in FY 2007.Here is the 2008 budget with the … [Read more...]

Newsweek issues correction on Palin social issues story

Katie Paul at Newsweek alerted me that Newsweek printed a correction to their story claiming that Palin cut funding for teen mothers and the state WIC program. I blogged about it here and had extensive conversations with Alaska officials about the claims. Ms. Paul was also diligent to work with Alaska officials to correct the story once I made her aware of the facts.Here is the correction (at the end of page 2):Clarification (updated Sept. 11, 2008) : A number of readers have challenged … [Read more...]


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