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September 8th, 2009
06:02 AM ET

PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter: Fact vs. fiction

Editor's Note: PolitiFact.com is a project of the St. Petersburg Times that aims to help you find the truth in politics. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times examine statements by members of Congress, the president, etc. They research their statements and then rate the accuracy on their Truth-O-Meter.

Republican Party of Florida says Obama will "indoctrinate" schoolchildren with "socialist ideology"

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Schoolchildren across the nation "will be forced to watch the president justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs, and racking up more debt than any other president."

-Republican Party of Florida on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 in a press release

The Truth-O-Meter says: PANTS ON FIRE

Pants on Fire

Read more: We didn't realize studying hard was socialist ideology

Weiner mangles details of health care reform

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"Under the plan, for the first five years your employer not only has to keep the coverage, but you can't migrate to the public plan."

-Anthony Weiner on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 in an interview on "Fox and Friends"

The Truth-O-Meter says: BARELY TRUE

Barely True

Read more: Getting the details wrong

Barack Obama poll after seven months shows him behind other presidents

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"Since World War II, only Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton have had worse ratings after seven months than President Obama."

-Newt Gingrich on Sunday, August 30th, 2009 in an op-ed in The Washington Post

The Truth-O-Meter says: TRUE

True

Read more: Seven months in, Obama lags"


Filed under: Truth-O-Meter
September 8th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday September 8, 2009

Here are the  big stories on the agenda today:

  • Congress returns to face the health care struggle.  Lawmakers are inside the beltway again this morning.  And after a month off, the fiery town halls and with many in Congress still split over a health care overhaul, can they find a bipartisan solution?  We’re speaking to one of the so-called “gang of six” about a new option on the table right now.
  • Before the president takes his make or break push on health care to a joint session of Congress.  He'll face a bigger and younger crowd.  President Obama makes a nationwide address to school students at noon eastern time.  It's a speech that critics killed before they ever saw it.  Now we have it.  What he will say.  And why some schools won't be listening.
  • A CNN exclusive: one-on-one with former First Lady, Laura Bush.  A Former teacher herself,  what she thinks of the president speaking to students.  She's also speaking out against the deep political divide in D.C.  Find out what she thinks of the man in the Oval Office now, and the current first lady.  Her answers may surprise you.
  • Her pictures have defined an era, gracing the covers of Vanity Fair and Vogue.  Now, photographer Annie Leibovitz could lose her entire life's work.  The deadline for a $24-million loan  is today.  How did this happen to an artist who's made millions?  Our Christine Romans has some answers.

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