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It goes without saying that the end of the terrorist mass murderer Osama bin Laden does not mean the end of the terrorist threat against the United States. Osama bin Laden’s appeal, though cynical, was rooted in real grievances against longstanding U.S. support for undemocratic regimes. Read more»

We found no outright false factual claims in Obama’s State of the Union address, but we did note some that were arguable, and some promises that may prove unrealistic. Read more»

Three federal judges presiding over legal challenges to the landmark health care law have held financial investments in the health care industry, which has a lot riding on the outcome of the cases, according to a review of their financial disclosure forms. Read more»

The Wikileaks situation became a focus for anti-American sentiment that had been building in the United Kingdom as the post-war situation in Iraq went from bad to worse and the abuses of Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and extraordinary rendition became widely publicized. Read more»

A day after North Korea unleashed a deadly artillery barrage against South Korea, the region is again playing the parlor game of crafting a response to the regime’s idiosyncratic brand of brinksmanship. Read more»

Fast-growing for-profit colleges, under fire for saddling students with unmanageable debt, are rolling out new policies aimed at raising graduation rates while also hoping a Republican-controlled House will block unfavorable legislation. Read more» 1

Now in control of the House of Representatives, Republicans are planning to flex their muscles quickly to try to repeal the Democratic health law — but even some GOP leaders acknowledge it is likely they can get rid of the law right away. Read more»

President Obama may have to change his foreign policy goals in the wake of Tuesday's elections.

President Obama’s 2009 inauguration ushered in a new era that sought for America to re-engage with the world. But what happens to the spirit of Obama’s foreign policy if Republicans capture control of Congress? Read more»

Midterm elections are an embarrassment of riches for fact-checkers — this year more than others. With both parties fighting desperately control of the House and Senate, the amount of deceit in political advertising is at least as high as we’ve ever seen. Read more»

U.S. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona

Democrats are running misleading ads in several House and Senate races accusing Republicans of supporting a "23 percent national sales tax." Read more»

This campaign season, "bailout" is a dirty — and often misused — word. Those who abuse the word "bailout" aren't appealing to logic, or trying to describe what they oppose accurately. They are seeking to trigger a gut response in an audience inclined to recoil instinctively at the word, and hoping nobody stops to think or ask questions. Read more»

U.S. and Slovenia take the field at the World Cup.

The United States maintained its hopes of advancing to the next round of the soccer World Cup Friday when it tied 2-2 against Slovenia in a hotly fought match at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park stadium. Read more» 2

Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf aka Bagdad Bob

New Smart v. Stupid column: I’ve never written or cared much about Sarah Palin. But her recent Twitter offensive blaming “Greenies” for the Gulf oil spill – to defend her signature line “Drill Baby, Drill!” – got me thinking about how much she reminded me of Baghdad Bob. Read more»

A Tea Party rally in Sept. 2009.

"Smart v. Stupid" may sound a little pretentious in today's wide-open marketplace of ideas. But current political debate is long on "noise" and short on substance primarily because stupid ideas go unchallenged. Read more» 3

Do immigrants take American jobs? It’s a common refrain among those who want to tighten limits on legal immigration. But most economists say there’s little to support the claim. Read more»

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