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President Barack Obama in Abington, Pa

In a new TV ad, President Obama makes an inflated claim to have added 5.2 million new jobs. The total added during his time in office is actually about 325,000. (with video) Read more»

When Mitt Romney described the 47 percent, he was saying what he thinks about Democrats. He’s not alone in repeating a simple-minded theory about why people choose a political party. Read more» 1

The future of elections rest with how you spend your paycheck. This election season marks a tipping point for American politics. We are at the moment when money is poised to replace voting as the way that elections are decided. Read more»

In a risky move, Mitt Romney has chosen to go all-in with white voters. But he’ll have to walk the fine line of racial pandering and denying it. Americans no longer elect overt racists. Read more» 5

Newt Gingrich

In the Republican presidential debate Tuesday night, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged, apparently in an unguarded moment, that a core element of “ObamaCare,” the requirement that all Americans be enrolled in either a private or public health insurance plan, was a proposal originated by the Heritage Foundation, a powerful conservative think tank. Read more»

The Senate has voted Tuesday to block President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs bill. Earlier in the day, Obama had called on lawmakers to "put country ahead of party" and pass his plan, aimed at creating millions of new jobs through government work programs and tax breaks for businesses. Read more»

In this file photo from June, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Tucson, shows his opinion of HR1505, the bill to waive environmental rules in border areas in the name of border security. He charges the bill uses immigration as a cover to weaken environmental protections.

A House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would waive environmental regulations for Border Patrol activities within 100 miles of any U.S. border. Read more»

President Obama during the taping of his weekly radio address Sept. 30.

New White House emails show a top donor to Barack Obama was in direct contact with one of the president’s closest advisers about the federal energy loan program. Read more»

One writer ponders the punch in the nose as a path to civility. Read more» 10

Solar panel manufacturer Solyndra received a $535 million under a federal loan guarantee program. The company, which has since gone bankrupt and shut down operations, is under investigation by the FBI about whether it knowingly deceived the government for the money.

So what's the situation with Solyndra, who's the focus of the investigations, and how big a deal is this storyline? ProPublica sorts through what it does — and doesn't — mean. Read more»

President Obama falsely claimed teachers are paid "on par" with doctors in “most countries" with high test scores. Read more» 3

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brittany Clark, of the 535th Engineer Support Company, leads her patrol in a clearance mission April 17.

Contact between the Taliban, the United States and other western officials over potential peace negotiations to end the war appears to have been severed completely in recent weeks, after the name of the reported Taliban negotiator involved in the talks was leaked to the international press in June. Read more»

NATO has begun an investigation into claims by the Taliban that they shot down a U.S. helicopter Saturday in Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, including members of the elite Seal Team 6, which is best known for killing Osama bin Laden. (with video) Read more»

In the wake of the debt-ceiling deal signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday, the credit rating agency Moody's has confirmed the nation's AAA credit rating, and said that the deal "virtually eliminated" the risk of a default. But the agency also lowered its rating outlook to "negative." Read more» 1

House Speaker John Boehner

The last few weeks have been filled with debate, accusations, stalemate and false claims about the debt ceiling and how — and whether — it should be raised. As Tuesday's default deadline looms, here's a look at the less-than-factual talking points we've addressed. Read more»

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