NEW: Viral image about Democratic senators and 'big pharma' is misleading. Mostly False
Meme on Democratic senators and 'big pharma' is misleading
A viral post circulating recently in some of the more liberal corners of social media accuses 13 Democratic senators of allegedly voting against lower drug prices because they were recipients of big money from drugmakers. The post included the names and photographs of 13 Democratic senators — Cory Booker and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Tom Carper and Chris Coons of Delaware, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of Washington state, Jon Tester of Montana, Mark Warner of Virginia, and Bob Casey Jr. ...
Paul Ryan wrongly claims that actuaries have determined Obamacare is in a 'death spiral'
Debunking the Obamacare 'death spiral' claim
As Republicans in Washington move toward a repeal of Obamacare, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is doubling down on criticism of the sweeping healthcare law. That included a description in his Jan. 12, 2017, weekly briefing about the current state of Obamacare.
Education nominee Betsy DeVos says a Wyoming school might need guns to stop grizzly bears
Betsy DeVos: School might need guns to stop grizzly bears
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary thinks some K-12 schools may decide they need a gun on campus — to protect themselves from bear attacks, for example. At her Senate confirmation hearing, education activist and major Republican donor Betsy DeVos mentioned a meeting she had with Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. He told her about a rural public school in Wapiti, Wyo., that has a fence surrounding the schoolyard to keep grizzly bears out. Later in the hearing, DeVos suggested a fence might not be enough. When Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., asked DeVos if she thinks guns should be allowed ...
Tammy Baldwin: Federal gov't is prohibited 'from negotiating lower prescription drug prices'
Are feds barred from negotiating lower drug prices?
In the heat of her historic run for the U.S. Senate in 2012, Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin traded charges with Republican rival Tommy Thompson over prescription drug prices for senior citizens who are on Medicare. After defeating the former governor to become the nation’s first openly gay U.S. senator, Baldwin largely scaled back her public statements. But in recent months, as a 2018 re-election campaign looms, she has returned to being more vocal. With potential GOP challengers lining up, Baldwin revisited the Medicare issue on Jan. 5, 2017, declaring on Twitter:
Yes, some foreign aid gets stolen. But not the 70% that @RandPaul claimed.
No, 70% of foreign aid is not stolen off the top
The United States spends about $50 billion on foreign aid, or about 1 percent of the entire federal budget. Much of it, whether in the form of development, health, humanitarian or military aid, involves the State Department at some point in the process. So at a confirmation hearing for Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., asked Tillerson about corruption in foreign aid.
Coming Tuesday: the Trump-O-Meter, where we'll track Trump's campaign promises
Coming Tuesday: the Trump-O-Meter
President-elect Donald Trump promised coal jobs in West Virginia and manufacturing jobs in Michigan. He said he would fix the inner city of Baltimore and the airports in New York. He said he would cut taxes and grow the military. Create paid family leave and balance the budget. Build the wall. Kill Obamacare. Protect Social Security. Take care of veterans. And that’s just the start.
Supreme Court's Ginsburg not retiring, despite what fake news headline says:
Fake news: Supreme Court's Ginsburg is not retiring
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made it no secret last summer that she is not a fan of President-elect Donald Trump. But contrary to what a popular fake news story says, she has not announced she’s retiring. Bloggers on multiple websites have posted an article with the headline,