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Reality Check: Americans For Prosperity Health Care Ad

Americans for Prosperity says WCCO-TV was wrong to characterize the group’s ad as “based on a false premise: that the new healthcare law creates a government-run system.”

09/12/2012

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Reality Check: Clinton’s Ad On Romney

Former President Bill Clinton remains among the most popular politicians in America — more popular even than President Obama. But a recent television ad from the Obama campaign in which he is featured makes questionable claims about what caused the Great Recession.

09/11/2012

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Reality Check: $500M Already Spent On Political Ads

The 2012 Presidential campaign set a record this week, but it’s one that calls for a Reality Check. The campaigns and their supporters have already spent as much money so far – it’s only mid-August — as they did for the entire 2008 campaign.

08/17/2012

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Reality Check: Why TV Stations Are Running Grisly Political Ads

Many of you let us know you didn’t like the political ads you saw from an obscure Democratic Congressional candidate named Gary Boisclair.

08/08/2012

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Reality Check: Romney & The Republican Tax Return ‘Standard’

There’s no law requiring candidates to release their tax returns, or for how many previous years.

07/18/2012

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Reality Check: The Truth About The Health Care Ruling

President Barack Obama hailed the ruling as a “victory for the American people,” taking credit for the individual mandate he once opposed, asserting that health coverage for millions is now more stable.

06/28/2012

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Reality Check: The Truth About Lawmaker’s Health Care Plans

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the federal health care law, tens of millions of Americans could lose all, or part of their new insurance coverage. But 535 members of Congress won’t feel a thing.

06/27/2012

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Reality Check: Common Lies About ‘Obamacare’

President Obama looked startled when a Congressman shouted “You lie!” after he said no illegal immigrants are covered in the new health care law.

06/26/2012

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Reality Check: Health Care & The Individual Mandate

Republicans are united against the individual mandate. They call it “socialism” and an unconstitutional “government takeover”. But the central pillar of President Obama’s health care law came from “America’s most-respected conservative thinkers.” It’s TRUE.

06/25/2012

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Reality Check: North Dakota’s Property Tax Vote

Voters in North Dakota get a chance Tuesday to do something no state has ever done before: Not just lower property taxes, but abolish them. It’s a bold move, but critics say it will throw the state into chaos.

06/12/2012

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Reality Check: Minnesota Lawmakers’ Per Diem

Minnesota lawmakers earn about $30,000 a year, and they haven’t had a pay hike since 1989. However, they’re able to raise their own salaries by taking daily expense payments called “per diem,” which is a kind of back-door pay hike out of public view.

04/11/2012

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Reality Check: Truth About Insurance And Birth Control

The truth: Insurance companies operating in Minnesota are required by law to cover at least 28 separate benefits, eight types of patients and 13 different health care professions. That’s the sixth highest number of mandates in the country.

03/07/2012

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Reality Check: Pull Tabs Equal Money For Stadium

Stadium supporters promise a windfall from electronic pull tabs and bingo, but there’s not a lot of evidence to support that.

03/02/2012

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Reality Check: Can ‘Justified’ Shootings Increase Violence?

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton hasn’t said whether he will sign or veto a controversial bill expanding the rights of gun owners to shoot in self-defense.

02/24/2012

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Reality Check: Ellen Anderson’s ‘Extreme’ Views

Twenty-four hours after the Minnesota Senate rejected Ellen Anderson as the Governor’s appointee to the Public Utilities Commission, she has accepted a job as a senior advisor to Dayton on energy and environmental issues.

01/31/2012

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