Ask FactCheck: Week ending June 20

June 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
FactCheck.org answers your questions about U.S. politics.

June 20, 2008

Q: Does Obama chair a Senate subcommittee that oversees the war in Afghanistan? A: He chairs the Senate's Subcommittee on European Affairs, which has some oversight in Afghanistan through NATO.

Q: Are there three times as many polar bears in the Arctic now as there were in the 1970s? A: The population of polar bears today is larger than it was in the 1970s, due mainly to legislation banning polar bear hunting, but exact numbers are unclear. We couldn't find any figures showing that the population had tripled.

Q: Has Obama's birth certificate been disclosed? A: Yes. His campaign made a copy public after speculation by conservative bloggers that he might not be a "natural-born citizen."

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