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December 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
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December 12, 2008

Q: Do auto workers really make more than $70 per hour?

A: No. That figure is derived from what the auto companies pay in wages, health, retirement and other benefits, and includes the cost of providing benefits to retirees.

Q: Did Obama promise last year to ban all semi-automatic guns during his first year as president?

A: A widely circulated e-mail quoting Obama is baseless and almost certainly fabricated. He does support reinstatement of the expired "assault weapons ban" but isn't calling for a wider ban on all semi-automatic weapons. He said repeatedly during the campaign, "I am not going to take your guns away."

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