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February 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
FactCheck.org answers your questions about U.S. politics.

February 13, 2009

Q: Is Leon Panetta's daughter a "radical anti-American" who posed with Venezuela's Chavez?

A: Actually, President Obama's nominee to head the CIA doesn't even have a daughter. The woman pictured in a false viral e-mail message is a Philadelphia-based photographer who says she's never met Leon Panetta.

Q: What are the facts on the Freedom of Choice Act?

A: Some claims about this proposal's impact are unfounded; others contain some truth. But the bill's vague wording makes it hard to pin down what it actually would or wouldn't do.

Q: Did Congress bail out AIG because it insures members' pensions?

A: This widely e-mailed claim is a hoax. It actually was the Federal Reserve that bailed out AIG, not Congress. And federal pensions aren't insured by AIG or any other company.

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