Ask FactCheck: Week ending May 22

May 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
FactCheck.org answers your questions about U.S. politics.

May 22, 2009

Q: Is Oklahoma as defiantly conservative as a chain e-mail says?

A: The state is one of the most Republican in the nation, but the message exaggerates Oklahoma's laws on religion, immigration and guns.

Q: Is the Army demanding information about soldiers' privately owned firearms?

A: This is another false Internet rumor. A memo from one commander of a small unit in Kentucky was an isolated mistake that was quickly corrected; it wasn't Army policy.

Q: Did Michelle Obama make $317,000 a year while working part-time at the University of Chicago Medical Center?

A: This allegation in a chain e-mail is wrong: Obama's reported income was $103,633 in 2007, the year she reduced her work schedule to part time.

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