Ask FactCheck: Week ending Sept. 25

September 25, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
FactCheck.org answers your questions about U.S. politics.

September 25, 2009

Q: Does Obama have an unprecedented number of "czars"?

A: "Czar" is media lingo, not an official title. But our research shows that George Bush's administration had more "czars" than the Obama administration.

Q: Will Social Security recipients be denied a cost of living increase next year? Are Democrats to blame?

A: There won't be a COLA increase paid this January, and probably not in January 2011, either. But the cause is volatile oil prices, not anything done by the current Congress.

Q: Who's behind the Muslim prayer day at the Capitol Sept. 25?

A: The New Jersey lawyer (and former Bucknell University star tailback) who is organizing the event says it's to show "we love America." He was inspired by the president's inaugural address and Cairo speech.

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