Ask FactCheck: Week ending January 16

January 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST answers your questions about U.S. politics.

January 16, 2009

Q: Why did the Obamas stay at a hotel instead of Blair House?

A: The family wanted the daughters to start school in early January, much earlier in the month than recent presidents have taken up residence there. The Bush administration said the guest house was unavailable, and a former Australian prime minister stayed there Jan. 12.

Q: Are states going to require serial numbers on bullets and require disposal of existing ammunition?

A: Such a proposal is being pushed by a company that holds a patent on bullet-coding technology. But none of the 31 bills introduced last year ever made it out of committee.

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