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January 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST answers your questions about U.S. politics.

January 30, 2009

Q: Was Harry Reid's ancestor a horse thief?

A: That's a hoax. Sen. Reid is only the most recent political figure to be accused of fabricated outlaw ancestry.

Q: Did Obama snub Medal of Honor winners at the Inaugural Balls?

A: Obama is the first president since Eisenhower to miss the American Legion's Salute to Heroes ball. A Legion spokesman says it "does not feel offended or 'snubbed,'" and Medal of Honor winners were invited to the Commander in Chief's ball, which Obama did attend.

Q: Did Barack Obama's inauguration really cost 4 times as much as George Bush's 2005 inauguration?

A: Claims of a huge disparity are untrue. Actually, an apples-to-apples comparison shows that the two inaugurations likely cost about the same.

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