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October 2, 2009

Q: Are the health care overhaul proposals that are pending in the House and Senate constitutional?

A: Legal experts agree that requiring citizens to buy something is a novel concept that has not been tested in the courts.

Q: Was Obama reading an anti-America book written by a Muslim?

A: No. The book, a New York Times best-seller, is about America's role in a new global era. The author, a leading journalist, is a Muslim but describes himself as "not a religious guy."

Q: Did the Obama administration target Chrysler dealerships for closure according to their political contributions?

A: The best evidence shows that dealerships with Republican donors weren't disproportionately targeted – auto dealers overall tend to lean overwhelmingly Republican.

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