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Mar 6th, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul said On CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that an apology by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh to Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke for calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute” was not sincere, and was made only because it best served Limbaugh.

Apr 1st, 2010

Summary: On the March 30, 2010 edition of “Reality Check” on WCCO 4 News at 10, political reporter Pat Kessler fact-checked four claims Rep. Michele Bachmann made on CBS “Face the Nation” regarding healthcare reform. Kessler’s scorecard: “wrong,” “false,” “out of context,” “not true” (0 for 4 — three strikes and a foul ball). … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 1, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann was the featured politician on the MSNBC program 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’s “Hypocrisy Watch.”

Jan 5th, 2009

Summary: In an exit interview on CBS “Face the Nation,” Vice President Dick Cheney offered a spirited defense of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, of which he was a key proponent and architect, saying the United States was close to achieving its aims in Iraq.