January 27th, 2010
10:12 PM ET
5 years ago

PolitiFact: Floodgates opened to foreign firms?

(PolitiFact) - Obama says Supreme Court ruling allows foreign companies to spend money on U.S. elections.

Verdict: Barely True

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January 27th, 2010
10:08 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Will millions of Americans lose health insurance?

(CNN) - In his State of the Union address Wednesday night, President Barack Obama picked up on the health care theme with a bleak prediction, saying: "By the time I'm finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance. Millions will lose it this year."

Will millions of Americans lose health insurance in 2010?

The CNN Fact Check Desk found that the answer may depend on how much higher the unemployment rate goes.

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January 27th, 2010
09:32 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Overseas corporations OK'd for campaign cash?

(CNN) – Does last week's Supreme Court decision striking down limits on corporate campaign spending allow overseas companies to finance U.S. political campaigns?

That's what President Barack Obama is asserting in Wednesday night's State of the Union address, which included his latest critique of the 5-4 ruling.

"Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests - including foreign companies - to spend without limit in our elections," Obama said. "Well, I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities."

CNN Fact Check found that the court's majority appeared to sidestep the issue. Obama's declaration puts him on the side of the minority in last week's ruling and lays down a clear marker in a debate that is likely to go on for some time.

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January 27th, 2010
09:30 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Are U.S. food policies partially responsible for Haiti's poverty?

(CNN) – The Rev. Jesse Jackson says U.S policies are partially responsible for Haiti's economic problems.

In a CNN "Newsroom" interview with Ali Velshi, Jackson declared: "Our agricultural policy... allowed the Riceland Rice company to drop rice on Haiti, drive Haiti farmers out of business, and then raise the price of rice and have rice riots."

Jackson's comments echo a 2005 report by the international relief agency Oxfam International, which said U.S. policies hurt Haitian farmers and helped Arkansas-based Riceland Foods, the world's largest miller and marketer of rice.

"Riceland's profits jumped by $123 million from 2002 to 2003, thanks in large part to a 50 per cent increase in exports, primarily to Haiti and Cuba," the report said.

CNN was unable to obtain any immediate response from Riceland Foods, which has said publicly that its sales to Haiti have declined over the years, but a CNN Fact Check suggests that U.S. policies have indeed played a role in Haiti's problems.

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January 27th, 2010
04:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Fact-checking Obama's first State of the Union address

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President Obama will give his first State of Union address to a joint session Congress Wednesday night. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - Check back here on the Ticker for CNN's fact checks of President Obama's State of the Union address.

Full coverage: President Obama's State of the Union address

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