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The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler has a nice rebuttal to Rick Perry’s false claim in last night’s Republican debate that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme.” Strictly speaking, the metaphor is misleading. A Ponzi scheme, named after Boston conman Charles Ponzi, is a fraudulent investment operation. In its essential design it’s a con. Investors
Is Joe McGinniss a jerk? Sarah Palin certainly thinks so: she didn’t like it when McGinniss rented the Wasilla house next door to hers while researching and writing The Rogue, his recent book about Palin. But my friend Matt Harwood argues at Truthout that McGinniss really isn’t the sort of person that anybody would want
On the subject of fact-checking the presidential debates, it’s worth noting that while the proliferation of “fact-check” stories over the last few years is probably a step in the right direction, it does come with a risk—that by assigning “fact-checking” responsibility to a particular story or blog, we send a message that the vast majority
Among the stranger moments of the MSNBC-Politico debate last night was the brief cameo of a Spanish-language journalist—the “Brian Williams of Telemundo”—Jose Diaz-Balart. Balart, a Cuban-American, was given the floor—not a chair, as a number of pundits have pointed out—to ask the candidates a few questions about immigration. He left the floor and fellow journalists