The Washington Post's Michael Fletcher asserted that President Bush "is generally against tax increases as he believes they stifle economic growth. So his idea is to pay for the war by cutting back elsewhere in the budget." In fact, inflation-adjusted non-defense discretionary outlays have risen each year since Bush took office; Bush has actually paid for the war by deficit spending.
In an online discussion, washingtonpost.com blogger Paul Kane asserted that Sen. Hillary Clinton "tried to have it both ways when she was running for the Senate, claiming that she was a Yankees fan all her life." Similarly, the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet wrote that Sen. Barack Obama said he was "a 'principled' sports fan, a slap, perhaps, at chief rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, who switched allegiance from Chicago to New York teams when she started her run to represent New York in the U.S. Senate." In fact, Clinton's 2003 autobiography contains a photograph of her wearing a Yankees cap in 1992, and The Washington Post reported in 1994 that "Mrs. Clinton ... was a 'big-time' fan of the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees and 'understudied' Ernie Banks and Mickey Mantle."
Tucker Carlson said he was "outraged" by a statement from Rep. Charlie Rangel critical of Rudy Giuliani's "personal life," adding, "I don't think you should attack Giuliani for philandering." But Carlson has previously asserted that Sen. Hillary Clinton's marriage to former President Bill Clinton is "[o]f course" an issue in the 2008 presidential election, discussing the Clintons' marriage in TV appearances, with references to Bill Clinton's "philander[ing]" and "famous appetites."
In a washingtonpost.com discussion, Michael Abramowitz asserted that Sen. Hillary Clinton is "one of the most polarizing figures in politics today." However, Abramowitz's own paper reported in an October 4 article that there is no "potential Republican nominee who appears significantly less polarizing" than Clinton.
A New York Post article reported that Congress plans to vote on "a bill that leaves in place the legal hurdles in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA] -- problems that were highlighted during the May search for a group of kidnapped U.S. soldiers." Hurt suggested that the "legal hurdle" was that "[t]he FISA law applies even to a cellphone conversation between two people in Iraq, because those communications zip along wires through U.S. hubs, which is where the taps are typically applied." In fact, the bill specifically provides that "a court order is not required for the acquisition of the contents of any communication between persons that are not United States persons and are not located within the United States," even if those communications are routed through U.S. hubs.
A Wall Street Journal editorial claimed that President Bush's proposed $5 billion increase in funding over five years for the State Children's Health Insurance Program would be a "20% expansion." But the Congressional Budget Office found that Bush's proposal would underfund the program by $9 billion during that period.