Interviewing Barack Obama on Meet the Press, Tim Russert read a quote he attributed to Obama to suggest that he has "not been a leader against the [Iraq] war": "In July of 2004, Barack Obama: 'I'm not privy to Senate intelligence reports. ... What would I have done? I don't know,' in terms of how you would have voted on the war." Russert did not quote the very next sentence of Obama's statement, which was, "What I know is that from my vantage point the case was not made" for authorizing the war.
On Sean Hannity's radio show, Kathleen Willey said the FBI checked out the alibi of the person she claims "harmed or killed" her cat and "threatened [her] children" two days before her deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, but that the FBI found the alibi "not so much ironclad as uncheckable." But in her forthcoming book, Willey states that "FBI investigators looked into it thoroughly" and "[o]n the one hand, I was told that [suspect Cody] Shearer had an 'airtight' and 'ironclad' alibi, but another source told me that it was 'uncheckable.' " Media outlets have reported Shearer's statements that he has documents proving he was in California at the time Willey claims she was confronted by the "jogger."
On MSNBC's Hardball, discussing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chris Matthews noted, "[W]ell, there she is clapping again," and asked, "[W]ould somebody please tell me why she claps every time she goes somewhere?" Similarly, the next day on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Matthews said that Clinton is "usually standing in front of the camera, and she's clapping, like she's Chinese. I know the Chinese clap at each other, but what is she clapping at?" These recent comments continue a pattern for Matthews, who has repeatedly highlighted Clinton's clapping, and has previously characterized it as "Chinese."
In her new book, Kathleen Willey rehashes conspiracy theories regarding Vince Foster's 1993 suicide and suggests possible parallels between Foster's death and the suicide of her husband, a Clinton fundraiser, as well as the reported suicide attempt of Norman Hsu. In fact, numerous investigations have determined that Foster's death was a suicide. Also, independent counsel Robert Ray found that Willey had given conflicting and false information related to her allegations against President Bill Clinton.
In his OpinionJournal.com column, former Delaware Gov. Pete du Pont wrote that "[t]ax rate reductions increase tax revenues. This truth has been proved at both state and federal levels, including by President Bush's 2003 tax cuts on income, capital gains and dividends." However, several former and current Bush administration economists have stated that tax cuts, including those passed under Bush, produce a net decrease in revenue.