On Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR's Scott Simon and Daniel Schorr suggested that the Commerce Department under President Clinton was opposed to calls by "minority groups and the black caucus" to use statistical sampling for the decennial census. In fact, the Clinton administration did plan to use sampling for the 2000 census. Additionally, Schorr claimed that the Obama White House said that the census "won't be under the Department of Commerce. We'll take it to the White House." But the Obama administration has repeatedly denied that it intends to "remov[e] the census from the Department of Commerce."
NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon and NPR newscaster Korva Coleman both falsely claimed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act "expires tonight." In fact, what is set to expire are the Protect America Act's revisions to FISA; the government would retain all surveillance powers under FISA if the PAA expired.