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Fact-checking the Democrats and the Republicans

August 30, 2012

Tags: fact-checking, political rhetoric, half-truths, accuracy in reporting, political lies

Which political party is gutting Medicare? Which is saving it? Good resources for sorting truths from half-truths include FactCheck.org, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), The Fact Checker, and PolitiFact.com. And there are (more…)

How to Deal with Warranty and Indemnification Clauses

August 13, 2012

Tags: ASJA, indemnification, indemnity, warranty, warranties, settlement

Updated 9-3-15.
The following appeared as a position paper on the ASJA website in 2003 and is reprinted here with ASJA's permission--and the warning that it may be out of date (but may alert you to potential problems). See links to current news story at end. This is NOT a clause you want to accept lightly (more…)

Apostrophes, commas, and other punctuation trouble spots

August 7, 2012

Tags: grammar, style, commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, italics, British vs. American punctuation, punctuation problems

How important is punctuation? Compare these two sentences:
A woman, without her man, is nothing.
A woman: without her, man is nothing.

If you don't use copy editors routinely and aren't sure when and where to place commas and apostrophes or when and whether to capitalize words, please read and bookmark (more…)