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Fact-checking the Democrats and the Republicans

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.
FactCheck.org (Annenberg sorts political truths from half-truths). See, for example, A Campaign Full of Mediscare, 8-22-12. (Obama and Romney both aim to slow Medicare spending. But each accuses the other of hurting seniors in the process. What are the facts?)
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) (Challenging media bias and censorship since 1986). See for example Paul Ryan's 'Self-Reliance'
The Fact Checker (Glenn Kessler, Washington Post column, The Truth Behind the Rhetoric).
PolitiFact.com (nonpartisan political fact checker, whose truth-o-meter ranks findings from "true" to "pants on fire"), St. Petersburg Times service, and here are articles on current issues, eventsOnThe Issues (every political leader on every issue)
Real Clear Politics
The Reddit Edit . (Here's A journalist's quick guide to Reddit (Jeff Sonderman, Poynter, 8-30-12)
Miscellaneous research tools (SPJ, Journalists' Toolbox)

For checking email stories or warnings you suspect are unreliable:
Snopes.com (E-mail story sound too good or scary to be true? Check to see if it's an urban legend)
Truth or Fiction (another reality check on email hoaxes, rumors, viruses, and advisories). See if that Kenyan birth certificate for Barack Obama is real or faked.
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