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Jan Hillard: Falsehood flies and the truth comes limping after it (Jonathan Swift)

An inventory by the Washington Post finds more than 18,000 untruths told by President Donald Trump since he took office in 2016. Several campaign ads by former Vice President Joe Biden include facts not supported by the record. Fact-checking has become a cottage industry with no shortage of work from Republican and Democratic elected officials and candidates. And while misinformation has always crept...

Al Cross: McConnell again makes a boulder out of a pebble, then makes political hay of crisis

It’s a time for us to be apart literally, and a time to be together figuratively. But politics long ago moved mainly to the figurative battlefield, and we shouldn’t expect its divisiveness to take a holiday even in a deadly pandemic. And now the crisis itself is an issue. Two weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager was calling on his likely Democratic opponent, Amy...

McConnell lashes out at critics on Senate floor, citing ‘absurd smears’ from ‘hyperventilating hacks’

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fired back on his critics from the Senate floor Monday, angrily calling them “hyperventilating hacks” and saying they engaged in “absurd smears” against him. 
McConnell blistered MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough, who last week dubbed McConnell “Moscow Mitch,” and Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who...

Judge William Bertelsman dismisses lawsuit against Washington Post filed by CovCath student Sandmann

Staff report One of three lawsuits against national news media filed by lawyers for then-Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann has been dismissed by Eastern District Federal Judge William O. Bertelsman. Bertelsman heard oral arguments in Covington earlier this month in the $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post. Lawsuits against CNN and NBC are pending. In all, Sandmann sued for amounts...

Covington Catholic student, parents sue Washington Post for $250m; attorneys say more suits coming

Nicholas Sandmann through his parents Ted Sandmann and Julie Sandmann are suing The Washington Post Company for $250 million for the paper’s reporting on an incident that occurred during a Covington Catholic High School trip to participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The story reported by The Post involved a viral video on a meeting of Sandmann, 16, and Native American activist...

Rural Blog: Report shows some of nation’s most conservative states lead in federal assistance

While red states have traditionally called for less government, some of the nation’s most conservative states rely the most on federal aid, says a report published this week by the Tax Foundation, which advocates for policies that lower taxes and broaden the tax base, Niraj Chokshi reports for The Washington Post. Mississippi and Louisiana, the nation’s two most conservative states, according...