debate surfing

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Sometimes it's too hard to concentrate by this time on a Friday afternoon and I'm forced to slip into the void that is the Internet.

I've just spent the last half hour entrenched at FactCheck.org, which calls out both vice presidential candidates for half-truths and white lies spoken in last night's debate.

Here's a snippet:
• Palin said, "We're circulating about $700 billion a year into foreign countries" for imported oil, repeating an outdated figure often used by McCain. At oil prices current as of Sept. 30, imports are running at a rate of about $493 billion per year.

• Biden said four times that McCain had voted 20 times against funding alternative energy. However, in analyzing the Obama campaign's list of votes after the first presidential debate, we found the number was actually 11. In the other instances the Obama-Biden campaign cites, McCain voted not against alternative energy but against mandatory use of alternative energy, or he voted in favor of allowing exemptions from these mandates.

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