For the past two weeks Paul and I have been buried with school and Meet the Facts has suffered because of it. We have just been unable to get to some of the statements from each of the last two shows, or we have gotten to them but were unable to find enough information to reach a conclusion. While we will never promise to check 100% of the available statements every single week, we will certainly strive to do better.

Now school is almost out and with more free time and energy – and with the larger team we are working to build – our hope is to set up Meet the Facts to run for as long as it has to – and to run well. We plan to push ahead full bore again starting with Sunday’s show. We’ll also be adding some features and most likely tweaking the site design over the next few weeks.

Most of all we would love your help. On Sunday we’ll post whatever seem to be the most relevant, checkable statements from the show. Anyone is welcome to contribute their research and analysis of those statements. Then we’ll figure out what’s what and post the results.

Please email us if you have any comments or suggestions, or best of all – if you would like to join the effort.

Here’s the preview of this Sunday’s show:


Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Republican Leader

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Senate Judiciary Committee

A critical moment for the future of the Court. What do we know about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and which direction she will take the Court? What can we expect from the Senate as the confirmation battle begins? We’ll talk exclusively to two key decision-makers in the process: the leader of the Senate Republicans, Mitch McConnell in his first sit down interview since Kagan’s nomination and a leading democrat on the powerful Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Schumer. Plus, how will this fight impact immigration and Wall Street reform? And what is the latest on the government response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?


Jonathan Alter
Senior Editor & Columnist, Newsweek Magazine
Author, “The Promise: President Obama, Year One”

Peggy Noonan
Columnist, Wall Street Journal

Mike Murphy
Republican Strategist

Bob Shrum
Democratic Strategist

Our roundtable weighs in on a busy week for President Obama: a historic pick for the Supreme Court; and on the heels of the failed terror attack by the Pakistani-Taliban, a visit from the leader of Afghanistan. All this, while voters around the country continue to show their anger at Washington, throwing out two long time Congressional incumbents. How is the President and his party faring? And what can we expect in this Tuesday’s primary elections in key races. We’ll ask: Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter, Author of the new book “The Promise: President Obama, Year One”; The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan; Republican Strategist Mike Murphy; and Democratic Strategist Bob Shrum.

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