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  • Reality Check: Political fight eliminates "Golden Week"

    Reality Check: Political fight eliminates "Golden Week"

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:05:59 GMT
    Ohio's ‘golden week' is six days where people could both register to vote and cast a ballot. But a political fight has eliminated what was intended to improve the voting process.
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    Ohio's ‘golden week' is six days where people could both register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day. But a political fight has eliminated what was intended to improve the voting process.More >>
  • Reality Check: Facebook firing

    Reality Check: Facebook firing

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-07-17 03:02:37 GMT
    An Ohio waitress was recently fired for complaining about her employers on Facebook. Was her firing warranted? Scott Schneider looks at evolving labor laws in this edition of Reality Check.

     
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    An Ohio waitress was recently fired for complaining about her employers on Facebook. Was her firing warranted? Scott Schneider looks at evolving labor laws in this edition of Reality Check.

     
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  • Reality Check: Boehner vs. Obama

    Reality Check: Boehner vs. Obama

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-07-10 01:48:25 GMT
    Speaker of the House John Boehner says he plans to sue President Obama. Scott Schneider looks deeper into the claims to find out if Boehner's suit has merit.
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    Speaker of the House John Boehner says he plans to sue President Obama. Scott Schneider looks deeper into the claims to find out if Boehner's suit has merit.More >>
  • Reality Check: Bye-bye 30-year mortgage? Congress considers major changes

    Reality Check: Bye-bye 30-year mortgage? Congress considers major changes

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-06-19 01:03:21 GMT
    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have come a long way since their multi-billion dollar taxpayer bailouts, paying back every cent while backing 80 percent of all 30-year fixed mortgages since their government takeovers.More >>
    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have come a long way since their multi-billion dollar taxpayer bailouts, paying back every cent while backing 80 percent of all 30-year fixed mortgages since their government takeovers.More >>
  • Reality Check: Obamacare premiums could rise in Ohio

    Reality Check: Obamacare premiums could rise in Ohio

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-06-12 03:09:45 GMT
    Word from Ohio's Department of Insurance says that ACA premiums are going up by 11% for small businesses while individuals are going to have to shell out even more.More >>
    Word from Ohio's Department of Insurance says that ACA premiums are going up by 11% for small businesses while individuals are going to have to shell out even more.More >>
  • Reality Check: The First Lady’s food fight

    Reality Check: The First Lady’s food fight

    Wednesday, June 4 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-06-05 02:22:11 GMT
    Michelle Obama finds herself battling house Republicans over a plan that would allow schools to temporarily drop the healthier federal school lunch program. Scott Schneider's Reality Check: pausing the program saves money.
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    Michelle Obama finds herself battling house Republicans over a plan that would allow schools to temporarily drop the healthier federal school lunch program. Scott Schneider's Reality Check: pausing the program saves money.
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  • Reality Check: Following the money in Kentucky's Senate race

    Reality Check: Following the money in Kentucky's Senate race

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-05-29 02:23:19 GMT
    Kentucky's general election is still months away and already Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes are shattering state fundraising records.More >>
    Kentucky's general election is still months away and already Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes are shattering state fundraising records.More >>
  • Reality Check: RNC to Ohio

    Reality Check: RNC to Ohio

    Thursday, May 22 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-05-22 11:00:42 GMT
    On Thursday, the Republican National Committee is expected to narrow the number of cities vying to host the 2016 Republican National Convention to a small group of finalists. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas,More >>
    On Thursday, the Republican National Committee is expected to narrow the number of cities vying to host the 2016 Republican National Convention to a small group of finalists. Why should Ohio's semi-finalists be considered the favorites?More >>
  • Reality Check: Lois Lerner's contempt of Congress charge

    Reality Check: Lois Lerner's contempt of Congress charge

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-05-15 00:31:47 GMT
    "I have not done anything wrong, I have not broken any laws, I have not violated any IRS rules and regulations and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee. AndMore >>
    Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS targeting scandal, made history last week becoming one of a handful of people in more than 20 years to be held in contempt of Congress. Will the charge force her to testify? Are we any closer to learning the truth about what happened here in Cincinnati under her watch?More >>
  • Reality Check: The fight to treat e-cigs like the real thing

    Reality Check: The fight to treat e-cigs like the real thing

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-05-08 01:52:02 GMT
    Last fall, the FOX19 Investigates team told you about the sharp rise of the use of e-cigarette among people in the Tri-State and the companies marketing to them with flashy ads, bright colored packaging,More >>
    According to the CDC, the number of teens who have tried e-cigarettes has more than doubled over the past three years. Now, there's a fight to treat e-cigs like the real thing.More >>
  • Reality Check: Why Indiana dropped "Obamacore"

    Reality Check: Why Indiana dropped "Obamacore"

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-05-01 01:32:01 GMT
    Four years ago, Indiana became one of the first states in the country to adopt national Common Core Standards in English and math for K through 12th graders. Indiana is now the first state in the countryMore >>
    Four years ago, Indiana became one of the first states in the country to adopt national Common Core Standards in English and math for K through 12th graders. Indiana is now the first state in the country to officially drop the initiative.More >>
  • Reality Check: Paying student athletes

    Reality Check: Paying student athletes

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:38:10 GMT
    Northwestern University football players are scheduled to vote this Friday on whether they want to be represented by a union as part of a groundbreaking decision that could lead to college getting paidMore >>
    Northwestern University football players are scheduled to vote this Friday on whether they want to be represented by a union as part of a groundbreaking decision that could lead to college getting paid at schools all over the country, including here in Cincinnati.More >>
  • Reality Check: No Ky. smoking ban costs taxpayers

    Reality Check: No Ky. smoking ban costs taxpayers

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 9:45 PM EDT2014-04-10 01:45:09 GMT
    A bill banning smoking in shared public spaces is dead in the Bluegrass State. The political outcome leaves Kentucky one of just ten states without a statewide smoking ban and, thanks to the AffordableMore >>
    A bill banning smoking in shared public spaces is dead in the Bluegrass State. The political outcome leaves Kentucky one of just ten states without a statewide smoking ban and, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, is going to hit taxpayers with higher healthcare costs.More >>
  • Reality Check: Politics of pot in Ohio

    Reality Check: Politics of pot in Ohio

    Thursday, March 27 2014 5:06 AM EDT2014-03-27 09:06:46 GMT
    Last month's Quinnipiac University survey proved to be a landslide for supporters of the legalization of medical marijuana. The margin was a whopping eight to one, and yet Ohio lawmakers are nowhere closeMore >>
    Last month's Quinnipiac University survey proved to be a landslide for supporters of the legalization of medical marijuana. The margin was a whopping eight to one, and yet Ohio lawmakers are nowhere close to legalizing marijuana as medicine.More >>
  • Reality Check: A big warming trend

    Reality Check: A big warming trend

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-03-26 00:59:37 GMT
    I cannot think of a better time to do a Reality Check on global warming than immediately after that headline-grabbing polar vortex that propelled the coldest air in nearly twenty years right here intoMore >>
    I cannot think of a better time to do a Reality Check on global warming than immediately after that headline-grabbing polar vortex that propelled the coldest air in nearly twenty years right here into the tri-state.More >>
  • Reality Check: Tea Party support waning

    Reality Check: Tea Party support waning

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-03-20 01:28:22 GMT
    According to polls taken by CNN, Gallup, and The Washington Post, the Tea Party's favorability rating is on the decline. In fact, for the first time ever a majority of Americans have an unfavorable viewMore >>
    According to polls taken by CNN, Gallup, and The Washington Post, the Tea Party's favorability rating is on the decline. FOX19's Scott Schneider asked Matt Bevin, Tea Party Candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, why the shutdown was so damaging.More >>
  • Reality Check: Obamacare tax bill

    Reality Check: Obamacare tax bill

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-03-13 01:14:27 GMT
    Nineteen days and counting. That's how long uninsured Americans have to take advantage of the ACA open enrollment period and avoid the penalty, which is essentially a tax bill. Jackson Hewitt, the nation'sMore >>
    Nineteen days and counting - that's how long uninsured Americans have to take advantage of the ACA open enrollment period and avoid the penalty, which is essentially a tax bill.More >>
  • Officials: 'Sophisticated' illegal gambling machines are being found in Ky.

    Officials: 'Sophisticated' illegal gambling machines are being found in Ky.

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 9:44 PM EST2014-03-06 02:44:15 GMT
    A growing trend in the United States that has reached parts of Kentucky. A version of the illegal slot machines is being operated under the guise of entertainment. Various types of illegal gambling machines,More >>
    A growing trend in the United States that has reached parts of Kentucky. A version of the illegal slot machines is being operated under the guise of entertainment.More >>
  • Reality Check: Homer Bailey's mega deal

    Reality Check: Homer Bailey's mega deal

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 9:45 PM EST2014-02-27 02:45:50 GMT
    On Thursday, the Reds avoided arbitration with Homer Bailey, making him one of the highest paid players in baseball. But did they pay too much for a pitcher who started third in the rotation last season?More >>
    On Thursday, the Reds avoided arbitration with Homer Bailey with a six-year, $105 million deal. The new contract makes Bailey one of the highest paid players in baseball. Is he worth it? More >>
  • Reality Check: The tornado 'false alarm' problem

    Reality Check: The tornado 'false alarm' problem

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 10:07 PM EST2014-02-26 03:07:46 GMT
    It has been a crazy winter, filled with snow and bitter cold. Mother nature trumped the winter weather on Thursday with the first severe weather episode of 2014. The National Weather Service issued fiveMore >>
    Why does the Tornado Warning policy treat weak, spin-up funnels the same as it does monstrous killer tornadoes? The system needs to be fixed.

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  • Reality Check: Minimum wage hike

    Reality Check: Minimum wage hike

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 9:45 PM EST2014-02-20 02:45:09 GMT
    The minimum wage continues to be one of the most hotly debated topics of the new year. President Obama and Congressional democrats want to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016. Speaker ofMore >>
    The minimum wage remains an issue firmly divided along party lines, and isn't likely to go up anytime soon.
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  • Reality Check: Snow emergency confusion

    Reality Check: Snow emergency confusion

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 9:45 PM EST2014-02-13 02:45:09 GMT
    This winter is one for the books with some of the worst road conditions in recent memory. Snow emergencies have been common this year. They've have been as confusing as they have been abundant with warningMore >>
    Snow emergencies have been common this year. They've have been as confusing as they have been abundant.More >>
  • Reality Check: Snow days and test scores

    Reality Check: Snow days and test scores

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 9:40 PM EST2014-01-30 02:40:08 GMT
    Here in Ohio, the Department of Education allows for five calamity days. Cincinnati Public Schools, Oak Hills, and Sycamore Community Schools have all used six while Lakota has taken a whopping eightMore >>
    Harvard University Professor Joshua Goodman was asked by the Massachusetts Department of Education to conduct a comprehensive study measuring the effect calamity days have on test scores. It turns out the impact is minimal.More >>
  • Reality Check: Postal hike

    Reality Check: Postal hike

    Thursday, January 23 2014 5:21 PM EST2014-01-23 22:21:23 GMT
    On Monday, the cost of a first-class postage stamp jumps from 46 to 49 cents, a six percent increase. The two-year price hike is projected to raise nearly $3 billion, but did you know that just one cost-cuttingMore >>
    On Monday, the cost of a first-class postage stamp jumps from 46 to 49 cents, a six percent increase. The two-year price hike is projected to raise nearly $3 billion, but did you know that just one cost-cutting measure could save the ailing Postal Service $2 billion dollars annually and it wouldn't cost you a penny?More >>
  • Reality Check: Tri-state slot explosion

    Reality Check: Tri-state slot explosion

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 10:02 PM EST2014-01-16 03:02:06 GMT
    Back in 2009 the Ohio Department of Taxation persuaded voters to approve casino gambling with a projection that four new casinos would generate more than $1.5 billion in tax revenues annually. However,More >>
    Back in 2009 the Ohio Department of Taxation persuaded voters to approve casino gambling with a projection that four new casinos would generate more than $1.5 billion in tax revenues annually.More >>
  • Reality Check: NFL Blackouts

    Reality Check: NFL Blackouts

    Thursday, January 9 2014 11:48 PM EST2014-01-10 04:48:23 GMT
    The Bengals narrowly dodged a blackout on Sunday, but that wasn't the case back in November when they traveled to San Diego. That game didn't sell out before the deadline and forced Charger fans who eitherMore >>
    Why would the NFL, which rakes in billions of dollars in revenue every year, deny hometown fans the opportunity to watch the game from the comforts of home?More >>
  • Reality Check: Matthew 25: Ministries

    Reality Check: Matthew 25: Ministries

    Wednesday, December 18 2013 9:49 PM EST2013-12-19 02:49:23 GMT
    Photo from Matthew 25: Ministries websitePhoto from Matthew 25: Ministries website
    More people donate to charity during the month of December than any other time of year. While there are literally hundreds of worthy causes to choose from, the fact is some charities are more efficientMore >>
    More people donate to charity during the month of December than any other time of year. While there are literally hundreds of worthy causes to choose from, the fact is some charities are more efficient than other. The most efficient of them all can be found right here in Cincinnati.More >>
  • Reality Check: Obama on IRS scandal

    Reality Check: Obama on IRS scandal

    Wednesday, December 11 2013 10:16 PM EST2013-12-12 03:16:27 GMT
    President Obama appeared on ‘Hardball' over the weekend, and in response to a question from host Chris Matthews regarding a recent poll that found a majority of Americans don't trust him, Obama pointedMore >>
    President Obama appeared on ‘Hardball' over the weekend, and in response to a question from host Chris Matthews regarding a recent poll that found a majority of Americans don't trust him, Obama pointed to the IRS scandal in Cincinnati as one of the reasons why.More >>
  • Reality Check: Obamacare, who's enrolling?

    Reality Check: Obamacare, who's enrolling?

    Wednesday, December 4 2013 9:56 PM EST2013-12-05 02:56:42 GMT
    According to the White House, the Obamacare website is finally running smoothly. However, two months after the launch of the exchanges, one question has yet to be answered: who's enrolling and who isn't? OnMore >>
    According to the White House, the Obamacare website is finally running smoothly. However, two months after the launch of the exchanges, one question has yet to be answered: who's enrolling and who isn't?More >>
  • Reality Check: The Sunk Cost Fallacy

    Reality Check: The Sunk Cost Fallacy

    Wednesday, November 27 2013 9:50 PM EST2013-11-28 02:50:08 GMT
    PG Sittenfeld pulled a surprising one-eighty Tuesday, announcing the following regarding the controversial streetcar project: "Given where things are, it feels neither prudent nor fiscally responsibleMore >>
    Economists have a name for what streetcar supporters may be experiencing; it's known as the 'Sunk Cost Fallacy.'More >>
  • Reality Check: Bengals scoreboards

    Reality Check: Bengals scoreboards

    Wednesday, November 20 2013 9:45 PM EST2013-11-21 02:45:12 GMT
    The current stadium deal between the Bengals and Hamilton County is so lopsided in favor of the home team, it's been the subject of wide-spread criticism. The Wall Street Journal called the contract quote:More >>
    The current stadium deal between the Bengals and Hamilton County is so lopsided in favor of the home team, it's been the subject of wide-spread criticism.More >>
  • Reality Check: Is the National Weather Service outdated?

    Reality Check: Is the National Weather Service outdated?

    Tuesday, November 19 2013 9:27 PM EST2013-11-20 02:27:55 GMT
    When severe weather threatens the Tri-State, FOX19 always has planning discussions to answer various questions. What is the main threat? When will it get here? Will the threat be isolated or system wide?More >>
    As far as the National Weather Service goes, their system is either broken or severely outdated. Way too many times do they cry wolf.More >>
  • Reality Check: Prayer at work

    Reality Check: Prayer at work

    Wednesday, November 13 2013 11:48 PM EST2013-11-14 04:48:06 GMT
    Whether you are a devout Catholic or Jew, Mormon or Muslim, the tenets of your chosen religion may demand that you take time to pray during your given work day. For Muslims, there are several requisiteMore >>
    Whether you are a devout Catholic or Jew, Mormon or Muslim, the tenets of your chosen religion may demand that you take time to pray during your given work day.More >>
  • Reality Check: Pension reform

    Reality Check: Pension reform

    Wednesday, November 6 2013 9:45 PM EST2013-11-07 02:45:09 GMT
    "It's a crisis. If not addressed responsibly and early, it could really hurt the city big time," said Mayor-elect John Cranley, talking about Cincinnati's greatest financial burden. No, it's not the streetcar. It'sMore >>
    "It's a crisis. If not addressed responsibly and early, it could really hurt the city big time," said Mayor-elect John Cranley, talking about Cincinnati's greatest financial burden. No, it's not the streetcar.More >>
  • Reality Check: McConnell Kickback?

    Reality Check: McConnell Kickback?

    Wednesday, October 30 2013 12:35 PM EDT2013-10-30 16:35:19 GMT
    The conservatives within the Republican Party are taking aim at Mitch McConnell and they've come up with a catchy one-liner but is the Tea Party right to accuse the Senate Minority Leader of helping himselfMore >>
    The conservatives within the Republican Party are taking aim at Mitch McConnell and they've come up with a catchy one-liner, but is the Tea Party right to accuse the Senate Minority Leader of helping himself to a "Kentucky Kickback?"

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  • Reality Check: How does Andy Dalton compare to the greats?

    Reality Check: How does Andy Dalton compare to the greats?

    Thursday, October 17 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-10-18 03:26:32 GMT
    Bengals' quarterback Andy Dalton is coming off a big road win and an AFC offensive player of the week award. But as the team heads to Detroit this weekend, some fans aren't sure that Dalton is the quarterbackMore >>
    As the Bengals head to Detroit this weekend, some fans aren't sure that Dalton is the quarterback to lead them deep into the playoffs. So how does he compare to some of the greats?More >>
  • Reality Check: Doomsday Default?

    Reality Check: Doomsday Default?

    Wednesday, October 16 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-10-17 02:04:54 GMT
    It appears the U.S. won't be defaulting on its debt after all, at least not until February 2014 when this deal expires and the political wrangling starts all over again. While there appears to be universalMore >>
    It appears the U.S. won't be defaulting on its debt after all, at least not until February 2014 when this deal expires and the political wrangling starts all over again. More >>
  • Reality Check: Tea Party behind government shutdown

    Reality Check: Tea Party behind government shutdown

    Wednesday, October 9 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-10-10 03:42:07 GMT
    Day nine of the government shutdown and a game of political chicken between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner rages on with the deadline to a historic U.S. debt default fast approaching. TheMore >>
    Day nine of the government shutdown and a game of political chicken between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner rages on with the deadline to a historic U.S. debt default fast approaching.More >>
  • Reality Check: 3 myths about Obamacare

    Reality Check: 3 myths about Obamacare

    Thursday, October 3 2013 9:30 PM EDT2013-10-04 01:30:08 GMT
    Republicans hate it while national polls show a majority of Americans don't want it, but for now, it's the law of the land. It's also a law that's been widely misinterpreted, either accidentally or by design.More >>
    Republicans hate it while national polls show a majority of Americans don't want it, but for now, it's the law of the land. It's also a law that's been widely misinterpreted, either accidentally or by design.More >>
  • Reality Check: The Revolt at Cincinnati

    Reality Check: The Revolt at Cincinnati

    Thursday, September 26 2013 10:09 PM EDT2013-09-27 02:09:26 GMT
    The National Rifle Association has been around for well over a century, but did you know its roots as one of the most powerful political organizations in the country can be traced right here to Cincinnati? ItMore >>
    The National Rifle Association has been around for well over a century, but did you know its roots as one of the most powerful political organizations in the country can be traced right here to Cincinnati?More >>
  • Reality Check: Defunding Obamacare

    Reality Check: Defunding Obamacare

    Tuesday, September 17 2013 10:51 PM EDT2013-09-18 02:51:25 GMT
    Forty times Republicans have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as "Obamacare." Forty times with no chance of getting the legislation through the democratically controlled Senate. FortyMore >>
    Forty times republicans have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as "Obamacare."

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  • Reality Check: Tracking Tri-State lawmakers on Syria

    Reality Check: Tracking Tri-State lawmakers on Syria

    Tuesday, September 10 2013 9:40 PM EDT2013-09-11 01:40:35 GMT
    If their votes matter to you, and if how they vote might impact how you vote in the next election, did you know you can track their votes along with every other Congressional lawmaker in the Tri-State?More >>
    If their votes matter to you, and if how they vote might impact how you vote in the next election, did you know you can track their votes along with every other Congressional lawmaker in the Tri-State?More >>
  • Reality Check: Cincinnati and big business pensions

    Reality Check: Cincinnati and big business pensions

    Thursday, September 5 2013 9:45 PM EDT2013-09-06 01:45:37 GMT
    Cincinnati's pension deficit is massive - $860 million with no clear-cut funding solution in sight. More >>
    Cincinnati's pension deficit is massive - $860 million with no clear-cut funding solution in sight. Utah Senator Orin Hatch is pushing legislation that would offer cities the option of privatizing pension funds through life insurance companies.More >>
  • Reality Check: Kentucky 2014 Midterm Election

    Reality Check: Kentucky 2014 Midterm Election

    Thursday, August 29 2013 9:04 PM EDT2013-08-30 01:04:55 GMT
    Kentucky's 2014 midterm election is well underway, and so far the tone is anything but respectful between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.More >>
    Kentucky's 2014 midterm election is well underway, and so far the tone is anything but respectful between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.More >>
  • Reality Check: Why the government isn’t releasing complete IRS interview transcripts

    Reality Check: Why the government isn’t releasing complete IRS interview transcripts

    Tuesday, August 20 2013 9:11 PM EDT2013-08-21 01:11:28 GMT
    It's been more than three months since the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform launched an investigation into the IRS regarding scrutiny of Tea Party and other conservative groups applyingMore >>
    The House Oversight Committee still refuses to publicly release complete transcripts of interviews conducted with local and Washington IRS workers. FOX19 continues to ask for these documents, even traveling to D.C. to get them. In one instance we were completely ignored, a decision which has divided committee members. 
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  • Reality Check: Evolution vs. Creation

    Reality Check: Evolution vs. Creation

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 9:49 PM EST2014-02-06 02:49:17 GMT
    Tuesday night, the evolution versus creation debate took center stage in Northern Kentucky as Bill Nye squared off against Ken Ham. So who won? It depends on who you ask. When it comes to public opinion,More >>
    Tuesday night, the evolution versus creation debate took center stage in Northern Kentucky as Bill Nye squared off against Ken Ham. So who won? It depends on who you ask.More >>
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