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Peter Rothberg

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VP DEBATE: Cheney's Cyber Slip

Does Dick Cheney know where he steered voters watching the vice presidential debate last night? In response to a series of attacks from John Edwards on Cheney's corrupt tenure as CEO of Halliburton, the vice president said that Kerry and Edwards "know the charges are false. They know that if you go, for example, to factcheck.com, an independent website sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, you can get the specific details with respect to Halliburton."

The problem with Cheney's rebuttal was that he meant to say "factcheck.org," rather than "com." George Soros quickly capitalized on Cheney's error, snatched up the URL overnight, and now, if you click on factcheck.com, as many people have and will, you get redirected to. . . Oh, just go ahead and do it. This is too good to give away.

(Thanks to Washington Monthly blogger Kevin Drum for bringing this amusing item to the world's attention. Click here to read Drum's excellent blog.)

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