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Six Obama administration sequester claims shot down by fact checkers

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WASHINGTON (POLITICO) - Fact-checkers have had their hands full in recent weeks as the Obama administration has tried to detail the expected impacts of automatic sequester cuts.

As POLITICO's Glenn Thrush and Carrie Budoff Brown report, the White House now has pulled back from issuing doomsday scenarios after some of their claims fell flat.

Here are six such claims:

"You know, those Capitol janitors will not get as much overtime. I'm sure they think less pay, that they're taking home, does hurt." — Gene Sperling, director of the White House economic council, on ABC News' "This Week."

Four Pinocchios from the Washington Post Fact Checker (click here to learn how the Washington Post's fact check rating system works)

"On the issue of the janitors, if you work for an hourly wage and you earn overtime, and you depend on that overtime to make ends meet, it is simply a fact that a reduction in overtime is a reduction in your pay." — White House spokesman Jay Carney

Four Pinocchios from the Washington Post Fact Checker

If the sequester hits, federal prosecutors will have to "let criminals go." -- President Barack Obama

Mostly False from Politifact.com

"Federally assisted programs like Meals on Wheels would be able to serve 4 million fewer meals to seniors." — White House fact sheet on the impact of sequestration

Two Pinocchios from the Washington Post Fact Checker

"There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips" because of sequestration. -- Education Secretary Arne Duncan on "Face the Nation."

Mostly False from Politifact.com
Four Pinocchios from the Washington Post Fact Checker

"70,000 young children would be kicked off Head Start" – White House fact sheet on sequester
"Up to 70,000 children would lose access to Head Start and early Head Start services." – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Two Pinocchios from the Washington Post Fact Checker

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