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Misleading Meme on First Three Bills by Democrats
An old Facebook meme from April recently went viral again, wrongly identifying the first three bills introduced by House Democrats in January. The first three Democratic bills did not seek to impeach the president, end the Electoral College or provid
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Trump Muddies Impeachment Timeline
President Donald Trump continues to muddle the timeline of events to falsely suggest that the White House release of a memo summarizing his July phone call with the president of Ukraine silenced whistleblowers and contradicted Democratic leaders. The
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Blowing The Whistle On A Misinforming Meme
Memes circulating widely on social media misidentify a former White House staffer as the whistleblower who touched off the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The post Blowing the Whistle on a Misinforming Meme appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Trump Spins Court Ruling on Trump Foundation
President Trump downplayed the findings in a case against his namesake charitable foundation, claiming the judge had found only “some small technical violations.” Actually, the judge ruled that Trump "breached his fiduciary duty" to the Donald J. Tru
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Trump Again Misunderstands California’s Wildfires
For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump inaccurately attributed California’s rash of wildfires to poor forest management. He also falsely said other states don't have "close to the level of burn" as California. The post Trump Again Misun
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Bogus Warren Quote Ignites Immigration Anger
Immigration comments by Sen. Elizabeth Warren have been selectively edited in a misleading way and are circulating widely online. The post Bogus Warren Quote Ignites Immigration Anger appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Trump’s Shaky $5,000 Boast
President Donald Trump is on shaky ground when he claims that annual income for the typical household is up by an inflation-adjusted $5,000 since he took office. That turns out to be based on an erratic series of estimates drawn from a government sur
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Trump Twists Impeachment Polls
A number of national polls show more Americans want President Donald Trump impeached and removed from office than those who don't. In swing states, however, a majority opposes removing Trump from office via impeachment, even as a majority supports mo
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Viral Posts Distort Impeachment Inquiry Rules
Facebook posts purport to outline "the rules" of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but they distort the facts in doing so. The post Viral Posts Distort Impeachment Inquiry Rules appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Trump Ad Misleads on Illegal Immigration
President Donald Trump's reelection campaign makes the misleading claim in a TV ad that he is "cutting illegal immigration in half." In fact, apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2019 were more than double the total in fiscal year 2
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What Does Science Say About the Need for Nuclear?
Sen. Bernie Sanders has said “scientists tell us” that it’s possible to go carbon neutral without relying on nuclear power. Fellow Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, who backs the use of some nuclear energy, has said the data is on h
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Video: FactChecking Trump’s 9/11 and Iraq Claims
This week, CNN's Jake Tapper looks at claims President Donald Trump made about Osama bin Laden and the Iraq war during his Oct. 27 press conference announcing the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The post Video: FactChecking Trump’
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Meme Falsely Claims Obama Released al-Baghdadi
Various memes circulating online falsely claim that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader who recently died after a U.S. raid, had been released from U.S. military custody under President Barack Obama. He was actually released in 2004, under
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Misleading Posts Target GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz
Social media posts distort the facts around an 11-year-old, dismissed DUI charge against Rep. Matt Gaetz. They also leave the false impression that he "stole from dying people." The post Misleading Posts Target GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz appeared first on F
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What We’ve Learned From Impeachment Inquiry
President Donald Trump repeatedly has said his July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president was "perfect," and a simple reading of the "transcript" is all that's needed to evaluate the impeachment probe. But congressional testimony has revealed ke
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Trump’s False Claim about Syrian ‘Safe Zone’
In explaining his decision to pull U.S. forces from northern Syria and allow Turkey to set up a "safe zone" in Syria, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that Turkey has lost "thousands and thousands of people from that safe zone." The post Trump’
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Dubious Posts Tie Political Families to Ukraine Work
There's no evidence for social media claims that the children of Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney and John Kerry are working for "Ukrainian gas companies" or sitting "on the board of directors for energy companies doing business in Ukraine." The post Dubiou
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Not ‘Twitter Intel’
National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien dismissed as "Twitter intel" the suggestion that more than 100 captured Islamic State fighters escaped from prisons in Syria amid fighting between Turkish soldiers and Syrian Kurds. But that was a figure provi
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Headlines Spin Ukrainian Donations to Clinton Charity
Viral headlines wrongly suggest that the Ukrainian government gave more money than any other country to the Clinton Foundation. But the 2015 news report cited does not support that. The post Headlines Spin Ukrainian Donations to Clinton Charity appea
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Trump’s Spin on AIDS Epidemic
In his campaign rally speeches, President Donald Trump often boasts of his administration's plan to end the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. in 10 years. It’s true he has proposed funding for that initiative, but he’s wrong to say "the previous administrati
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Sanders Misleads on Family Health Care Costs
Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to make the misleading claim that “the average family of four spends $28,000 a year on health care.” That's the projected average cost for employer-sponsored health insurance for "typical" families of that size, but the
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Posts Resurface Made-up ‘Congressional Reform’ Bill
Viral Facebook posts claim President Donald Trump has endorsed a supposed "Congressional Reform Act of 2017." But no such bill exists. The text in the posts has circulated for years without references to Trump, and it is riddled with false claims. Th
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Mulvaney’s Spin on Ukraine Aid
White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney engaged in some serious political spin when he tried to deny what he said in a televised press conference: that the White House withheld security aid to Ukraine, in part, because the administration want
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Trump’s Error-filled Cabinet Meeting
For more than an hour, President Donald Trump presided over a cabinet meeting, reeling off numerous false or misleading claims. The post Trump’s Error-filled Cabinet Meeting appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Viral Posts Fabricate a ‘President Mozzarella’ Gaffe
Social media lit up with a false claim that President Donald Trump referred to Italian President Sergio Mattarella as "President Mozzarella." The transcripts and videos prove he didn't. The post Viral Posts Fabricate a ‘President Mozzarella’ Gaffe ap
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Video: Trump’s False Subpoena Claim
This week, CNN's Jake Tapper takes a look at a claim that President Donald Trump made about subpoenas issued by the House committees for documents and testimony related to the impeachment inquiry. The post Video: Trump’s False Subpoena Claim appeared
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Instagram Post Falsely Links Flu Vaccine to Polio
A popular Instagram post falsely claims “over 1,100 people died from reactions to the [flu] shot” in 2018, and suggests that the immunization gave some children polio. The flu vaccine cannot give anyone polio and there is no evidence to support the 1
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The Facts on Mental Illness and Mass Shootings
Q: Do people with serious mental health disorders pose a greater risk of becoming mass shooters? A: People with mental illnesses are somewhat more likely to be violent than those without a diagnosis. But a majority are never violent, and very little
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Obama Didn’t Authorize ‘Lying’ by the Media
Social media posts falsely claim that former President Barack Obama signed a bill that made it permissible for "the media" to get "away with lying." The bill had no bearing on private media outlets or what they can report. The post Obama Didn’t Autho
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Flurry of Trump Falsehoods
The president distorted the facts on congressional subpoenas, trade, Syria and more during a busy day of public appearances. The post Flurry of Trump Falsehoods appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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