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Viral image - Fact-checking a misleading post on ID requirements for buying guns, voting

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:12
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Fact-checking a misleading post on ID requirements for buying guns, voting

After a teenage gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla., Americans of all political persuasions flocked to social media to express their views on gun policy. On the pro-gun control side of the argument, Areva Martin, an author and TV commentator, tweeted a graphic that showed in most of the country, it is harder to vote than it is to buy an assault rifle. She shared the following graphic with the comment, "Just let this sink in! #FloridaSchoolShooting #Florida #GunReformNow." See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com However, a closer look at both gun policy ...

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Donald Trump - Has Donald Trump 'been much tougher on Russia' than Barack Obama?

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:16
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Has Donald Trump 'been much tougher on Russia' than Barack Obama?

Amid swelling evidence of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump pushed back against critics who say he's given the Kremlin a free pass. In one tweet on Feb. 20, Trump said, "I have been much tougher on Russia than Obama, just look at the facts. Total Fake News!" See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com The tweet immediately drew guffaws among media commentators and on social media, who quickly plucked examples of Trump downplaying evidence of a far-reaching effort by Russia to meddle in the election. (Just a day earlier, we gave Trump a Pants ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump falsely says he never denied Russian meddling

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:12
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump falsely says he never denied Russian meddling

The indictments of 13 Russians detailing how they used Facebook and Twitter to undercut Hillary Clinton and promote President Donald Trump spurred a flurry of tweets from Trump over the weekend. "I never said Russia did not meddle in the election," Trump wrote Feb. 18. "I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.’ The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia - it never did!" See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Trump might want to ...

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PuppetStringNews.com - Fake news claims two Russian officials dead in plane crash

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Fake news claims two Russian officials dead in plane crash

A fake news story said that two Russian officials linked to an infamous dossier and a Russian nuclear agency were among the victims of a plane crash near Moscow that killed all 71 passengers. "Russian source behind fake Trump dossier killed in Russian plane crash, Rosatom CFO also dead," read the headline on a Feb. 11, 2018, post on Puppet String News. The post was flagged on Facebook as being potentially fabricated, as part of the social media website’s efforts to combat fake news. The fake news story took a real plane crash and made up the names ...

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Hogan Gidley - Has President Donald Trump clearly and frequently spoken out against abuse of women? Not when asked

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 14:21
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Has President Donald Trump clearly and frequently spoken out against abuse of women? Not when asked

Two White House staffers have resigned after credible reports that they abused their wives, but those departures haven’t quieted the waters. If anything, the question of what President Donald Trump thinks about these episodes grew more pressing after Trump tweeted broadly about people accused of abuse in any form. "People’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation," Trump tweeted Feb. 10. "Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as ...

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Rand Paul - Rand Paul gets numbers right in speech on federal debt

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:18
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Rand Paul gets numbers right in speech on federal debt

As the House and Senate were rushing to head off a government shutdown during a late-night session on Feb. 8, Sen. Rand Paul,. R-Ky., was doing everything he could to slow the rush to passing a new spending bill. In a lengthy floor speech, Paul took aim at lawmakers who wring their hands about the rising debt but then vote for legislation that adds red ink. At one point in his speech, Paul said, "George W. Bush doubled the debt from $5 trillion to $10 trillion. President Obama doubled the debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion. Now we're ...

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National Republican Senatorial Committee - Misleading NRSC ad paints Heidi Heitkamp as Donald Trump contrarian

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:16
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Misleading NRSC ad paints Heidi Heitkamp as Donald Trump contrarian

A North Dakota National Republican Senate Committee ad portrays Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., as a contrarian to President Donald Trump. "North Dakota voted for President Trump," the voiceover says. "But Sen. Heidi Heitkamp doesn’t care. She’s joined Washington liberals in their partisan obstruction and is taking orders from party boss Chuck Schumer, the architect of the Schumer Shutdown." "Heitkamp has voted against Trump 68 percent of time," the graphic reads. The statistic was shared during State of the Union and Super Bowl digital ad campaigns. Given North Dakota's Republican leanings, Heitkamp is a top GOP target. However, ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrongly suggests British don't love their health care system

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 09:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump wrongly suggests British don't love their health care system

As thousands marched in the streets of London recently to protest funding cuts to the British National Health Service, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize the idea of universal health care. "The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!" See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Trump’s Feb. 5 tweet came shortly after Nigel Farage, the former UK Independence Party leader, talked about the NHS march ...

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Donald Trump - Immigration, MS-13 and crime: the facts behind Donald Trump’s exaggerations

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:39
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Immigration, MS-13 and crime: the facts behind Donald Trump’s exaggerations

President Donald Trump linked illegal immigration to the violence of the MS-13 gang, claiming "open borders" have caused the death of many people in the United States. During his State of the Union speech, Trump highlighted the 2016 killings of teenagers Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens in New York and the related murder charges against MS-13 members. "These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage MS-13 gang have been charged with Kayla and Nisa's murders," Trump said Jan. 30. "Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim about 'treason'

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 14:51
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim about 'treason'

President Donald Trump’s visit to the Sheffer Corp. near Cincinnati was billed as a chance to discuss the recently enacted tax law. While Trump did discuss the tax law, most coverage of the speech led with a digression in which Trump accused Democrats of treason. It came as Trump was touting a drop in African-American unemployment, as he had done on several occasions previously. He knocked Democrats for their failure to applaud when he mentioned this during his State of the Union address. "You’re up there, you’ve got half the room going totally crazy, wild — they ...

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Say Anything Blog - Heidi Heitkamp didn't high-five Chuck Schumer following abortion vote

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:48
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Heidi Heitkamp didn't high-five Chuck Schumer following abortion vote

A headline on a North Dakota political blog wrongly said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., high-fived Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., following a controversial abortion vote. "Heitkamp High-Fives Schumer After Voting Against 20-Week Abortion Ban," the headline reads. The vote in question was to proceed to a motion that would make nearly all abortions after 20 weeks illegal and subject anyone who performed the procedure to prison time or fines. The 51-46 yea-to-nay vote fell below the filibuster threshold of 60 votes, and Heitkamp’s vote was one of those nays. But did Heitkamp follow up her vote with a celebratory ...

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Devin Nunes - Nunes memo twists James Comey's words on Steele dossier

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 16:24
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Nunes memo twists James Comey's words on Steele dossier

The memo assembled by aides to House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has spawned lots of debate, both before it was released on Feb. 2 and afterward. One small portion of the memo, however, has attracted special scrutiny from experts and pundits: how former FBI Director James Comey characterized the "Steele Dossier" under oath to Congress. The memo suggests that Comey had said the Steele dossier was bunk in its entirety. But that’s not what Comey said. The dossier in question was compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele on behalf of Fusion GPS, a research firm ...

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Donald Trump - No, Trump hasn't cut 22 regulations for every new one

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 09:31
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | No, Trump hasn't cut 22 regulations for every new one

Trump claimed to have gone above and beyond his campaign promise to eliminate two existing regulations for every new federal regulation at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. "Instead of two for one, we have cut 22 burdensome regulations for every one new rule," Trump said. The White House directed us to a press release that said federal agencies issued 67 deregulatory actions and imposed three new regulatory actions. Did Trump really keep his promise, eleven-fold? That’s an exaggeration. The problem with Trump’s claim is that the Office of Management and Budget laid out different criteria for defining ...

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Markwayne Mullin - Facebook meme from OK House member distorts Obama's economic record

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:45
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Facebook meme from OK House member distorts Obama's economic record

The day President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., posted an image on Facebook that showed why he was "proud to have a president that’s putting America first and investing here at home." Mullin’s post was a side-by-side comparison of Trump and President Barack Obama. While it didn’t say so, the statistics were for the first year of each president. Against the gains under Trump, the image had these grim numbers for Obama: Jobs lost: 4 million Unemployment: Rose from 7.85 ...

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Donald Trump - How high are economic confidence polls under Donald Trump?

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:20
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | How high are economic confidence polls under Donald Trump?

On a number of occasions, President Donald Trump has touted the degree of confidence Americans have in the economy on his watch. He did so in his State of the Union address, when he said, "Small business confidence is at an all-time high." We rated that True. But during a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he offered a broader sweep. "After years of stagnation, the United States is once again experiencing strong economic growth," Trump said on Jan. 26. "The stock market is smashing one record after another, and has added more than $7 ...

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Donald Trump - Trump's State of the Union ratings are not the highest in history

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:31
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Trump's State of the Union ratings are not the highest in history

Television ratings have long been a fixation for former reality TV star President Donald Trump, so it’s no wonder he shined a spotlight on the ratings for his first State of the Union. "Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. @FoxNews beat every other Network, for the first time ever, with 11.7 million people tuning in. Delivered from the heart!" Trump tweeted on Feb. 1, 2018. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Trump exaggerated crowd sizes before, so we ...

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John Calipari - Are college basketball graduation rates at an all-time high, as John Calipari said?

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 09:23
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Are college basketball graduation rates at an all-time high, as John Calipari said?

College basketball has been in the midst of soul-searching since federal investigators uncovered an alleged black market for top high school prospects and college players. The federal probe into bribery and corruption, which led to 10 arrests in 2017, raised fresh questions about a system where young men generate billions in television and marketing revenues but are prohibited from being paid. The NCAA — college sports’ regulatory body — has long maintained that compensating players would undermine its goal of placing education ahead of athletics. "In the collegiate model of sports," the NCAA states, "the young men and women ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump inflates Apple investment

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 13:46
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Donald Trump inflates Apple investment

In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump led off with the economy, and he drew particular attention to the recently passed tax law. "Since we passed tax cuts, roughly 3 million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses," Trump said. "And it’s getting more every month, every week. Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers." A number of readers asked us to take a closer look at his claim about Apple, so we did. Apple’s press release We can see where Trump got ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's misleading claim about chain migration, unlimited sponsorship of distant relatives

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 12:27
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump's misleading claim about chain migration, unlimited sponsorship of distant relatives

President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address called for tighter control of legal immigration and for an end to "chain migration." "Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives," Trump said Jan. 30. "Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children." The White House did not respond on the record for this fact-check, but it appears that Trump meant a distant relative is anyone who is not a spouse or minor child (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services defines ...

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Joe Kennedy - Do CEOs make 300 times the average worker, as Joe Kennedy said?

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 22:56
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Do CEOs make 300 times the average worker, as Joe Kennedy said?

During the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III bemoaned the seismic income gap between top executives and the average employee, even as he celebrated the current bullish economy. Emphasizing the need for greater economic fairness, Kennedy said workers should take home a larger share of corporate profits, relative to that of their bosses. "We choose an economy strong enough to boast record stock prices," he said, "and brave enough to admit that top CEOs making 300 times the average worker is not right." We wondered if the pay gap between ...

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