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GOP Medicaid Spin

Republicans are spinning their health care bills’ impact on Medicaid:
  • Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey made the questionable claim that under the Senate bill “no one loses coverage” gained under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. The bill would reduce federal funding to expansion states, leading some states to restrict eligibility, ... Read More
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Twisting the Facts on a Draft Executive Order

Q: Did President Donald Trump sign an executive order that prevents immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission from receiving welfare? A: No. Some bogus websites have twisted the facts about a draft executive order that Trump has not signed. FULL QUESTION Did President Trump sign an executive order ... Read More

Donald Trump – White House tweets misleading criticism of CBO analysis

Seeking to bat down the news in a Congressional Budget Office report about the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act, President Donald Trump’s administration attempted to undermine the CBO’s credibility in a tweet. The official White House account tweeted an image that said, "When Obamacare was signed into law, CBO estimated ... Read More
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Rand Paul’s Subsidies Twist

Sen. Rand Paul, who opposes the Republican Senate health care bill, says subsidies “are actually greater under the Republican bill than they are under the current Obamacare law.” But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the average subsidy under the bill would be “significantly lower than the average subsidy under ... Read More
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Spinning the CBO Insurance Estimate

The Congressional Budget Office projects that the Senate health care bill would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million in 2026 — a figure that both sides in the debate are distorting:
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders wrongly claims the bill “would throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance.” ... Read More
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Bernie Sanders – Bernie Sanders' projection of 'thousands' of deaths from lost health coverage is well-supported

During an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., didn’t hold back in his criticism of Republican efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act: He said such legislative efforts will literally be deadly. "What the Republican proposal (in the House) does is throw 23 million Americans ... Read More
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Bernie Sanders – Bernie Sanders' projection of 'thousands' of deaths from lost health coverage is well-supported

During an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., didn’t hold back in his criticism of Republican efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act: He said such legislative efforts will literally be deadly. "What the Republican proposal (in the House) does is throw 23 million Americans ... Read More
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Video: Trump and Coal Jobs

In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper discusses President Donald Trump’s remarks at his June 21 Iowa rally about coal mining jobs. As we wrote in our story, “FactChecking Trump’s Iowa Rally,” the president again claimed he has reversed the trend of coal mining job losses, and misleadingly pointed to ... Read More
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Trump’s Private Lawyer Won’t Cost Taxpayers

Q: Is President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, “costing taxpayers $10,000 per hour” for his services during the Russia investigation? A: No. That claim comes from a baseless story on an “entertainment” website that posts satirical stories. FULL QUESTION Trying to find information regarding whether or not taxpayers are paying ... Read More

Donald Trump – White House tweet wrongly says Obamacare led to fewer insurance options

Obamacare has led to fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans. — Donald Trump on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 in a White House tweet By Jon Greenberg on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 5:50 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate version of the ... Read More
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Pelosi’s Partisan Pick on Jobs Analysis

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cites research from two partisan groups to claim that the Republican health care bill would result in the loss of 1.8 million jobs by 2022. But a recent independent study put the expected job loss at 413,000 by that year. George Washington University, which did ... Read More
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FactChecking Trump’s Iowa Rally

The 2020 presidential campaign is more than 1,200 days away, but President Donald Trump held yet another Make America Great Again rally — this time in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And, as he did in past campaign speeches, Trump spoke for a long time and reeled off numerous false and misleading ... Read More
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AntiNews.in – It's fake news that the United States didn't land on the moon

"Chinese lunar rover finds no evidence of American moon landings." — AntiNews.in on Sunday, May 21st, 2017 in a blog post By Manuela Tobias on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 10:32 a.m. Fake news story claims there is no evidence of U.S. moon landing (AntiNews.in) An Internet post ... Read More
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Rick Perry – Rick Perry wrongly downplays human role in climate change

"Most likely the primary control knob (for the earth’s temperature) is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in." — Rick Perry on Monday, June 19th, 2017 in an interview By John Kruzel on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 4:35 p.m. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in ... Read More
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A Bogus Kellyanne Conway Quote

Q: Did Kellyanne Conway say liberal women hate her because of her “striking beauty and intellect”? A: There’s no evidence she did. That claim comes from a website that warns readers to rely on its information “at your own risk.” FULL ANSWER Skeptical Facebook users flagged a story posted on ... Read More

Trump Official Wrong About Warming, Again

In an interview on CNBC, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said carbon dioxide is not “the primary control knob” for the Earth’s temperature and climate. But scientists say it’s “extremely likely” that human activity — primarily CO2 emissions — is the main cause of global warming. Perry made his claim during an interview with Joe ... Read More
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Trump’s Lawyer Spins Russia Facts

Jay Sekulow, an attorney on President Donald Trump’s legal team, made the rounds of the Sunday shows to talk about the Russia investigation. But he glossed over relevant facts in defense of his client:
  • Sekulow repeatedly said Trump fired FBI Director James Comey after “a deliberative process” and based ... Read More
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False Maxine Waters ‘Meetings’ Statistic

Q: Has Rep. Maxine Waters attended only “10 percent of congressional meetings for 35 years”?  A: No. That claim was made in a blog post that cited an inaccurate comment on Reddit. FULL QUESTION Has Maxine Waters really missed 90% of her meetings? FULL ANSWER There’s no evidence that “Democrat Maxine ... Read More

Bloggers – Claim that Trump welcomes Jamaica as a U.S. territory is fake news

"Trump welcomes Jamaica as a U.S. territory" — Bloggers on Friday, June 16th, 2017 in in a blog post By Manuela Tobias on Monday, June 19th, 2017 at 4:59 p.m. Reggae legend Bob Marley's home near Montego Bay, Jamaica (Tampa Bay Times) An undated post on CNewsGo.com claimed ... Read More
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FactChecking Trump on Coal Jobs

On NBC10 in Philadelphia’s “@ Issue” program on June 18, FactCheck.org Deputy Managing Editor Robert Farley discussed President Donald Trump pointing to the opening of a new coal mine in Pennsylvania as evidence that his administration is “putting the miners back to work.” Construction of the mine began before the 2016 ... Read More
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Trump Didn’t Bill the Obamas

Q: Did President Donald Trump send Barack Obama a bill for his “vacation scam”? A: No. That bogus claim comes from a “satirical publication.” FULL QUESTION Did President Trump send the Obamas a bill for their vacation trip, etc.? FULL ANSWER President Donald Trump did not send Barack and Michelle ... Read More

Karl Racine – Did Saudis spend money on Trump hotels? Yes

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, whose government has important business and policy before the president of the United States, has already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at the Trump International Hotel." — Karl Racine on Monday, June 12th, 2017 in a press conference By Smitha Rajan on ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Donald Trump tweet on 50% approval cherry-picks polling data

President Donald Trump opened his first Father’s Day as president with a bright-and-early boast about his poll numbers. "The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating. That's higher than O's #'s!" The new Rasmussen Poll, one of ... Read More
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Schumer Didn’t Resign, Sessions Wasn’t Fired

Q: Did Sen. Chuck Schumer resign? Was Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired? Are the Clintons divorcing? Is Monica Lewinsky dead?
A: No. Each claim was made by the same website that writes “fiction as fact.”
FULL ANSWER Sen. Chuck Schumer resigned from Congress in disgrace. Monica Lewinsky was ... Read More

Explaining Trump’s Russia Tweets

President Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm about the Russia investigation. He accused his vanquished rival Hillary Clinton of obstruction of justice (without any evidence) and blamed others for his firing of FBI Director James Comey (even though Trump said he was planning to fire Comey regardless of any recommendation) ... Read More
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Infowars – Loretta Lynch did not call for 'violence and murder,' 'blood and death in streets'

Says Loretta Lynch was part of "a stunning collection of calls to violence and murder from the intolerant, unhinged leftists in the Democrat party."   — Infowars on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 in a website article By Jon Greenberg on Friday, June 16th, 2017 at 12:36 p.m. The ... Read More
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Ivanka Trump – Ivanka Trump right about role of 'skills gap' in unfilled jobs

Was Ivanka Trump on target when she talked about the skills gap and its impact on job openings? During an interview with Fox & Friends, Ivanka Trump discussed one of the challenges of the current economy -- that job vacancies exist, but many people who aren’t working aren’t qualified to ... Read More
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Preexisting Condition Spin

Opponents of the Republican House health care bill are claiming its provisions on preexisting conditions reach further than they actually do.
  • A TV ad from AARP says “insurers can charge thousands more” for preexisting conditions under the bill. They can, but that would happen only in states that obtained a waiver, ... Read More
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Can Trump Fire Mueller?

Q: Can President Donald Trump fire special counsel Robert Mueller?
A: Not directly. Only the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller can fire him and only for cause. But Trump could fire the DAG, or order the special-counsel regulations repealed and fire Mueller himself.
FULL QUESTION Can the ... Read More
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Bernie Sanders – Bernie Sanders tweet exaggerates lack of input in Senate health care bill

Amid criticism that Senate Republicans are working in secret to craft legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted a graphic that tried to make that argument in stark statistical terms. The graphic, which Sanders tweeted on June 13, 2017, is titled, "Health Care ... Read More
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Matteo Salvini

Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right Northern League and MEP in the EFD group, is not one for diplomatic language. But besides claiming that Europe is “the executioner that is hanging us” and that the euro is “a criminal currency” – not exactly statements we can factcheck – he also ... Read More

Will Paris Have a ‘Tiny’ Effect on Warming?

President Donald Trump and his top environmental official said the Paris Agreement would reduce the global average temperature by only 0.2 degrees Celsius. Former Vice President Al Gore said that’s “not true.” Who’s right? Trump and Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, are correct that one report ... Read More
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Fake Spicer Quote About ‘Covfefe’

Q: Did White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer say that the president has the “legal right and power to decide how words in the English language are spelled”?
A: No. That bogus quote comes from a “satirical” article about President Donald Trump’s infamous “covfefe” tweet.
FULL QUESTION Is ... Read More

Jeff Sessions – Jeff Sessions cites 'longstanding policy' to deflect senators' questions in Russia hearing

Democratic senators skewered Attorney General Jeff Sessions for refusing to answer their questions about his private conversations with President Donald Trump during a June 13 hearing about Sessions’ role in the controversy over Russia and the election. Sessions said Trump hadn’t invoked executive privilege, which presidents can use to prevent ... Read More
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Jean-Pierre Audy

During a parliamentary debate on homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, Jean-Pierre Audy, a French MEP in the centre-right EPP group, claims that 26% of LGBT people are victims of violence and 20% of professional discrimination, a phenomenon he describes as unacceptable. Where do these numbers come from? It ... Read More

Clinton Foundation Not Shutting Down

Q: Was the Clinton Foundation ordered to cease operations and Chelsea Clinton charged with fraud?
A: No. Those baseless claims were made up by a self-described “satirical” website.
FULL QUESTION Has the Clinton Foundation been found to have committed fraud? FULL ANSWER The Clinton Foundation — the sprawling ... Read More

Ivanka Trump – Ivanka Trump on target with figures on women in STEM fields

Was Ivanka Trump on target when she cited the percentage of STEM jobs held by women? A group of eighth grade girls visit Argonne National Laboratory to participate in events during the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. (Energy Department) During an interview on Fox & Friends, Ivanka Trump ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Donald Trump's boasts about accomplishments in office ring hollow

Some commentators called it "the weirdest Cabinet meeting ever": President Donald Trump’s leadership team gathered to deliver a litany of praise for the president. Trump saved some of the boasting for himself, making claims that his administration has been one of historic accomplishments. "I will say that never has there ... Read More
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Graham Watson

Graham Watson is a Liberal Democrat member of the European Parliament. At a time when the British public is particularly sensitive to issues regarding immigration into the UK, especially from Eastern European countries such as Romania and Bulgaria, Mr. Watson defends one of the bastions of the European Union, the ... Read More

Trump’s Coal Spin

President Donald Trump touted the opening of a new coal mine in Pennsylvania as evidence that his administration is “putting the miners back to work.” But construction of the mine in question began before the 2016 election. And experts say it’s not evidence of a resurgence in coal mining. The ... Read More
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John McCain Still a Republican

Q: Has Sen. John McCain “renounced any affiliation with the Republican Party”?
A: No. That claim was made in a fake news story published by a “satirical publication.”
FULL QUESTION I just read John McCain left the Republican Party, is this true? FULL ANSWER Sen. John McCain is still ... Read More

The Comey Hearing

After former FBI Director James Comey testified about his private conversations with President Donald Trump regarding the agency’s Russia investigation, the president’s lawyer gave a brief statement that contained inaccurate and disputed claims:
  • Marc Kasowitz, the president’s personal attorney, said Trump “never in form or substance directed or suggested” that ... Read More
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No Obama Statue in the White House

Q: Did President Barack Obama commission a life-size bronze statue of himself to leave in the White House?
A: No. That fake news story was “intended for entertainment purposes only.”
FULL QUESTION Did President Obama have a bronze statue made of himself to leave in the White House? ... Read More

Timeline of Russia Investigation

Since July 2016, the FBI has been investigating the Russian government’s attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election, including whether President Donald Trump’s campaign associates were involved in those efforts. “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election” between Trump and Democratic presidential ... Read More
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Fake Dig at ‘Dumb’ Scientists

Q: Did a potential nominee for “chief scientist” at the U.S. Department of Agriculture call scientists “dumb, regular people” who “think dinosaurs actually existed and the Earth is somehow getting warmer”?
A: No. That’s a bogus quote in a fake story by a “News/Satire” website. FULL ANSWER Sam Clovis, who ... Read More

Gore and Pruitt Debate Paris Targets

Former Vice President Al Gore and Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt made competing claims about whether the U.S. could have changed its emissions targets under the Paris Agreement, instead of pulling out of the deal. Legal experts side with Gore, who claimed the targets could have been changed. The Paris Agreement ... Read More
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Scott Pruitt – Are coal mining jobs up by 50,000 since last year? Not exactly

Just days after President Donald Trump announced that he would be pulling the United States out of the Paris international climate agreement, his Environmental Protection Agency administrator went on the Sunday shows to defend Trump’s decision. During the June 4 interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Donald Trump wrong on Paris accord, China and coal plants

Even as President Donald Trump defiantly withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, he described it in contradictory terms. "As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country," he ... Read More
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Scott Pruitt and Coal Jobs

The Environmental Protection Agency head said that the “coal sector” added 7,000 jobs in May and “almost 50,000 jobs” since the fourth quarter of last year. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an increase of just 400 coal mining jobs in May and 1,300 since December. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt ... Read More
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