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Hollywood Strike Hoax

Q: Did Hollywood celebrities threaten to strike until President Donald Trump resigns?
A: No. That story was made up by a “HYBRID site of news and satire.”
FULL QUESTION Are eminent Hollywood celebrities preparing for a massive strike in Hollywood until Trump resigns? FULL ANSWER Months after it ... Read More

Double-Counting Growth

How does President Donald Trump’s proposed budget reach a balance in 10 years, as the administration says it will? With 3 percent economic growth, says Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. How does Trump plan to deeply cut taxes without reducing federal revenues? Economic ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Trump goes a bit overboard with icebreaker claim

"I’m proud to say that under my administration, as you just heard, we will be building the first new heavy icebreakers the United States has seen in over 40 years."   — Donald Trump on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 in a U.S. Coast Guard commencement speech By Smitha ... Read More
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Gingrich Spreads Conspiracy Theory

Newt Gingrich claimed that a Democratic National Committee staffer “apparently was assassinated” after “having given WikiLeaks something like … 53,000 [DNC] emails and 17,000 attachments.” But there’s no evidence for his claim. The former Republican House speaker is spreading a conspiracy theory about the killing of Seth Rich, who was ... Read More
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Can Opioid Addiction Be Cured?

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made two claims about opioid addiction that are contradicted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is part of the department Price heads. Price made his claims on May 9 while in West Virginia, the state with the highest rate of opioid-related overdoses in the country.
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Video: Trump vs. Comey

This much we know: President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey privately discussed the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign during at least two White House meetings. But Trump’s version of what was said at those private meetings is at odds with the accounts offered by Comey and those close ... Read More
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Special Counsel Q&A

On May 17, the Justice Department announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Trump responded by calling the investigation a “witch hunt.” At ... Read More
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Bogus Bald Eagle Executive Order

Q: Did President Trump sign an executive order making it legal to hunt bald eagles? A: No. That bogus story was published by a fake news website. FULL QUESTION Did Trump OK hunting bald eagles? FULL ANSWER Don’t be fooled by the “AP” dateline on a story that says President ... Read More

Charles Schumer – Did federal inmate population drop under Obama for first time since Carter?

"President Obama became the first president since Carter to leave the White House with a smaller federal prison population than when he took office." — Charles Schumer on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 in a Senate floor speech By Louis Jacobson on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 5:21 p.m ... Read More
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Maxine Waters – Mostly False: Democrat says Paul Manafort visited Moscow during campaign

"You can see visits to Moscow made during the campaign by (Paul) Manafort and others." — Maxine Waters on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" By Jon Greenberg on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 12:58 p.m. Rep. Waters, D-Calif., predicts impeachment for President ... Read More
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Trump vs. Comey

Summary In the weeks leading up to his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump met with Comey on at least two occasions and discussed the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign. But Trump’s version of what was said at those private meetings is at odds with ... Read More
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Clinton Cargo Raid Didn’t Happen

Q: Were refugees, weapons and drugs found on a Clinton Foundation cargo ship?
A: No. That is yet another story from a prolific satirical website.
FULL QUESTION Did a Clinton Foundation cargo ship get caught smuggling people from Syria, drugs and illegal fruit? FULL ANSWER Facebook users have flagged ... Read More

Chris Murphy – Mostly True: Trump uses Russia's 'law firm of the year' to counter claim he's too close to Russia

"Law firm @POTUS used to show he has no ties to Russia was named Russia Law Firm of the Year for their extensive ties to Russia. Unreal." — Chris Murphy on Friday, May 12th, 2017 in Twitter By John Kruzel on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at 2:59 p.m ... Read More
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James Risch – Does the president have 'the ability to declassify anything at any time'?

The blockbuster article in the Washington Post saying President Donald Trump had "revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting" didn’t just put the White House on the defensive. It also put Republican lawmakers in a tight spot. One of the members ... Read More
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Richard Blumenthal – GOP health care bill 'yanks tax credits away from veterans,' Sen. Blumenthal says

Among Democrats’ many gripes with the House Republican health care bill is the fact that it’s missing a special protection for veterans. "What does Trumpcare do? Yank tax credits away from veterans unlike any other American," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., at a May 9 press conference. Does the health ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Donald Trump mentions tax deductions 'for birds flying across America,' and he should know

Florida landowners in the Northern Everglades use conservation easements as a tool to restore their wetlands. (U.S. Department of Agriculture) The golden-cheeked warbler. (U.S Fish and Wildlife Service) There were a number of head-scratching exchanges in President Donald Trump’s interview with The Economist posted on May 11, including Trump’s claim ... Read More
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GOP Bill and Sexual Assault

Q: Are sexual assault and rape preexisting conditions under the GOP health bill?
A: No. The bill doesn’t identify any preexisting conditions, and it says insurers can’t deny coverage to individuals who have them. But insurers could charge more for medical conditions in certain cases. FULL QUESTION Would rape ... Read More
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Obama on Childhood Obesity Rates

Former President Barack Obama falsely claimed that Let’s Move, an initiative of former First Lady Michelle Obama, “helped bring down America’s obesity rates for our youngest kids for the first time in 30 years.” In fact, research shows the obesity rate for 2- to 5-year-olds has been decreasing since 2004 – long before the ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim Russia story 'made-up' by Democrats

"This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won."   — Donald Trump on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 in an interview with NBC News By Jon Greenberg on Friday, May 12th, ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Donald Trump’s Mostly False claim that James Clapper said no collusion found in Russia probe

President Donald Trump claimed that former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has definitively said the Trump campaign did not collude in Moscow’s interference with the 2016 election. Trump used his take on Clapper’s remarks as proof positive the FBI’s ongoing Russia probe is a witch hunt. "When James ... Read More
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Why Did Trump Fire Comey?

Why did President Donald Trump fire FBI Director James Comey? The president and top administration officials have offered contradictory accounts in recent days:
  • The official White House statement on May 9 said Trump “acted based on the clear recommendations” of the attorney general and deputy attorney general. But Trump, ... Read More
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Video: Trump’s Claim of FBI ‘Turmoil’

In this week’s video, CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org examine statements made by President Donald Trump and his deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, about morale at the FBI. In an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, Trump discussed his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Trump told Holt the ... Read More
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Rod Blum – In Iowa, GOP's Blum off target on AHCA impact

Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, faced a feisty crowd at a high school gymnasium in Dubuque when voters in his district pressed him on his vote for the House Republican health care bill, the American Health Care Act. Blum aimed to put the bill’s changes into perspective. "This bill, Trumpcare — ... Read More
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Republican Health Care Spin

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and House Speaker Paul Ryan engaged in partisan spin in talking about the Republican health care bill. The American Health Care Act was passed by the House on May 4, and both Price and Ryan appeared on Sunday talk shows a few days ... Read More
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Trump’s ‘Nothing to See Here’ Spin

The Trump administration has offered some “nothing to see here” spin in response to the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. But President Donald Trump and White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have twisted some facts to fit that narrative:
  • Sanders wrongly claimed that former Director ... Read More
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Jeff Sessions – Fact-check: AG Jeff Sessions claims district attorneys charge immigrants for lesser crimes

Attorney General Jeff Sessions raised concerns to New York law enforcement officers over practices of some district attorneys that he said favored immigrants. "It troubles me that we’ve seen district attorneys openly brag about not charging cases appropriately under the laws of our country, so that provides an opportunity for ... Read More
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Premium Spin

Democrats have stressed that the GOP’s American Health Care Act would increase health insurance premiums, while Republicans have said it would lower them, both citing the Congressional Budget Office. Which is it? A little of both. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland cited the CBO on the House floor before lawmakers ... Read More
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Trump Not Deporting Native Americans

Q: Did President Donald Trump tweet that he will deport American Indians to India? A: No. This claim comes from a satirical website.
FULL QUESTION Is it true that Trump tweeted that he will deport Native Indians back to India? FULL ANSWER President Donald Trump did not tweet that he wants ... Read More
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Kevin McCarthy – Would the Republican health care bill take away anyone’s Medicaid?

Soon after narrowly passing a major health care bill, Republican House members took to the airwaves to put a positive spin on a bill that critics say will roll back coverage for America’s poorest and most vulnerable. "We’re not taking a benefit away. Nobody on Medicaid is going to be ... Read More

The 24 Million Talking Point

The Line: The Republican health care bill would throw 24 million people off the health insurance they have now. The Party: Democratic After the House passed a GOP health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, Democrats criticized the legislation by saying it would take away insurance from 24 ... Read More
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No ‘First Grandma’ Charges

Q: Was Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, charged with larceny and fraud?
A: No. That false claim piggybacks on a fake news story that we already wrote about.
FULL QUESTION Has Marian Robinson, Barack Obama’s mother-in-law, been charged with grand larceny and fraud for accepting money from the ... Read More
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Raul Labrador – Raul Labrador's claim that no one dies from lack of health care access: Pants on Fire

What Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, told a restive town hall audience in Lewiston, Idaho, was destined to go viral. And it did. At the May 5, 2017, event, questioners asked the congressman about the Republicans’ vote the previous day on a major health care overhaul that would roll back many ... Read More

Video: Trump’s Tax Plan

The latest fact-checking video by CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org looks at President Donald Trump’s statement that he will “end up paying more than I pay right now” under his tax-cut proposal. There is no way to know with any precision how Trump’s plan would affect his federal taxes. Trump has ... Read More
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Paul Ryan – Did Paul Ryan flip-flop on how to pass a big health care bill?

As legislation to dramatically overhaul the Affordable Care Act neared a vote in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, critics said that Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was hypocritical in how he brought a revised bill to the floor. In March, a bill known as the American Health Care Act was ... Read More

Is Congress Exempt from GOP Health Bill?

Q: Does the new GOP health care bill apply to members of Congress and their families?
A: For procedural reasons, the bill passed by House Republicans exempted lawmakers from some of its effects. But a stand-alone bill passed unanimously would do away with that exemption if the legislation becomes ... Read More
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Bloggers – Headlines that say GOP bill makes sexual assault a pre-existing condition are misleading

Some blogs this week circulated a bombastic claim about the House Republican health care plan: that it would make sexual assault a pre-existing condition that might result in denied coverage. "Under Trumpcare plan, rape would be considered a pre-existing condition," said the Resistance Report May 3. "In Trump’s America, rape ... Read More

Ivanka Trump – Ivanka Trump's new book includes quote falsely (and frequently) attributed to John Quincy Adams

Ivanka Trump's book "Women Who Work" was released in May 2017. (Amazon) Ivanka Trump’s new book Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success leans on a litany of inspirational quotes to help women balance their lives at home and the office. Featured voices include Walt Disney, Toni Morrison, Betty ... Read More

Clinton Wrong on Debate Claim

Hillary Clinton, who declared that she is “now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance,” falsely claimed that no debate moderator ever asked Donald Trump, “so exactly how are you going to create more jobs”? It was asked in two of the three presidential debates. In ... Read More
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Trump on the Paris Agreement

Trump made two claims about the Paris Agreement, a global accord aimed at addressing climate change, that require context:
  • Trump said that the U.S. “pays billions of dollars” for the Paris Agreement, but China, Russia and India have paid “nothing.” The U.S. has pledged $3 billion, but so far has paid $500 ... Read More
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Russia’s Ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses

Q: Did President Trump urge Jehovah’s Witnesses to seek asylum in the U.S. after the religious group was banned in Russia?
A: No. A fake news story attributed that statement to Trump.
FULL ANSWER The fake news story “Trump Warns Russia Over Jehovah’s Witnesses Ban and Urges Members ... Read More
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The Preexisting Conditions Debate

Democrats and Republicans have made competing claims on whether the latest version of the GOP health care bill maintains protections for people with preexisting medical conditions. President Donald Trump has said, “Preexisting conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it.” While Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has said that “insurance ... Read More
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Ivanka Trump – Ivanka Trump, in new book, says women are primary earners in 40% of households

"40 percent of American households have female primary breadwinners." — Ivanka Trump on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 in her book "Women Who Work" By Lauren Carroll on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 5:28 p.m. Despite the large number of women in the American workforce, society still treats them ... Read More

Trump’s TV Campaign Ad

A TV ad from the Donald J. Trump for President campaign committee praises Trump’s first 100 days, but it stretches the facts on some of his accomplishments. The ad exaggerates the president’s record on job growth, giving Trump credit for jobs created under President Barack Obama. It suggests that the ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Donald Trump says Michael Flynn got security clearance from Obama administration

President Donald Trump says that when Michael Flynn joined his campaign, President Barack Obama’s administration had already given him a once-over. In an April 30 interview on CBS, Trump framed this detail as an inconvenient fact that the media is ignoring in order to prop up their "phony" storyline about ... Read More

Trump’s 100-Day Boasts

Summary President Donald Trump did a flurry of TV interviews and held a campaign-style rally to mark his first 100 days, and he left a trail of false, misleading and sometimes puzzling statements in his wake:
  • Trump, who is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, falsely ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Is illegal immigration the lowest in 17 years, as Trump said?

President Donald Trump hasn’t been decisive on whether he’d sign a spending bill that did not include funding for his promised border wall. But he raised a related topic in an interview with the Associated Press: declining illegal immigration. "People want the border wall … They want to see the ... Read More
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Sean Spicer – Trump has signed more bills in 100 days than any president since Truman, Spicer says

Counting the number of laws he’s signed, President Donald Trump has been more productive in his first 100 days than any president since Harry Truman, according to press secretary Sean Spicer. "Despite the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats, he's worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 ... Read More
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FactChecking Sessions on Drugs

On NBC10 in Philadelphia, SciCheck reporter Vanessa Schipani discusses two questionable claims that Attorney General Jeff Sessions made about marijuana and opioids. During an address to law enforcement at the Justice Department on March 15, Sessions said marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin, an illicit opioid. But experts, who have ranked drugs by their ... Read More
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