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Obama Center Not Federally Funded

Q: Did President Trump cancel funding to build Barack Obama’s presidential library?
A: No. That story originated on a satirical news site. All presidential libraries have been constructed using private or non-federal funds.
FULL ANSWER On Aug. 4, lahrennews.com posted a story claiming that President Donald Trump blocked ... Read More
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Pompeo Distorts China’s Nuclear Policy

CIA Director Mike Pompeo misrepresented the facts when he suggested the Trump administration was responsible for changing China’s policy on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Pompeo said that “the Chinese now … believe the correct answer has to be a denuclearized peninsula.” In fact, China has supported “the verifiable denuclearization ... Read More
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Trump Misfires on Nuclear Weapons Boast

A day after he threatened North Korea with “fire and fury,” President Donald Trump distorted the facts when he boasted that his “first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal” and “it is now far stronger and more powerful than ever.” It’s true that Trump directed ... Read More
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Earth Won’t Go Dark for Days

Q: Did NASA confirm that there will be 15 days of darkness on Earth in November?
A: No. Variations of that false claim have been circulating since at least 2015.
FULL ANSWER On May 29, the website twofeed.org posted a story with the headline “NASA confirms Earth will ... Read More
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Video: Trump on U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org review the accuracy of President Donald Trump’s tweet about the modernization of the U.S. nuclear weapons program. The president tweeted that his “first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal” and “it is now far stronger ... Read More
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Medicare Scare Tactics

TV ads from a Democratic group warn seniors that “right now, your Medicare coverage is in danger,” claiming “deep, automatic cuts” could be made by “unelected Washington bureaucrats.” But those cuts, according to current estimates, wouldn’t be implemented until 2023, and they would amount to .002 percentage points of Medicare ... Read More
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Invented Malia Obama Stories

Q: Was Malia Obama fired from an internship for smoking marijuana? Was she arrested for buying marijuana in Chicago?
A: No. Those spoof stories were made up to troll conservative readers.
FULL QUESTION Was Malia Obama fired from a job (or internship) at the Spanish Embassy for smoking ... Read More
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CO2: Friend or Foe to Agriculture?

Rep. Lamar Smith said climate change “alarmists” ignore the “positive impacts” of more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, such as increased food production and quality. But the impact of increased CO2 levels on agriculture is more complicated than that — and, on balance, likely negative, particularly in the future. Other factors aside, an atmosphere with more CO2 does boost crop yield in the ... Read More
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Sebastian Gorka – No, the Obama administration didn't invent the term 'lone wolf' for terrorists

Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, is none too fond of the terrorism-fighting approach of former President Barack Obama. He made this clear during an Aug. 8 interview on MSNBC. "There's no such thing as a lone wolf," Gorka said. "You do know that. That was a ... Read More
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Video: Trump on the RAISE Act

In a segment that aired on several local NBC news stations, FactCheck.org Deputy Managing Editor Robert Farley discussed President Donald Trump’s inaccurate claim that the RAISE Act “prevents … new immigrants from collecting welfare.” Trump was referring to the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, which was ... Read More
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Trump’s Misleading Blame on Opioids

President Donald Trump misleadingly cited a 23 percent decline in federal drug prosecutions between 2011 and 2016 to claim that the Obama administration ignored the opioid crisis. “So they looked at this scourge and they let it go by, and we’re not letting it go by,” Trump said. But Trump ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Fact-checking Donald Trump's misleading tweet about U.S. nuclear arsenal

A photograph released by the North Korean government on July 29, 2017, shows what is said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP) A U.S. Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile is delivered to the Air Mobility Command museum at Dover ... Read More
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Trump Didn’t Pass Out

Q: Did President Donald Trump collapse while giving a speech in New Jersey?
A: No. That story was published by a self-described satirical website.
FULL ANSWER A story first published July 30 on ourlandofthefree.com falsely claimed that President Donald Trump was rushed to the hospital after collapsing while ... Read More

‘Buy America’ Spin

Sen. Tammy Baldwin goes too far when she says U.S. steelworkers were “left behind” last year by Republican leaders who killed her “buy America” bill. Baldwin’s bill would have required U.S. steel to be used on projects funded by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. It didn’t pass, but a ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Are renovations keeping Trump out of the White House?

Says his time away from Washington coincides with a "long planned renovation" for the White House. — Donald Trump on Monday, August 7th, 2017 in a tweet By Manuela Tobias on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 at 4:51 p.m. A construction crew starts work on a renovation of the ... Read More
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25 Million Clinton Votes Weren’t Fake

Q: Did NPR report that a study found “over 25 million Hillary Clinton votes were completely fraudulent,” and that she “actually lost the popular vote”?
A: No. That claim was made in a story that conflates a 2012 article about inaccuracies in voter registration rolls with actual fraudulent votes.
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Donald Trump – Trump claims new U.N. sanctions cost North Korea over $1 billion

President Donald Trump applauded a new resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions against North Korea and labeled it as the largest economic punishment yet on the nation. "The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea. China and Russia voted with us. Very ... Read More
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Video: Spinning the CBO Report

On NBC’s local station in Philadelphia, FactCheck.org Director Eugene Kiely discussed how politicians on both sides of the aisle distorted the Congressional Budget Office’s projection that the Senate health care bill would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million in 2026. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a former Democratic presidential candidate, ... Read More
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FactChecking Trump’s West Virginia Rally

At a rally in West Virginia, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that his administration is “bringing back to America” manufacturing jobs “by the hundreds of thousands.” In fact, about 70,000 manufacturing jobs have been added since he took office, federal labor statistics show. The president also puffed up his record ... Read More
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Facebook Will Auto-Load Related Headlines to Debunk ‘Fake News’

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images by Charlie Nash4 Aug 20170 4 Aug, 20174 Aug, 2017 Facebook is rolling out a “related articles” section that will appear below popular stories and those that are deemed to be “fake news,” according to a report. Shared articles that Facebook’s fact-checking partners deem to be fake ... Read More

Video: Trump on Border Apprehensions

In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org explain why President Donald Trump was wrong when he said southwest border apprehensions increased under past administrations. Trump made the claim during a July 28 speech to law enforcement officials in New York. “You know, the border is down 78 ... Read More
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Overstated Funding for Overseas Mosques

Q: Did the Obama administration spend $770 million restoring overseas mosques?
A: That claim is based on a misleading television news report about a 20-year funding project that ended well before Barack Obama became president.
FULL QUESTION Did Obama administration give $770 million to rebuild mosques? FULL ANSWER ... Read More

Trump Didn’t Ignore Disabled Child

Q: Did President Donald Trump ignore a disabled child who tried to shake his hand?
A: No. A viral video clip omitted Trump’s earlier interaction with the boy.
FULL ANSWER The headline of a July 29 story on washingtonjournal.com says: “This Video Of A Disabled Toddler Trying To ... Read More

Trump Overstates Impact of Immigration Bill

President Donald Trump is wrong on two fronts when he claims that the RAISE Act “prevents … new immigrants from collecting welfare.” “They’re not going to come in and just immediately go and collect welfare. That doesn’t happen under the RAISE Act,” Trump said of the immigration bill he recently ... Read More
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Donald Trump – False: Trump's claim about illegal immigration under past administrations

President Donald Trump, in a speech about the brutality of MS-13 gang members and his administration’s resolve to deport criminal immigrants, claimed it wasn’t until he came along that border crossings went down. "You know, the border is down 78 percent. Under past administrations, the border didn’t go down, it ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Are there over $4 trillion of untaxed corporate earnings offshore, as Donald Trump said?

President Donald Trump said U.S. companies have anywhere from $4 trillion to $5 trillion in offshore accounts — a substantial increase from just last year. Trump blamed the large sum of money on what he (inaccurately) considers the highest tax rate in the world in a July 25 Wall Street ... Read More
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Subsidies, Not Bailouts

President Donald Trump said “bailouts for insurance companies” would “end very soon” if Congress didn’t pass a new health care bill. Sen. Susan Collins said the payments aren’t a bailout, “but rather help people who are very low-income afford their out-of-pocket costs.” Trump distorts the facts. It’s true that the ... Read More
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Trump’s GDP Puffery

President Donald Trump wrongly described the estimated 2.6 percent growth in the nation’s gross domestic product for the second quarter as “a number that nobody thought they’d see for a long period of time.” In fact, real GDP growth was higher than 2.6 percent in eight of the last 18 quarters, ... Read More
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Celebrity Quote Mismatch

Q: Did Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Rihanna say they feel “unsafe” under President Donald Trump, and “can’t even look at an American flag anymore”?
A: No. Those are altered versions of statements made by singer Lana Del Ray.
FULL ANSWER On July 19, online magazine Pitchfork published ... Read More

Donald Trump – Have corporations 'never made as much money' as now, as Donald Trump tweeted?

President Donald Trump addresses the economy at a White House event on Aug. 1, 2017. In what has become a regular occurrence, Donald Trump took to Twitter to tout the nation’s economic performance on his watch. In a tweet on the morning of Aug. 1, 2017, Trump praised some of ... Read More
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Trump’s Border Boast

Boasting about a decline in apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border on his watch, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that border apprehensions “didn’t go down” under “past administrations.” Actually, they declined in 10 of the last 16 fiscal years. Before Trump took office, southwest border apprehensions had dropped 75 percent from ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Donald Trump says 'business spirit' is highest it's ever been, but proof is lacking

President Donald Trump speaks to the press after the new White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, was sworn in at the White House on July 31, 2017. (Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images) Right after swearing in his new chief of staff, President Donald Trump once again touted some of the economic ... Read More
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Hoyer Revisits Mike Pence’s Emails

Rep. Steny Hoyer wrongly claimed that Vice President Mike Pence “used a private server when he was governor of Indiana.” Pence did use a personal AOL account for some government business, but he did not have a “private server.” Hoyer, the House Democratic whip, brought up the vice president’s past ... Read More
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Smith Spins NASA Funding

Rep. Lamar Smith said that, after national security agencies, “NASA received the most favorable budget request from the Trump administration.” True, but President Donald Trump’s 2018 proposal would still cut NASA’s budget by about 3 percent compared with the agency’s enacted budget for 2017. Smith, the chairman of the House Committee on Science, ... Read More
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No Legalization of Sharia Law

Q: Did a Muslim federal judge rule two parts of sharia law legal?
A: No. That only happened in a fake story on a satirical website.
FULL ANSWER Sharia is a term for the religious and secular duties, as well as punishments for lawbreaking, based on the tenets ... Read More

Video: Trump’s False Donations Claim

President Donald Trump got it wrong. Hillary Clinton did not donate $700,000 to the campaign of the acting FBI director’s wife, as CNN’s Jake Tapper explains in this week’s video collaboration with FactCheck.org. In a series of tweets on July 25 and 26, Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for ... Read More
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Donald Trump – In tweet, Donald Trump revives charge of improper ties between Hillary Clinton, acting FBI chief

In an early morning tweet, President Donald Trump revived an allegation he’d previously used against FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who is leading the agency until the president’s pick for a new director, Christopher Wray, receives Senate confirmation. The tweet said: "Problem is that the acting head of the FBI ... Read More
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Trey Gowdy Didn’t End Russia Probe

Q: Did Rep. Trey Gowdy end the Russia investigation?
A: No. That claim was made in a headline that wasn’t supported by its story.
FULL ANSWER The headline of a July 12 story on world-politicus.com says “Trey Gowdy Puts Investigation To Rest.” It was posted on Facebook with ... Read More

FactChecking Trump’s Rally in Ohio

President Donald Trump’s latest campaign-style rally was in Youngstown, Ohio, where the president made some false and misleading claims about military spending, immigrants and job creation:
  • Trump claimed to have “achieved a historic increase in defense spending.” But larger annual increases occurred under Presidents George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan ... Read More
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Donald Trump – In Youngstown, Trump incorrectly says he has achieved historic increase in defense spending

"We've achieved a historic increase in defense spending to get our troops the support they so richly deserve." — Donald Trump on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 in a speech By Jon Greenberg, Manuela Tobias on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Donald Trump delivers a speech on ... Read More
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Anthony Scaramucci – Is it a felony to leak a financial disclosure form, as Anthony Scaramucci said?

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, called for a full-blown federal investigation of leaks in a tweet. "In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony," he wrote on Twitter, "I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45" He later deleted ... Read More
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Trump and Transgender Service Members

In announcing he would ban transgender people from the military, President Donald Trump cited “the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” Whether the cost is “tremendous” is opinion, but a government-funded report found that allowing transgender people to openly serve in the military would ... Read More
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Trump Wrong About Campaign Donations

Twice in two days, President Donald Trump falsely tweeted that acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s wife received $700,000 in campaign donations from Hillary Clinton. The nearly $675,000 — not $700,000 — donated to Dr. Jill McCabe, who unsuccessfully ran for a Virginia state Senate seat in 2015, came from the ... Read More
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Donald Trump – Is Amazon a ‘no-tax monopoly,’ as Donald Trump said?

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to launch his latest salvo at Amazon, accusing the company of being a monopolistic tax cheat. "Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly?" Trump tweeted. This is not the ... Read More
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Ted Lieu – 'Thousands' of transgender Americans serve in military, congressman says

A California congressman fired back at President Donald Trump’s Twitter announcement barring transgendered service members, saying the decision will affect thousands of people. Trump announced the decision in a series of tweets on July 26, 2017. "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United ... Read More
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BOKHARI: Why The Left Loves Snopes

Bruno Fahy/Getty by Allum Bokhari25 Jul 20170 25 Jul, 201725 Jul, 2017 The most aggravating leftists are not openly radical ideologues like Jeremy Corbyn or Bernie Sanders, but those who, like “Science Guy” Bill Nye, dress up their zealotry in the guise of detached, politically neutral expertise. In that sense, the “fact-checking” ... Read More

Donald Trump – Is Donald Trump right that U.S. just 'had the best jobs report in 16 years'?

"We had the best jobs report in 16 years." — Donald Trump on Monday, July 24th, 2017 in a speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree By Louis Jacobson on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 at 3:50 p.m. We checked a statement by Donald Trump at the Boy Scout Jamboree ... Read More
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Charles Schumer – Yes, Chuck Schumer, oil prices do sometimes fall

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., flanked by congressional Democrats, speaks in Berryville, Va., on July 24, 2017, to unveil a new agenda. (AP/Cliff Owen) What goes up must come down, the old saying goes. But, according to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., that’s not the case for oil ... Read More
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