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Conspiracy Theory Follows Call For ‘Space Force’
Q: Did President Donald Trump call for the creation of a “space force” to fight off an “alien attack”? A: No. The president did request exploration of a “space force,” but it is unrelated to extraterrestrial activ
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Did the Obama Administration Separate Families?
In defending its "zero tolerance" border policy that has caused the separation of families, the Trump administration has argued that the Obama and Bush administrations did this too. That's misleading. Experts say there were some separations under pre
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Nielsen’s Rhetoric on Family Separations
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resorted to a rhetorical sleight of hand in recent days to defend the Trump administration's policy of separating families that illegally cross the border. The post Nielsen’s Rhetoric on Family S
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Q&A on Border Detention of Children
The controversy surrounding family separations at the U.S. Southern border has prompted outrage, opinions and finger-pointing. It has also raised a number of questions, including from our readers. We answer those questions here. The post Q&A on
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Trump Didn’t Fire Muslim Judge
Q: Did President Trump fire Judge Salam al Alsawatha Malallahafa? A: No. The claim originated on a satire website. FULL ANSWER A story published online claims that President Donald Trump fired Muslim Judge Salam al Alsawatha Malallahafa. He didn̵
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Partisan Website Recycles Old Charges
Q: Has the “head” of the Democratic Party been “hauled out in handcuffs”? A: No. A partisan website has used decade-old charges against an Alabama Democrat as clickbait. FULL ANSWER Charges brought against an Alabama Democra
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Emily’s List/Women Vote!
Political committees devoted to electing Democratic women candidates who support a legal right to abortion. The post Emily’s List/Women Vote! appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Trump Misleads on IG Report
President Donald Trump said he thinks former FBI Director James Comey committed “very criminal acts.” But the facts don't support the president's opinion. Trump also claimed the inspector general's report "totally exonerates" him, but the report didn
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Video: U.S.-Canada Trade
In this week's video, CNN's Jake Tapper reviews President Donald Trump's claim that the U.S. trade deficit with Canada is “close to $100 billion a year." It's not. The post Video: U.S.-Canada Trade appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Bogus Claim About Made-up Muslim Waitress
Q: Did a Muslim waitress refuse to seat 27 Christians? A: No. That claim is completely made up. The restaurant where it supposedly happened doesn’t even exist. FULL ANSWER Religious freedom was back in the news this month when the U.S. Supre
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Claim That Sessions Resigned Is Baloney
Q: Has Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned? A: No. That claim came from a made-up story originally posted on a self-described satirical site. FULL ANSWER Attorney General Jeff Sessions is still in office. But a website that posts stories it lab
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Trump Garbles Canadian Trade Stats
The official U.S. statistics on trade with Canada show that the United States has a trade surplus with our neighbor to the north. The U.S. surplus was $2.8 billion in 2017, according to the Census Bureau. Yet, President Donald Trump has claimed that
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Fox News’ Shepard Smith Hasn’t Been Fired
Q: Is Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith being fired because of “his hate” for President Trump? A: No. That debunked claim has been circulating online since last year. FULL ANSWER Longtime Fox News anchor Shepard Smith wasn’t fired from the netw
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Weak Link in NFL Protest Story
Q: Has George Soros been paying NFL players to protest? A: No. A story making that claim offers no evidence to support it. FULL ANSWER An inaccurate story that was first published in October 2017 — shortly after President Donald Trump made controv
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Sanders’ Misleading Wage Claim
Sen. Bernie Sanders claims that "the average American worker today, despite the strong economy, is not getting ahead." Not so. Hourly wages have been rising faster than inflation for years, and that trend has continued under President Donald Trump. T
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No Evidence of Tucson ‘Child Sex Camp’
Q: Was a recently discovered encampment in Arizona used as a “child rape camp”? A: There is no evidence to support that claim. Authorities say their investigation revealed no such criminal activity. FULL QUESTION Hi, would like your help
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FactChecking Trump’s Energy Boasts
At a meeting on hurricane preparedness, President Donald Trump took credit for U.S. energy production milestones that have been expected for years, and misstated the facts in the process. The post FactChecking Trump’s Energy Boasts appeared fir
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No ‘Treason’ or ‘Bust’ for Obama
Q: Have the “feds bust[ed] Barack Obama” on felony charges? A: No. That claim is based on the false assertion that the former president committed treason in his last few months in office. FULL ANSWER A story making the rounds online ha
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Americas PAC
A conservative PAC that has specialized in attempting to convince minority voters to support Republican candidates. The post Americas PAC appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Trump Misleads on Opioid Epidemic Fight
President Donald Trump implied that his administration's funding to fight the opioid epidemic had caused the "numbers" to come "way down." But the most recent data we have on opioid-related deaths -- which are still rising -- and prescriptions for op
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Pedophile Advocate, But Not GOP Candidate
Q: Is Nathan Larson — who has expressed support for pedophilia, rape and incest — a Republican candidate for Congress? A: No. Larson is running for a Virginia congressional seat as an independent. FULL ANSWER A Virginia man who admitted
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Was Mueller’s Appointment ‘Unconstitutional’?
In his latest attack on the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump tweeted, "The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" This amounts to Trump's opinion, and is a matter of debate among constitutional scholars. The post
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A Timeline of Trump Tower Meeting Responses
In a recently disclosed letter, President Donald Trump's attorneys said the president "dictated" his son's statement to the New York Times about a June 2016 meeting between top Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer. That contradicts earlier claim
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‘Roseanne,’ Fox and a Satire Story
Q: Is Fox picking up the ‘Roseanne’ TV series? A: No. The story making that claim was intended as satire. FULL QUESTION Is Fox picking up the Roseanne series? FULL ANSWER The “Roseanne” reboot that ABC canceled this week amid an uproar o
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Navajo Didn’t Support Shrinking Bears Ears
Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claimed the Navajo people who "live close" to Bears Ears National Monument "were all in support" of President Donald Trump's decision to shrink the protected land. But tribe representatives told us that's f
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A Lobbyist in Congress? Not Exactly.
Has someone "been a lobbyist" if the person was registered as such but never had any clients? What if that registration was later retroactively deactivated? Those are the questions in a dispute in the Ohio Senate race. The post A Lobbyist in Congress
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Gun-toting Grandma Story Is Made Up
Q: Did a 79-year-old woman with an AK-47 save two police officers? A: No. That made-up story was written as satire and dates back to 2015. FULL ANSWER A story originally published as a joke in 2015 has now been copied and presented as serious news
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Bezos Didn’t Endorse Michelle Obama for 2020
Q: Is Jeff Bezos running full-page “Michelle Obama for President” ads on Amazon? A: No. Amazon vendors sell items expressing support for numerous possible 2020 presidential candidates, including Obama.  FULL ANSWER Amazon shoppers have t
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FactChecking Trump’s Nashville Rally
At a campaign rally in Nashville, President Donald Trump repeated a bushelful of false and misleading claims, and added a few new ones. The post FactChecking Trump’s Nashville Rally appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Who’s to Blame for Higher Gas Prices?
With gasoline prices rising, Sen. Chuck Schumer placed the blame on President Donald Trump, and specifically his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. But experts say that decision has had only a modest effect so far on rising prices at the
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