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Viral Posts Fabricate a ‘President Mozzarella’ Gaffe
Social media lit up with a false claim that President Donald Trump referred to Italian President Sergio Mattarella as "President Mozzarella." The transcripts and videos prove he didn't. The post Viral Posts Fabricate a ‘President Mozzarella’ Gaffe ap
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Instagram Post Falsely Links Flu Vaccine to Polio
A popular Instagram post falsely claims “over 1,100 people died from reactions to the [flu] shot” in 2018, and suggests that the immunization gave some children polio. The flu vaccine cannot give anyone polio and there is no evidence to support the 1
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The Facts on Mental Illness and Mass Shootings
Q: Do people with serious mental health disorders pose a greater risk of becoming mass shooters? A: People with mental illnesses are somewhat more likely to be violent than those without a diagnosis. But a majority are never violent, and very little
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Obama Didn’t Authorize ‘Lying’ by the Media
Social media posts falsely claim that former President Barack Obama signed a bill that made it permissible for "the media" to get "away with lying." The bill had no bearing on private media outlets or what they can report. The post Obama Didn’t Autho
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Flurry of Trump Falsehoods
The president distorted the facts on congressional subpoenas, trade, Syria and more during a busy day of public appearances. The post Flurry of Trump Falsehoods appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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FactChecking the October Democratic Debate
The spin focused mainly on the economy and health care. The post FactChecking the October Democratic Debate appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Trump Wrong on U.S. Agriculture Exports to China
In announcing "phase one" of a tentative trade deal with China, President Donald Trump wrongly stated that the "all-time high" for U.S. agricultural exports to China was "$16 or $17 billion." Actually, it was nearly $26 billion in 2012. The post Trum
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The Democratic Letter to Ukraine
In May 2018, three Democratic senators wrote to the Ukrainian prosecutor general, asking about a report that he had frozen four Ukrainian investigations involving Paul Manafort to avoid angering President Donald Trump. Republicans have called the let
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Posts Put Words in Thomas Jefferson’s Mouth
Facebook posts in support of President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection erroneously claim that former President Thomas Jefferson once said "the government will one day be corrupt and filled with liars, and the people will flock to the one who tells the
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Misleading Narrative About a Supposed ‘Ukrainian Arms Dealer’
An online story says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff "are both connected to a Ukrainian arms dealer" through a 2013 fundraiser. But the supposed “Ukrainian arms dealer” owns a California company that primarily develops airs
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Video: Trump’s False Syria Claims
In this week's fact-checking video, CNN's Jake Tapper debunks two claims made by President Donald Trump about the U.S. military involvement in Syria. The post Video: Trump’s False Syria Claims appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Trump’s Numbers October 2019 Update
Statistical measures of how things have changed since the president took office. The post Trump’s Numbers October 2019 Update appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Pelosi Didn’t Raid Social Security for Impeachment Inquiry
A viral, made-up story sowed confusion among social media users over whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has diverted Social Security money to the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. She didn't. The post Pelosi Didn’t Raid Social Security
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Trump’s Misguided Tweet on California Gasoline Prices
California's proposed fuel efficiency standards for cars don't have anything to do with the state having the highest gas prices in the country, but that's what President Donald Trump suggested in a tweet. The post Trump’s Misguided Tweet on Californi
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Trump’s False Tweets on Syria
After announcing a withdrawal of U.S. troops in Syria at the border with Turkey, President Donald Trump tweeted incorrect statements about the conflict. The post Trump’s False Tweets on Syria appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Trump’s Claims About Hunter Biden in China
President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused Hunter Biden, without evidence, of making millions of dollars in a "payoff" from China, after accompanying his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, on a 2013 diplomatic trip to Beijing. The post Trump’s
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Outburst at AOC Town Hall Was Staged
A political group took credit for planting a woman who espoused "eating babies" to address climate change at a recent town hall event hosted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But some have still misrepresented the woman as "AOC's crazy supporter." Th
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Fact: Trump TV Ad Misleads on Biden and Ukraine
With its candidate the subject of an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has gone on the offensive with a TV ad that claims to present the "facts" about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Ukraine. In fact, t
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Schiff Wrong on Whistleblower Contact
Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House intelligence committee, wrongly implied that his committee had no contact with the whistleblower before receiving the complaint. Schiff claimed, “We have not spoken directly with the whistleblower," when the whist
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Social Media Skews NYC Anti-Discrimination Law
Memes and videos misrepresent a New York City law by suggesting that everyone in the city will be "banned" from using the term "illegal alien," or face a $250,000 fine. Actually, the city has only clarified that immigration status can't be used to di
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Video: False Whistleblower Rule Claim
In this fact-checking video, CNN's Jake Tapper scrutinizes a false claim -- made by President Donald Trump and Rep. Jim Jordan -- that rules were recently changed to allow an intelligence community whistleblower to file the Aug. 12 complaint. The pos
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Impeachment ‘Joke’ Muddies Term Limit Rule
A viral social media post suggests that the Constitution would allow President Donald Trump to seek a potential third term in office if he were to be impeached, but not removed. The Constitution does not say that. The post Impeachment ‘Joke’ Muddies
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Omar Didn’t Propose ‘Nationwide Ban’ on Bacon
Rep. Ilhan Omar is not proposing a nationwide ban on “unhealthy and immoral” bacon. A self-described “satire” website published that made-up story, and it has since been shared by other websites that did not label the claim "satire."  The post Omar D
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Trump’s Inaccurate Claims About His ‘Perfect’ Call
President Trump's request that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, has triggered an impeachment inquiry. Since then, the president has made a series of inaccurate claims
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No Hearsay Rule Change for Whistleblowers
President Donald Trump and some of his defenders have advanced a bogus theory that whistleblower rules were changed to allow a complaint alleging misconduct by the president to be forwarded to Congress based only on secondhand information. The post N
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Schiff’s ‘Parody’ and Trump’s Response
President Donald Trump has suggested that Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, should be arrested for "treason" and charged with “lying to Congress” for mischaracterizing Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian Presid
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Doctored Photo Places Thunberg, Soros Together
A photo was manipulated to show young climate activist Greta Thunberg with philanthropist George Soros, who is known for funding progressive causes. The original image was of Thunberg and former vice president Al Gore. The post Doctored Photo Places
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The Whistleblower Complaint Timeline
Here we list some of the key dates in the fast-moving, still-unfolding story on the whistleblower complaint. The post The Whistleblower Complaint Timeline appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Viral Photo Falsely Targets Climate Strike Protesters
A post on social media falsely claims to show litter left behind by Climate Strike protesters in London on Sept. 20. The photo is from a completely unrelated event in April.  The post Viral Photo Falsely Targets Climate Strike Protesters appeared fir
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Trump Wrong on European Aid to Ukraine
President Donald Trump wrongly said that "Europe and other nations" were "not" contributing to Ukraine, specifically calling for Germany and France to "put up money." In fact, the European Union and European financial institutions have contributed mo
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