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‘WHO Has No Authority to Dictate U.S. Health Policy’
The World Health Organization can make recommendations after the declaration of a global emergency, but it has no control over any nation’s decisions. Yet conservatives in the U.S. falsely claim that amendments proposed by the Biden administration to
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Border Patrol Required to Provide Formula to Detained Infants
Q: Has the Biden administration sent “pallets” of infant formula to the border amid a nationwide shortage? A: Yes. Customs and Border Protection, the agency that first encounters and then processes immigrants, is legally required to provide formula t
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Some Posts About NIH Royalties Omit Fauci Statement That He Donates His Payments
A nonprofit recently reported that, since 2009, the National Institutes of Health and many of its scientists received an estimated $350 million in royalties for developing experimental treatments. Some kept the money, but Dr. Anthony Fauci has said t
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Post Misleadingly Blames Shipments to Ukraine for Baby Formula Shortage in U.S.
A Mississippi-based nonprofit has sent shipments of baby formula to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country. A social media post misleadingly suggests the shipments are responsible for the formula shortage in the U.S. But the shortage has been due t
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Navarro Falsely Links Fauci to Pandemic Origin
The U.S. indirectly funded some bat coronavirus research at a lab in Wuhan, China. But those experiments could not have led to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, because the viruses used were very different. Yet former White House trade adviser Pe
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Gates’ Investment in Startup Firm Is Not Related to Baby Formula Shortage
A fund backed by Bill Gates has invested in a startup working to develop lab-manufactured breast milk, but it won’t reach the market for several years. Yet, social media posts make baseless claims that Gates is behind the current baby formula shortag
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Plan B Pills Still Legal in Tennessee and Missouri, Contrary to Social Media Claims
Proposed legislation in Tennessee and Missouri would not regulate Plan B contraception pills, and experts say state “trigger laws” that would take effect if Roe v. Wade were overturned will not ban methods of birth control. But social media posts fal
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Pfizer Documents Show Vaccine Is Highly Effective, Contrary to Social Media Posts
The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine showed a final efficacy of 91% against symptomatic illness in its phase 3 trial. Social media posts wrongly claim recently released Pfizer documents show the vaccine is "12% effective." That appears to be a misrea
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Misleading Late Attack on Kathy Barnette in Pennsylvania Senate Race
A late attack ad from a super PAC supporting one of Kathy Barnette's opponents in the Pennsylvania Senate Republican primary makes several misleading claims about Barnette, who has surged in the polls. The post Misleading Late Attack on Kathy Barnett
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COVID-19 Vaccines Were Available Before Biden Took Office, Contrary to False Tweet
When Joe Biden was sworn in as president, two COVID-19 vaccines had already been authorized and millions of people nationwide had been vaccinated against the disease. But in a May 12 tweet touting economic progress made under Biden, the White House f
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Q&A On Paxlovid, Pfizer’s COVID-19 Oral Antiviral
Once scarce, Paxlovid, an antiviral pill that is the preferred treatment for non-hospitalized high-risk COVID-19 patients, is no longer in such short supply. Here, we explain what the drug does, how well it works and what questions remain. The post Q
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Baby Formula Shortage Fuels Misleading Partisan Claims
A shortage of baby formula has provoked misleading partisan claims that suggest President Joe Biden is responsible for the "bare shelves." But the shortage has been caused by a recall and plant shutdown by a major manufacturer and ongoing supply-chai
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Posts Misattribute Phrase ‘Domestic Supply of Infants’ in Draft Opinion on Abortion
In a footnote of a draft opinion on abortion access, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito quoted from a 2008 government report on the demand for adoption in the U.S., which used the phrase, "domestic supply of infants." Posts on social media critical o
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Biden’s Economic Spin
In a speech on inflation and the economy, President Joe Biden made some misleading claims and used political spin to criticize Republicans and promote his policies. The post Biden’s Economic Spin appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Post Misrepresents Democrats’ History of Opposing Platform Monopolies
Elon Musk's $44 billion offer to buy Twitter was criticized by several prominent Democrats. But a social media post misleadingly claims Democrats didn't speak out against companies buying out competitors and creating monopolies until Musk bought Twit
FactCheck.org13 min readAmerican Government
What Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett Said About Roe at Confirmation Hearings
In the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that indicates the court could overturn Roe v. Wade, some lawmakers have charged that conservative Supreme Court justices led them astray during Senate confirmation hearings. We'll look at what th
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Biden Hasn’t ‘Stopped Abortion,’ Contrary to Social Media Claim
A leaked draft opinion suggests that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. Shortly after the document was published, a meme began circulating that falsely claims President Joe Biden has "[s]topped abortion." The post Biden Hasn’t ‘Stop
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DeSantis vs. Disney Q&A
Here we review what we know about the ongoing conflict between the entertainment company and the Republican governor. The post DeSantis vs. Disney Q&A appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Unfounded Claims About Frequency and Causes of Food Plant Fires
Data on the number fires at food-processing plants in 2022 "does not signal anything out of the ordinary," according to the National Fire Protection Association. Despite no evidence of foul play, unfounded rumors from conservative pundits suggest a r
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What Happens if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned?
A leaked draft opinion indicated that the Supreme Court is ready to abolish the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion. The draft isn't final, but what happens if the court decides that Roe "must be overruled" and t
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Pediatric Hepatitis Cases May Be Linked to Adenovirus, No Connection to COVID-19 Vaccination
A string of unexplained hepatitis cases in children has been reported in the U.S. and in other countries. The cause is not yet known, but the top suspect so far is a strain of adenovirus. Contrary to some social media posts, there is no evidence that
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Article, RNC Tweet Distort Biden’s Comments on Teachers
During an event honoring teachers, President Joe Biden said students are "not somebody else's children; they're like yours when they're in the classroom." Biden’s words were misrepresented in the National Review, which inaccurately claimed Biden said
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Biden’s Earth Day Exaggerations
On Earth Day, President Joe Biden touted his administration's environmental initiatives, but his rhetoric made efforts to reduce methane emissions and drinking water contamination sound more expansive than they actually are. The post Biden’s Earth Da
FactCheck.org5 min readAmerican Government
Democrats Misleadingly Claim ‘Republicans’ Plan’ Would ‘End’ Social Security, Medicare
As part of his plan to downsize the federal government, Republican Sen. Rick Scott says he wants all federal legislation to "sunset" in five years, and "[i]f a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again." Well, Social Security, Medicare and Med
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Attack Ad Leaves Misleading Impression on Vance’s View of Trump Voters
It's well known that JD Vance -- Donald Trump's endorsed candidate in the Ohio Republican primary for U.S. Senate -- was no fan of the former president just a few years back. Vance's past quotes practically write his opponents' attack ads for them. B
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Biden’s Deficit Spin
In recent speeches, President Joe Biden has been misleadingly taking credit for cutting federal deficits by historic amounts, though most of the reduction in deficits is the result of expiring emergency pandemic spending. Deficits fell between fiscal
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Red Cross Accepts Blood Donations From People Vaccinated Against COVID-19
The American Red Cross and other blood collectors in the U.S. strongly encourage everyone who is feeling healthy to donate blood, including people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. But a social media post falsely implies the organization does not
FactCheck.org7 min readAmerican Government
Context for Ohio GOP Senate Race Spat on Taxes
In the crowded Republican primary field for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, candidate Mike Gibbons charges in a TV ad that his cohorts have taken his words on taxes "out of context" -- but his ad leaves out context and stretches the facts on their positi
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Posts Make Unfounded Claims About Political Affiliation of John Wilkes Booth
John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Republican President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, was affiliated with the anti-immigrant Know-Nothing Party and was a supporter of slavery and the Confederacy. Social media posts claim without evidence that Booth was a
FactCheck.org7 min readCrime & Violence
Attorney General Never Called Concerned Parents ‘Domestic Terrorists’
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said that he couldn't even "imagine a circumstance" where "parents complaining" at a school board meeting would be "labeled as domestic terrorism." Yet, several Republicans have continued to falsely claim Garland
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