Nicole Kidman Did Not Call Trump ‘The Best President in U.S. History’

Nicole Kidman Did Not Call Trump ‘The Best President in U.S. History’

Quick Take A story being shared by thousands of Facebook users includes a “quote” about President Donald Trump that has been misattributed to the actress Nicole Kidman. Full Story The headline of a 2018 article circulating on Facebook reads, “Nicole Kidman Says: Trump Is The Best President In U.S History, We Must Respect Him.” There is no evidence Kidman ever said that.   The article, published on the Cambodian “entertainment news” website Kh Stars, cites Kidman’s January 2017 interview…

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Post Misleads on Congressional Salaries, Social Security

Post Misleads on Congressional Salaries, Social Security

Q: Did members of Congress approve a salary increase for themselves and deny an increase in Social Security benefits?  A: No. Congress is still contemplating whether to allow an automatic pay increase for its members, and it does not determine cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security beneficiaries. FULL QUESTION Did Congress reject an increase for SSA/SSI of over $300 a month but give themselves a raise recently? Read on Facebook today by several different people. FULL ANSWER…

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Mislabeled Video Politicizes Drug Problem

Mislabeled Video Politicizes Drug Problem

Quick Take A video spreading on Facebook has been mislabeled to make a political statement about Democratic lawmakers in California. However, the video, which seems to show people under the influence of drugs, was filmed in Philadelphia. Full Story A video showing people who appear to be impaired by drugs on a dirty sidewalk has been viewed more than 100,000 times on Facebook. The problem is that the video is captioned: “Welcome to California… Where Democrats run things.”…

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Video: Trump Misleads on ‘Rebuffed’ Russian Offers

Video: Trump Misleads on ‘Rebuffed’ Russian Offers

CNN’s Jake Tapper examines in this week’s fact-checking video the president’s claim that the special counsel’s report said his campaign “rebuffed” Russian offers of assistance. The report said the campaign was “receptive” to some offers, and in other instances “shied away.” In remarks on June 12 before a meeting with the president of Poland, President Donald Trump said the April report by special counsel Robert Mueller found “’no collusion and no obstruction and no nothing….

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FactChecking Trump’s Pitch to Farmers

FactChecking Trump’s Pitch to Farmers

In his much publicized visit to Iowa, President Donald Trump made a few false and misleading statements about agricultural exports: Trump touted an agreement with Japan on U.S. beef exports, but he wrongly claimed, “They haven’t bought our beef since the year 2000.” U.S. beef exports to Japan have exceeded $1 billion every year since 2012, and Japan has been the largest export market for U.S. beef since 2013. Trump cherry-picked figures to claim a drop…

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Fake Mark Twain ‘Quote’ Mocks Voting

Fake Mark Twain ‘Quote’ Mocks Voting

Quick Take A quotation misattributed to Mark Twain is circulating online and suggests the famous writer disparaged voting. Actually, he celebrated it. Full Story Robert Hirst has been tracking Mark Twain quotes for 30 years, and he keeps a list of the fake ones. A bogus quotation that’s been circulating on Facebook recently with a picture of Twain was a new addition to his list of fakes. It says: “If voting made any difference they…

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Falsehood Swirls About Biden, SEALs

Falsehood Swirls About Biden, SEALs

Quick Take Viral posts on Facebook claim, falsely, that former Vice President Joe Biden “leaked the names of SEAL Team 6 family’s to Al Qaeda.” Biden publicly credited the SEALs with killing Osama Bin Laden, but did not disclose the team or team members responsible. Full Story  As former Vice President Joe Biden mounts his 2020 campaign for president, viral social media posts are spreading a falsehood to argue that he “cannot be trusted.” Referring to…

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Trump’s Dubious Claims About China

Trump’s Dubious Claims About China

In remarks to the press in Iowa and before departing for Iowa, President Donald Trump talked about ongoing trade negotiations with China, and the possibility of enacting further tariffs. But Trump distorted the facts on several points: Trump correctly said that U.S. “net worth” has risen nearly $14 trillion since he was elected. But he claimed that China’s net worth has dropped by $15 trillion to $20 trillion during the same period. Economists told us…

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Meme Mangles Constitutional Rights

Meme Mangles Constitutional Rights

Quick Take A meme making the bogus claim that the U.S. Constitution confers rights only to citizens is circulating online. Actually, many of the rights granted in the Constitution apply to noncitizens, too. Full Story Many provisions in the U.S. Constitution apply to everyone in the country — citizens and noncitizens, alike. A popular meme, however, is circulating online with this false claim: “The entire US Constitution was written for Americans only. It’s not the…

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Trump Bungles Climate Change in UK

Trump Bungles Climate Change in UK

During a trip to the United Kingdom, President Donald Trump once again expressed skepticism about climate change, making several false or misleading statements in a television interview on “Good Morning Britain” with host Piers Morgan. Trump said the United States has “among the cleanest climates,” adding that he wants clean water and air. But what’s relevant to climate are greenhouse gas emissions, and the U.S. is the second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world….

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