Cherry-Picking to Overhype Jobs Gains from Tax Cuts

Cherry-Picking to Overhype Jobs Gains from Tax Cuts

The GOP cherry-picked states with the largest number of job gains this year to promote its claim that “GOP tax cuts have fueled a massive acceleration in job growth since this time last year.” There has been a net increase in the number of jobs added in the first six months of 2018 compared to a similar period in 2017. But the nationwide gain isn’t nearly as dramatic as those individual states highlighted by the…

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Video: ‘Medicare-for-All’ Claims

Video: ‘Medicare-for-All’ Claims

In this fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper examines claims made by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about the cost of a “Medicare-for-all” bill that Sanders proposed in 2017. In a video he shared on Twitter, Sanders said, “Let me thank the Koch brothers, of all people, for sponsoring a study that shows that Medicare for All Act would save the American people $2 trillion over a 10-year period.” Ocasio-Cortez, referring to…

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Bogus Claim of Voter Fraud in Ohio

Bogus Claim of Voter Fraud in Ohio

Q: Were there “major signs of voter fraud” in Ohio’s congressional special election? A: No. The Ohio Secretary of State’s office says there have been no reports of voter fraud. FULL QUESTION Recently there has been a report that a district in Ohio (district 12?) where 170 “registered voters” were showing as being 116 years old.  I have only been able to find this on sites such as Breitbart, Fellowship of the Mind, The Federalist Papers,…

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Stories Conflate Immigration Issues

Stories Conflate Immigration Issues

Q: Did the Obama administration separate “72,410 Children From Their Families in 2013”? A: That’s the number of immigrants removed that year who had U.S.-born children. But viral stories wrongly conflate removals with President Trump’s zero tolerance policy. FULL ANSWER Viral stories that defend the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from adults caught illegally crossing the country’s southwest border are claiming that the Obama administration did worse — by separating “72,410 Children From Their Families…

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PAC Attack on Kelli Ward Badly Misfires

PAC Attack on Kelli Ward Badly Misfires

A group calling itself DefendArizona attacks Senate candidate Kelli Ward of Arizona in a TV ad filled with images of terrorists and misstatements of facts: The ad says Ward in a 2016 interview “called for restraint in fighting terrorism.” Actually, Ward called for restraint when it comes to “nation building” and trying to “spread democracy.” As for terrorism, Ward said “we have to be willing to decimate ISIS.” The ad claims Ward “would cut military…

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The Cost of ‘Medicare-for-All’

The Cost of ‘Medicare-for-All’

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic nominee for New York’s 14th Congressional District seat, are pointing to a study they say shows “Medicare-for-all” would save Americans money. But the author of the study says they are misrepresenting his work. The study is based on the language of a “Medicare-for-all” bill proposed by Sanders last year that makes assumptions about reduced administrative and drug costs, as well as deeply reduced reimbursement rates to health…

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Facts Don’t Support GOP Corruption Claim

Facts Don’t Support GOP Corruption Claim

A Republican TV ad accuses Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri of profiting from “a corrupt Washington subsidy” — failing to mention that what’s being subsidized is housing for low-income people. The ad also fails to note that the very news article on which it is based found no evidence that McCaskill had any part in directing those subsidies to her husband’s affordable-housing business. She doesn’t even sit on the committees that oversee such payments….

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Video: Trump’s False Trade Claims

Video: Trump’s False Trade Claims

In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper looks at two of President Donald Trump’s recent claims about trade. At an Aug. 2 rally in Pennsylvania, the president falsely claimed the “trade deficit just fell” by $52 billion during the second quarter of 2018. The actual figure is $20 billion, according to the recent federal data on trade in goods and services. In an Aug. 5 tweet, the president also claimed that his trade policies will…

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Putting France’s Consent Issue Into Context

Putting France’s Consent Issue Into Context

Q: Did France pass “a law saying having sex with a child is okay”? A: No. The country already didn’t have a legal consent age. The new law makes it easier to file rape charges against adults who have sex with those 15 or younger.  FULL QUESTION Saw a post on fb (I know, so it must be true, right? Ha!) About France passing a law saying having sex with a child is okay. Research…

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Second Quarter GDP Growth Not a ‘Record’

Second Quarter GDP Growth Not a ‘Record’

The estimated second quarter gross domestic product growth rate of 4.1 percent is not “record” or “close-to-record GDP,” as President Donald Trump recently claimed. The actual record is four times higher and occurred back in 1950. The Trump administration has been touting the second quarter number since it was announced July 27 by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Trump continued to do so when listing his administration’s “economic accomplishments” before a dinner with executives from…

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