Video: Trump Campaigning in Kentucky

Video: Trump Campaigning in Kentucky

CNN’s “State of the Union” and FactCheck.org this week review three claims that President Donald Trump made at a campaign rally in Kentucky. Speaking in Richmond, Kentucky on Oct. 13, the president said he was putting coal miners “back to work like never before.” As we wrote in “Trump’s Numbers,” not many miners have regained jobs. Since January 2017, the U.S. economy has added 1,900 coals jobs — a fraction of the 35,700 coal mining jobs…

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Meme Misleads on Menendez Case

Meme Misleads on Menendez Case

Q: Is Sen. Robert Menendez on trial — and was his co-defendant convicted on prostitution charges — as an online meme says? A: No. Menendez was tried on corruption charges last year, but was not convicted. His co-defendant was found guilty of defrauding Medicare in an unrelated case. FULL QUESTION Bob Menendez. Is he on trial? FULL ANSWER Weeks before the midterm elections, an outdated meme circulating on Facebook has resurrected charges against New Jersey Democratic…

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Misleading Ads from the DCCC

Misleading Ads from the DCCC

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is airing ads across the country to boost Democrats’ chances of taking control of the House. But we found several ads that ran afoul of the facts. An ad in Iowa misleadingly says that “50 percent” of the nonelderly in the 3rd District “have preexisting conditions,” yet Rep. David Young “voted to deny protections for their health care coverage.” His vote for the American Health Care Act would have lessened such…

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Viral Story About Michigan ‘Vigilante’ is False

Viral Story About Michigan ‘Vigilante’ is False

Q: Were three pedophiles killed in one week in Macomb County, Michigan? A: No. The county sheriff’s office said that viral story is false. FULL ANSWER Equipped with grim details, a false story about a supposed “vigilante” who killed three pedophiles in the span of a week in Macomb County, Michigan, has gone viral. “Authorities are appealing for any information regarding the murders, which have claimed the lives of three men on the Michigan Sex Offender…

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No Evidence Ginsburg Vowed to Resign Over Kavanaugh

No Evidence Ginsburg Vowed to Resign Over Kavanaugh

Q: Did Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg say she would “resign” if Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court? A: No. There is no evidence to support that claim made in a viral meme. FULL ANSWER Speaking at a New York City event in August, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested that she would like to stay on the bench until 2023. “I’m now 85,” she said. “My senior colleague, Justice…

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Trump Wrong on Climate Change, Again

Trump Wrong on Climate Change, Again

In two recent interviews, President Donald Trump said he is not convinced that climate change is due to human activity, and he suggested that any changes will reverse themselves — two ideas that lack scientific backing. He also claimed in a third interview that there are scientists “on both sides” of climate change, despite published papers showing that the vast majority of climate scientists — as high as 97 percent — agree on the issue….

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Donnelly’s Hearings Attendance Record

Donnelly’s Hearings Attendance Record

Several Republican TV ads attacking Sen. Joe Donnelly have claimed the Indiana Democrat has “missed 1 in 5 committee hearings” since he took office in 2013. Actually, Donnelly attended nearly 95 percent of public committee and subcommittee hearings during that time. The “1 in 5” figure in the ads was based on inaccurate assumptions and incomplete data: The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which sponsored the ads, didn’t check attendance at every hearing that Donnelly could…

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Rape Wasn’t Part of Roe Decision

Rape Wasn’t Part of Roe Decision

Q: Was the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade made because Jane Roe said she was raped? A: No. “Jane Roe” falsely claimed she was gang raped, but that accusation was not a factor in the court ruling. FULL ANSWER A viral video is circulating online framed by text that says: “Did you know Roe v. Wade was passed only because Roe lied about being raped?” That’s not true. Rape played no part in…

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FactChecking Trump’s ‘60 Minutes’ Interview

FactChecking Trump’s ‘60 Minutes’ Interview

In a wide-ranging interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” President Donald Trump repeated several false and misleading claims, while putting a new twist on some of them: Trump falsely claimed Russia “wouldn’t be able to help me at all,” even if he had called Russia “to help me with an election” in 2016. Russian companies financed and carried out an extensive social media campaign, and Russian government agents hacked into Democratic computers to obtain and stage the release…

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No ‘World Record’ for Abortions

No ‘World Record’ for Abortions

Q: Is it true that “pro-choice activist” Elena Travis has received a “world record” number of abortions? A: No. This story was made up by a satirical website. FULL ANSWER World News Daily Report, a self-described satirical website, published an article on Oct. 9, stating that a California woman received a record-breaking number of abortions. The site includes a disclaimer at the bottom of each page that says: “World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of…

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