Video: FactChecking Trump’s Immigration Address

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In this video, we review four statements that President Donald Trump made during his national address on illegal immigration. In his Jan. 8 speech, the president called on Congress to appropriate $5.7 billion for a wall along the Southwest border to address what he called a “crisis” at the border. […]

FactChecking Trump’s Immigration Address

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In a national address, President Donald Trump called on Congress to provide $5.7 billion for a border wall to address what he called a “crisis” on the border. The president made some false and misleading claims, and provided some facts without context: Despite the president’s claims of a “crisis,” the […]

Story Cherry-Picks in Assessing CNN Ratings

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Quick Take A story shared on Facebook uses selective TV ratings data to make the misleading claim that CNN was not one of the 10 most watched cable networks in 2018. Full Story A conservative website takes aim at CNN by misrepresenting recently released 2018 year-end TV ratings data. The […]

Misleading Border Crime Statistic

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U.S. Border Patrol encountered 6,259 immigrants with criminal convictions, many of them for illegal entry charges, in fiscal 2018, according to the most recent statistics. Yet, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney misleadingly claimed authorities “had arrested 17,000 criminals at the southern border.” President Donald Trump, too, included this […]

RNC Misleads on ‘Immoral’ Democratic Bill

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Republican National Committee tweets in recent days have attacked a Democratic-sponsored bill in the House as “immoral” because it “would spend $54 billion taxpayer dollars on foreign countries” but not address “the border crisis here at home.” But that’s the same amount that Republican-controlled appropriations committees approved in June for […]

Democratic Spin on Border Security Funds

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Democrats say the Trump administration is asking for more money for a border wall even though it has spent only 6 percent of the funds that Congress has appropriated for border security over the past two years. That’s misleading. About 60 percent has been awarded to contracts. This talking point […]

Social Security Falsehood Circulates Again

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Quick Take Social media posts wrongly claim Democrats voted against the Social Security cost-of-living increase for 2019. Adjustments to Social Security benefits are not decided by lawmakers. Full Story A 2.8 percent increase in Social Security benefits goes into effect this month. The increase is the result of a cost-of-living […]

Trump’s Border Blunders

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On the day he met with congressional leaders to discuss the budget stalemate, President Donald Trump repeated several false and misleading claims about the Southwest border and the wall he wants to build: Trump tweeted that “Mexico is paying for the Wall” through the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. But, as we wrote last month, economists […]

Trump Administration Distorts the Facts On Climate Report

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Since the National Climate Assessment dropped on Black Friday, members of the Trump administration have inaccurately attacked the report for lacking transparency and factual basis, and for focusing on an “extreme” climate scenario. The EPA has also suggested — without evidence — that the Obama administration “pushed” the “worst-case scenario.” The […]