Facts Check

Fact or Fiction?

We have tried to find a resource to assist us in identifying and weeding out some of the “myth from truth”.

(note: please read with the understanding that information may not be deemed 100% accurate and is collected from 3rd party sources)

U.S. Schools Already Teach Arabic Numerals

Q: Has California’s governor ordered public schools to use “ARABIC” numerals? A: No. That claim originated on a website that describes itself as satirical. FULL ANSWER Numbers from zero to nine — 0, 1, 2, 3, etc. — are commonly called Hindu-Arabic numerals. The Hindu-Arabic numeral system was developed about ...
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FactChecking Trump’s Tweetstorm

Summary President Donald Trump responded to the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe with a flurry of tweets that contained numerous false, misleading or unsubstantiated claims about the Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III: Trump said the “Mueller probe should never have been started” because there ...
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Video: U.S.-Canadian Trade

This week, CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org look at a claim that President Donald Trump has made more than once this month about U.S.-Canadian trade. In a March 5 tweet and a March 10 speech, Trump claimed that the U.S. has a “large” deficit with Canada. It doesn’t. Contrary to ...
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Coke and Nestlé Aren’t Buying The Guarani Aquifer

Q: Are Coca-Cola and Nestlé preparing to privatize a major South American water source? A: No. The vast Guarani Aquifer is managed by the four countries that sit on top of it. FULL ANSWER One of the world’s largest underground water reserves is shared by the four countries that sit ...
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Will Trump’s Wall Pay for Itself?

President Donald Trump cited a contested report from an organization that advocates low immigration to claim that a wall along the southern border will pay for itself, because those stopped from illegally crossing would not be a burden on taxpayers. The report, from the Center for Immigration Studies, relies on ...
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A Judge Hasn’t Invalidated PA Election Results

Q: Did a U.S. judge invalidate the results of Pennsylvania’s special election due to “wide-scale voter fraud”? A: No. That’s a fictitious story first posted on a self-described satirical website. FULL ANSWER Many political observers considered Democrat Conor Lamb’s apparent razor-thin victory in Pennsylvania this week to be significant in ...
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Trump’s Canadian Trade Tale

In making his case for renegotiating NAFTA, President Donald Trump told GOP donors that the U.S. has a trade surplus with Canada — but only because the trade balance “doesn’t include energy and timber.” That’s false. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. ran a trade surplus in goods and services ...
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Trump Misses with Mars Attack

During the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton said that one of her goals as president would be to “make human exploration of Mars a reality.” Nevertheless, President Donald Trump mistakenly claimed that NASA “wouldn’t even be thinking about” going to Mars if Clinton had been elected. Trump made his remarks while ...
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No Russian Arrest Warrant for George Soros

Q: Has Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warrant for the arrest of George Soros? A: No. That rumor has been circulating online for years in various forms. FULL ANSWER It’s true that Russia in 2015 banned two charities run by the billionaire George Soros. Soon after that ban was announced, an internet ...
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Obama Not Ordered to Pay $400M Restitution

Q: Did a federal court order former President Barack Obama to pay “$400 million in restitution”? A: No. Multiple sites have carried the fictitious story. FULL ANSWER Former President Barack Obama would be in a particularly undesirable financial situation, if the stories circulating about him online in recent days were ...
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Wind Energy’s Carbon Footprint

In observing that “every type of energy has consequences,” Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claimed the “carbon footprint on wind [energy] is significant.” In fact, wind power’s carbon footprint is among the smallest of any energy source. Coal’s carbon footprint is almost 90 times larger than that of wind ...
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Trump and the Veterans Choice Program

Q: Did President Donald Trump sign an order allowing veterans to get full medical bills paid at hospitals outside the VA? A: No, but Trump has continued a program that allows some veterans to seek outside care. FULL QUESTION There is a FB post going around saying veterans are 100% ...
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