Bogus Claim Swirls Ahead of Biden Inauguration

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Quick Take A bogus headline on social media claims that President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration has been cancelled and that major TV networks are set to “lose” their “licenses.” The falsehood relies on a debunked post wrongly claiming that President Donald Trump has “invoked” the Insurrection Act and will remain in […]

What Do the New Coronavirus Variants Mean for the Pandemic?

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Q: What are the risks of the newly identified coronavirus variants? A: There’s no clear evidence yet that mutant versions cause more severe disease, although some are likely more contagious. Scientists expect vaccines will work but are monitoring the situation. FULL QUESTION Subject: COVID-19 Mutation in Colorado I know that viruses continuously […]

False Claim of Trump Invoking Insurrection Act

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Quick Take A falsehood on social media claims President Donald Trump has “invoked” the Insurrection Act, seized control of the country through the military and will “remain president indefinitely.” A Defense Department spokesman told us he was not “aware of any actions” regarding the Insurrection Act. Full Story In the days […]

Road to a Second Impeachment

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In the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol, the House Democrats on Jan. 11 introduced legislation to impeach President Donald Trump, charging him with “inciting violence against the Government of the United States.” The impeachment resolution, which is expected to be taken up on Jan. 13, accuses the president of repeatedly issuing “false […]

False Claims of Fraud in Georgia Runoffs

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Quick Take Online posts falsely claim that there was fraud in the Senate runoff elections in Georgia, but the only evidence they offer are clips of election night newscasts that corrected two data-entry errors. Full Story Some of the same false claims that were aimed at undermining the Nov. 3 […]

FactChecking the Electoral College Debate

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The process of certifying Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, after being disrupted by rioters and delayed by Republicans who repeated false and misleading claims about the election results. Six Republican senators and more than 100 GOP […]

Bogus Antifa Claims Follow Capitol Riot

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Quick Take Viral social media posts and a Republican House member have amplified claims wrongly identifying some right-wing figures at the U.S. Capitol riot as part of “antifa.” The claims feed into an unfounded conspiracy theory that anti-fascist activists in disguise orchestrated the event. Full Story Following a pro-Trump mob […]