O’Rourke Twists Facts at Town Hall

O’Rourke Twists Facts at Town Hall

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke twisted the facts on several topics, including immigration and gun control, during a CNN town hall. O’Rourke incorrectly said Trump is “proposing to build a 2,000-mile wall” at a cost of $30 billion. The administration has proposed a 10-year, $18 billion plan that would increase the total miles of primary border fencing to 970 miles. “The wall’s never meant to be 2,100 miles long,” Trump now says, citing “natural barriers”…

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Doctored Photo Adds Biden Smooch

Doctored Photo Adds Biden Smooch

Quick Take A photo of a woman protesting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court has been manipulated to make it look like former Vice President Joe Biden was there and kissed her. Full Story Joe Biden, who is leading the pack of Democrats seeking the party’s nomination for president, has been trailed by complaints that he gets too handsy with women. A raft of pictures showing some of his interactions has been circulating…

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Manipulated Time Cover on Climate Recirculates

Manipulated Time Cover on Climate Recirculates

Quick Take A viral meme attempts to undercut the evidence of climate change by using an edited cover of Time magazine — and regurgitating a misleading claim about “global cooling.” Full Story  A doctored cover of Time magazine casting doubt on climate change has circulated for years — at one point, according to Politico, even reaching the desk of President Donald Trump. That supposed cover, warning of an “Ice Age,” appeared again in recent weeks on…

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FactChecking Trump’s Fox News Interview

FactChecking Trump’s Fox News Interview

President Donald Trump, in a lengthy interview on Fox News, made several statements that were false, misleading or not supported by the evidence: Trump claimed Joe Biden, as vice president, pressured Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who “was after his son,” Hunter Biden. There’s no evidence that Biden was under investigation, although he was a board member for a company whose owner was under investigation. Trump said of North Korea: “They haven’t had any tests…

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Unverified Teddy Roosevelt ‘Quotation’ Lives On

Unverified Teddy Roosevelt ‘Quotation’ Lives On

Quick Take Viral social media posts attribute a quotation about how “to anger” a conservative and a liberal to President Theodore Roosevelt. But there’s no evidence he ever said it. Full Story A popular meme revived on social media puts words in the mouth of President Theodore Roosevelt. “To anger a conservative, lie to him,” the quotation reads. “To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.” That supposed quotation has circulated online for years —…

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The Trumps vs. de Blasio on NYC Crime

The Trumps vs. de Blasio on NYC Crime

President Donald Trump and his son Eric both took shots this week at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying crime has risen in the city under his leadership. That’s wrong, according to crime data kept by the New York Police Department. Major felony offenses have dropped every year de Blasio has served as the city’s mayor, according to New York Police Department data. Other felonies are down. Misdemeanors are down. Arrests are down. According…

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Trump’s Energy Errors

Trump’s Energy Errors

President Donald Trump clearly supports the oil and gas industry, but he made several false and misleading boasts about his impact on the energy sector. The president suggested that a change in federal policy was responsible for a newly operational natural gas export terminal, saying past leaders’ “anti-American energy” policies had led the company to plan an import terminal instead. In fact, the exporting project, and several others like it, were approved by the Obama…

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Meme Distorts Gillibrand’s Immigration Idea

Meme Distorts Gillibrand’s Immigration Idea

Quick Take Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has not proposed giving Social Security benefits to “illegal aliens,” as a popular meme claims. She wants to overhaul the immigration system to give individuals in the U.S. illegally a way to become citizens and collect benefits after paying into Social Security. Full Story At a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa on March 19, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of 23 people who have announced they are seeking the Democratic nomination…

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Solitaire Image is Old, Out of Context

Solitaire Image is Old, Out of Context

Quick Take An image of elected officials playing a computer card game has gone viral on social media. But the photo is from 2009, and it shows state lawmakers in Connecticut, not members of Congress. Full Story  Deception and poker go hand in hand, but one of the latest viral images to mislead users on social media invokes the more benign card game of solitaire. More than 40,000 users on Facebook shared the meme, which…

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Social Post Wrong About Obama’s Tax Returns

Social Post Wrong About Obama’s Tax Returns

Quick Take Former President Barack Obama, like many major party presidential nominees before him, released his tax returns — despite a popular social media post that implies otherwise. Full Story As congressional Democrats fight to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns, a popular post on social media implies — wrongly — that former President Barack Obama also declined to reveal his annual tax documents. “Did we ever see Obama’s school records, his social security records,…

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