Trump’s Power Puffery

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At a meeting on international trade, President Donald Trump falsely claimed his policies have reduced the cost of electricity for U.S. businesses. In fact, electricity costs have increased in Trump’s first 10 months in office. The president made his boast during a meeting on trade that he held at the White […]

Will Global Warming Benefit Civilization?

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Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt suggests that global warming isn’t necessarily “a bad thing” because “humans have most flourished during times of … warming.” But recent years have been the warmest humans have seen over at least the last millennium. This record warmth is tied to more extreme weather events, […]

Video: Trump’s DACA Boast

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The subject of this week’s fact-checking video is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Then-President Barack Obama created the DACA program in 2012 by executive action after Congress failed to pass the “DREAM Act,” which would have provided a path to citizenship for certain immigrants brought to the country […]

No Black Lives Matter Embezzlement Scandal

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Q: Was a Black Lives Matter activist sued after stealing millions of dollars in donations? A: No. That scandal was made up by a website that calls itself satirical. FULL ANSWER Black Lives Matter, a movement against systemic racism, began in 2013 after George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida, […]

Adam Schiff and George Soros Not In-Laws

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Q: Is Rep. Adam Schiff’s sister married to the son of George Soros? A: No. The congressman doesn’t even have a sister. FULL QUESTION Was Adam Schiff’s sister Melissa married to George Soros’ son Robert? FULL ANSWER Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff does not have a sister, and there is no […]

Trump on Britain’s Universal Health Care

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President Donald Trump tweeted that while Democrats are pushing for universal health care, “thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U[niversal] system is going broke and not working.” But the London demonstrators marched in support of the system and urged the government to better fund it. The […]

Pluto Not Reclassified as a Planet

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Q: Has the International Astronomical Union reclassified Pluto as a “major planet”?  A: No. That claim was originally published years ago as an April Fool’s joke. FULL ANSWER In 2006, the International Astronomical Union amended the definition of a planet and decided that Pluto qualified as a “dwarf planet” instead. […]

Q&A on the Nunes Memo

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Lawmakers have made several claims about a controversial memo from House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. The memo, written by Republican committee staff and released Feb. 2, raises concerns about a court order for electronic surveillance that the Department of Justice and FBI received in 2016 from […]

Trump Overstates Role in Apple’s Plans

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President Donald Trump claimed that “Apple is investing $350 billion in the United States” over the next five years all because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. That’s contradicted by Apple’s chief executive officer, who said that “there’s large parts of this that we would have done in any […]

No Logan Act Charges Against John Kerry

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Q: Is John Kerry facing felony charges under the Logan Act? A: No. The former secretary of state has not been charged.  FULL ANSWER Nobody has ever been convicted under the Logan Act, which bars citizens from negotiating with foreign powers on behalf of the U.S. government. Only two people […]