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Bernie Sanders - Bernie Sanders wrongly says Donald Trump never apologized for Access Hollywood tape

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - 3 hours 53 min ago
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Bernie Sanders wrongly says Donald Trump never apologized for Access Hollywood tape

President Donald Trump’s sexually explicit remarks on the Access Hollywood tape that surfaced during the 2016 election have received fresh scrutiny as the country reckons with a tidal wave of high-profile sexual assault allegations. With recent misconduct allegations leading a number of prominent men in Hollywood, the media and politics to step down, some Democratic lawmakers have pointed to Trump’s remarks and multiple allegations against him as grounds for his resignation. But in calling for Trump’s White House exit, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., misstated Trump’s response to the controversial recording. "We have the absurdity now of a president of the ...

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Ample tax cuts for business, wealthy in new Republican tax accord

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - 8 hours 51 min ago
Generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans would be delivered in a sweeping overhaul of the tax laws, under a new agreement crafted by Republicans ...
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What you need to know about net neutrality

PolitiFact Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:03
Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon may soon be allowed to divide their networks into fast lanes and slow lanes, block content, slow rivals’ video-streaming speeds and charge websites and services simply to reach their customers. A pivotal vote by the Federal Communications Commission this week could upend the net neutrality rules that restrict broadband providers from manipulating Internet traffic to play favorites. Here’s what you need to know about net neutrality, and how its possible repeal could change the Internet as we know it. What is net neutrality? Net neutrality is a set of rules designed to make ... >>More
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Nevada boosts ads ahead of health insurance sign-up deadline

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:00
With Facebook ads, health fairs and even sign spinners, Nevada officials are hoping to encourage more residents to sign up for subsidized health insurance by Friday, the last day of this year's enrollment season. Officials with the state's Silver State Health Insurance Exchange have been ...
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Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:00
Moore's defeat in Alabama — as stalwart a Republican state as they come — left Trump unusually conciliatory and his political allies shell-shocked ...
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Laxalt campaign defends handling of pardon vote, state staff

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 13:57
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt's campaign is defending his handling of a vote on the state pardons board after a newspaper reported that an audio recording suggests ...
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Nancy Pelosi - Have wages failed to go up on Donald Trump's watch?

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:45
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Have wages failed to go up on Donald Trump's watch?

On the heels of a generally favorable jobs report, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., criticized Republicans for failing to boost wages for American workers. "November’s jobs report reveals that hard-working Americans still aren’t getting the bigger paychecks they deserve," Pelosi said in a statement that she tweeted out. "Even with full control of the House, Senate and White House, Republicans have still failed to deliver on their promise of higher wages for working families." See Figure 3 on PolitiFact.com Her talking point is a stretch: Federal data shows wage growth since President Donald Trump took office ...

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Immigrants push for DREAM Act during sit-in at Heller’s D.C. office

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:59
Young immigrants from four states sat in at U.S. Sen. Dean Heller’s office in Washington, D.C., today, advocating for passage of a clean DREAM Act. The group of ...
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Sandoval, other governors urge Congress to fund children's health program

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:19
Twelve governors of both parties are urging Congress to reauthorize funding for a popular children's health insurance program as soon as possible. The recommendation involving the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, came in ...
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A look back at Lie of the Year, 2009 to 2016

PolitiFact Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:30
PolitiFact’s editors and reporters award the Lie of the Year to the most significant falsehood or exaggeration of the past 12 months. Here’s a look back at the past eight years of "winners." 2016: Fake news Conspiracy theories and hoaxes have always been part of America’s political conversation, but in 2016 they took off online. Fake news found a willing enabler in Donald Trump, who at times repeated and legitimized made-up reports. We defined fake news as fabricated information, manipulated to look like credible news reports, then easily spread online. 2015: The campaign misstatements of Donald Trump From "thousands and ... >>More
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2017 Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll results

PolitiFact Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:30
President Donald Trump calling "the Russia thing" a "made-up story" has overwhelmingly won the reader competition for most significant falsehood of 2017. It is the same falsehood selected by PolitiFact for Lie of the Year. The first runner-up was a claim about health care from Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, who said, "Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care." Third place went to a statement from Sean Spicer, who as Trump’s press secretary claimed that Trump had "the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period." We offered readers 10 finalists for 2017 and an option to write in ... >>More
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The Trump team’s falsehoods of 2017

PolitiFact Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:30
President Donald Trump made many inaccurate statements in 2017. His White House team seems to be following in his footsteps when defending him. Some of Trump’s staffers have made the argument that it is valid to use inaccurate facts to bolster larger narratives — like when press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently told reporters that even if the authenticity of anti-Muslim videos videos was questionable, "the threat is real." In other cases, they doubled down on exaggerations, as when former press secretary Sean Spicer repeated that Trump’s inauguration saw the largest audience ever, period. To help you keep the facts straight, ... >>More
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Notable misstatements about Donald Trump from 2017

PolitiFact Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:30
President Donald Trump’s words can be at odds with reality, a fact we’ve documented again and again during his first year in office. His claim that the Trump-Russia investigation is a "made-up story" earned Trump our 2017 Lie of the Year. To a lesser extent, Trump in the past year has occasionally found himself on the receiving end of misstatements, proving that no politician, party, group or celebrity holds a monopoly on truth. With that in mind, here are five notable misstatements about Trump from 2017: John Lewis wrongly says he never skipped an inauguration before Trump's In the run-up ... >>More
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2017 Lie of the Year: Russian election interference is a 'made-up story'

PolitiFact Stories - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:30
A mountain of evidence points to a single fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016. In both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election. Those actions included the cyber-theft of private data, the placement of propaganda against particular candidates, and an overall effort to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process. Members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, have held open and closed door hearings to probe Russia’s actions. The congressional investigations are ongoing. Facebook, Google and Twitter have investigated their own networks, ... >>More
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Don Blankenship - Convicted mining CEO and GOP candidate says official papers reveal 'Obama's deadliest cover-up'

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Convicted mining CEO and GOP candidate says official papers reveal 'Obama's deadliest cover-up'

Don Blankenship, the convicted executive in one of the country’s deadliest mining explosions, is running for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia, and his first television ad aims to clear his name. "Obama’s deadliest cover-up has been uncovered by MSHA’s own documents," the ad said. "Documents which say the MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) Upper Big Branch internal report was fixed." Blankenship, running as a Republican, spent a year in jail for conspiring to violate mine safety regulations. A jury found that under his leadership as CEO of Massey Energy, the company systematically refused to take steps that would ...

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Don Blankenship - Convicted mining CEO and GOP candidate says official papers reveal 'Obama's deadliest cover-up'

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 15:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Convicted mining CEO and GOP candidate says official papers reveal 'Obama's deadliest cover-up'

Don Blankenship, the convicted executive in one of the country’s deadliest mining explosions, is running for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia, and his first television ad aims to clear his name. "Obama’s deadliest cover-up has been uncovered by MSHA’s own documents," the ad said. "Documents which say the MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) Upper Big Branch internal report was fixed." Blankenship, running as a Republican, spent a year in jail for conspiring to violate mine safety regulations. A jury found that under his leadership as CEO of Massey Energy, the company systematically refused to take steps that would ...

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Fake news in the Alabama Senate race surges before Election Day

PolitiFact Stories - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:22
The fake news mill has been working overtime in the closing days of a special election to decide Alabama’s next senator. The seat, normally a cake walk for Republicans, is now too close to call. Multiple allegations of Republican Roy Moore’s sexual advances on underage girls when he was in his early 30s have scrambled the contest. Making the story harder for voters to follow are Internet posts using false or made-up information to discredit the accusers. Here are a few claims we’ve swatted down. The claim: Accuser admits she tampered with Roy Moore’s yearbook signature The rating: Pants on ... >>More
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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong that black homeownership rate is at a record high

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:55
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump wrong that black homeownership rate is at a record high

When President Donald Trump noticed some African-American support at a recent rally in Pensacola, Fla., he offered a statistic about black homeownership. "Look at these guys, ‘Blacks for Trump,’ " Trump said, quoting their sign, on Dec. 8, 2017. "I love you. I love you. By the way, now that you bring it up, black homeownership just hit the highest level it has ever been in the history of our country. Congratulations." He brought up the claim in the company of other boasts about enhanced 401(k) accounts, consumer confidence and job growth since the start of the year. But ...

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Interior chief spent more than $53K on 3 helicopter trips

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:27
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $53,000 on three helicopter trips this summer, including one that allowed him to return to Washington in time for a horseback ride with ...
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Bloggers - No, Roy Moore accuser didn't admit she forged his signature in her yearbook

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:26
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No, Roy Moore accuser didn't admit she forged his signature in her yearbook

A conspiracy-minded website attempted to cast doubt on evidence presented by one of eight women who accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct in a misleading headline days ahead of the Alabama Senate race. "WE CALLED IT! Gloria Allred Accuser **ADMITS** She Tampered With Roy Moore’s Yearbook ‘Signature’ (VIDEO)," the headline reads on The Gateway Pundit. We found similar posts on Breitbart, "Roy Moore Accuser Beverly Nelson Admits She Forged Yearbook," and on the blog Silence is Consent, "Roy Moore accuser admits she forged yearbook inscription." Beverly Young Nelson accused Roy Moore of groping her when she ...

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