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How do we prevent school shootings?

PolitiFact Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:28
How do we prevent school shootings? At least 17 people were killed in a Florida high school shooting on Valentine’s Day, the latest mass shooting in the United States. The events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., follow other high-profile school shootings, leading many to ask how such shootings can be prevented. The answers here are not simple -- or cheap. We found experts and research that addressed many different ideas, from gun control to threat assessment measures to metal detectors. We documented benefits and limitations with all of these ideas. Advocates for gun control say that ... >>More
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The Russia investigation and Donald Trump: a timeline from on-the-record sources

PolitiFact Stories - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:29
U.S. law enforcement agencies and Congress are investigating links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, as part of a broader probe into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election. At least eight Trump associates had contacts with Russian government officials or business people during the campaign and presidential transition. To date, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has swept up four members of Trump’s campaign, including two who have agreed to work with Mueller’s team as part of a plea deal. As the investigation has unfolded, we’ve learned that some things the Trump team claimed never happened, actually did happen. Stories ... >>More
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What we know about mass shootings

PolitiFact Stories - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 18:36
At least 17 people were killed in a Florida high school shooting on Valentine’s Day, the latest mass shooting in the United States. Students, a geography teacher, a football coach, and an athletic director are among the victims identified so far in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel identified the suspect as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student who had been expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons. Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and ordered held without bond. Israel said the suspect was believed to have ... >>More
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Timeline: Rob Porter, domestic abuse and the White House

PolitiFact Stories - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:23
The broad outlines of allegations of domestic abuse against former White House aide Rob Porter are clear. The Trump administration’s shifting explanation of how it dealt with this information is not. As the trusted staff secretary, Porter handled the flow of paperwork that came to President Donald Trump starting in January 2017. As part of the normal security clearance process, the FBI spoke to two of Porter’s ex-wives early during his background check. Both women have said they told investigators about physical abuse at Porter’s hands. The White House first defended Porter when those accounts became public in early February. ... >>More
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PuppetStringNews.com - Fake news claims two Russian officials dead in plane crash

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Fake news claims two Russian officials dead in plane crash

A fake news story said that two Russian officials linked to an infamous dossier and a Russian nuclear agency were among the victims of a plane crash near Moscow that killed all 71 passengers. "Russian source behind fake Trump dossier killed in Russian plane crash, Rosatom CFO also dead," read the headline on a Feb. 11, 2018, post on Puppet String News. The post was flagged on Facebook as being potentially fabricated, as part of the social media website’s efforts to combat fake news. The fake news story took a real plane crash and made up the names ...

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How Trump budget would boost Yucca project, cut Nevadans' safety net

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:00
The administration is seeking money for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, although not nearly the amount that would be required to see the project through ...
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Family planning advocacy group says R-J shunned ads

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:00
The ads read in bold letters “Family Planning Saves Lives, Trump’s Global Gag Rule is Killing Women.” The ads also state …
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Hogan Gidley - Has President Donald Trump clearly and frequently spoken out against abuse of women? Not when asked

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:21
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Has President Donald Trump clearly and frequently spoken out against abuse of women? Not when asked

Two White House staffers have resigned after credible reports that they abused their wives, but those departures haven’t quieted the waters. If anything, the question of what President Donald Trump thinks about these episodes grew more pressing after Trump tweeted broadly about people accused of abuse in any form. "People’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation," Trump tweeted Feb. 10. "Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as ...

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Will millennials be the largest voting bloc in 2018, as Rock the Vote predicts?

PolitiFact Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:36
Rock the Vote, a group that is focused on increasing young registered voters, says that the youth vote has reached a pivotal status. "Millennials are the largest and most diverse generation and this year we will be the largest voting block," tweeted Rock the Vote Feb. 2. Rock the Vote calls itself a nonpartisan organization but champions some issues more associated with the left, including voting rights. We were curious if millenials will be the largest group of voters in 2018. We don’t generally rate predictions, so we aren’t putting Rock the Vote’s claim on the Truth-O-Meter. Here, we’ll summarize what ... >>More
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Trump proposes budget that ignores deficit, boosts military spending

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:00
President Donald Trump sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget proposal on Monday outlining steep cuts to domestic programs, large increases in military spending and ...
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PolitiFact gains nonprofit status with move to the Poynter Institute

PolitiFact Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 09:00
The Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists based in St. Petersburg, Fla., has acquired direct ownership of PolitiFact from the Tampa Bay Times, the organizations announced Monday. The fact-checking website was created in 2007 by the Times newspaper. The Times is owned by Poynter. The move will allow PolitiFact to function fully as a not-for-profit national news organization, putting it more squarely on footing with other nonprofit newsrooms like ProPublica and the Center for Public Integrity. Poynter already is home to the International Fact Checking Network, an organization that supports fact-checkers around the world. The transition by PolitiFact also ... >>More
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The Principles of the Truth-O-Meter: PolitiFact’s methodology for independent fact-checking

PolitiFact Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 09:00
Fact-checking journalism is the heart of PolitiFact. Our core principles are independence, transparency, fairness, thorough reporting and clear writing. The reason we publish is to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy. Since our launch in 2007, we’ve received many questions about how we choose facts to check, how we stay nonpartisan, how we go about fact-checking and other topics. This document attempts to answer those questions and many more. How PolitiFact started Our ownership Our partner websites Our funding Our ethics policy for PolitiFact journalists How we choose claims to fact-check Our on-the-record sourcing ... >>More
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Nevada takes steps toward leaving federal healthcare.gov

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 18:25
Nevada is taking steps toward leaving the federal healthcare.gov and setting up ...
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Rand Paul - Rand Paul gets numbers right in speech on federal debt

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:18
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Rand Paul gets numbers right in speech on federal debt

As the House and Senate were rushing to head off a government shutdown during a late-night session on Feb. 8, Sen. Rand Paul,. R-Ky., was doing everything he could to slow the rush to passing a new spending bill. In a lengthy floor speech, Paul took aim at lawmakers who wring their hands about the rising debt but then vote for legislation that adds red ink. At one point in his speech, Paul said, "George W. Bush doubled the debt from $5 trillion to $10 trillion. President Obama doubled the debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion. Now we're ...

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National Republican Senatorial Committee - Misleading NRSC ad paints Heidi Heitkamp as Donald Trump contrarian

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:16
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Misleading NRSC ad paints Heidi Heitkamp as Donald Trump contrarian

A North Dakota National Republican Senate Committee ad portrays Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., as a contrarian to President Donald Trump. "North Dakota voted for President Trump," the voiceover says. "But Sen. Heidi Heitkamp doesn’t care. She’s joined Washington liberals in their partisan obstruction and is taking orders from party boss Chuck Schumer, the architect of the Schumer Shutdown." "Heitkamp has voted against Trump 68 percent of time," the graphic reads. The statistic was shared during State of the Union and Super Bowl digital ad campaigns. Given North Dakota's Republican leanings, Heitkamp is a top GOP target. However, ...

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Senate passes budget bill to raise spending and reopen government

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:00
The Senate early Friday easily approved a far-reaching budget deal that would reopen the federal government and boost spending by hundreds of billions of dollars ...
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Anti-Trump activist Steyer targets GOP's Heller, Laxalt

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:02
Billionaire anti-Trump activist Tom Steyer visited Las Vegas today with a vow to defend “Dreamers” and immigrant families facing deportation. Steyer, whose campaign against Trump has ...
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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrongly suggests British don't love their health care system

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump wrongly suggests British don't love their health care system

As thousands marched in the streets of London recently to protest funding cuts to the British National Health Service, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize the idea of universal health care. "The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!" See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Trump’s Feb. 5 tweet came shortly after Nigel Farage, the former UK Independence Party leader, talked about the NHS march ...

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In Context: John Kelly’s remarks on ‘lazy’ immigrants and DACA

PolitiFact Stories - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:57
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke to reporters on Feb. 6 about young immigrants eligible for the Obama-era deportation protection program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Kelly said that while 690,000 immigrants who signed up for the program are protected by DACA, President Donald Trump put forth a plan to benefit many more people — 1.8 million. To be eligible, people must meet educational requirements, have no felony convictions, and have arrived in the United States as children. Kelly said "some would say" that among reasons why more eligible immigrants didn’t sign up for DACA ... >>More
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Donald Trump - Immigration, MS-13 and crime: the facts behind Donald Trump’s exaggerations

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:39
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Immigration, MS-13 and crime: the facts behind Donald Trump’s exaggerations

President Donald Trump linked illegal immigration to the violence of the MS-13 gang, claiming "open borders" have caused the death of many people in the United States. During his State of the Union speech, Trump highlighted the 2016 killings of teenagers Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens in New York and the related murder charges against MS-13 members. "These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage MS-13 gang have been charged with Kayla and Nisa's murders," Trump said Jan. 30. "Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes ...

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