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Nancy Pelosi - Do moderate-income families benefit more from the state and local tax deduction?

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:20
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Do moderate-income families benefit more from the state and local tax deduction?

As Congress moved toward consideration of a major tax overhaul, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., raised a warning about one element of President Donald Trump’s proposal -- ending the deduction for state and local tax payments. "This is striking: 50% of households that claim State & Local Tax deduction make under $100K – & now @SpeakerRyan wants to throw it away," Pelosi tweeted on Oct. 12. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com   Pelosi’s point is that the deduction helps a lot of middle- and lower-income taxpayers, meaning it should be preserved. A reader wrote us to suggest ...

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John Kelly - Fact-checking John Kelly on Frederica Wilson's 2015 speech

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:27
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Fact-checking John Kelly on Frederica Wilson's 2015 speech

The White House continues to criticize U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., for publicizing a private phone call by President Donald Trump to the family of a slain servicemember. Wilson, a family friend, had been listening to the call from Trump in which he allegedly said Sgt. La David Johnson "knew what he signed up for … but when it happens it hurts anyway." Johnson was killed in an Oct. 4 ambush in the west African nation of Niger. After the call, Wilson told the Miami Herald, "I think it’s so insensitive. It’s crazy. Why do you need to say that? ...

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Roy Moore - Is it ‘against the law’ for NFL players to kneel for the national anthem, as Roy Moore said? No

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:34
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Is it ‘against the law’ for NFL players to kneel for the national anthem, as Roy Moore said? No

Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, introduced a new dimension to the debate over NFL players’ protest by claiming that kneeling during the national anthem is illegal. "It’s against the law, you know that?" Moore said in an Oct. 16 interview with Time magazine. "It was a act of Congress that every man stand and put their hand over their heart. That’s the law." Given his controversial role as the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore’s claim caught our attention. We’ve previously looked at the history of athletes protesting the national anthem, but ...

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Jeff Sessions - Jeff Sessions claims asylum system rampant with fraud and abuse

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Jeff Sessions claims asylum system rampant with fraud and abuse

Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed the U.S. asylum system swelled with false cries for help during the presidency of Barack Obama, suppressing genuine claims and overloading the immigration system. Sessions said the the Obama administration allowed most immigrants who passed an initial credible fear review to be released into the United States pending a full hearing. "These changes — and case law that has expanded the concept of asylum well beyond congressional intent — created even more incentives for illegal aliens to come here and claim a fear of return," Sessions told the Executive Office of Immigration Review on ...

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Nikki Haley - Haley wrongly says Congress had no input on Iran nuclear deal

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:13
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Haley wrongly says Congress had no input on Iran nuclear deal

Defending President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said Congress now has a voice on the issue that it didn’t have in the past. Trump’s decision allows Congress to potentially kill the agreement or tack on new conditions. "He's saying to Congress, can we make it better?" Haley told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on an Oct. 15 broadcast of This Week. "And I think that his engagement with Congress is something that never happened under President Obama. They were never allowed to debate it. They were never allowed to discuss it. ...

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Fact-checking Trump and his team on taxes

PolitiFact Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:55
Our partners at E.W. Scripps recently interviewed President Donald Trump and members of his administration about the tax plan Trump is supporting. Here are the facts behind some of their comments. President Donald Trump, when asked why he continues to inaccurately say the United States is the highest taxed nation in the world: "Some people say it differently, they say we're the highest developed nation taxed in the world. …  As far as I'm concerned I think we're really essentially the highest, but if you want to add the ‘developed nation,’ you can say that, too." This statement continues to ... >>More
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Donald Trump - Once again, Trump overstates U.S. tax ranking

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:42
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Once again, Trump overstates U.S. tax ranking

As he presses for sweeping tax reform, President Donald Trump continues to paint the nation’s current tax burden in superlative colors. And he continues to struggle to get it right. In an interview, Mike Sacks, national political correspondent for E.W. Scripps, brought this up with Trump. Here’s that exchange: Sacks: "You've repeatedly said that we're the highest taxed nation in the world when that's been seen as objectively false. With the credibility you need to pass tax reform, why --" Trump: "Some people say it differently, they say we're the highest developed nation taxed in the world." Sacks: "Then ...

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Donald Trump - Trump mislabels Obamacare subsidy as gift to insurers

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:05
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Trump mislabels Obamacare subsidy as gift to insurers

The current sword hanging over the Obamacare health insurance markets is the future of one of the subsidies in the system. It’s called cost-sharing reduction and it cushions lower-income people from out-of-pocket costs when they see a doctor. This makes up a small slice of the total insurance picture, but President Donald Trump brought the matter to a head Oct. 12 when he canceled all payments. They are worth an estimated $10 billion next year and the move sent a jolt through the individual and small business market. Premium hikes of 20 percent were suddenly a real possibility for policy ...

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The media's definition of fake news vs. Donald Trump's

PolitiFact Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:11
When PolitiFact fact-checks fake news, we are calling out fabricated content that intentionally masquerades as news coverage of actual events. When President Donald Trump talks about fake news, he means something else entirely. Instead of fabricated content, Trump uses the term to describe news coverage that is unsympathetic to his administration and his performance, even when the news reports are accurate. Trump is so taken with the phrase "fake news," that he’s mentioned it at least 153 separate times in interviews, on Twitter and in speeches, according to a count compiled by PolitiFact. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Recently, Trump ... >>More
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In LV, Pelosi thanks UMC for response to shooting, talks Obamacare changes

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:00
Pelosi visited the hospital days after President Donald Trump ended a key component of the Affordable Care Act that helped insurance providers cover costs ...
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Democrats eye Dream Act’s passage as Trump seeks deal

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:00
Democrats are advocating for the passage of a long-proposed immigration bill as President Donald Trump pushes to tie a border wall to deportation relief for young immigrants ...
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‘Public sentiment is everything’: Pelosi quotes Lincoln when asked about gun control

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:00
The shooting on Las Vegas’s Strip on Oct. 1 spurred a focus on gun control legislation in Congress, at least among Democrats ...
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Lawsuit seeks to strike down Nevada's recall election laws

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:31
A federal lawsuit challenging petitions to recall three Nevada state senators in districts with significant Hispanic and African-American populations alleges the effort is an unconstitutional attempt to replace ...
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Donald Trump's misleading comments on Obama's calls to fallen soldiers' families

PolitiFact Stories - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:31
President Donald Trump accused Barack Obama and other former presidents of insufficient outreach to fallen soldiers’ families. Following Trump’s silence on the death of four Green Berets in an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger, Trump said he would be calling their families and had already written letters that are "going out either today or tomorrow." He then claimed his approach went above and beyond the norm. "The traditional way, you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls," Trump said. We found no evidence to support the idea ... >>More
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Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs - Is Oklahoma spending more than ever? Only if you ignore inflation

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:57
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Is Oklahoma spending more than ever? Only if you ignore inflation

As Oklahoma’s elected officials wrestle to close a budget gap, a recent op-ed from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs argued that tax hikes shouldn’t be part of the solution. "Why do we need to raise taxes if the government is already spending more than ever before," the conservative think tank wrote. "State government spending is at an all-time high. The state is on track to spend more in this fiscal year — more than $17.9 billion — than at any time in state history." Where does the state money go? Well, schools, both K-12 and higher education, ...

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Longtime Yucca Mountain booster in Congress makes his pitch in Nevada

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 01:00
An Illinois congressman who is pushing legislation tied to the proposed Yucca Mountain dump is presenting his point of view on the topic to a group of Northern Nevada business owners. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., is visiting the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce for ...
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Q+A: Jimmy Kimmel talks national tragedies, health care and Twitter feuds

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 01:00
Kimmel was tearful as he spoke about the Oct. 1 shooting massacre that occurred at a country-music festival in Las Vegas, his hometown. He also used that monologue to advocate for gun control and said that political leaders including ...
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Rex Tillerson - Rex Tillerson overstates Donald Trump's effect on increased NATO defense spending

Politifact Truth-O-Meter - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 10:43
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Rex Tillerson overstates Donald Trump's effect on increased NATO defense spending

President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized allies for not meeting NATO defense spending targets, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it’s already made a difference. "The president early on called on NATO member countries to step up their contributions — step up their commitment to NATO, modernize their own forces," Tillerson said on CNN’s State of the Union on Oct. 15. "He’s been very clear, and as a result of that countries have stepped up contributions toward their own defense." We wondered if NATO countries have stepped up defense contributions and whether the step was a result of pressure ...

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Governors bullish on battery storage as boon to solar energy

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 01:00
"You see all the solar generation that we have here, and when you put that together with the storage, that’s going to be fabulous for Las Vegas.”
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Lawsuit filed over Nevada’s mothballed background check law

Las Vegas Sun - Political Stories - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 01:00
A background check law that’s gone unimplemented in Nevada since voters approved it in November is now the subject of a lawsuit from a group that wants it enforced. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, the same day ...
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