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Las promesas de inmigración de Donald Trump en su primer año

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:00
Desde el primer día de su campaña, Donald Trump le garantizó a sus votantes un cambio dramático al sistema de inmigración de la nación, denunciando a Mexicanos como "asesinos" y "violadores" y prometiendo construir un muro en la frontera sur. Ampliamente, Trump está cumpliendo con sus fuertes palabras. Él hizo lo que pudo ejecutivamente, entregando cambios sustanciales a inmigrantes y sus familias, refugiados y nacionales de varios países musulmanes. Algunos resultados han sido menos grandiosos de lo prometido. Las cortes han frustrado sus esfuerzos para revocar un programa de protección de deportación creado durante el mandato del presidente Barack Obama ... >>More
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Trump backtracks on Mueller meeting, resurfaces misleading Clinton claim

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 14:09
Facing questions from the press, President Donald Trump appeared to backtrack on a previous commitment he made to meet face-to-face with investigators probing his campaign’s possible ties to Russia. That same day Trump resurfaced dubious claims about the investigation into former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. Here are the newsy statements Trump made during a Jan. 10 joint press conference with Norway’s prime minister, along with key context. Trump backtracks on meeting with Mueller Trump has given contradictory answers to the question of whether he will have a formal sit-down with ... >>More
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Donald Trump’s ‘s---hole countries’ remark and its policy history

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 14:08
President Donald Trump has shocked people for using disparaging language during a meeting about protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump is reported as saying. He made the remarks in discussion with a small group of lawmakers about potential immigration legislation. The Jan. 11 meeting was part of ongoing talks to strike a deal for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants who came to the United States as children and live here illegally, at risk of deportation. In return for allowing Dreamers to stay, Trump wants ... >>More
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What happened at the immigration meeting between Trump, bipartisan lawmakers

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:33
President Donald Trump offered a surprising look into his talks with bipartisan lawmakers on immigration policy, allowing television cameras to capture nearly an hour of discussion at a Jan. 9 White House meeting about the fate of immigrants known as "Dreamers." Trump suggested a willingness to support broader changes to immigration law to help the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally — at odds with his campaign rhetoric to deport all immigrants in the country unlawfully. "If we do this properly, DACA, you are not so far away from comprehensive immigration reform, and if you want to take ... >>More
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Fact-checking Donald Trump’s economic speech in Nashville

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:05
President Donald Trump likes talking about how great the economy is, a theme he expounded on when he flew to Nashville on Jan. 8 to address the American Farm Bureau Federation. He addressed many topics we have previously fact-checked and others we haven’t, with a mix of accuracy. Here’s an assessment of factual claims from his speech. "We have created more than 2 million new jobs since the election. Substantially more." Trump cites an accurate number. The official figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that between December 2016 and December 2017, the number of employed Americans rose by ... >>More
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A fact-checker's guide to Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House'

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:21
Even books about Donald Trump seem to break norms: Trump hasn’t been in office a year, and already there’s a gossipy insider account that claims to show the real goings-on of the Trump White House. Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House portrays an infighting senior team at each other’s throats, and a president too narcissistic and distracted to be capable of governing. Is it accurate? Many details are simply wrong. Whether the larger narrative is true is a different question. Here’s a list of the factual inaccuracies PolitiFact noted: • Wolff said then-Speaker of the House John ... >>More
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How Donald Trump, Barack Obama compare on the stock market

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 05:37
President Donald Trump likes to boast that he and his achievements are the biggest and the best, and not just about the size of his nuclear launch button. In recent weeks, Trump on Twitter and in speeches has repeatedly touted the rise of the stock market on his watch. In a tweet on Jan. 5, 2018, Trump said, "Dow goes from 18,589 on November 9, 2016, to 25,075 today, for a new all-time Record. Jumped 1000 points in last 5 weeks, Record fastest 1000 point move in history. This is all about the Make America Great Again agenda! Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. ... >>More
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How trustworthy are the polls, more than a year after the 2016 election?

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 06:35
Over the past year, political professionals have been picking over the pre-election polling data to figure out whether the polls failed to predict Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton. In many people’s minds, the polls were flat wrong in 2016. Actually, it’s more complicated than that. When the the American Association for Public Opinion Research asked a blue-ribbon panel of polling specialists to critique the industry’s performance in 2016, they found some important oversights and misfires. But the panel also emphasized that, contrary to popular belief, the national polls weren’t that far off. After interviewing almost a dozen pollsters ... >>More
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How closely did the tax bill resemble Trump's campaign promises?

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 03:00
The tax bill that President Donald Trump signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, was a large and consequential piece of legislation. It was also the culmination of no fewer than nine of Trump’s campaign promises. So how did he do? Upon review of the bill’s provisions, we found only one pure Promise Kept in the bill, compared to four we rated Promise Broken. But he made significant, if imperfect, progress on four other promises, and we’ve rated these Compromise. Here’s a rundown, with the promises grouped by our rating. PROMISE KEPT Create a 10-percent repatriation tax Some companies store ... >>More
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Mailbag: ‘Please clean up your act’

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 07:01
It’s the holiday season, and our email inbox has been filled with lumps of coal -- as well as the occasional treat. Here’s a rundown of recent reader critiques, edited for length and clarity. *** Several readers criticized our coverage of the debate over the tax bill, which included a lot of Half Tues rather than full True or False ratings. One reader cited our Half True for Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, who said that in the House Republican bill, "70 percent of the tax relief goes to those families making less than 200,000." "How and why do you give ... >>More
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The top 10 most viewed fact-checks of 2017

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 03:56
During President Donald Trump’s first year in office, nothing drew eyeballs to our site quite like the president’s words. Readers turned out in droves for our fact-checks of Trump’s first joint address to Congress and his speech announcing the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. His claims about CNN’s ratings, the national debt and his controversial travel ban also drove a large volume of traffic to our site. In addition to our fact-checks, readers clicked on special reports and roundups, with particular interest in our coverage of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Here are the most clicked-on fact-checks and ... >>More
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Russia's social media efforts in 2016 were not just false but inflammatory

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 07:23
Dueling protests erupted at the Islamic Center in Houston on May 21, 2016, after being advertised on what appeared to be rival Facebook groups. But were they rivals after all? One group, called "Heart of Texas," regularly promoted anti-immigration and anti-Muslim messages to its more than 250,000 Facebook followers. The group planned its public event on Facebook to occur at the Islamic Center "to stop the Islamization of Texas." A second group, "The United Muslims of America," was dedicated to spreading pro-Islamic themes to its more than 328,000 followers. This group also created a public event — to occur at ... >>More
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Who wins and who loses from the tax bill?

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 11:46
As Congress nears passage of a Republican-backed tax bill, there’s been a lot of discussion about who will benefit and who won’t. Here is some data about the winners and losers under the bill. We’re using data from two sources. One is the Joint Committee on Taxation, the nonpartisan group that analyzes tax bills for Congress. The other is the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center, an independent group that models the effects of tax legislation. Both groups analyzed previous versions of the bill, but in this article we’ll look at their analyses of the final version that, assuming it ... >>More
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