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Donald Trump - Trump wrongly faults Obama for London embassy move

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:38
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Trump wrongly faults Obama for London embassy move

President Donald Trump isn’t going to London any time soon. Planning was under way for a February visit, when it was thought Trump would officially open the new U.S. embassy in London. Trump scuttled those plans in no uncertain terms. "Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars," Trump tweeted Jan. 11. "Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!" See ...

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Norm Eisen - Donald Trump’s ‘fake news awards’ could land White House staff in hot water

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 13:18
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Donald Trump’s ‘fake news awards’ could land White House staff in hot water

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump honed his craft of slamming media organizations that covered him critically, a practice he’s carried over to the White House. His efforts will culminate soon in the so-called "fake news awards," an idea Trump first floated last November on Twitter. "We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!" he tweeted Nov. 27, 2017. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com ...

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Donald Trump - Did Obama say he didn't have the right to issue DACA?

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:08
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Did Obama say he didn't have the right to issue DACA?

President Donald Trump sat with congressional leaders for an open conversation about cutting a deal on the fate of about 700,000 undocumented young immigrants whose parents brought them to America as small children. Trump said last September that an Obama-era policy of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would end this March unless Congress acted. "President Obama, when he signed the executive order, actually said he doesn't have the right to do this," Trump said Jan. 9, 2018. "You have to go through Congress. Whether he does or whether he doesn't, let’s assume he doesn’t. He said it." We ...

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Credo Action - Did Democrats vote to deport Dreamers?

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 05:03
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Did Democrats vote to deport Dreamers?

A progressive advocacy group claims Democratic lawmakers have voted to deport so-called "Dreamers," young immigrants in the country illegally. "Democrats who just voted to deport Dreamers. Share to shame Democrats who are enabling Trump’s racism," said an image tweeted Dec. 21 by Credo Mobile, listing the names of 14 Democratic representatives, 17 Democratic senators and independent Sen. Angus King of Maine. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com The accusation is jarring after years of congressional Democrats pushing for legislation granting certain immigrants a chance to stay in the United States legally and have a pathway to U.S. citizenship. Contrary ...

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Donald Trump - Is Donald Trump right that the Dow Jones just had its fastest-ever 1,000-point jump?

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 14:07
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Is Donald Trump right that the Dow Jones just had its fastest-ever 1,000-point jump?

In the wake of the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching the 25,000-point landmark, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tout a new record. "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. Six trillion dollars in value created!" he tweeted. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com We wondered whether Trump was accurate that the Dow’s 1,000-point move in five weeks was a jump of record ...

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Donald Trump - How accurate is Donald Trump about black, Hispanic unemployment?

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:25
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | How accurate is Donald Trump about black, Hispanic unemployment?

President Donald Trump and his team found several positives to tout from the newest round of employment numbers. On Jan. 5, the day the new numbers were released, presidential daughter and White House official Ivanka Trump tweeted, "The unemployment rate for African Americans fell to 6.8 percent, the lowest ever recorded. We are working hard to bring this rate down even further." See Figure 3 on PolitiFact.com The president himself echoed the talking point in his own tweet Jan. 8: "African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in our country. The Hispanic unemployment rate dropped a ...

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Donald Trump - Did Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff have access to the White House?

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:11
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Did Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff have access to the White House?

The Trump administration has scrambled to control damaging headlines based on Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which was rushed to shelves Jan. 5 over threats from President Donald Trump’s attorneys. For his part, Trump sought to undermine Wolff’s credibility by calling into question the author’s access to the administration’s highest levels. "I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book!" Trump tweeted Jan. 4. "I never spoke to him for book." See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com We decided to dissect Trump’s tweet by sifting through ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump blames Democratic states on lack of data showing voter fraud

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 08:55
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Donald Trump blames Democratic states on lack of data showing voter fraud

President Donald Trump blamed Democratic states for the demise of his voter fraud commission. "Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud," Trump tweeted Jan. 4. "They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D." See Figure 2 on PolitiFact.com Trump disbanded the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on Jan. 3 and asked the Department of Homeland Security to review its initial findings and determine ...

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Jeff Sessions - Did Attorney General Jeff Sessions reverse on enforcing marijuana laws? No

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:25
The Truth-o-Meter says: No Flip | Did Attorney General Jeff Sessions reverse on enforcing marijuana laws? No

A scoop by the Associated Press on federal enforcement of marijuana laws drew an angry morning tweet from Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. The AP story said that the days of a lighter federal touch on marijuana violations were ending. Gardner expressed a sense of betrayal. "This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation," he wrote Jan. 4. "With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states." See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com A few hours later, the Justice ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump says there's 'substantial evidence of voter fraud.' There isn't

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:24
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump says there's 'substantial evidence of voter fraud.' There isn't

President Donald Trump is closing the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a panel to investigate voter fraud that had attracted controversy during its short life. The commission -- headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach -- had been "bedeviled by internal dissension, threats of litigation and the refusal of some states to provide information. Its last known meeting was Sept. 12," NBC reported. The panel included a few Democrats, but its membership was majority Republican. One Democratic member of the commission even filed a lawsuit, demanding to be kept abreast of ...

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Donald Trump - White House is misleading by citing only cuts, not hikes, in tax bill

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 14:25
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | White House is misleading by citing only cuts, not hikes, in tax bill

In its "1600 Daily" email to supporters and members of the public, the White House touted the tax bill that President Donald Trump signed in late December as a highlight of 2017. The email said that the new law would be "kicking the American economy into high gear with $5.5 trillion in tax cuts, 1.7 million new jobs, and more than 60 record highs for the Dow Jones index." Here’s a screenshot: See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com That $5.5 trillion figure caught the eye of a reader, who wrote PolitiFact to note that the figure most frequently applied to ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong about how long GOP held Alabama Senate seat

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 14:13
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump wrong about how long GOP held Alabama Senate seat

When comments by Steve Bannon from a forthcoming book surfaced on Jan. 3, it created a media storm — and a rift between President Donald Trump and Bannon, his former chief strategist. Among the blockbuster quotes that Bannon gave journalist Michael Wolff referred to a meeting that included Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, according to news reports of an excerpt. "Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s---, and I happen to think it's all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately," Bannon said, according to the book. Hours ...

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Donald Trump - Has Donald Trump signed more bills than anyone? No. (His count ranks last)

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 07:12
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Has Donald Trump signed more bills than anyone? No. (His count ranks last)

President Donald Trump is known for boasting about his achievements. But is he correct that he’s enacted more legislation than any other president? At a West Palm Beach fire station on Dec. 27, Trump said, "You know, one of the things that people don’t understand — we have signed more legislation than anybody. We broke the record of Harry Truman." This was a variation on an earlier, Mostly True assertion by his former press secretary Sean Spicer that Trump has "worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any president since Truman." Eight months ...

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Ivanka Trump - Ivanka Trump wrong that in April, 'vast majority' will be filing their taxes on a 'postcard'

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:12
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Ivanka Trump wrong that in April, 'vast majority' will be filing their taxes on a 'postcard'

During an interview on Fox & Friends in which she touted the recently passed tax bill, Ivanka Trump said voters would benefit more quickly than they might have imagined. "I'm really looking forward to doing a lot of traveling in April when people realize the effect that this has, both on the process of filling out their taxes -- the vast majority will be doing so on a single postcard -- but also having experienced the relief that will be starting as early as February," she said. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Is it really true that in ...

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Donald Trump - Trump wrongly says end of mandate is 'essentially' Obamacare repeal

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 08:59
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Trump wrongly says end of mandate is 'essentially' Obamacare repeal

In the middle of celebrating passage of a $1.5 trillion tax cut, President Donald Trump pivoted to what the bill did for another one of his major goals. "We essentially repealed Obamacare because we got rid of the individual mandate, which was terrible," Trump said. "And that was a primary source of funding of Obamacare." During the campaign, Trump promised to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. While full-blown repeal eluded him and Republicans in 2017, a relatively late addition to the tax bill did hand him a partial victory. The individual mandate fines people who might be able ...

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Donald Trump - Pick them from a bin? Donald Trump mischaracterizes diversity visa lottery

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:36
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Pick them from a bin? Donald Trump mischaracterizes diversity visa lottery

President Donald Trump's claims about bad people coming into the United States have expanded to include not just people who get here illegally, but also immigrants who arrive legally after being vetted by the U.S. government. Trump told graduates at the FBI National Academy that two recent terrorist attacks in New York City were perpetrated by individuals who came to the United States via a "dysfunctional immigration system," one through family sponsorship and the other through the diversity visa lottery program. Trump said: "They have a lottery. You pick people. Do you think the country is giving us their ...

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Verified Politics - Seating Alabama Sen.-elect Doug Jones - does a delay break Senate rules?

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 08:31
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Seating Alabama Sen.-elect Doug Jones - does a delay break Senate rules?

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones might have won a Senate seat, but according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Jones won’t officially take that seat until early January. With Republicans pushing hard to pass their $1.5 trillion tax bill before Christmas, their opponents cast McConnell’s move as a pure political play. "This is a flagrant violation of Senate policy, which requires Jones assume office the instant one of them wins the election," said an article on the website Verified Politics. "But the craven majority leader doesn’t want a moral Democrat sabotaging his precious tax scam that steals from the poor to ...

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Verified Politics - Seating Alabama Sen.-elect Doug Jones - does a delay break Senate rules?

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 08:31
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Seating Alabama Sen.-elect Doug Jones - does a delay break Senate rules?

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones might have won a Senate seat, but according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Jones won’t officially take that seat until early January. With Republicans pushing hard to pass their $1.5 trillion tax bill before Christmas, their opponents cast McConnell’s move as a pure political play. "This is a flagrant violation of Senate policy, which requires Jones assume office the instant one of them wins the election," said an article on the website Verified Politics. "But the craven majority leader doesn’t want a moral Democrat sabotaging his precious tax scam that steals from the poor to ...

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