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John Thune - Sen. Thune: Individual mandate fine falls mainly on people making under $50,000

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:03
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Sen. Thune: Individual mandate fine falls mainly on people making under $50,000

Senate Republicans’ surprise move to repeal the requirement to have health insurance into their tax reform bill revealed numbers that few people had noted before. (The mandate says that everyone must have coverage or face a fine.) "80 percent of the tax falls on those who make $50,000 a year or less," Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told Fox News Nov. 15. "We’re taking a failed policy that punishes people with taxes -- low-income people. (We’re) taking that tax away, giving them tax relief there, and then ploughing that back into tax relief for middle-income families." This was no throw-away line. ...

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Marsha Blackburn - Rep. Blackburn claims Phoenix murder rate decline linked to sanctuary city policy drop

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:48
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Rep. Blackburn claims Phoenix murder rate decline linked to sanctuary city policy drop

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., opined in a Fox News post that sanctuary cities threaten public safety and that their policies are lawless. She also linked a decline in Phoenix’s murder rate to the city’s abandonment of a sanctuary policy. "Sanctuary cities endanger their citizens," Blackburn wrote in a Nov. 9 opinion piece. "When Phoenix dropped its sanctuary city policy in 2008, its murder rate fell 27 percent the following year, and other violent crime rates also fell." So-called sanctuary cities are jurisdictions that limit their cooperation with immigration authorities, and the extent of their limitations vary widely. President ...

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Steve Bannon - Behind Steve Bannon's misrepresentation of Chuck Todd's comments on Roy Moore

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:21
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Behind Steve Bannon's misrepresentation of Chuck Todd's comments on Roy Moore

Breitbart head Steve Bannon took a Chuck Todd audio clip out of context to discredit allegations of sexual assault against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. "The more I think about this Roy Moore story the more it does feel like a total orchestrated, colluded hit between the Republican establishment, the establishment media, the Democratic party, the Washington swamp uni-party," Breitbart editor Alex Marlow said to Bannon on Breitbart News Daily, a Sirius XM radio show. Marlow’s talking about a Washington Post report that four (and now five) women said Moore inappropriately touched, kissed or tried to date ...

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Anonymous Caller - No, the Washington Post did not offer $7,000 for Roy Moore dirt

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:29
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No, the Washington Post did not offer $7,000 for Roy Moore dirt

A person purporting to be a Washington Post reporter left a voicemail on an Alabama phone number offering up to $7,000 to women willing to malign Republican senate nominee Roy Moore. The Nov. 14 message was received by Pastor Al Moore of Creola, Ala., who played the recording for local CBS affiliate WKRG. The news outlet described the message as a "robocall" and said "at least one person in our viewing area" received the message. (They did not respond when we asked how many people had received the call.) "Hi, this is Bernie Bernstein, I’m a reporter for the ...

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Donald Trump - How unpopular is the Obamacare individual mandate?

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:54
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | How unpopular is the Obamacare individual mandate?

While President Donald Trump was overseas, he urged on congressional Republicans who were forging ahead with their tax plans.  "I am proud of the Republican House and Senate for working so hard on cutting taxes and reform," Trump tweeted Nov. 13. "We’re getting close! Now, how about ending the unfair and highly unpopular Individual Mandate in Obamacare and reducing taxes even further? Cut top rate to 35 percent with all of the rest going to middle income cuts?" See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com From Trump's tweet to the Senate Republicans' ears, apparently.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ...

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Bloggers - No, the Washington Post Roy Moore reporter doesn't have a history of 'faking'

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 14:50
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | No, the Washington Post Roy Moore reporter doesn't have a history of 'faking'

A website seeking to discredit sexual assault allegations against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is digging up the alleged criminal record of a Washington Post reporter who helped break the story. "WaPo reporter who broke news on Judge Roy Moore story has a criminal history of ‘faking,’ " read the headline on 100percentfedup.com. The headline on the story might make you think the reporter, Stephanie McCrummen, has a past of "faking" her news stories. But the details in the post aren’t related to journalism: They highlight McCrummen’s "public criminal records in multiple states stretching across four time zones," ...

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Richard Durbin - Dick Durbin wrong that GOP tax bill hasn't had independent vetting

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:25
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Dick Durbin wrong that GOP tax bill hasn't had independent vetting

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., offered several arguments against Republican efforts to pass a tax bill during an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, including the impact of the deduction for state and local taxes and its effects on the balance of federal revenues and spending. But one criticism was procedural, echoing earlier Democratic complaints that Republican bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act had been crafted behind closed doors and without normal steps such as committee hearings. "And let me tell you, there is a reason why this plan has been prepared in secret, why ...

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Joaquin Castro - Rep. Joaquin Castro claims TPS end will lead to $164B GDP loss over a decade

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:13
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Rep. Joaquin Castro claims TPS end will lead to $164B GDP loss over a decade

Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro claimed the U.S. economy would be negatively impacted if the Trump administration eliminated an immigration protection mostly benefitting Central Americans. The U.S. government routinely reviews whether to extend or terminate a country’s Temporary Protected Status designation, applied to countries with ongoing armed conflict, natural disasters, epidemics and other extraordinary, temporary conditions preventing the safe return of their nationals. Opponents of this status argue that while the protection is intended to be temporary, some designations are continuously renewed, allowing some recipients to stay in the country for many years. But Castro said ending it would come at ...

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American Action Network - How would the GOP tax bills affect families strapped from battling cancer?

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:06
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | How would the GOP tax bills affect families strapped from battling cancer?

A conservative group is spending $3 million on a television ad campaign in 35 congressional districts -- including districts in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Wisconsin -- arguing that a family that was nearly ruined financially by the father’s bout of cancer would benefit from a Republican tax proposal. The series of ads -- run by the American Action Network, which describes itself as a center-right group advocating policies based on freedom and limited government -- features Kendra Sroka, a working mother living in Michigan with her husband and two children, according to ...

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Kayleigh McEnany - Trump raised more dollars from small donations

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 06:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Trump raised more dollars from small donations

Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany wanted to highlight some good news: Trump’s "underreported" success with small dollar donations in the 2016 presidential election. She tweeted on Oct. 11, "Underreported fact: President @realDonaldTrump raised more in small dollar donations than Obama in 2012 and than Clinton and Bernie combined!" We hadn’t heard that, so we decided to look into it. Cassie Smedile, Republican National Committee national press secretary, said that McEnany got her information from a Washington Post article that cited a Campaign Finance Institute report. The institute used data from the Federal Elections Commission disclosure reports ...

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Ted Cruz - Could Ted Cruz measure have prevented the Texas church shooting? Not likely.

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Could Ted Cruz measure have prevented the Texas church shooting? Not likely.

Reacting to the church shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz said there could have been laws on the books to prevent what happened, had his opponents in Congress not defeated his proposal a few years ago. "The Democrats filibustered the legislation that would’ve resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church," Cruz said on Fox News on Nov. 6. Cruz, a Republican, is talking about a failed amendment he co-sponsored to curtail an expansion of background checks and increase prosecution of people who lied about their criminal histories ...

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Jeff Flake - Flake: Roy Moore said Muslims shouldn't serve in Congress

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:36
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Flake: Roy Moore said Muslims shouldn't serve in Congress

Until allegations of sexual misconduct emerged, the worst criticism that Roy Moore heard from Republicans in the Senate centered on his views about Islam. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., was one of just two GOP senators who condemned Moore, the party’s Senate nominee in Alabama.  "When a judge expressed his personal belief that a practicing Muslim should not be a member of Congress because of his faith, it was wrong," Flake said Oct. 31 on the Senate floor. "That this same judge is now my party’s nominee for the Senate should concern us all. Religious tests have no place in the United States ...

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Kevin McCarthy - Will 'every American' get a tax cut from House GOP bill?

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:31
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Will 'every American' get a tax cut from House GOP bill?

Republican lawmakers have been working to energize support for their pending tax bill by arguing that it would have a broad-based, positive impact for American taxpayers. On the Nov. 5 edition of CBS’ Face the Nation, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California joined the chorus. Referring to his chamber’s tax bill, McCarthy said that "it lets every American keep more of what they earned." This comment echoed what McCarthy had said a few days earlier, at the event where House Republican leaders officially unveiled the bill. "Every single American is going to keep more of what they ...

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Dianne Feinstein - A closer look at the classroom-expenses deduction for teachers: How big is it?

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:42
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | A closer look at the classroom-expenses deduction for teachers: How big is it?

As congressional Republicans tout the benefits of their party’s tax proposal, Democratic lawmakers are trying to pick the bill apart, provision by provision. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., took aim at one specific element of the bill that is of interest to many K-12 teachers. "Teachers spend $1.6 BILLION per year on school supplies. The Republican tax bill ELIMINATES their ability to deduct those expenses," Feinstein tweeted on Nov. 6. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com   She’s referring to a provision in the tax code that allows teachers to deduct eligible, unreimbursed classroom spending up to $250. The ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrongly repeats that Chicago has strongest gun laws

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:53
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump wrongly repeats that Chicago has strongest gun laws

President Donald Trump might be in Asia, but violence on the homefront followed him to South Korea. In a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a reporter asked Trump if he would consider extreme vetting for people trying to buy a gun in the wake of the mass shooting at a Texas church. Trump said a longer waiting period would have made no difference and then drew on a familiar talking point. "You look at the city with the strongest gun laws in our nation, is Chicago, and Chicago is a disaster," Trump said. Trump used this ...

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Markwayne Mullin - Oklahoma Rep. Mullin says average family of 4 would save $1,182 in taxes

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 09:45
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Oklahoma Rep. Mullin says average family of 4 would save $1,182 in taxes

Republicans promised that their tax overhaul would save money for the middle class, and Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., was quick to make the case that it did. "I’m working alongside the White House and other members in the House to lessen the tax burden that currently weighs on so many Oklahomans," Mullin posted on his congressional blog. "Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the average American family of four will receive a $1,182 tax cut.  Imagine what you could do with $1,182 more in your pocket!" Mullin's talking point has been popular among House Republicans trying to sell ...

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Alyssa Milano - Alyssa Milano: no background checks in Texas for long gun sales. Is that true?

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:42
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Alyssa Milano: no background checks in Texas for long gun sales. Is that true?

Actress Alyssa Milano drew attention to gun background checks after a shooting at a Texas church left at least 26 people dead. "There are no background checks on long guns (AR15s) in Texas. Thanks for the info @shannonrwatts," Milano tweeted on Nov. 5, crediting for the information Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, an organization seeking stronger gun laws. See Figure 3 on PolitiFact.com   See Figure 2 on PolitiFact.com By mid-day Nov. 6, Milano’s message had been retweeted more than 3,200 times and "liked" by more than 7,800 Twitter users. Given the controversial national ...

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Patrick Morrisey - Do Joe Manchin and Evan Jenkins support Clinton, cap-and-trade, Planned Parenthood and tax hikes?

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:14
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Do Joe Manchin and Evan Jenkins support Clinton, cap-and-trade, Planned Parenthood and tax hikes?

In the West Virginia Republican primary for U.S. Senate, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey accused his opponent, U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., of aligning with the Democratic incumbent. "Jenkins has the same positions on the issues as Joe Manchin: supporting Hillary (Clinton), supporting cap-and-trade, supporting Planned Parenthood, many tax increases," Morrisey said in a radio interview on Oct. 12. Does Jenkins, a Republican, align with Manchin, a Democrat, on support for Clinton, cap-and-trade, Planned Parenthood and tax increases? First, it’s important to note that Jenkins has changed his party affiliation multiple times. He was initially registered as a ...

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FreedomJunkshun.com - No, the Texas church shooter was not on the DNC payroll. That’s fake news.

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:43
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No, the Texas church shooter was not on the DNC payroll. That’s fake news.

Fake news bloggers have seized on the mass shooting at a Texas church, which killed 26 and injured 20 others, to spread disinformation about the shooter’s identity and motive. Freedumjunkshun.com, a self-avowed fake news website, portrayed the perpetrator as a desperate Democratic activist whose killing spree at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was motivated by atheism. "FBI and Texas State Police are both confirming that Raymond Peter Littleberry, the man accused of shooting up a Texas church, was an avid atheist on the payroll of the Democrat National Committee," the article claimed. The fake news article missed ...

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Bloggers - No, the Texas church shooter was not on the DNC payroll. That’s fake news.

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:43
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No, the Texas church shooter was not on the DNC payroll. That’s fake news.

Fake news bloggers have seized on the mass shooting at a Texas church, which killed 26 and injured 20 others, to spread disinformation about the shooter’s identity and motive. Freedumjunkshun.com, a self-avowed fake news website, portrayed the perpetrator as a desperate Democratic activist whose killing spree at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was motivated by atheism. "FBI and Texas State Police are both confirming that Raymond Peter Littleberry, the man accused of shooting up a Texas church, was an avid atheist on the payroll of the Democrat National Committee," the article claimed. The fake news article missed ...

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