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FactChecking the September Democratic Debate
A narrowed field of 10 Democratic candidates debated health care, immigration and gun control, but not all of their claims squared with the facts. The post FactChecking the September Democratic Debate appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Conservative Rant Misattributed to Actor Tim Allen
A conservative rant circulating on Facebook has been falsely credited to the actor Tim Allen. The post Conservative Rant Misattributed to Actor Tim Allen appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Yang’s Top-Gun Tale
Making a point about Defense Department waste, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang related a secondhand story about a Navy fighter pilot who said that airmen routinely dumped fuel into the Pacific Ocean at the end of the fiscal year as a wa
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Marx, Engels Quote Falsely Attributed to Reagan
A meme circulating on Facebook wrongly attributes a statement about guns to former President Ronald Reagan. The quote is actually from Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, co-authors of The Communist Manifesto. The post Marx, Engels Quote Falsely Attribut
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Meme Misleads on Walmart Gun Sales
A social media meme inaccurately claims that Walmart will no longer sell rifles. Walmart stopped selling “military-style rifles such as the AR-15,” in 2015, and has announced it will no longer sell ammunition for "military-style weapons." It still se
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Biden’s Record on Iraq War
Twice in the last five weeks, Joe Biden has claimed that despite voting to authorize military force against Iraq in 2002, he opposed the Iraq war from "the moment" it began. That's not accurate, and Biden now says he misspoke. The post Biden’s Record
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Buttigieg Wrong About Climate Change’s Effect on Oceans
In making his case for taking swift action on climate change, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg inaccurately said that “we could lose half the world's oxygen because of what's going on in the oceans.” Scientists say that’s a misreading
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Woman in Viral Photo Misidentified as Rep. Omar
A 1978 photo of a Somalian army recruit has been misidentified on social media as Rep. Ilhan Omar, who wasn't born until 1982. The post Woman in Viral Photo Misidentified as Rep. Omar appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Deceptive Second Amendment Ads
Ads posted on Facebook from a committee working to reelect President Donald Trump claim that Democrats are calling for the Second Amendment to be repealed. To support the claim, the Trump campaign pointed to statements by a few state lawmakers and on
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Baseless Claim of Odessa Shooter’s ‘Beto Sticker’
Viral posts on social media make the baseless claim that the shooter in Odessa, Texas, had a sticker on his car for Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke. The Texas Department of Public Safety said there was no sticker on the car he was dri
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Trump’s False ‘Facts’ on the Environment
Just as CNN was beginning its climate town hall event, President Donald Trump tweeted a list of "8 facts" boasting of the nation’s air quality and carbon emissions reductions. Several of his "facts," however, are inaccurate or misleading. The post Tr
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Phony Tweet Targets AOC
A fake tweet circulating online attributes a made-up statement about hurricane preparation to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The post Phony Tweet Targets AOC appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Trump Doubles Down on Inaccurate Hurricane Forecast
President Trump inaccurately stated in his Sept. 1 tweet that Alabama "will most likely be hit" by Hurricane Dorian -- a statement that was fact-checked in real time by the National Weather Service. Despite that, Trump has twisted the facts by using
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A Misleading Take on the Trump Family’s Citizenship
Viral social media posts wrongly suggest that President Donald Trump's three eldest children are citizens only because of birthright citizenship. The post A Misleading Take on the Trump Family’s Citizenship appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Pence’s ‘Politically Correct’ Obama VA Claim
In an address to veterans, Vice President Mike Pence claimed that "under the last administration, VA hospitals were removing Bibles and even banning Christmas carols in an effort to be politically correct." There's less to the isolated incidents than
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Amazon Doesn’t Produce 20% of Earth’s Oxygen
Q: Does the Amazon produce 20% of the world’s oxygen? A: No. Scientists estimate the percentage is closer to 6 to 9%, and the Amazon ultimately consumes nearly all of that oxygen itself.  FULL QUESTION Does the Amazon Rainforest truly produce 20% of
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Another Phony Story Targets Malia Obama
A website that describes its content as satire posted a story falsely claiming that Malia Obama was arrested at Harvard University. She wasn't, but that story has been copied by other sites and shared as though it's true. The post Another Phony Story
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Trump’s Steel Industry Claims
The tariffs on steel imports benefited domestic steelmakers, but the president exaggerates the changes for the industry. The post Trump’s Steel Industry Claims appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Website Distorts MSNBC Clip
An old clip from a cable news show has been misrepresented by a dubious website to make the false claim that the program's anchor prayed "for every American to suffer just so Trump won't get re-elected." The post Website Distorts MSNBC Clip appeared
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Can Trump ‘Order’ U.S. Companies to Leave China?
President Trump said he "hereby ordered" U.S. companies to "immediately start looking for an alternative to China," including moving their operations back to the United States. His top economic adviser later said "we do have such authority, but it is
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Social Media Posts Treat Fictional Harris ‘Quote’ as Fact
Facebook users expressed outrage over a statement that is falsely attributed to Sen. Kamala Harris. The quote -- about seeking "vengeance" against supporters of President Donald Trump -- originated on a website that calls its work satire. The post So
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Trump’s False Auto Industry Tweets
President Donald Trump inaccurately tweeted that his fuel efficiency plan would reduce the cost of cars “by more than $3000” and make them “substantially safer.” Even going by his administration’s analysis -- which many experts doubt -- he inflated t
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Falsehoods About Family Separations Linger Online
A viral social media post falsely claims that former President Barack Obama "separated" many more children at the border than President Donald Trump.  The post Falsehoods About Family Separations Linger Online appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Trump’s Dubious Michigan ‘Man of the Year’ Boast
President Donald Trump has claimed no fewer than seven times over the past three years -- including at a recent rally in New Hampshire -- that he won Michigan's "man of the year" award. But there's no evidence that he did. The post Trump’s Dubious Mi
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Instagram Hoax Nabs Rick Perry
A thoroughly debunked hoax claiming that Instagram users can stop the platform from using their pictures if they post a statement rescinding permission has been circulating again. This time, it ensnared a member of the Trump administration. The post
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Viral Quote Falsely Attributed to McCarthy
Facebook posts erroneously attribute a quote to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. He didn't say that "there are no mass shootings in Japan because there are no video games there." The post Viral Quote Falsely Attributed to McCarthy appeared fir
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O’Rourke on Jobs ‘No One Else Will Do’
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said workers living in the U.S. illegally who were swept up in immigration raids at chicken processing plants in Mississippi are “doing a job that no one else will do.” The jobs are hard and don’t pay w
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Kudlow’s Unsupported USMCA Jobs Claim
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow claimed without evidence that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement would add "180,000 new jobs per year" in the U.S. The post Kudlow’s Unsupported USMCA Jobs Claim appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Williamson Misleads on Children’s Health, Vaccines
In a July 31 television interview, Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson inaccurately implied there might be a connection between vaccines and higher reported rates of childhood chronic diseases. She is correct that reported rates of
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Judge in Civil Epstein Case Died in March
Robert Sweet, a federal judge who was overseeing a civil case against Jeffrey Epstein, was not "killed," as a headline claims, nor did he die in August, as other recently published stories suggest. Sweet died of natural causes in March at age 96. The
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