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ForAmerica: "American families work hard to earn $4,250 a month. Obama is spending $18,972 a month on each illegal immigrant child."

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:53
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Meme compares spending on undocumented immigrants with typical U.S. family income

Is President Barack Obama lavishing almost five times as much money on undocumented immigrant children than the typical household earns in a month? A meme making the rounds on social media says that’s the case. The meme, forwarded to us by a reader, was created by ForAmerica, a conservative group founded by longtime activist L. Brent Bozell III. The meme says: "American families work hard to earn $4,250 a month. Obama is spending $18,972 a month on each illegal immigrant child. Like if you're sick of Obama rewarding illegal immigrants." The visual that accompanies this text ...

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Hillary Clinton: Says "all my grandparents" immigrated to America.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 13:47
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | In Iowa, Hillary Clinton claims 'all my grandparents' came to the U.S. from foreign countries

Hillary Clinton this week became the latest example of a politician flubbing her family’s ancestry while making the case for her presidency. Clinton was speaking at a business roundtable inside an Iowa produce store when she related her personal family heritage to the struggles of undocumented immigrants trying to work in the United States. "I think if we were to just go around this room, there are a lot of immigrant stories," Clinton said, according to a video of the event. "All my grandparents, you know, came over here, and you know my grandfather went to work in ...

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Jeb Bush: "We are in the sixth year of recovery, and median income is below what it was at the start of the recovery."

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:41
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Jeb Bush correct that median income has fallen in U.S. since end of recession

Jeb Bush is making economic opportunity a major theme of his not-yet-official presidential campaign. One of his main gripes with the economy is that income isn’t going up. "If we grew at a far faster rate, the middle would no longer be as squeezed as they are," Bush said. "We are in the sixth year of recovery, and median income is below what it was at the start of the recovery." Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, made the remarks during a recent visit to Ohio, where he talked with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review political writer Salena Zito before addressing the ...

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Rick Santorum: Says Howard Zinn, "an anti-American Marxist," wrote "the most popular textbook that's taught in our high schools in America."

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:28
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Is book by Howard Zinn the 'most popular' high-school history textbook?

A debate over high school history books doesn’t seem like the most obvious point to bring up during a speech to members of the National Rifle Association. But potential presidential candidate Rick Santorum did just that during the group’s annual convention last week. In addition to touching on gun rights issues in his speech, Santorum, a former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, criticized teachers for assigning works by the late Howard Zinn, including A People’s History of the United States, that cast a critical -- and often sharply negative -- light on the past actions of the U.S. government. ...

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People for the American Way: Says Marco Rubio "voted to deport" young people known as Dreamers.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 07:56
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Did Marco Rubio vote to deport Dreamers?

On the day Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced his presidential campaign, opponents came out with an ad attacking his record. People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group, released a Spanish-language radio ad that calls Rubio "just another Republican with a dangerous plan" and claims he supports tax cuts for the wealthy and cutting Medicare funding. The ad is set to run in Denver and Miami, Rubio’s hometown. The ad also pits Rubio against "Dreamers" -- young people who arrived in the United States illegally as children who have been granted temporary status for deferred deportation under ...

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Rick Santorum: "Ninety percent of American workers don't own their own business."

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 13:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | 90% of American workers don't own their own business, Rick Santorum says

Rick Santorum, a potential candidate for president in 2016, argues that the Republicans should focus more on people working for businesses than people who own businesses, if only because of simple math. Santorum said Republicans need to concentrate more on the concerns of ordinary voters. "I've made the central focus of what I've been out talking about the fact that 90 percent of American workers don't own their own business. They're actually working for businesses and that Republicans better have a message that appeals to their place in the world today and their opportunity to rise in society," Santorum said ...

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Sun, 04/12/2015 - 15:22
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Rand Paul attacks Hillary Clinton's response to Benghazi attack

With Hillary Clinton making her presidential run official, Republicans from Mitt Romney to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul jumped at the chance Sunday to revisit Clinton’s biggest controversies from her tenure as secretary of state. Paul, who entered the presidential race last week, turned to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack by armed militants on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others. The attack was "a 3 a.m. phone call that she never picked up," he told Dana Bash of CNN’s State of the Union. "She didn't provide the security, not just that day, ...

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Facebook posts: Facebook has unveiled new rules to stop their users from creating&nbsp;posts related in any way to religion.

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 10:45
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Is Facebook planning to ban religious content? No

Is Facebook planning to ban all posts related to religion? A reader recently sent us links to an article shared on Facebook, titled, "Facebook To Ban Religious Posts, Memes After Criticism From Atheism Groups," asking if we could verify its accuracy. The article was originally published several months ago on a website called the National Report; other versions have circulated as Facebook memes. Here’s a portion of the article: "In a closed-door session with shareholders on Tuesday, Facebook executives wheeled out a set of new rules which, when implemented later this year, will ban their users from creating ...

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Rand Paul: &quot;Debt doubled&quot; under Bush &quot;and now it&rsquo;s tripling under Barack Obama&rsquo;s watch.&quot;

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:30
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Rand Paul: Debt doubled under Bush, tripled under Obama

Both Republicans and Democrats share the blame for America’s increasing debt, said Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in a speech announcing his presidential campaign April 7. "Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration," Paul said. "And it’s now tripling under Barack Obama’s watch." Quite a few readers asked us if the debt has tripled since Obama took office in January 2009. We took a look at the numbers, and it hasn’t. It's increased about 1.7 times. However, Paul’s office said this isn’t the proper interpretation. Looking at the whole statement -- not just the second clause -- Paul wasn’t ...

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Barack Obama: &quot;Iran&rsquo;s defense budget is $30 billion. Our defense budget is closer to $600 billion.&quot;

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 10:36
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Obama: Iran spends $30 billion on defense; U.S. about $600 billion

As President Barack Obama tries to win support for a nuclear deal with Iran, one of his arguments is that this strategy of negotiation comes with minimal risk. In an interview with the New York Times, Obama made the point that America is and will remain much more powerful than Iran. "Iran’s defense budget is $30 billion. Our defense budget is closer to $600 billion," Obama said. "Iran understands that they cannot fight us." As part of the promise we made during our Kickstarter campaign, we gave a reader the chance to pick from a list of possible claims, ...

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Rick Santorum: Seventy percent of Americans &quot;don&#39;t have a college degree.&quot;

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | 70% of Americans don't have college degree, Rick Santorum says

Rick Santorum, a potential candidate for president in 2016, argues that the Republican Party is not offering enough for America’s workers. The former senator from Pennsylvania said Republicans need to improve in reaching out to these voters on CBS’s Face the Nation on April 5, 2015. "I think people are looking for someone to bring us together. And I put a book out last year called Blue Collar Conservatives, and it's the whole idea that we have to start bringing those who are being left behind by this economy. We have to give them an opportunity to be able to reach ...

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Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America: &quot;Rand Paul supports Obama&#39;s negotiations with Iran.&quot;

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Attack ad says Rand Paul supports Obama on Iran negotiations

On the same day Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced his intention to run for president, a political action committee released an ad attacking him for his foreign policy views, claiming that Paul sides with President Barack Obama on Iran. "The Senate is considering tough new sanctions on Iran," the ad’s narrator says. "President Obama says he’ll veto them, and Rand Paul is standing with him. Rand Paul supports Obama’s negotiations with Iran, and he doesn’t understand the threat." The TV ad comes from the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America, a Republican political action committee, and will ...

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Chain email: Says Hillary Clinton will receive her &quot;congressional salary until she dies&quot; and the Secret Service pays her mortgage.

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:30
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Chain email: Secret Service pays the Clintons' mortgage

Now that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is nearing the launch of her 2016 presidential campaign, old rumors are starting to resurface. A reader forwarded us a chain email he received that calls out Clinton and former President Bill Clinton for shady financial decisions. Versions of this same email first circulated in 2001 and again in 2008, during Hillary Clinton’s first presidential run. And now it’s back. The email reads, in part: Hillary Rodham Clinton, as a New York State Senator now comes under this fancy "congressional retirement staffing plan" which means that if she ...

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Bernie Sanders: &quot;In this last election in November, ... 63 percent of the American people chose not to vote, ... 80 percent of young people, (and) 75 percent of low-income workers chose not to vote.&quot;

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:30
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Checking Bernie Sanders on Americans' low voter-turnout rates

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats and is considering running for president, recently decried the lack of Americans participating in the electoral process during a town hall at a union hall in Austin, Texas. During an appearance at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers-sponsored town hall on March 31, 2015, Sanders told the audience: "I beg of you do not enter that world of despair. We can win this fight. In order to win this struggle we are going to need nothing less than a political revolution, and let me tell you what I ...

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Occupy Democrats: Despite raising taxes on the wealthy and hiking the minimum wage, Minnesota &quot;is creating jobs at a record pace, unemployment is at a historic low, median income is skyrocketing, and (the) state has a billion-dollar surplus.&quot;

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:02
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Meme touts Mark Dayton's economic successes as governor of Minnesota; is it accurate?

Recent electoral trends have not been kind to Democratic governors. When Barack Obama was elected president, 28 of the nation’s 50 governors were Democratic. Now, just 18 governors are Democrats, even as lots of current and former Republican governors are considered presidential prospects. But there’s one Democratic governor who’s been getting attention recently, at least in certain social media circles: Mark Dayton of Minnesota. To some Democrats, Dayton is a governor to be emulated -- one who pursued a no-holds-barred progressive course and succeeded in improving the state’s economy. Here’s a recent meme sent to PolitiFact by a reader. It ...

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Martin O&#39;Malley: In the United States, we&rsquo;ve had &quot;12 years in a row of wages declining.&quot;

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Martin O'Malley says U.S. has seen falling wages for 12 straight years

Assuming she runs, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has assembled a formidable lead in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. But there’s still a chance she’ll get some competition before the primaries and caucuses start next year. One of those potential candidates is Martin O’Malley, who served two terms as governor of Maryland. O’Malley, like Clinton, hasn’t officially announced a bid yet, but he recently traveled to New Hampshire, home of the first-in-the-nation primary, and he sat for an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week. During the interview, O’Malley decried the ...

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Barack Obama: The Affordable Care Act is &quot;a major reason why we&rsquo;ve seen 50,000 fewer preventable patient deaths in hospitals.&quot;

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:54
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Barack Obama says health care law has led to 50,000 fewer preventable hospital deaths

In a recent speech marking the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama touted a number of accomplishments he credited to the law. "The work that we’ve been able to do is already spurring the kinds of changes that we had hoped for," Obama said. "It’s helped reduce hospital readmission rates dramatically. It’s a major reason why we’ve seen 50,000 fewer preventable patient deaths in hospitals." We hadn’t heard the claim about preventable deaths, so we took a closer look. When we asked the White House for its evidence, they pointed us to a >> More

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Mike Pence: Says&nbsp;Barack Obama voted for the &quot;very same language&quot; of&nbsp;Indiana&#39;s Religious Freedom Restoration Act when he was in the Illinois state Senate. Sexual orientation &quot;doesn&#39;t have anything to do with this law.&quot;

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 15:57
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Did Barack Obama vote for Religious Freedom Restoration Act with 'very same' wording as Indiana's?

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence decried an "avalanche of intolerance" directed at his state Sunday after he signed a law that he says protects the religious freedom of Hoosiers. Critics, however, say it is Pence and Republican lawmakers who are promoting intolerance, with civil rights advocates and business leaders of Apple and Indiana-based organizations such as the NCAA and Angie’s List wary of the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act opening the door for discrimination against gays and lesbians based on religious belief. That fear is overblown, Pence said on ABC This Week on March 29, 2015, pointing to ...

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Bernie Sanders: &quot;From 2013-2015, the richest 14 Americans increased their net wealth by more than $157 billion, yet the Republican budget would not require these Americans to contribute one penny to deficit reduction.&quot;

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 08:08
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Bernie Sanders: GOP budget does not ask ultra-wealthy to contribute 'one penny' to deficit reduction

If the Republicans’ proposed budget reduces the deficit, the country’s ultra-wealthy won’t have anything to do with it, said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Sanders, who is an Independent but caucuses with Democrats, tweeted a meme March 23 that said, "From 2013-2015, the richest 14 Americans increased their net wealth by more than $157 billion, yet the Republican budget would not require these Americans to contribute one penny to deficit reduction." Both the House and the Senate have passed Republican budget proposals for Fiscal Year 2016, and they're working on reaching a final deal. We wondered if the 14 wealthiest ...

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Bloggers: Say Michelle Obama &quot;mandates&quot; weighing children in day care.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:39
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Social media posts say Michelle Obama is mandating that all day care kids be weighed

First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative on healthy eating and physical activity may have been intended to be noncontroversial, but it hasn’t turned out that way. She has faced pushback from critics who assail her call for healthier school lunches as forcing kids to eat unappetizing meals and who say she’s second-guessing parents who know what’s best for their kids better than the government does. Now, a new front against her has opened in the conservative blogosphere: Michelle Obama, critics say, is requiring day care centers to track their children’s weight. A reader tipped us off to this social media ...

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