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Donald Trump - Donald Trump: My Trans-Pacific Partnership opposition made Hillary Clinton change her stance

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 14:14
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump: My Trans-Pacific Partnership opposition made Hillary Clinton change her stance

Criticism of U.S. trade deals has been a key theme in Donald Trump's campaign, and during the Sept. 26, 2016, debate against Hillary Clinton, he focused on two. First, he criticized Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, for signing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump also accused Clinton of wanting to approve a newer proposal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest regional trade deal in history. NAFTA was bad, Trump said, "And now you want to approve (the) Trans-Pacific Partnership. You were totally in favor of it. Then you heard what I was saying, how bad ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong again about NATO increasing terrorism efforts 'largely' because of him

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 13:11
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump wrong again about NATO increasing terrorism efforts 'largely' because of him

During the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, Donald Trump repeated a claim that he had succeeded in pushing NATO -- the military alliance that includes the United States and Europe -- to increase its efforts on counter-terrorism. "About four months ago, I read on the front page of the Wall Street Journal that NATO is opening up a major terror division," Trump said Sept. 26, 2016. "And I think that's great … because we pay approximately 73 percent of the cost of NATO. It's a lot of money to protect other people. But I'm all for NATO. But ...

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Donald Trump - Trump says Clinton would bring in 620,000 refugees in her first term

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 13:04
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Trump says Clinton would bring in 620,000 refugees in her first term

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said in a stump speech that immigration is a national security issue, and he criticized Hillary Clinton for refugee policies that he says will make the country less safe. "Altogether, Hillary Clinton's plan would bring in 620,000 refugees in her first term, alone, with no effective way to screen or vet them," Trump said Sept. 20. "Her plan would cost $400 billion in terms of lifetime welfare and entitlement costs." We decided to look into Clinton’s plan and its costs. We  found that Trump is doing some embellishing. Refugee math Clinton has not laid ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump off-base in saying murders are up in New York City

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:42
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump off-base in saying murders are up in New York City

Two New Yorkers, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, mixed it up over crime stats in the Big Apple at the first presidential debate in Hempstead, N.Y. Here’s their exchange, prompted by Donald Trump’s suggestion that police should expand the use of "stop and frisk" policies to curb crime. Trump: "Stop and frisk had a tremendous impact on the safety of New York City, tremendous beyond belief. So when you say it has no impact, it really did. It had a very, very big impact." Clinton: "Well, it's also fair to say, if we're going to talk about mayors, ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's false claim that Clinton's energy plan will cost the economy $5 trillion

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 08:54
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump's false claim that Clinton's energy plan will cost the economy $5 trillion

Donald Trump attacked Hillary Clinton on energy issues at a campaign stop in Virginia just two days before the two were set to go head-to-head at the first presidential debate. "Hillary Clinton says she wants to put the miners out of work," he said. "Clinton and Kaine also want to shut down shale, and shut down natural gas. The Clinton regulatory agenda will drive up electricity prices for Virginia families and will cost the U.S. economy over $5 trillion." Trump’s claim about Clinton wanting to shut down natural gas production is not accurate, but what about his claim ...

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Donald Trump - Trump falsely tries to pin birtherism on Clinton insiders

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 22:30
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Trump falsely tries to pin birtherism on Clinton insiders

The long running conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in America came back to haunt Donald Trump in the first presidential debate at Hofstra University. For about two months in 2011, Trump fueled a tentative presidential bid by raising doubts about Obama’s birthplace. The issue faded after Obama released a long-form version of his birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii, but it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that Trump publicly put the matter to rest. When debate moderator Lester Holt asked Trump what took him so long, Trump tried to divert blame for the ...

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Hillary Clinton - At debate, Hillary Clinton tax claim ignores years when Donald Trump reportedly paid federal taxes

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 22:29
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | At debate, Hillary Clinton tax claim ignores years when Donald Trump reportedly paid federal taxes

Hillary Clinton is continuing to make an issue of the fact that Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns, and at the first presidential debate, she suggested that one reason for his reluctance may be that Trump doesn't pay federal taxes. "Maybe he doesn't want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody's ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he ...

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Hillary Clinton - True: Hillary Clinton says federal government sued Donald Trump for housing discrimination

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 22:28
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | True: Hillary Clinton says federal government sued Donald Trump for housing discrimination

After years of repeating conspiracies that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, Donald Trump finally backed away from the so-called birther movement earlier this month. But that didn’t stop the question from coming up during a key exchange at Monday’s presidential debate in New York. Hillary Clinton said Trump embraced a "racist lie" and it demonstrated a pattern that carried over from his business practices. "Donald started his career back in 1973 being sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination because he would not rent apartments in one of his developments to African-Americans," she ...

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Hillary Clinton - Hillary Clinton correctly cites outside analyses of Trump's tax plan

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 22:26
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Hillary Clinton correctly cites outside analyses of Trump's tax plan

During the first presidential debate of 2016, Hillary Clinton took aim at Donald Trump’s latest tax plan, saying it would explode the debt and hike taxes for some middle-class Americans. "Independent experts have looked at what I've proposed and looked at what Donald's proposed, and basically they've said this, that (his tax plan) would blow up the debt by over $5 trillion and would in some instances disadvantage middle-class families compared to the wealthy," Clinton said. The Clinton campaign pointed us to an analysis by Lily L. Batchelder, a professor at New York University Law School. When we asked ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump says Chicago has experienced thousands of shootings this year

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 22:24
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Donald Trump says Chicago has experienced thousands of shootings this year

Lester Holt asked the major presidential candidates in their first debate how they would heal the nation’s racial divide, exacerbated by police shootings of unarmed African-Americans. Democrat Hillary Clinton called for a top-to-bottom re-examination of the criminal justice system to prevent uneven treatment of minorities under the law. Republican Donald Trump, stuck to his "law and order" approach, painting a bleak portrait of life for African-Americans and Hispanics "living in hell because it’s so dangerous." He zeroed in on Chicago, President Barack Obama’s hometown. "In Chicago, they've had thousands of shootings, thousands since Jan. 1. Thousands of shootings," Trump said. ...

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Donald Trump - At first debate, Donald Trump claims, again, that he was against war in Iraq

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 20:26
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | At first debate, Donald Trump claims, again, that he was against war in Iraq

Donald Trump says it’s "mainstream media nonsense" when reporters push back on his repeated claims that he opposed the Iraq War prior to the 2003 invasion. At the Sept. 26 presidential debate in Hempstead, N.Y., moderator Lester Holt posed to Trump that he "had supported the war in Iraq before the invasion." "I did not support the war in Iraq," he said, interrupting Holt. "The record shows that I’m right." The challenge with Trump’s claim is that we can’t go back in time and get inside his head, so we’ll never know what his private thoughts were. However, one thing ...

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Hillary Clinton - Hillary Clinton claims Donald Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to hack Americans

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 20:24
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Hillary Clinton claims Donald Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to hack Americans

Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump gave Russian president Vladimir Putin the thumbs up to hack away at U.S. emails. Putin has "let loose cyber attackers to hack into government files, to hack into personal files, hack into the Democratic National Committee," Clinton said during the first general election presidential debate at Hofstra University. She continued: "But we will defend the citizens of this country, and the Russians need to understand that. I think they've been treating it as almost a probing, how far will we go? How much will we do? And that's why I was so shocked when ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton lauded controversial Trans-Pacific trade deal

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 20:21
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton lauded controversial Trans-Pacific trade deal

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred over trade deals past and present in the early moments of their first debate Monday night. Trump has criticized both the North American Free Trade Agreement approved under President Bill Clinton and the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiated by President Barack Obama’s administration. Hillary Clinton, of course, was part of the Obama administration as secretary of state, and Trump said she’s culpable for supporting what he said was a bad deal. "You called it the gold standard," Trump said of the agreement, known as TPP. "You called it the gold standard of trade deals. You said ...

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Hillary Clinton - Hillary Clinton correct that gun deaths for young black males outpace next 9 causes combined

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 20:13
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Hillary Clinton correct that gun deaths for young black males outpace next 9 causes combined

During the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, Hillary Clinton decried gun violence, especially as it impacts young African-Americans. "The gun epidemic is the leading cause of death of young African-American men, more than the next nine causes put together," she said. This is a claim Clinton has made before, and it’s accurate. We found the relevant data on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Using this search form, we collected data on the 10 most common causes of death for African-American men and boys between the ages of 15 and 24, for 2014: >> More

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong that 'you will learn more' from financial disclosure form than from tax returns

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 19:25
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump wrong that 'you will learn more' from financial disclosure form than from tax returns

Pressed on his refusal to follow decades of precedent and release his tax returns, Donald Trump at the first presidential debate repeated his assertion that the 92-page financial disclosure form he filed to the Federal Election Commission provides a better picture of his finances than the tax returns would. "You will learn more about Donald Trump by going down to the Federal Elections" to see the financial disclosure form than by looking at his returns, Trump said. (Trump has cited an ongoing audit by the Internal Revenue Service as a reason he isn’t releasing the returns. Hillary Clinton has released ...

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Donald Trump - At New York debate, Donald Trump denies saying climate change is a Chinese hoax

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 19:03
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | At New York debate, Donald Trump denies saying climate change is a Chinese hoax

Amid a discussion about how to boost the U.S. economy, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said her opponent Donald Trump "thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese." "I think it’s real," she said during a Sept. 26 debate in New York. "I think science is real." Trump interrupted. "I did not — I did not — I do not say that. I do not say that," he said. Well, it turns out he did say that climate change is a "hoax" of Chinese origin — as we’ve found in previous fact-checks. On Nov. 6, ...

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Hillary Clinton - Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump has said he would negotiate down the national debt

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 18:54
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump has said he would negotiate down the national debt

During the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fought about his statements on the national debt. Clinton said, "You even one time suggested that you would try to negotiate down the national debt of the United States." As she spoke, Trump interjected, "Wrong. Wrong." We did not get a reply from the Trump campaign on the night of the debate. The Trump campaign also did not respond when we looked at his debt comments in May. Clinton is correct that Trump did talk about negotiating down the debt, but he backtracked on his views after economists panned ...

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Hillary Clinton - Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump rooted for the housing crisis

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 18:30
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump rooted for the housing crisis

In the opening skirmish of the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton cast her rival as a man who put his own business interests ahead of the welfare of average Americans. "Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis," Clinton said. "He said back in 2006, ‘Gee, I hope it does collapse because then I can go in and buy some and make some money.’ What does the record show? We found many examples from 2006 to 2009 when Donald Trump spoke of the "great opportunity" that came with falling real estate prices. One of the earliest ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong to say Hillary Clinton wants to shut down natural gas, fracking

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 17:09
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Donald Trump wrong to say Hillary Clinton wants to shut down natural gas, fracking

The weekend before the first presidential debate, Donald Trump went to Roanoke, Va., to talk about energy. "Here, in Virginia, we are going to end the war on American energy and on our miners. Hillary Clinton says she wants to put the miners out of work," Trump said. "Clinton and (vice presidential candidate Tim) Kaine also want to shut down shale, and shut down natural gas. What they've done is incredible." Shale has become a dominant source of fossil fuels in the United States, thanks to a controversial process known as fracking. It wrings natural gas out of bedrock ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump claim on Israeli profiling misses broader security context

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 09:22
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Donald Trump claim on Israeli profiling misses broader security context

In the wake of two bombings in New York, Donald Trump repeated his call for profiling as a way to deter terrorism, citing Israel as a role model. Trump first made the proposal on CBS’ Face the Nation in June 2016, in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando. He suggested it again in two Sept. 19 interviews on Fox News. "Israel has done an unbelievable job, and they’ll profile. They’ll profile. They see somebody suspicious. They will profile," Trump said on Fox and Friends that morning, adding. "If somebody looks like he’s got a massive bomb ...

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