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Luke Messer - Rep. Luke Messer is correct, 2006 act allows the construction of a border wall

19 min 48 sec ago
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Rep. Luke Messer is correct, 2006 act allows the construction of a border wall

With Donald Trump days away from taking the presidential oath, Republicans have been examining ways to help him meet his campaign promise of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Critics have called out the proposed wall as a tremendous expense. But Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., has said the Secure Fence Act of 2006 already supports construction of the border wall. "By funding the authorization that's already happened a decade ago, we could start the process of meeting Mr. Trump's campaign pledge to secure the border," Messer said in a CNN story published Jan. 6. We wondered if the 2006 ...

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Donald Trump - Trump's exaggerated claim that John Lewis' district is 'falling apart' and 'crime infested'

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 16:04
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Trump's exaggerated claim that John Lewis' district is 'falling apart' and 'crime infested'

President-elect Donald Trump kicked off Martin Luther King Jr. weekend by sparring with Democratic Georgia Rep. John Lewis, after the civil rights icon said he doesn’t see Trump as a "legitimate president." Lewis, in an interview with NBC, said he wouldn’t attend the presidential inauguration because he thought the Russians had helped Trump win election. A few hours later, Trump hit back on Twitter, saying the place Lewis represents is "crime infested." As many have noted, Lewis has had a long record of action, including dozens of arrests ...

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Rand Paul - Medicaid expansion drove health insurance coverage under health law, Rand Paul says

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 16:01
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Medicaid expansion drove health insurance coverage under health law, Rand Paul says

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and the key issue facing Republicans is how do they get rid of the sweeping health care law without creating chaos for an estimated 20 million people who gained insurance under the program. That includes many people who gained health care through more generous rules for Medicaid, a longstanding federal program for the very poor. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said dealing with people who got Medicaid is "the big question." "The vast majority of people that got insurance under President Obama's Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, got it ...

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Sheri Dillon - Trump lawyer: Foreign dignitaries staying in a Trump hotel doesn't violate Constitution

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 14:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Trump lawyer: Foreign dignitaries staying in a Trump hotel doesn't violate Constitution

Here’s a hypothetical scenario giving some ethics watchdogs heartburn: A foreign dignitary visits Washington, D.C., on government business and decides to stay at the Trump International Hotel. He or she might choose to stay there because of its amenities, its convenient location four blocks from the White House, or to build up goodwill with the president who owns the hotel. If his hotel accepts the foreign government’s bill payment for the dignitary’s stay, some critics argue Donald Trump would, as president, be in violation of the Constitution’s provision to block foreign influence. The emoluments clause says that no officer ...

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Keith Ellison - Keith Ellison wrong that CBO can't analyze cost of Obamacare repeal

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 15:44
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Keith Ellison wrong that CBO can't analyze cost of Obamacare repeal

House rules don’t often become big news. This year was somewhat different. The biggest news in the 2017 rules package was an amendment to curb the power of the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. After a big public backlash and critical tweets by President-elect Donald Trump, the amendment was withdrawn. Somewhat less widely noticed, but which has come up periodically in pro-Democratic web posts and social media, was a provision that seemed to prevent the Congressional Budget Office from analyzing the cost of repealing the Affordable Care Act. If true, this would be significant, since the CBO, Congress’ ...

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Rex Tillerson - Rex Tillerson misleads on Russian sanctions opposition

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 14:51
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Rex Tillerson misleads on Russian sanctions opposition

U.S. senators grilled former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson about his past dealings with Russia at his recent confirmation hearing to become secretary of state. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked Tillerson whether he thought Vladimir Putin was a war criminal (Tillerson's answer: "I would not use that term"), while Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., pressed him on Exxon opposing sanctions against Russia.     Senators have taken a hardline on Russia, both for its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine and its likely interference in the 2016 elections. Some, including Rubio, were keen supporters of economic sanctions against Russia in 2014. At ...

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The Other 98% - Viral post exaggerates GOP senators' bill on embassy move

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 13:27
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Viral post exaggerates GOP senators' bill on embassy move

Are three Republican senators who once blasted lax embassy security in Benghazi, Libya, now playing Russian roulette with other embassies around the world? A meme making the social media rounds says so, and readers asked us to check it out. The image includes pictures of three Republican senators — Ted Cruz of Texas, Dean Heller of Nevada and Marco Rubio of Florida — along with the caption, "The same 3 senators who have spent the last 3 years s------- themselves over ‘Benghazi!’ just introduced a bill to reduce embassy security by 50 percent." We wanted to know ...

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Donald Trump - Trump wrong that Americans don't care about his tax returns

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 14:50
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Trump wrong that Americans don't care about his tax returns

In his first press conference since July 2016, President-elect Donald Trump scolded reporters for asking about his tax returns, saying members of the media are the only ones who care about the records. Trump said on Jan. 11, 2017, that he had no financial ties or business deals with Russia. He then dismissed the concerns of a reporter who asked Trump whether he would be releasing his tax returns to prove it. "I’m not releasing the tax returns because, as you know, they’re under audit," Trump said. The reporter pointed out that presidents have been releasing their returns since ...

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Donald Trump - Trump says Russians were unable to hack the Republican National Committee

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 14:12
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Trump says Russians were unable to hack the Republican National Committee

After months of discounting Russian involvement in the election, President-elect Donald Trump admitted that Russia was behind the campaign hacks and document leaks. "As far as hacking, I think it was Russia," he said at a Jan. 11 press conference from Trump Tower in New York, his first press conference in several months. Government intelligence agents have concluded that Russia tried to influence the presidential election in a way that favored Trump over Hillary Clinton. A leading reason for this conclusion is that Russian actors tried to access accounts belonging to both Democrats and Republicans through cyber intrusion, but they ...

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Richard Durbin - Jeff Sessions objected to immigrants in armed forces, Senator Durbin says

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 16:17
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Jeff Sessions objected to immigrants in armed forces, Senator Durbin says

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., challenged fellow senator and nominee for U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions, over his lack of support for bills that would’ve helped immigrants in the country illegally during Sessions’ first confirmation hearing. "Sen. Sessions, since joining the Senate in 1997, you've voted against every immigration bill that included a path to citizenship for the undocumented," Durbin said during the hearing Jan. 10. "You described the DREAM Act, which I introduced 15 years ago to spare children who are undocumented through no fault of their own, as 'a reckless proposal for mass amnesty.' You opposed the bipartisan comprehensive ...

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Mitch McConnell - Mitch McConnell says 8 out of 10 favor changing Obamacare significantly or replacing it altogether

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 13:54
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Mitch McConnell says 8 out of 10 favor changing Obamacare significantly or replacing it altogether

As congressional Republicans decide how to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., published an op-ed on FoxNews.com titled, "ObamaCare failed Americans. Now it's time for relief." "By nearly any measure, Obamacare has failed: It didn’t lower costs, it didn’t increase choice, middle-class families continue to lose health plans they were promised they could keep, and Americans continue to call for Obamacare’s repeal," McConnell wrote on Jan. 9. "They spoke loudly again this November, and about 8 out of 10 favor changing Obamacare significantly or replacing it altogether." "That doesn’t mean the law will end ...

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Charles Schumer - Schumer: Trump and his HHS pick Tom Price at odds on Medicare

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 11:58
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Schumer: Trump and his HHS pick Tom Price at odds on Medicare

Newly minted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted the incoming administration for already abandoning campaign pledges in an interview on MSNBC. For example, he pointed to Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, an orthopedic surgeon and President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. "Price, the guy from HHS, Donald Trump said when he campaigned he wouldn't cut Medicare and Social Security, but he turns around nominates as his HHS secretary, guy who made his career on cutting Medicare and Medicaid," Schumer said on Jan. 3’s Rachel Maddow Show (around the 14:10 mark). "We’re ...

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Mike Pence - Mike Pence says under Obamacare, 'American families have seen an increase in premiums of $5,000'

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:22
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Mike Pence says under Obamacare, 'American families have seen an increase in premiums of $5,000'

As part of his visit to Capitol Hill to kick off Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Vice President-elect Mike Pence blasted the law -- also known as Obamacare -- for its impact on ordinary Americans’ finances. "Right now, the American people are laboring under extraordinary increases in premiums," Pence told reporters. "The average deductible for a bronze policy (the least comprehensive Obamacare offering) today is $12,000. American families have seen an increase in premiums of $5,000. And this year, the average premium increase on families has been over 25 percent, and 100 percent in some American states. ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's dubious claim that foreign governments had 'absolutely no effect' on election outcome

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 15:21
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump's dubious claim that foreign governments had 'absolutely no effect' on election outcome

On Jan. 6, President-elect Donald Trump was briefed on the U.S. intelligence community’s probe into allegations of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election, including possible connections to electronic hacks and public releases of private communications by senior Democrats. A declassified version of the report found that "Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate (Trump’s opponent, Hillary) Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency." Following the intelligence briefing, Trump’s office released a statement. After noting ...

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Cory Booker - Cory Booker: McConnell wanted full ethics review of Obama nominees before hearings

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 14:31
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Cory Booker: McConnell wanted full ethics review of Obama nominees before hearings

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell advocated for thorough vetting of President Barack Obama’s cabinet nominees, but he seems to have a different standard for President-elect Donald Trump’s, suggested New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker on CBS’ Face the Nation. The Republican-controlled Senate will hold several confirmation hearings for the week of Jan. 10, frustrating Democrats like Booker who say the jam-packed schedule was a move to deflect public attention from Trump’s more controversial nominees.   But back "in 2009, Mitch McConnell was the person that’s saying, ‘Hey, we should have all the ethics information in before we do the hearings.’ ...

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Donald Trump - Mostly True: Trump tweet about GM Chevy Cruze manufacturing

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 09:32
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Mostly True: Trump tweet about GM Chevy Cruze manufacturing

President-elect Donald Trump put General Motors on notice for tariff-free imports of vehicles from Mexico, warning of heavy taxes if vehicles are not instead manufactured in the United States. "General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border," Trump tweeted Jan. 3. "Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!" See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Imposing hefty tariffs on foreign goods was a staple of Trump’s pro-manufacturing agenda. He suggested on day one of his campaign that if Ford chose to open a factory in Mexico and then ...

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