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Donald Trump - Has Hillary Clinton not had a press conference in 269 days?

11 hours 46 min ago
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Has Hillary Clinton not had a press conference in 269 days?

Donald Trump and his allies have seized upon a statistic that they believe reflects poorly on Hillary Clinton -- and they’re hammering it home on a daily basis. On Aug. 30, 2016, the Trump campaign blasted out an email titled, "HIDING HILLARY: DAY 269," going on to explain that "it has been 269 days since (Hillary) Clinton has held a press conference." Among other things, the email pressed Clinton to take reporters’ questions on aspects of her relationship to the Clinton Foundation. The Trump campaign was joined in this call by the Republican National Committee, which sent its own email ...

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End Citizens United - PAC ad say Bruce Poliquin voted to force seniors to pay more for prescription drugs

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 14:30
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | PAC ad say Bruce Poliquin voted to force seniors to pay more for prescription drugs

The political action committee End Citizens United has launched a multi-pronged attack ad against Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, accusing the businessman of making health care more costly for older Americans. In a 30-second television commercial, the PAC says Poliquin voted for a Medicare proposal that would "force seniors to pay thousands more." "He’d even force seniors to pay more for prescription drugs," the ad says. Poliquin's office objected to the ad, saying in a news release, "Congressman Poliquin has been working to get prescription drug prices down, not up. That’s why he strongly supported Medicare coverage for prescription drugs ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump is wrong that 'inner-city crime is reaching record levels'

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:08
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump is wrong that 'inner-city crime is reaching record levels'

Aiming to blunt an overwhelming edge among African-American voters, Donald Trump has been decrying longstanding black support for Democratic politicians, who he blames for allowing economic inequality and crime to fester in African-American communities. In an Aug. 29, 2016, tweet, Trump wrote, "Inner-city crime is reaching record levels. African-Americans will vote for Trump because they know I will stop the slaughter going on!" Is Trump correct that "inner-city crime is reaching record levels"? No, not even close. Record levels? There is no official category -- or even a definition -- for "inner-city" crime. ...

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Reince Priebus - Reince Priebus says Clinton campaign and supporters started the birther movement

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 13:17
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Reince Priebus says Clinton campaign and supporters started the birther movement

People may have heard from Donald Trump about the long-running myth that President Barack Obama was born outside of the United States, but Republicans say the rumor actually started from those on the left. According to GOP chairman Reince Priebus, Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign and supporters were responsible for starting the myth. "Her campaign and her supporters in her campaign were the ones that borne out the birther movement," Priebus told NBC’s Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard a claim about the birther movement. In 2015, Donald Trump tweeted that Hillary Clinton started ...

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Donald Trump - Trump says they were going to build a wall in '06, but environmental rules got in the way

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 13:04
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Trump says they were going to build a wall in '06, but environmental rules got in the way

Donald Trump may have confused people recently about whether he supports mass deportation. But there’s one thing he’s been consistent about: building a wall along the southern border. And having Mexico pay for it. In an interview aired Aug. 23, Fox News host Sean Hannity asked the Republican presidential nominee how long it would take to build the wall, from start to finish. "Almost immediately," Trump answered. "Now if you would believe it, you know, they were going to build the wall a while ago, not so long ago, like in '06. And they couldn't get environmental impact statements. Can ...

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Gary Johnson - Gary Johnson questions pollsters as he tries to join Clinton, Trump on debate stage

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 09:06
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Gary Johnson questions pollsters as he tries to join Clinton, Trump on debate stage

The only poll that matters, dealers in political cliches tell us, is the one taken on Election Day. For third party candidates, the Committee on Presidential Debates has imposed another consequential metric: they must reach 15 percent in a select set of polls if they want access to the debates and the attention and credibility that are attached. Right now, it looks like Clinton and Trump will be alone on stage come debate season. But if the polls were just conducted differently, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has suggested he would easily meet that requirement. "None of the polls ...

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Reince Priebus - Did Hillary Clinton call African-American youth 'superpredators?'

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 13:46
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Did Hillary Clinton call African-American youth 'superpredators?'

In response to Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton a "bigot" this week, GOP chairman Reince Priebus reminded people that Hillary Clinton once referred to African-American youth as "superpredators."   Priebus took a swing at Hillary Clinton’s past, telling NCB’s Meet the Press host Chuck Todd that her actions say a lot about her, adding "she’s the one that labeled African-American youth as ‘superpredators’." Trump, who is looking to increase his appeal among African-American voters, made the same "superpredator" claim days earlier on Twitter. It didn’t take long to find what Trump and ...

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Hillary Clinton - Hillary Clinton, citing 'Trump Effect,' says teachers are reporting more bullying in schools

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 14:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Hillary Clinton, citing 'Trump Effect,' says teachers are reporting more bullying in schools

Americans should be concerned about the effect of Donald Trump’s campaign on kids, said Hillary Clinton in an Aug. 25 speech decrying what she sees as her opponent’s campaign of "prejudice and paranoia." She told the story about a high school basketball game in Indiana, where home team fans taunted players from their heavily Hispanic rival school by holding up a large cutout of Trump’s head and chanting "build a wall." "Next time you see Trump rant on television, think about all the children listening across America," Clinton said. "Kids hear a lot more than we think. Parents and ...

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Donald Trump - Trump's False claim Hillary Clinton wants to raise taxes on African-American businesses 50 percent

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 12:49
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Trump's False claim Hillary Clinton wants to raise taxes on African-American businesses 50 percent

Donald Trump’s newfound focus on black voters collided with a prior talking point on Hillary Clinton’s tax plan during a speech at a New Hampshire rally. But in the process he made an already inaccurate argument even more wrong. The GOP presidential candidate attacked Clinton on several fronts Aug. 25 in Manchester, including over alleged elements of her tax plan. "She wants to raise taxes on African-American owned businesses to as much as nearly 50 percent more than they're paying now," Trump said. Trump’s campaign did not respond to our requests to show us how Clinton’s tax targets black ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump: Clinton's celebrity backers 'aren't very hot anymore'

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 15:55
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump: Clinton's celebrity backers 'aren't very hot anymore'

Donald Trump mocked the size of Hillary Clinton’s crowds and the depth of her support at a packed rally in Tampa. Then he turned on Clinton’s celebrity supporters. "The only people enthusiastic about her campaign are Hollywood celebrities, in many cases celebrities that aren’t very hot anymore," he said. We were interested in his line that Clinton’s celebrity backers are "in many cases celebrities that aren’t very hot anymore." Believe it or not, there actually is data that addresses this question. Ever the dutiful fact-checkers, we dug in. (For the record, the Trump campaign did not respond to our requests ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump offers misleading statistics about Hispanic poverty

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 08:30
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump offers misleading statistics about Hispanic poverty

Furthering his efforts to reach out to minorities, Donald Trump at a rally in Tampa decried how Hispanics have fared economically under President Barack Obama. "Hispanic citizens have been suffering under this president," Trump said Aug. 24, 2016. "Since President Obama came into office, another 2 million Hispanics have joined the ranks of those in poverty. Two million have joined the ranks of poverty, not of wealth. I want you to join the ranks of people that are making phenomenal livings. ... The number of Hispanic children living in poverty increased by 15 percent in that short period of ...

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Reince Priebus - Reince Priebus' False claim that 80% of Clinton Foundation costs are overhead

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 07:53
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Reince Priebus' False claim that 80% of Clinton Foundation costs are overhead

In a radio interview Aug. 23, 2016, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus wrongly interpreted tax forms submitted by the Clinton Foundation to claim that the foundation spends the vast majority of its donations on overhead and not charitable work. Speaking on The Mike Gallagher Show, Priebus described the foundation as a way to make the Clintons rich and said he couldn’t find examples of charitable work that they do. "And so, these people ask the question in interviews, especially in the liberal media, you know, well ‘don’t you think they do great work?’ Well, I don’t know what ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump ad says illegal immigrants would be collecting Social Security under Hillary Clinton

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:57
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump ad says illegal immigrants would be collecting Social Security under Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump's first ad of the general election campaign focuses on immigration, predicting what will happen if Hillary Clinton is elected. "In Hillary Clinton's America," it warns, "illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay, collecting Social Security benefits, skipping the line. Our border open, it's more of the same, but worse." We've previously looked at whether illegal immigrants convicted of crimes get to stay in the United States, a statement that rates Half True. But what about his other claim about immigrants getting Social Security? If you take the Trump ad literally, it is accusing Clinton ...

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Jennifer Granholm - Clinton surrogate spins Clinton Foundation defense

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:33
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Clinton surrogate spins Clinton Foundation defense

A batch of newly released emails between Hillary Clinton’s aides and a Clinton Foundation official set off another debate over whether Clinton blurred the lines dividing the nonprofit bearing her family name and the State Department. In an Aug. 10 interview with Clinton surrogate and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, CNN’s Brianna Keilar brought up one email thread in particular: Clinton Foundation official Doug Band asking Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills on behalf of Gilbert Chagoury, a Nigerian billionaire and foundation donor of Lebanese descent, to "speak to the substance person re Lebanon," at the department. Given ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's Mostly False claim that $400 million payment to Iran was 'ransom'

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:27
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump's Mostly False claim that $400 million payment to Iran was 'ransom'

Back in January, Iran released five American prisoners back to the United States. On the same day, the United States transferred $400 million in cash to Iran, holding onto the money until three of the freed Americans were in the air, on their way home. Some critics of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy -- including Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump -- are putting the two happenings together and calling it a "ransom" payment. The administration denies that characterization. "Iran, the world's top state sponsor of terrorism, has been put on the path to nuclear weapons, was given $400 million in ransom payment ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump fundraising email takes CNN anchor's comments out of context

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 13:34
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump fundraising email takes CNN anchor's comments out of context

The media has been one of Donald Trump’s most consistent targets during his 2016 presidential campaign. In a recent fundraising email, his campaign called out CNN. "Friend, a CNN anchor acknowledged that the media has given Hillary Clinton a ‘free ride,’ " the email said. It then quoted a comment attributed to CNN morning anchor Chris Cuomo: "We couldn't help her any more than we have. She's got a free ride so far from the media. We're the biggest ones supporting her campaign." The email, signed by Brad Parscale of "Team TRUMP," provides links to donate money and includes the ...

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Hillary Clinton - Clinton says almost a half-million immigrants still eligible for DACA, particularly Asians

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 15:41
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Clinton says almost a half-million immigrants still eligible for DACA, particularly Asians

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has presented herself as an advocate for immigrants, saying she’ll push for immigration reform within her first 100 days in the Oval Office and promising to continue the deferred deportation plans of President Barack Obama. On Aug. 15 — four years to the day since immigration officials began accepting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications — she published a post on Medium directed to those who have applied for the deportation relief program and to those who haven’t. "In America, the place of your birth should never be a barrier that stops you from reaching ...

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Tim Kaine - Tim Kaine correct about how poorly U.S. fares in percentage of women lawmakers

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 15:14
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Tim Kaine correct about how poorly U.S. fares in percentage of women lawmakers

Hillary Clinton is running to become the first female president in American history. But even as she makes her potentially historic run, the number of women in Congress remains far from parity with men, said Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine. "In Congress right now, we're doing the best job we have ever done in women in the Federal legislature, 19 percent," said Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia. "That's the best job we've ever done. Hold on for this, folks: Nineteen percent ranks the United States 75th in the world, below the global average. Iraq is 26 percent. Afghanistan, ...

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Donald Trump - Trump says U.S. admits 100,000 "permanent immigrants" annually from Middle East

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 09:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Trump says U.S. admits 100,000 "permanent immigrants" annually from Middle East

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promises his administration would be tough on immigration. He would temporarily suspend immigration from regions with a "history of exporting terrorism" and call for "extreme vetting" of people who want to come to the United States, Trump said Aug. 15 in Youngstown, Ohio. He raised concerns over the amount of people already coming in. "The size of current immigration flows are too large to perform adequate screening," Trump said. "We admit about 100,000 permanent immigrants from the Middle East every year." Trump's comment about the adequacy of the vetting system is an opinion. But we ...

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Joe Biden - Joe Biden rips Donald Trump over commanders' fears about illegal orders

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 15:37
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Joe Biden rips Donald Trump over commanders' fears about illegal orders

During a joint speech with Hillary Clinton in his ancestral home of Scranton, Pa., Vice President Joe Biden riffed on the ways he sees Donald Trump as being unfit for the presidency. One of the things that Biden said troubled him among Trump’s past comments is his suggestion that the United States may need to utilize "torture." Biden said that Trump has floated the use of torture "when he knows it's illegal, and says he would still order it even though the military commanders said they would not obey his orders. When can you think of ever in history ...

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