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Sean Spicer - Sean Spicer’s False claim that Paul Manafort played a minor role in the Trump campaign

2 hours 14 min ago
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Sean Spicer’s False claim that Paul Manafort played a minor role in the Trump campaign

Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to distance the White House from President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who has come under intense scrutiny recently for alleged ties to the Russian government. Manfort’s name was mentioned more than two dozen times in a Monday hearing before the House Intelligence committee on Russian interference in the 2016 election, and exclusive reporting today by the Associated Press alleges Manafort worked to advance Kremlin interests years before his involvement in the Trump campaign. "Obviously there’s been discussion of Paul Manafort, who played a very limited role for a very limited ...

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Chris Murphy - House GOP health care bill would cause 14 million to lose insurance next year, says Chris Murphy

3 hours 44 min ago
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | House GOP health care bill would cause 14 million to lose insurance next year, says Chris Murphy

Democrats continue to hammer Republicans over a health care overhaul that’s projected to set in motion steep drops in insurance enrollment nationwide. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., in a press conference said the "biggest headline" from an analysis of the House bill by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office was that 24 million fewer Americans would be insured by 2026 under the plan, with a big drop off starting next year. "In 2018, right off the bat, right in year No. 1, 14 million Americans lose coverage," Murphy said in a March 16 press conference. "This is because of the cuts to ...

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Donald Trump - Trump says illegal immigration at southern border is down 61 percent since Election Day

4 hours 12 min ago
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Trump says illegal immigration at southern border is down 61 percent since Election Day

President Donald Trump told supporters in Kentucky to focus on their basketball team and let him take care of the rest, such as securing the borders and kicking out immigrants in the country illegally. "We will build, that's right, a great, great border wall … And we will stop the drugs that are pouring into our country and poisoning our youth and plenty of others. We're going to stop the drugs," Trump said March 20. "A lot of them are coming in from the southern border. Since the day of my election, we've already cut illegal immigration at the ...

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Patrick Leahy - Mostly True: Leahy claim on immigrant investment through EB-5 program

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:34
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Mostly True: Leahy claim on immigrant investment through EB-5 program

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy has called out an immigrant investor program as flawed and running counter to its intended purposes. "The EB-5 program … was designed to bring jobs to underserved rural and urban communities. And for some time it did just that. But the program has strayed from these goals. It's a magnet for fraud. Security violations are common," Leahy said as a witness during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. "And the incentives that Congress created to promote investment in distressed areas had become obsolete due to economic gerrymandering." The Vermont senator offered some figures to back his claims. ...

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Mick Mulvaney - WH budget chief wrongly claims afterschool programs don't work

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 07:17
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | WH budget chief wrongly claims afterschool programs don't work

White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney triggered a storm of complaints when he defended elimination of a large federal after-school program. When asked in a press conference about the impact on students in Pennsylvania, Mulvaney couched his answer as pertaining to "after-school programs generally." "They're supposed to be educational programs, right," he said March 16. "That's what they're supposed to do, they're supposed to help kids who can't -- who don't get fed at home, get fed so that they do better at school. Guess what? There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually doing that. There's no demonstrable evidence they're ...

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Devin Nunes - Devin Nunes oversimplifies timeline of Obama 'reset' with Russia

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:20
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Devin Nunes oversimplifies timeline of Obama 'reset' with Russia

In his opening statement at a closely watched hearing about possible Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., criticized United States policy toward Russia under President Barack Obama. "In recent years, committee members have issued repeated and forceful pleas for stronger actions against Russian belligerence, but the Obama administration was committed to the notion, against all evidence, that we could reset relations with Putin," Nunes said. This description of the Obama administration’s position struck us as one-sided, so we took a closer look. We asked Nunes's office for comment, but didn't hear back.  We ...

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Donald Trump - Trump's False tweet that NSA, FBI said 'Russia did not influence electoral process'

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:18
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Trump's False tweet that NSA, FBI said 'Russia did not influence electoral process'

FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers stand by the conclusion that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election in President Donald Trump’s favor, they both said at a March 20 congressional hearing. But that’s not what Trump heard. "The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process," Trump tweeted from the official White House account, @POTUS. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com His tweet included a 51-second video clip of the hearing, which lasted more than five hours. The video clip shows Comey and Rogers confirming they have no evidence indicating ...

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Donald Trump - Fact-check: Donald Trump says Germany owes 'vast sums of money to NATO'

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 13:20
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Fact-check: Donald Trump says Germany owes 'vast sums of money to NATO'

Less than 24 hours after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Germany for shirking on its defense payments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the United States. "Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel," Trump wrote in a tweet March 18. "Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!" See Figure 2 on PolitiFact.com See Figure 1 ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump says he learned Obama tapped his phones from the New York Times

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:20
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump says he learned Obama tapped his phones from the New York Times

When President Donald Trump tweeted on March 4 that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap on his phones during the election, he didn’t turn to the federal intelligence agencies for proof. Instead, he says he got it straight from the "failing" New York Times. In a March 15 interview, Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Trump why he didn’t ask the agencies about any possible surveillance on him or his campaign before tweeting about it, given that the White House appears to have no evidence to backup his claims. "Well, because the New York Times wrote about it," ...

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Luis Gutierrez - Gutierrez says 'hundreds of Republican amendments' were a part of Obamacare

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 09:05
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Gutierrez says 'hundreds of Republican amendments' were a part of Obamacare

Republicans continue to sell their health care plan in an effort to deliver on a party-wide campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. Yet during a roundtable discussion on State of the Union, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., pushed back on charges of Democratic obstructionism regarding health care legislation. Anchor Jake Tapper asked if Gutierrez was involved, or if Democrats were "just sitting by the sidelines opposing everything." "Very different process," Gutierrez replied. "2009-2010, let's remember, hundreds of Republican amendments were adopted in the ACA." We decided to look into Gutierrez’s claim that the final version of the Affordable Care Act incorporated hundreds ...

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Mick Mulvaney - Mick Mulvaney's misleading claim that House GOP health care plan keeps Medicaid expansion

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 14:50
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Mick Mulvaney's misleading claim that House GOP health care plan keeps Medicaid expansion

More than 10 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage because of expansions to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Medicaid is a government-run health insurance program that primarily serves low-income Americans. If Congress repeals the law known as Obamacare and replaces it with the leading Republican proposal, there could be as many as 14 million fewer Medicaid enrollees by 2026, compared to projections under current law, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, says the CBO analysis is wrong. "The CBO ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump trumpets 40 percent decrease in illegal border crossings. Is he right?

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 13:43
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Donald Trump trumpets 40 percent decrease in illegal border crossings. Is he right?

Illegal immigration from the U.S.-Mexico border dropped significantly during his first full month in office, President Donald Trump said in his first Cabinet meeting. "In the first full month of my administration following the issuance of my executive orders, illegal immigration on our southern border fell by an unprecedented 40 percent," Trump said March 13. The Department of Homeland Security recently said there had been a 40 percent drop from January to February 2017 in illegal crossings at the southwest border. How much is Trump to credit for this decline and is it unprecedented? Experts say Trump’s hard-line ...

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Wayne LaPierre - Are Mexican drug cartels working with 100,000 street gang members in Chicago?

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 09:12
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Are Mexican drug cartels working with 100,000 street gang members in Chicago?

Echoing President Donald Trump’s views on criminal activity in the United States, the top executive with the National Rifle Association recently said crime is going up in many American cities and raised concerns about the role Mexican criminal organizations play. "According to the FBI, drug gangs are expanding their networks all across the country. The FBI also says gang members are infiltrating law enforcement and even the military," Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president, said Feb. 24 at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He continued: "On the outside, gangs are committing more and more cross-border crimes. According to the FBI, ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump: One-third of counties have only one insurer on Affordable Care Act exchanges

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 14:34
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Donald Trump: One-third of counties have only one insurer on Affordable Care Act exchanges

Insurance providers are "fleeing" Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, President Donald Trump said at a March 13 "listening session" on health care. "One-third of the counties — think of it, one-third — only have one insurer left," Trump said, adding that the Republican replacement for the 2010 health care law known as Obamacare will have "far more choices, at a lower cost." Trump has the right statistic about insurance provider participation. In 32 percent of counties, individuals looking to buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act online marketplace have just one choice for their insurance provider, according to ...

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Tom Price - Tom Price undercounts Obamacare impact on getting more Americans insured

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 13:02
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Tom Price undercounts Obamacare impact on getting more Americans insured

Republicans supporting the House GOP’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare are pushing back on criticism that the plan would strip health insurance away from an estimated 6 million to 15 million Americans. In comments on the Sunday shows March 12, surrogates for President Donald Trump drew a distinction between being insured and being able to access affordable health care. Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price also made the case that the number of new people insured as a result of Obamacare can be overstated. "The number of individuals who actually got coverage through the exchange who didn't ...

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Mick Mulvaney - Fact-checking White House criticism of CBO health care analysis

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 13:01
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Fact-checking White House criticism of CBO health care analysis

As the Congressional Budget Office prepares its assessment of the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the White House is already casting doubt on the agency’s credibility. During a segment on ABC’s This Week, White House Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney pointed to the CBO’s track record on the ACA as evidence that the agency isn’t capable of assessing a large piece of legislation. "If the CBO was right about Obamacare to begin with, there'd be 8 million more people on Obamacare today than there actually are," Mulvaney said March 12. "So, I ...

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Tom Price - HHS chief Tom Price mostly correct that ER use is up since Obamacare

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 09:14
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | HHS chief Tom Price mostly correct that ER use is up since Obamacare

One of the arguments Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price made about why substantial changes in federal health care law were needed was that the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, had failed in one of its goals -- to cut down on emergency room use. Because emergency rooms by law cannot turn patients away, they can become a health care provider of last resort, even for more minor conditions that could be handled just as well -- and more inexpensively -- in a doctor’s office. "One of the things that the previous administration said was that they were ...

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Scott Pruitt - EPA head Scott Pruitt says carbon dioxide is not 'primary contributor' to global warming

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 09:10
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | EPA head Scott Pruitt says carbon dioxide is not 'primary contributor' to global warming

The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt says carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming. "Do you believe that it’s been proven that CO2 is the primary control knob for climate?" CNBC anchor Joe Kernen asked Pruitt in a March 9 interview. "No, I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact," Pruitt responded. "So no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see." Scientists around the globe ...

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Bernie Sanders - Sanders: GOP health care plan gives wealthiest a $275 billion tax break

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 13:48
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Sanders: GOP health care plan gives wealthiest a $275 billion tax break

Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., put a different spin on the Republican House’s plan to overhaul the health care system. Speaking on MSNBC, Sanders said the House plan isn’t really a health care plan at all. It’s a tax cut package, he says, that overwhelmingly helps the wealthy. "Look at it as a tax plan with $275 billion in tax breaks for the top 2 percent, people earning $250,000 a year or more," Sanders said on All In With Chris Hayes March 8. He said the change amounted to a transfer of wealth from working families to the wealthiest. ...

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Greg Walden - Are Americans gaming the system to get cheaper Obamacare coverage?

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 14:14
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Are Americans gaming the system to get cheaper Obamacare coverage?

Some Republicans who want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have recently argued that the current law encourages beneficiaries to game the system to get 12 months of coverage for the price of nine. The idea is that the law bars insurers from cutting off beneficiaries from their coverage during the first three months after they have stopped paying their premiums. This provision was intended to protect beneficiaries from being caught without coverage due to sudden financial crises or paperwork errors. But this provision does, in theory, allow people to stop paying their premiums after nine months, not ...

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