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Verified Politics - Seating Alabama Sen.-elect Doug Jones - does a delay break Senate rules?

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The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Seating Alabama Sen.-elect Doug Jones - does a delay break Senate rules?

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones might have won a Senate seat, but according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Jones won’t officially take that seat until early January. With Republicans pushing hard to pass their $1.5 trillion tax bill before Christmas, their opponents cast McConnell’s move as a pure political play. "This is a flagrant violation of Senate policy, which requires Jones assume office the instant one of them wins the election," said an article on the website Verified Politics. "But the craven majority leader doesn’t want a moral Democrat sabotaging his precious tax scam that steals from the poor to ...

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Scott Perry - GOP lawmaker claims FBI purged training documents. Here's what we found

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 08:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | GOP lawmaker claims FBI purged training documents. Here's what we found

Did the Barack Obama administration ditch FBI material used to train counterterrorism agents? At a House committee hearing on worldwide terror threats, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., claimed the former administration purged information that could "allow us to see in totality the threat that faces America." "Just curious if you can tell me if the FBI has taken any steps to reverse the previous administration's purge of training courses and information about Islamism, jihad, Sharia, and the Muslim Brotherhood," Perry asked FBI director Christopher Wray at the Nov. 30 hearing. Wray said he was not aware of efforts to purge ...

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Bernie Sanders - Bernie Sanders wrongly says Donald Trump never apologized for Access Hollywood tape

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 07:57
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Bernie Sanders wrongly says Donald Trump never apologized for Access Hollywood tape

President Donald Trump’s sexually explicit remarks on the Access Hollywood tape that surfaced during the 2016 election have received fresh scrutiny as the country reckons with a tidal wave of high-profile sexual assault allegations. With recent misconduct allegations leading a number of prominent men in Hollywood, the media and politics to step down, some Democratic lawmakers have pointed to Trump’s remarks and multiple allegations against him as grounds for his resignation. But in calling for Trump’s White House exit, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., misstated Trump’s response to the controversial recording. "We have the absurdity now of a president of the ...

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Nancy Pelosi - Have wages failed to go up on Donald Trump's watch?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:45
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Have wages failed to go up on Donald Trump's watch?

On the heels of a generally favorable jobs report, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., criticized Republicans for failing to boost wages for American workers. "November’s jobs report reveals that hard-working Americans still aren’t getting the bigger paychecks they deserve," Pelosi said in a statement that she tweeted out. "Even with full control of the House, Senate and White House, Republicans have still failed to deliver on their promise of higher wages for working families." See Figure 3 on PolitiFact.com Her talking point is a stretch: Federal data shows wage growth since President Donald Trump took office ...

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Don Blankenship - Convicted mining CEO and GOP candidate says official papers reveal 'Obama's deadliest cover-up'

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Convicted mining CEO and GOP candidate says official papers reveal 'Obama's deadliest cover-up'

Don Blankenship, the convicted executive in one of the country’s deadliest mining explosions, is running for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia, and his first television ad aims to clear his name. "Obama’s deadliest cover-up has been uncovered by MSHA’s own documents," the ad said. "Documents which say the MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) Upper Big Branch internal report was fixed." Blankenship, running as a Republican, spent a year in jail for conspiring to violate mine safety regulations. A jury found that under his leadership as CEO of Massey Energy, the company systematically refused to take steps that would ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong that black homeownership rate is at a record high

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:55
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump wrong that black homeownership rate is at a record high

When President Donald Trump noticed some African-American support at a recent rally in Pensacola, Fla., he offered a statistic about black homeownership. "Look at these guys, ‘Blacks for Trump,’ " Trump said, quoting their sign, on Dec. 8, 2017. "I love you. I love you. By the way, now that you bring it up, black homeownership just hit the highest level it has ever been in the history of our country. Congratulations." He brought up the claim in the company of other boasts about enhanced 401(k) accounts, consumer confidence and job growth since the start of the year. But ...

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Bloggers - No, Roy Moore accuser didn't admit she forged his signature in her yearbook

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:26
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No, Roy Moore accuser didn't admit she forged his signature in her yearbook

A conspiracy-minded website attempted to cast doubt on evidence presented by one of eight women who accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct in a misleading headline days ahead of the Alabama Senate race. "WE CALLED IT! Gloria Allred Accuser **ADMITS** She Tampered With Roy Moore’s Yearbook ‘Signature’ (VIDEO)," the headline reads on The Gateway Pundit. We found similar posts on Breitbart, "Roy Moore Accuser Beverly Nelson Admits She Forged Yearbook," and on the blog Silence is Consent, "Roy Moore accuser admits she forged yearbook inscription." Beverly Young Nelson accused Roy Moore of groping her when she ...

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Brendan Boyle - No, the GOP concealed carry bill does not block states from keeping guns out of schools

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:42
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | No, the GOP concealed carry bill does not block states from keeping guns out of schools

The House passed a bill Dec. 6 that would make permits to carry a concealed weapon issued in one state valid in all other states, similarly to how driver’s licenses are recognized across state lines. Republicans attached the concealed carry measure to a bipartisan bill to strengthen the national background check system, causing House Democrats to sour on the legislative package. On the eve of the vote, one Democratic lawmaker warned the expansion of concealed-carry rights would prevent states from keeping guns away from schools. "There are 12 states that don’t require permits for carrying guns. Under #HR38, someone from one ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump says job market is getting non-workers working. Is it?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:13
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Donald Trump says job market is getting non-workers working. Is it?

President Donald Trump took a victory lap on the job market during one of his periodic Cabinet meetings. "Unemployment is at a 17-year low," he said on Dec. 6, 2017. "Very shortly it's going to be at a 19-year low. We think the numbers are going to continue to go down. And we're also getting into the pool of the 100 million people that are not working. That pool is now coming back. As you know, that's not considered in the low employment numbers, which means we have a lot of people that want to get to work, and ...

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Doug Jones - Doug Jones launches misleading attack ad about Roy Moore's court record on sex crime cases

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:43
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Doug Jones launches misleading attack ad about Roy Moore's court record on sex crime cases

In the Alabama Senate race, Democrat Doug Jones launched an ad to suggest Republican Roy Moore goes easy on sex offenders. Moore called on stations airing the ad to pull it, saying it "blatantly misrepresents the facts and my judicial record." The ad speaks of three cases from Moore’s days on the Alabama State Supreme Court. Here’s the full text from the ad, although this fact-check focuses only on the first case from 2014. "Alabama, there's a pattern. In a 2014 case involving a man convicted of abusing two underage girls, Judge Roy Moore disagreed and wrote ...

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Donald Trump - Is Donald Trump correct about the history of the Jerusalem Embassy Act?

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:40
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Is Donald Trump correct about the history of the Jerusalem Embassy Act?

President Donald Trump on Dec. 6 unveiled a new policy regarding Israel’s capital city, stating that "it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel." In his remarks, Trump said he would be designating Jerusalem as the officially recognized capital of Israel and "directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American embassy" from its current location in Tel Aviv. In his remarks, Trump noted that the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 had "passed Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority and was reaffirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate only six months ago." ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump falsely claims Hillary Clinton lied to FBI

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 07:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump falsely claims Hillary Clinton lied to FBI

President Donald Trump claimed former rival Hillary Clinton and former top adviser Michael Flynn suffered vastly different consequences even though both "lied" to the FBI. "Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI, nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and they've destroyed his life. I think it's a shame," Trump said Dec. 4 before boarding Marine One for a trip to Utah. Trump recalled the summer of the 2016 presidential campaign, when the FBI probed Clinton’s use of private email while secretary of state. "Hillary Clinton, on the Fourth of July weekend, went to the FBI, not under oath. ...

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Jeff Sessions - Violent crime is up some, but still well off historical highs

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:29
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Violent crime is up some, but still well off historical highs

In Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony to Congress about Russia in November, he brought up a recent increase in the rate of violent crime and murder in the United States. "The violent crime rate has risen, and the homicide rate has risen by more than 20 percent in just two years, really after 30 years of decline in violent crime," said Sessions on Nov. 14. We wanted to check out his numbers. Sessions got his information from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2016. After doing some math, we found that from 2014 to 2016 violent crime rate increased ...

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Donald Trump - Will the GOP tax bill cost Donald Trump 'a fortune'? No

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 15:14
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Will the GOP tax bill cost Donald Trump 'a fortune'? No

President Donald Trump said he wouldn’t benefit financially from the Republican tax legislation on Capitol Hill. In fact, he said he would get socked by it. "So right now, America's tax code is a total dysfunctional mess," Trump said in a speech in St. Charles, Mo., on Nov. 29, 2017. "The current system has cost our nation millions of American jobs, trillions and trillions of dollars, and billions of hours wasted on paperwork and compliance. It is riddled with loopholes that let some special interests -- including myself, in all fairness. This is going to cost me a fortune, ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong that no tax cuts passed since Reagan

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 08:44
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump wrong that no tax cuts passed since Reagan

During a speech in St. Charles, Mo., to promote Republican tax legislation in Congress, President Donald Trump tried to offer some historical context. "You know, for years, they have not been able to get tax cuts -- many, many years, since Reagan," Trump said on Nov. 29. That’s flat wrong. Under three presidents -- Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama -- Congress enacted nine tax bills worth in the tens of billions of dollars in revenue reductions over four years. Here’s the list, compiled from Treasury Department data. Year ...

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Kevin Brady - Does 70 percent of tax bill's relief go to those making less than $200,000?

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 07:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Does 70 percent of tax bill's relief go to those making less than $200,000?

As crunch time in Congress approaches, Republicans are aggressively making the case that their tax bills will allow a broad swath of Americans to benefit. During a recent interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas -- the chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee -- said that "70 percent of the tax relief goes to those families making less than 200,000." When we took a closer look, we found Brady’s statistic to be somewhat misleading. The Joint Committee on Taxation study Brady's office pointed us to an analysis of the House bill by ...

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Tim Scott - If you pay no taxes, will you end up with more money under GOP tax plan?

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:10
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | If you pay no taxes, will you end up with more money under GOP tax plan?

Will the Republican tax proposals be a boon for Americans who currently don’t earn enough to pay taxes? Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., says yes. Days before the Senate was slated to take up the tax bill, Scott was interviewed by Martha Raddatz on ABC’s This Week. Here’s a portion of their exchange about the Senate legislation: Raddatz: "About 45 percent of Americans don't pay income tax, and many of those are the working poor. So, how does it help them?" Scott: "Well, if you don't pay income taxes and we increase your refund by 40 percent, that is ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's Pants on Fire 'unsolved mystery' attack on Joe Scarborough

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:28
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump's Pants on Fire 'unsolved mystery' attack on Joe Scarborough

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to celebrate the firing of NBC’s Matt Lauer over allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, while encouraging the network to look deeper into its employees. "Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for 'inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.' But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!," Trump tweeted Nov. 29, 2017. He then followed up: "So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrongly claims Doug Jones wants to ‘raise taxes to the sky’

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 09:25
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump wrongly claims Doug Jones wants to ‘raise taxes to the sky’

President Donald Trump waded into Alabama’s Senate race to blast Democratic challenger Doug Jones as a tax-happy puppet of the liberal establishment. Rather than fully embrace the controversial Republican nominee Roy Moore, who's embroiled in allegations of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl and several other teenagers, Trump has supported Moore by bashing his opponent ahead of the Dec. 12 special election. "The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military and our great Vets, Bad for our 2nd Amendment, ...

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Lloyd Doggett - How much does the Trump family have to gain from GOP tax bills?

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 14:39
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | How much does the Trump family have to gain from GOP tax bills?

One of the arguments from Democrats against the Republican overhaul of the tax code is that President Donald Trump, a billionaire, stands to benefit handsomely from the changes being proposed. In a Nov. 20 interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas — a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee — argued that a vote for the tax bill amounts to a vote to give the president a massive windfall. "The result in the House (of passing the tax bill) was just a matter of arithmetic and was never much in doubt," Doggett said. "I ...

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