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Matthew Rosendale - Republican Senate hopeful's absurd claim Montana Sen. Jon Tester supports a national gun registry

10 hours 53 min ago
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Republican Senate hopeful's absurd claim Montana Sen. Jon Tester supports a national gun registry

While declaring his U.S. Senate bid, Republican hopeful Matt Rosendale zeroed in on the Second Amendment record of his opponent Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. "Tester believes that we should have a national registration so that the people of Montana should have to ask permission before they purchase a gun, ask permission from the federal government," Rosendale, Montana's state auditor, said in a July 31 interview on Voices of Montana. We decided to investigate whether Tester supports a national gun registry. It turns out the opposite is true. What is a national gun registry? This point may seem obvious but it bears highlighting: ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong that Charlottesville counter-protesters didn't have a permit

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:30
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump wrong that Charlottesville counter-protesters didn't have a permit

During the contentious Trump Tower question-and-answer session about protests in Charlottesville, Va., President Donald Trump said that the Unite the Right marchers had a permit to demonstrate, but that counter-protesters did not. Here’s a portion of Trump’s extensive comments about Charlottesville during the session with reporters: "There were people in that rally. I looked the night before. If you look, they were people protesting very quietly the taking down the statue of Robert E. Lee. I am sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people, ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump retells Pants on Fire claim about Gen. Pershing ending terrorism for 35 years

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:36
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump retells Pants on Fire claim about Gen. Pershing ending terrorism for 35 years

After a terrorist deliberately crashed a van into a crowd of people in Barcelona on Aug. 17, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to condemn the attack. He then suggested that the world should get tougher on terrorism. "The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!," Trump tweeted. He later followed up, writing: "Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!" The person who needs a lesson, however, ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump said wages 'haven’t gone up for a long time,' but that's wrong

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:58
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump said wages 'haven’t gone up for a long time,' but that's wrong

It was hardly the most widely noticed remark in his Trump Tower lobby question-and-answer session on Aug. 15 -- that would be his comments on the unrest in Charlottesville, Va. But one economic assertion by President Donald Trump caught our attention. As Trump was leaving, a reporter asked him what he thought "needs to be done to overcome the racial divides in this country?" "I really think jobs can have a big impact," Trump said, going on to tout investments by car companies and iPhone manufacturer Foxconn. "I think if we continue to create jobs at levels that I’m ...

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Roy Moore - Alabama's Roy Moore says whole communities in Midwest are under Sharia law

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:48
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Alabama's Roy Moore says whole communities in Midwest are under Sharia law

On the eve of his first-place finish in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, Roy Moore -- a former Alabama judge who advocated for the display of the Ten Commandments -- attracted some attention for a comment he made about Muslim Sharia law. Sharia law is a wide-ranging set of rules that govern aspects of Islamic life, including religious practice, daily living, crime and financial dealings, but Muslims differ on its interpretation. Some commentators, particularly on the right, have warned that Sharia poses a threat to the United States’ legal system. But PolitiFact has debunked >> More

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Sebastian Gorka - No, the Obama administration didn't invent the term 'lone wolf' for terrorists

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:05
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No, the Obama administration didn't invent the term 'lone wolf' for terrorists

Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, is none too fond of the terrorism-fighting approach of former President Barack Obama. He made this clear during an Aug. 8 interview on MSNBC. "There's no such thing as a lone wolf," Gorka said. "You do know that. That was a phrase invented by the last administration to make Americans stupid. There has never been a serious attack or a serious plot that was unconnected from ISIS or al-Qaida. At least through the ideology and the TTPs, the tactics, the training, the techniques and the procedures, that they supply through ...

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Donald Trump - Fact-checking Donald Trump's misleading tweet about U.S. nuclear arsenal

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 13:02
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Fact-checking Donald Trump's misleading tweet about U.S. nuclear arsenal

One day after threatening North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it menaces the United States, President Donald Trump tweeted about the strength of U.S. nuclear weapons and improvements made on his watch. Trump wrote at 4:56 a.m: "My first order as president was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before." See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com This tweet is not accurate. A week after taking office, Trump issued a presidential memorandum on "rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces." One sentence ...

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Donald Trump - Are renovations keeping Trump out of the White House?

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:51
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Are renovations keeping Trump out of the White House?

President Donald Trump partly blamed White House renovations for his Bedminster golf course retreat in a tweet on Aug. 7, 2017. "Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation. Going to New York next week for more meetings." See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com We’ve already rated Trump’s promise to not take vacations as Stalled, but we wondered about the scope and timeline of the renovations keeping him away from the Oval Office. It turns out they were indeed long in the planning. The West Wing’s 27-year-old heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is being re-upped ...

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Donald Trump - Trump claims new U.N. sanctions cost North Korea over $1 billion

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 14:26
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Trump claims new U.N. sanctions cost North Korea over $1 billion

President Donald Trump applauded a new resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions against North Korea and labeled it as the largest economic punishment yet on the nation. "The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea. China and Russia voted with us. Very big financial impact!" Trump tweeted Aug. 5. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com He detailed the impact in a follow-up tweet: "United Nations Resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever on North Korea. Over one billion dollars in cost to N.K." See Figure 2 on ...

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Donald Trump - Are there over $4 trillion of untaxed corporate earnings offshore, as Donald Trump said?

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 14:08
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Are there over $4 trillion of untaxed corporate earnings offshore, as Donald Trump said?

President Donald Trump said U.S. companies have anywhere from $4 trillion to $5 trillion in offshore accounts — a substantial increase from just last year. Trump blamed the large sum of money on what he (inaccurately) considers the highest tax rate in the world in a July 25 Wall Street Journal interview obtained by Politico. "We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world, essentially, you know, of the size," Trump said. "But we’re the highest-taxed nation in the world. We have — nobody knows what the number is. I mean, it used to be, when we talked during the debate, ...

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Donald Trump - False: Trump's claim about illegal immigration under past administrations

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 07:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | False: Trump's claim about illegal immigration under past administrations

President Donald Trump, in a speech about the brutality of MS-13 gang members and his administration’s resolve to deport criminal immigrants, claimed it wasn’t until he came along that border crossings went down. "You know, the border is down 78 percent. Under past administrations, the border didn’t go down, it went up. But if it went down 1 percent, it was like this was a great thing. Down 78 percent," Trump said in New York on July 28. "And, in fact, the southern border of Mexico, we did them a big favor -- believe me. They get very little traffic ...

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Donald Trump - Have corporations 'never made as much money' as now, as Donald Trump tweeted?

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 14:40
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Have corporations 'never made as much money' as now, as Donald Trump tweeted?

In what has become a regular occurrence, Donald Trump took to Twitter to tout the nation’s economic performance on his watch. In a tweet on the morning of Aug. 1, 2017, Trump praised some of the commentary about the Trump-era economy on Fox & Friends: " ‘Corporations have NEVER made as much money as they are making now.’ Thank you Stuart Varney @foxandfriends Jobs are starting to roar,watch!" See Figure 4 on PolitiFact.com We thought the remark about corporate profits was worth a closer look. The White House did not respond to an inquiry. Are corporate ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump says 'business spirit' is highest it's ever been, but proof is lacking

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 14:38
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump says 'business spirit' is highest it's ever been, but proof is lacking

Right after swearing in his new chief of staff, President Donald Trump once again touted some of the economic accomplishments during his six months in office. This time, Trump included a metric he referred to as "business spirit." "Business spirit is the highest it's ever been, according to polls," Trump said. "If you look at the polls, (it’s) the highest it's ever been in the history of these polls." Never having heard of a measurement called "business spirit," we asked the White House for the name of the poll or polls in question. The press office did not get ...

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Anthony Scaramucci - Is it a felony to leak a financial disclosure form, as Anthony Scaramucci said?

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 13:27
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Is it a felony to leak a financial disclosure form, as Anthony Scaramucci said?

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, called for a full-blown federal investigation of leaks in a tweet. "In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony," he wrote on Twitter, "I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45" He later deleted the tweet. The White House did not provide information for this fact-check. First, it’s important to note that the financial disclosure was a public record, not secret information. Second, Scaramucci’s financial disclosure form wasn’t leaked. It was available upon request from Scaramucci’s former employer, the Export-Import Bank, as of ...

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Donald Trump - In Youngstown, Trump incorrectly says he has achieved historic increase in defense spending

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 05:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | In Youngstown, Trump incorrectly says he has achieved historic increase in defense spending

President Donald Trump ticked off his presidential accomplishments in front of a warm crowd in Youngstown, Ohio, saying he was already keeping his promises to strengthen the military with record defense expenditures. "We've achieved a historic increase in defense spending to get our troops the support they so richly deserve," Trump said at a July 25, 2017, rally organized by his campaign. This isn’t the first time he’s trumpeted big spending for the military. In an address to Congress in March, Trump said his budget "calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history," ...

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Ted Lieu - 'Thousands' of transgender Americans serve in military, congressman says

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 14:42
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | 'Thousands' of transgender Americans serve in military, congressman says

A California congressman fired back at President Donald Trump’s Twitter announcement barring transgender service members, saying the decision will affect thousands of people. Trump announced the decision in a series of tweets on July 26, 2017. "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump wrote. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail." ...

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Donald Trump - Is Amazon a ‘no-tax monopoly,’ as Donald Trump said?

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 11:26
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Is Amazon a ‘no-tax monopoly,’ as Donald Trump said?

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to launch his latest salvo at Amazon, accusing the company of being a monopolistic tax cheat. "Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly?" Trump tweeted. This is not the first time Trump has feuded with the online retail giant led by Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, which has published a number of news stories that have angered Trump. The president’s description of Amazon struck us as questionable. So we decided to look into it. ...

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Charles Schumer - Yes, Chuck Schumer, oil prices do sometimes fall

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:02
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Yes, Chuck Schumer, oil prices do sometimes fall

What goes up must come down, the old saying goes. But, according to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., that’s not the case for oil prices. As part of a round of appearances to tout a new Democratic economic-policy agenda, Schumer took a moment on ABC’s This Week to promote his party’s plan to curb mergers that aren’t in the interest of consumers. "We're going to change the way companies can merge," Schumer said. "We have these huge companies buying up other big companies. It hurts workers and it hurts prices. The old Adam Smith idea of competition, ...

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Donald Trump - Is Donald Trump right that U.S. just 'had the best jobs report in 16 years'?

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:50
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Is Donald Trump right that U.S. just 'had the best jobs report in 16 years'?

During a speech before tens of thousands of Boy Scouts at the group’s quadrennial Jamboree, President Donald Trump took a moment to tout his economic achievements as president. "I'll tell you what, we are indeed making America great again,"  Trump said. "What's going on is incredible. We had the best jobs report in 16 years." Trump, as a candidate, regularly bashed the low unemployment rates under President Barack Obama as making the national jobs picture look better than it actually was. Now he says the economy is surging, and the numbers show it. Does he have a point ...

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Donald Trump - In tweet, Donald Trump revives charge of improper ties between Hillary Clinton, acting FBI chief

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:15
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | In tweet, Donald Trump revives charge of improper ties between Hillary Clinton, acting FBI chief

In an early morning tweet, President Donald Trump revived an allegation he’d previously used against FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who is leading the agency until the president’s pick for a new director, Christopher Wray, receives Senate confirmation. The tweet said: "Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!" Trump’s anger seems to be that his campaign is being investigated for its communications with Russia while Clinton, his former opponent, is no longer in the political spotlight. But his tweet about ...

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