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Donald Trump - Red, white and where? What happened to the American flag at the DNC?

6 hours 9 min ago
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Red, white and where? What happened to the American flag at the DNC?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump noticed something on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. No American flags. "Not one American flag on the massive stage at the Democratic National Convention until people started complaining-then a small one. Pathetic," Trump tweeted July 27, 2016. Trump said the Democrats caved and added flags after he and others noticed. Is that true? Well, there is some evidence to the fact. A false flag? Some people noticed the flag missing during the first day of the convention on July 25, 2016. The conservative Daily Caller wrote "No Visible American ...

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Bill Clinton - Bill Clinton praises Hillary's 'half-court shot' on Iran sanctions as secretary of state

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 21:51
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Bill Clinton praises Hillary's 'half-court shot' on Iran sanctions as secretary of state

President Barack Obama had to ask Hillary Clinton more than once if she would be his secretary of state, but it was worth the effort, former President Bill Clinton said in a speech praising his wife’s record. "As secretary of state, she worked hard to get strong sanctions against Iran's nuclear program," Clinton said on the second night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. "And in what the Wall Street Journal no less called a half-court shot at the buzzer, she got Russia and China to support them." This sounded like a fact-check we’ve done before. On the ...

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Bill Clinton - Bill Clinton exaggerates increase in world opinion of U.S. under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 21:33
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Bill Clinton exaggerates increase in world opinion of U.S. under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

During Bill Clinton’s Democratic convention speech about Hillary Clinton, the former president touted his wife’s efforts as secretary of state to improve the levels of support for the United States across the globe. He cited his wife as "one of the reasons the approval of the United States was 20 points higher when she left the secretary of state's office than when she took it." We decided to check whether the approval ratings he cited were accurate. We found four surveys that asked questions on a regular basis about how the United States is seen in other countries. We’ll go ...

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Hillary Clinton - Hillary Clinton video says Donald Trump admitted that he can't say he treats women with respect

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 21:21
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Hillary Clinton video says Donald Trump admitted that he can't say he treats women with respect

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been repeatedly attacked by his opponents for his sometimes-derogatory statements about women. At the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, delegates saw a video where some of those comments were repeated, but one caught our eye. At the end of the 30-second video a voice says, "So you treat women with respect." The video shifts to a younger Trump saying sheepishly, "I can't say that either" and offering a half-laugh. The clip is so short, we wondered if it was an accurate representation of the interview. We emailed the Democratic National Committee about its source. They ...

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Joseph Crowley - Did Donald Trump 'cash in' $150,000 after 9/11?

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 21:14
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Did Donald Trump 'cash in' $150,000 after 9/11?

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., made a serious charge  on the second night of the Democratic National Convention about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump making money off of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Crowley, who lost a cousin that day, (accurately) painted Hillary Clinton as someone who was there for the city and its first-responders. Trump, however, "saw a payday for his empire," Crowley said. "Where was Donald Trump in the days and months and the years after 9/11? He didn’t stand at the pile, he didn’t lobby Congress for help, he didn’t fight for the first responders," ...

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Barbara Boxer - At DNC, Barbara Boxer says Trump said women should be 'punished' for abortion

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 20:02
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | At DNC, Barbara Boxer says Trump said women should be 'punished' for abortion

Women’s issues were a major theme of the Democratic National Convention’s second day — the same day the party officially nominated Hillary Clinton, making her the first female presidential nominee from a major party. Convention speakers contrasted Clinton with her opponent, Donald Trump, whose comments about women have been widely noted. "Her opponent said a woman should be ‘punished’ for exercising her right to choose and then picked a running mate who believes Roe vs. Wade belongs, to quote him, ‘in the ash heap of history,' " said California Sen. Barbara Boxer, speaking of Trump and his vice presidential ...

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Amy Klobuchar - Yes, human trafficking ranks No. 3 in world crime

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 19:45
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Yes, human trafficking ranks No. 3 in world crime

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., told delegates at the Democratic convention that Hillary Clinton showed compassion to the powerless across the world, especially victims of human trafficking. Klobuchar highlighted the enormous scope of the problem. "Human trafficking is the third-biggest criminal enterprise in the world," she said. We found that comparison intriguing and looked into it. We reached out to Klobuchar’s office and did not hear back. From our research, the claim is plausible, with a significant caveat: It’s always enormously hard to put a dollar figure to illegal activity. However, most estimates suggest that drug trafficking is larger than all ...

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Bernie Sanders - Bernie Sanders' outdated income inequality statistic

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 17:30
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Bernie Sanders' outdated income inequality statistic

After a night of intermittent booing and heckling from disappointed progressives attending the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Bernie Sanders received a hero’s welcome and took the chance to remind his supporters of their political revolution’s real purpose. "This election is about ending the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that we currently experience, the worst it has been since 1928," Sander said. "It is not moral, not acceptable and not sustainable that the top one-tenth of one percent now own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, or that the top 1 ...

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Luis Gutierrez - Rep. Gutierrez says fewer people crossing border than in last 30 years

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 22:23
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Rep. Gutierrez says fewer people crossing border than in last 30 years

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., used his speech at the opening night of the Democratic National Convention to be an advocate for immigrants, saying they work, pay taxes and defend democracy. Gutierrez continued to press the message in an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly from the floor of the Wells Fargo Center. "We could solve the problem tomorrow because there are good men and women in the Republican party who can work with good men and women in the Democratic party," Gutierrez said. "Look Bill, there are fewer people crossing that border than in the last 30 years. ...

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Elizabeth Warren - Elizabeth Warren says Donald Trump was excited for 2008 housing crash

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 21:48
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Elizabeth Warren says Donald Trump was excited for 2008 housing crash

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's speech at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia was designed, in part, to convince Americans that the Republican nominee Donald Trump was no friend of the average person. Warren said Democrats fought to get health insurance for more Americans, refinance student loans, end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas, raise the minimum wage and create a strong consumer agency "so big banks can't cheat people." "Where was Donald Trump? In all these fights, not once did he lift a finger to help working people," she said. "Look at his history," Warren continued. "Donald Trump said he ...

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Republican National Committee - RNC is right that no Democratic speaker mentioned ISIS on convention's first night

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 21:36
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | RNC is right that no Democratic speaker mentioned ISIS on convention's first night

Night one of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia had barely ended when the Republican National Committee sent a blast email to reporters attacking the Democrats for ignoring the threat of terrorism when speaking at the podium. "61: Number Of Speeches At The DNC Tonight," the Republican National Committee wrote. "0: Mentions Of The Global Terrorist Threat Posed By ISIS." Was the Democratic discussion of ISIS and Islamic terrorism that thin? Basically, yes. It’s worth noting that the first night was not intended to have a specific focus on foreign policy,  leaving the Democrats with three days left to discuss ...

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Bernie Sanders - At DNC, Bernie Sanders repeats claim that top one-tenth of 1% owns as much wealth as bottom 90%

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 21:17
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | At DNC, Bernie Sanders repeats claim that top one-tenth of 1% owns as much wealth as bottom 90%

Now that the Democratic primary is over, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ speeches have a new feature: an enthusiastic endorsement of Hillary Clinton. But he’s still reciting his favorite stump speech lines about income inequality that he used throughout his campaign. "It is not moral, it is not acceptable, and it is not sustainable that the top one-tenth of 1 percent now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent," he said at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25. That statistic is a classic Sanders line — one we’ve looked at twice before. It rates Mostly ...

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Bernie Sanders - Sanders: Trump would allow states to lower the minimum wage

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 21:13
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Sanders: Trump would allow states to lower the minimum wage

Donald Trump is a huge fan of the word "huge." At the Democratic convention, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders relished the chance to turn the word against the GOP nominee. "While Donald Trump believes in huge tax breaks -- huuuuge tax breaks  -- for billionaires, he believes that states should actually have the right to lower the minimum wage below $7 and a quarter," Sanders said. Trump’s stance on the federal minimum wage – it’s currently $7.25 – has been a moving target, and we’ve done our best to track it. Sanders’ charge lines up most closely with what Trump said ...

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Michelle Obama - Michelle Obama correct that the White House was built by slaves

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 20:29
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Michelle Obama correct that the White House was built by slaves

During her speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Michelle Obama, took a not-so-veiled shot at Donald Trump and his theme, "Make America Great Again." She did this by citing her own residence for the past eight years as an example of how far her country had come. "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," she said. "And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for ...

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Kirsten Gillibrand - Yes, the United States is the only industrialized nation without paid family leave

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 19:19
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Yes, the United States is the only industrialized nation without paid family leave

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand put Hillary Clinton’s stance on women’s issues front and center at the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Gillibrand offered Clinton as a person who would bring America into the 21st century, and played off a popular television series about advertising executives in the 1960s where women were relegated to making coffee. "Our policies are stuck in the Mad Men era," she said. "We are the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee workers paid family leave. Many women can't even get a paid day off to give birth." Gillibrand’s comparison of America ...

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Tim Kaine - Does Donald Trump want to privatize the VA?

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 13:35
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Does Donald Trump want to privatize the VA?

For all of Donald Trump’s talk about veterans, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said he doesn’t have their backs. Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick, blasted Trump on MSNBC for his "not a war hero" comments about John McCain, his delay in donating to veterans charities, and his ideas for fixing the Veterans Administration. "Donald Trump is a guy who has called for privatization of the V.A.," Kaine said July 11. "That is something that is overwhelmingly rejected by America's veterans. They do not want to go down that path. Do they want improvement? Sure they do. But they ...

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Donald Trump - No, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders wouldn't have won even if super delegates were nixed

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:43
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | No, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders wouldn't have won even if super delegates were nixed

Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets about Bernie Sanders over the weekend, at times commiserating with the senator over their shared disdain for the "rigged" political system and at others attacking Sanders for giving into it by endorsing Hillary Clinton. The Republican nominee commented on Wikileaks’ release of Democratic National Committee emails in which officials appear to have, among other things, mused over questioning Sanders’ religion and attacked campaign manager Jeff Weaver. "An analysis showed that Bernie Sanders would ...

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Donald Trump Jr. - Donald Trump Jr. says unemployment rates are manipulated for political purposes

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:37
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump Jr. says unemployment rates are manipulated for political purposes

Are the unemployment numbers being manipulated to make the Obama administration look good? That was the contention of Donald Trump Jr., son of the Republican presidential nominee, during the July 24 edition of CNN's State of the Union. Trump was making a point frequently made by his father — that the official unemployment rate is lower than it should be because it doesn't take into account the people who would like a job but have stopped looking. "The way we actually measure unemployment is after x number of months if someone can't find a job, congratulations, they're miraculously off," ...

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Hillary Clinton - Hillary Clinton says Mike Pence 'slashed' education spending as Indiana governor

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 14:47
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Hillary Clinton says Mike Pence 'slashed' education spending as Indiana governor

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both picked men with executive experience as their running mates. Mike Pence, Trump’s vice presidential pick, is the governor of Indiana, and Sen. Tim Kaine, running alongside Clinton, served as Virginia’s governor from 2006 to 2010. Clinton compared their gubernatorial records at a July 23 rally in Miami. "While Mike Pence slashed education funding in Indiana and gave more tax cuts to the wealthiest, Tim Kaine cut his own salary and invested in education from pre-K through college and beyond," she said. There’s a lot to unpack in there. We were especially curious, though, about ...

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Donald Trump - Trump: Nearly '180,000 illegal immigrants' have criminal records but haven't been deported

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 23:36
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Trump: Nearly '180,000 illegal immigrants' have criminal records but haven't been deported

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told the American public that beginning Jan. 20, 2017, safety will be restored. That means putting an end to violence and crime afflicting the nation, he said. There are immigrants in the country illegally who are out endangering communities, Trump added. "Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens," Trump said in his nomination acceptance speech Thursday. We looked into that number to find out if that many convicted immigrants with deportations are out on the streets. Trump’s campaign said his statement came ...

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