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Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs - Is Oklahoma spending more than ever? Only if you ignore inflation

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:57
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Is Oklahoma spending more than ever? Only if you ignore inflation

As Oklahoma’s elected officials wrestle to close a budget gap, a recent op-ed from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs argued that tax hikes shouldn’t be part of the solution. "Why do we need to raise taxes if the government is already spending more than ever before," the conservative think tank wrote. "State government spending is at an all-time high. The state is on track to spend more in this fiscal year — more than $17.9 billion — than at any time in state history." Where does the state money go? Well, schools, both K-12 and higher education, ...

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Rex Tillerson - Rex Tillerson overstates Donald Trump's effect on increased NATO defense spending

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 11:43
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Rex Tillerson overstates Donald Trump's effect on increased NATO defense spending

President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized allies for not meeting NATO defense spending targets, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it’s already made a difference. "The president early on called on NATO member countries to step up their contributions — step up their commitment to NATO, modernize their own forces," Tillerson said on CNN’s State of the Union on Oct. 15. "He’s been very clear, and as a result of that countries have stepped up contributions toward their own defense." We wondered if NATO countries have stepped up defense contributions and whether the step was a result of pressure ...

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Donald Trump - Is the NFL getting 'massive tax breaks,' as Donald Trump said?

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 15:10
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Is the NFL getting 'massive tax breaks,' as Donald Trump said?

President Donald Trump continued his challenge of the National Football League in a tweet, this time to push tax reform. "Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!" Trump tweeted. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com What tax breaks is the NFL receiving, and what tax law is Trump referring to? There are ways that Trump’s tweet is both right and wrong. But the bottom line is that the NFL continues to benefit from major tax breaks, especially in the construction of its stadiums. The White ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's misleading linkage between stock gains, debt reduction

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:50
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump's misleading linkage between stock gains, debt reduction

President Donald Trump raised eyebrows with comments linking stock market gains with declines in the federal debt during two appearances to tout his tax proposal in Pennsylvania. First, in an Oct. 11 speech in an airplane hangar in Harrisburg, Trump said: "Just in the stock market alone, we have increased our economic worth by $5.2 trillion. That's right since Election Day -- $5.2 trillion. Think about that. That's a quarter of the $20 trillion that we owe. … In the last eight years of the previous administration, the debt doubled. … But since the election on Nov. 8, I've increased ...

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Donald Trump - Is Sen. Bob Corker responsible for the Iran deal, as Donald Trump claims?

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:19
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Is Sen. Bob Corker responsible for the Iran deal, as Donald Trump claims?

President Donald Trump escalated a war of words with Sen. Bob Corker by blaming the Tennessee Republican for the Iran nuclear deal Trump has long derided. The dustup between Trump and Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, comes as Trump weighs sending a formal criticism of the deal to Congress. Under the accord, Iran agreed to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. The deal was signed in 2015 by the United States, Iran and other world powers — and according to Trump, Corker played an outsized role in its creation, too. "Bob Corker gave ...

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Seth Moulton - Have background checks been ‘unequivocally’ shown to reduce gun violence?

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 13:27
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Have background checks been ‘unequivocally’ shown to reduce gun violence?

On the heels of the Las Vegas shooting, two military veterans-turned-congressmen waded into the debate over the country’s response to gun violence. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a former Marine, appeared with Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., a former Navy SEAL, on ABC’s This Week Oct. 8 to discuss issues surrounding gun control and the Second Amendment. As the conversation turned toward background checks, Taylor argued the measure doesn’t necessarily help reduce gun violence. "Actually," Moulton countered, "background checks have been unequivocally shown to reduce gun violence." We previously found that around 90 percent of Americans support background checks on every ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump omits facts in claim about loopholes, unaccompanied minors

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 08:38
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump omits facts in claim about loopholes, unaccompanied minors

President Donald Trump recently sent Congress a list of his immigration priorities as legislators consider a plan to allow Dreamers to stay in the United States. Dreamers are young people who grew up in the United States after being brought here illegally as children or infants. Trump has said he was willing to negotiate with Democrats in order to allow them to stay. In exchange, Trump is seeking changes to immigration law that would affect other minors who come to the United States illegally. "Loopholes in current law prevent ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’ (UACs) that arrive in the country illegally from ...

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Chris Cox - NRA's Chris Cox falsely says Dianne Feinstein wanted to take 'all of your guns'

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:18
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | NRA's Chris Cox falsely says Dianne Feinstein wanted to take 'all of your guns'

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has offered a bill to ban bump fire stocks after police found 12 rifles equipped with these devices in the Las Vegas festival shooter’s hotel room. In a significant policy shift, Republicans and the National Rifle Association have said they believe that the government should intervene and regulate this kind of equipment, which allows semi-automatic weapons to fire over and over again without forcing the shooter to do all the work of squeezing the trigger repeatedly. On Fox News Sunday, NRA-Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris Cox drew a sharp line between his group’s ...

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National Rifle Association - Did Obama administration approve bump stocks?

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:10
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Did Obama administration approve bump stocks?

In a rare move, the National Rifle Association issued a statement calling for regulation of the device that turned the Las Vegas shooter’s rifles more deadly, blaming Barack Obama’s administration for its approval. "Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law," the NRA wrote in a statement. "The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be ...

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Charles Schumer - Are Republicans paying for tax cuts with reductions in Medicare, Medicaid?

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:24
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Are Republicans paying for tax cuts with reductions in Medicare, Medicaid?

It didn’t take long for Democrats to criticize President Donald Trump’s tax proposal as being biased toward wealthier Americans. But would those same tax cuts be paid for by big cuts to Medicare and Medicaid? Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said so during a Senate floor speech on Oct. 4. "The Republicans are proposing to pay for their giant tax cut to the rich by gutting Medicare and Medicaid," Schumer said. "That's the bombshell this week. That is the nugget that will destroy their whole plan, because Americans are so against those kinds of cuts." In reality, the linkage ...

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Steve Israel - Does US really spend research dollars on massages for rabbits but not gun violence?

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:11
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Does US really spend research dollars on massages for rabbits but not gun violence?

The mass shooting in Las Vegas prompted former Democratic Congressman Steve Israel of New York to write that these horrific events have little impact on public policy. In a New York Times op-ed, Israel walked through a list of shootings -- the murder of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012, the June 2016 mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub, and others -- and noted that despite the hand-wringing after each one, nothing changed. Israel said Democrats were unable to enact reforms, including "our attempts to rescind the infamous Dickey Amendment, which ...

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HoustonChronicle-tv.com - No, Celine Dion's son did not die in the Las Vegas shooting

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:46
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No, Celine Dion's son did not die in the Las Vegas shooting

René-Charles Angélil, Celine Dion’s son, was not one of the people killed in the Las Vegas shooting, despite a fake news article that says he was. HoustonChronicle-tv.com posted an article claiming that "Celine Dion’s 16-year-old Rene-Charles Angelil’s was among the 58 victims who were killed when a gunman opened fire late Sunday at a Las Vegas concert that left at least 58 people dead and 515 injured." There is no indication that Angélil was even at the country music concert, let alone murdered there. HoustonChronicle-tv.com attributed to Dion a statement that it said she made on Oct. 2 about ...

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Mick Mulvaney - Did budget director Mick Mulvaney flip-flop on higher deficits?

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:27
The Truth-o-Meter says: Full Flop | Did budget director Mick Mulvaney flip-flop on higher deficits?

President Donald Trump’s budget director raised eyebrows during a recent appearance on Fox News Sunday when he seemed to display a tolerance for bigger deficits. Mick Mulvaney’s comments came during a discussion of Trump’s tax plan, which, due to a variety of tax cuts, has been independently projected to add nearly $5.6 trillion to the federal debt over the next 20 years when compared to the current path of debt growth. Host Chris Wallace reminded Mulvaney about his tenure in the House, when Mulvaney often took a hard line on deficits and the debt. "You were a deficit hawk," ...

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Hillary Clinton - No, gun silencers wouldn't have worsened the Las Vegas shooting

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:32
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | No, gun silencers wouldn't have worsened the Las Vegas shooting

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Hillary Clinton suggested gun silencers could have amplified the bloodshed. "The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get," Clinton tweeted. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com A silencer is the popular name for a suppressor, a canister attached to a gun muzzle that reduces (but doesn’t entirely silence) the sound produced by a gunshot. Some members of Congress have been pushing for legislation that would make it easier for gun owners to use suppressors. ...

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Bloggers - No, a flight crew did not take a knee and strand the New Orleans Saints

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 13:17
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | No, a flight crew did not take a knee and strand the New Orleans Saints

A recent article describing a flight crew taking a knee and leaving the New Orlean Saints stranded on the runway is a fake news story published on another satirical news website.  "Flight crew takes a knee and walks off, leave New Orleans Saints stranded on runway," read the headline of the story published on dailyfeed.news on Oct. 2, 2017. The article claimed that the pilot and co-pilot of the plane were combat vets who did not take kindly to Saints players partaking in the "Take A Knee" protest and decided to take a knee of their own and exit the plane. ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump says Luther Strange gained many points after endorsement, but evidence is weak

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:23
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump says Luther Strange gained many points after endorsement, but evidence is weak

The defeat of Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in a Sept. 26 runoff election was a blow for President Donald Trump, who had endorsed Strange over his Republican rival Roy Moore. Strange’s loss even led Trump to delete several of his pro-Strange tweets shortly after the election. But Trump didn’t drop the subject, tweeting a few days later, "In analyzing the Alabama Primary race, FAKE NEWS always fails to mention that the candidate I endorsed went up MANY points after endorsement!" See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com When we took a closer look, we found weak support for Trump’s claim. ...

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James Lankford - Sen. James Lankford's misleading comparison about NFL protests, firing of high school football coach

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 11:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Sen. James Lankford's misleading comparison about NFL protests, firing of high school football coach

What’s the difference between a football coach kneeling in prayer and an NFL player taking a knee in protest? A reader asked us to look into this question after Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., suggested the two were being treated differently under the law at a press conference on Sept. 25, 2017. "Now the First Amendment’s the First Amendment. It goes start to finish. We can’t say to one football coach, you’re fired if you kneel in silent prayer at the end of the game, but to a player, if you kneel in protest at a game, you’re celebrated," Lankford said. ...

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Lamar Smith - Did taxes go up by 41 percent between 2013 and 2016?

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:55
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Did taxes go up by 41 percent between 2013 and 2016?

As Congress prepared to debate a high-stakes tax bill, a reader asked us to check a letter about tax policy emailed by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. "A new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in 2016 Americans spent more on taxes than they did on food and clothing combined," Smith wrote. "In fact, taxes were the second-largest expenditure of American families. The average tax bill for Americans in 2016 was a 41 percent increase from 2013." We zeroed in on the final assertion in that paragraph. Spread over a three-year period, a 41 percent bump in taxes ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's dubious claim that his tax plan won't benefit him

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:39
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump's dubious claim that his tax plan won't benefit him

President Donald Trump, the only president in modern history to not release his tax returns (see our fact-check), said he would not personally benefit from his proposed changes to tax law. As he prepared to announce his proposal for a tax overhaul, he had the following exchange with an off-camera reporter. (Here’s the video ): Trump: "My plan is for the working people, and my plan is for jobs." Reporter: "You wouldn't benefit under your tax plan?" Trump: "No, I don't benefit. I don't benefit. In fact, very very strongly, as you see, I think ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim about the estate tax, small businesses and farms

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:54
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim about the estate tax, small businesses and farms

During a speech in Indianapolis launching his proposal for tax overhaul legislation, President Donald Trump said that one element of the plan -- elimination of the estate tax -- would lift a burden on many family businesses and farms. "To protect millions of small businesses and the American farmer, we are finally ending the crushing, the horrible, the unfair estate tax, or as it is often referred to, the death tax," Trump said in his Sept. 27 speech. He continued, "That means, especially for all of you with small businesses that are really tremendous businesses, you’ll be able to ...

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