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Rick Perry - Rick Perry wrongly downplays human role in climate change

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:35
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Rick Perry wrongly downplays human role in climate change

Energy Secretary Rick Perry downplayed the role of human activity in the recent rise in the Earth’s temperature, saying natural causes are likely the main driver of climate change. Perry was asked in a CNBC interview if he believed carbon dioxide was the "primary control knob" for the earth’s temperature. "No. Most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in," Perry said in the June 19 interview. We decided to investigate Perry’s claim about climate change’s main cause, which scientists have likened to a "control knob." Human activity the main cause ...

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AntiNews.in - It's fake news that the United States didn't land on the moon

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:32
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | It's fake news that the United States didn't land on the moon

An Internet post claiming that high-ranking Chinese officials had called the American moon landing a "complete hoax" is a fake news story that has been in circulation for years: A new scandal has happened after high ranking officials from the Chinese space program called the American moon landing "a complete hoax", the Beijing Daily Express reports. The claims came after the Chinese moon rover allegedly couldn’t find any proof of American landings on the Moon. The rover took thousands of photos and after analyzing them the Chinese discovered that there’s no trace of these moon landings. The post attributes the ...

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Donald Trump - White House tweet wrongly says Obamacare led to fewer insurance options

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:50
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | White House tweet wrongly says Obamacare led to fewer insurance options

In its drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, the Trump administration turned to Twitter with a list of how bad the program is. "Obamacare has led to higher costs and fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans. It has failed the American people," it tweeted June 21. An accompanying video described multiple failings. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com One of its attack lines jumped out at us as particularly wrong: that Obamacare has led to fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans. On its face, it is wrong. Before passage ...

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Bloggers - Claim that Trump welcomes Jamaica as a U.S. territory is fake news

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:59
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Claim that Trump welcomes Jamaica as a U.S. territory is fake news

An undated post on CNewsGo.com claimed that President Donald Trump had finally confirmed the rumor of Jamaica becoming a U.S. territory, but the story continues to be nothing more than a hoax. The unnamed author claimed Jamaica has become a permanently inhabited territory of the United States with its own organized government as determined by an Organic Act passed by Congress. There is no date provided for the decision, and we could not find any legislation relating to such news. This is because Jamaica is its own country, declaring its independence from the United Kingdom and creating its own constitution ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump tweet on 50% approval cherry-picks polling data

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:37
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump tweet on 50% approval cherry-picks polling data

President Donald Trump opened his first Father’s Day as president with a bright-and-early boast about his poll numbers. "The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating. That's higher than O's #'s!" See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Rasmussen Reports retweeted the president’s message (and so did more than 21,000 other accounts) despite some questionable logic. Trump cherry-picked his data Among pollsters, Rasmussen has consistently published higher approval ratings for Trump than its peers that track presidential job approval among Americans. Its June 13-15 poll of ...

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Karl Racine - Did Saudis spend money on Trump hotels? Yes

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:44
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Did Saudis spend money on Trump hotels? Yes

Attorney General Karl Racine of the District of Columbia said foreign governments are trying to curry favor with the president of the United States, and they’re using Trump International Hotel to do it. "Just one example: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, whose government has important business and policy before the president of the United States, has already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at the Trump International Hotel," Racine said. Racine and Attorney General Brian Frosh of Maryland on June 12 announced that they had filed a lawsuit in federal court against Donald Trump for violating the Constitution’s anti-corruption provisions ...

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Ivanka Trump - Ivanka Trump right about role of 'skills gap' in unfilled jobs

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:42
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Ivanka Trump right about role of 'skills gap' in unfilled jobs

During an interview with Fox & Friends, Ivanka Trump discussed one of the challenges of the current economy -- that job vacancies exist, but many people who aren’t working aren’t qualified to fill them. Her comments came during a week that the White House had devoted to messages about the American workforce. "There are currently 6 million jobs available in this country that are due in part to the skills gap," she said. When we took a closer look, we found that Trump was generally on target, but that the impact of the "skills gap" -- the fact ...

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Infowars - Loretta Lynch did not call for 'violence and murder,' 'blood and death in streets'

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 09:36
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Loretta Lynch did not call for 'violence and murder,' 'blood and death in streets'

The shootings of congressional Republican baseball players by a drifter fan of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., triggered outrage among conservative media. Infowars, the conspiracy website of Alex Jones, accused top Democrats of instigating this sort of violence. The June 14 headline basically said it all: "FLASHBACK: Tim Kaine, Loretta Lynch Called For Blood and Death In Streets." The article said Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential candidate, and Lynch, Barack Obama's former attorney general, were part of "a stunning collection of calls to violence and murder from the intolerant, unhinged leftists in the Democrat party, mainstream media, Hollywood, and ...

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Bernie Sanders - Bernie Sanders tweet exaggerates lack of input in Senate health care bill

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:33
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Bernie Sanders tweet exaggerates lack of input in Senate health care bill

Amid criticism that Senate Republicans are working in secret to craft legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted a graphic that tried to make that argument in stark statistical terms. The graphic, which Sanders tweeted on June 13, 2017, is titled, "Health Care Reform: Then and Now." It limits its comparison to the Senate, and it looks at two periods -- 2009 to 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was under consideration, and 2017, for the legislation the Senate is currently working on. (The House has already passed its ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's Mostly False tweet about Obamacare dropouts

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:10
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump's Mostly False tweet about Obamacare dropouts

President Donald Trump often says that the health insurance exchanges for buying individual coverage are collapsing under their own weight. Recent reports from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provided him with another data point. "2 million more people just dropped out of ObamaCare. It is in a death spiral," he tweeted June 13. We decided to look at that 2 million figure and see whether it adds weight to the argument that the Affordable Care Act exchanges are collapsing. What we found isn’t nearly as convincing as Trump made it sound. It’s become routine for people to ...

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Jeff Sessions - Jeff Sessions cites 'longstanding policy' to deflect senators' questions in Russia hearing

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Jeff Sessions cites 'longstanding policy' to deflect senators' questions in Russia hearing

Democratic senators skewered Attorney General Jeff Sessions for refusing to answer their questions about his private conversations with President Donald Trump during a June 13 hearing about Sessions’ role in the controversy over Russia and the election. Sessions said Trump hadn’t invoked executive privilege, which presidents can use to prevent the compelled disclosure of private executive branch communications and deliberations. Instead, Sessions cited "longstanding" Justice Department policy as his reason for declining to comment. "It's a longstanding policy of the Department of Justice not to comment on conversations that the attorney general has had with the president of the ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's boasts about accomplishments in office ring hollow

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:35
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump's boasts about accomplishments in office ring hollow

Some commentators called it "the weirdest Cabinet meeting ever": President Donald Trump’s leadership team gathered to deliver a litany of praise for the president. Trump saved some of the boasting for himself, making claims that his administration has been one of historic accomplishments. "I will say that never has there been a president -- with few exceptions; in the case of FDR, he had a major depression to handle -- who's passed more legislation, who's done more things than what we've done, between the executive orders and the job-killing regulations that have been terminated," Trump said, later ...

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Ivanka Trump - Ivanka Trump on target with figures on women in STEM fields

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 13:14
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Ivanka Trump on target with figures on women in STEM fields

During an interview on Fox & Friends, Ivanka Trump discussed the challenges facing women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math -- collectively known as STEM. It was one of the themes of her recent book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success. In a discussion with the hosts about the nation’s employment picture, Trump raised the issue of where future jobs will be coming from. "A lot of them are in STEM-related fields -- science, engineering, computer science," she said during the June 12, 2017, segment. "Women, for example, while we represent 47 percent ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump wrong on Paris accord, China and coal plants

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 14:46
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump wrong on Paris accord, China and coal plants

Even as President Donald Trump defiantly withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, he described it in contradictory terms. "As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country," he said June 1. An agreement cannot be both nonbinding and draconian at the same time. It’s one or the other. Trump continued to blur the difference when he compared the obligations of China and the United States under the deal. "China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional ...

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Scott Pruitt - Are coal mining jobs up by 50,000 since last year? Not exactly

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 13:36
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Are coal mining jobs up by 50,000 since last year? Not exactly

Just days after President Donald Trump announced that he would be pulling the United States out of the Paris international climate agreement, his Environmental Protection Agency administrator went on the Sunday shows to defend Trump’s decision. During the June 4 interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked Scott Pruitt whether it was disingenuous for the administration to promise a rebirth of coal. On the one hand, coal is a high-carbon-emissions fuel that is at a disadvantage under the Paris agreement and could potentially benefit from the United States’ exit from the accord. On the other, ...

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Al Gore - Al Gore says a majority of Trump voters support Paris Agreement. Really?

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:46
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Al Gore says a majority of Trump voters support Paris Agreement. Really?

Former Vice President Al Gore said most backers of President Donald Trump wanted the United States to remain a party to the Paris accord on climate change. Trump announced on June 1 that he would set the country on a course to withdraw from the agreement, which lays out ambitious but voluntary goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit the global temperature. "The president made the wrong decision in my view and in the view of most Americans," Gore said in a June 4 interview on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. "A majority of President Trump's supporters ...

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Donald Trump - Donald Trump's tweet misleads about London mayor's reaction to bridge, stabbing attacks

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 09:07
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump's tweet misleads about London mayor's reaction to bridge, stabbing attacks

Saturday night, President Donald Trump responded to the London Bridge and market attacks with solidarity for London and the United Kingdom. Sunday morning, Trump had harsh words for the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan. "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’ " Trump wrote June 4. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com The London mayor did use those words in a morning-after news conference about the van and stabbing rampage. But in no way, shape or form did Khan say them about the terrorist attack. ...

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz - Are Nicaragua and Syria the only countries not to sign Paris Agreement?

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:23
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Are Nicaragua and Syria the only countries not to sign Paris Agreement?

Just a few hours before President Donald Trump was set to announce whether he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz questioned the president’s reported intent to walk away from the accord. "Syria and Nicaragua are the only nations that didn't sign the Paris Agreement. Nicaragua said it wasn't tough enough. What's Trump's excuse?" the representative from Florida tweeted June 1. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com Trump’s promise to "cancel" the Paris Agreement is one of more than 100 promises we are tracking on the Trump-O-Meter. ...

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Bernie Sanders - Bernie Sanders inflates Trump tax plan benefits to billionaires

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 14:49
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Bernie Sanders inflates Trump tax plan benefits to billionaires

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called President Donald Trump’s budget a massive transfer of wealth from working families, the elderly, children, the sick and the poor to the top 1 percent. "Why is it more important to give a $100 billion tax break to 3 of the wealthiest families than to feed, house and educate 15 million people?" Sanders tweeted May 25. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com We decided to fact-check whether the Trump budget indeed bestows a $100 billion tax break on three of the wealthiest families in the United States. The accusation runs into trouble by ...

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Uspoln Website - Fake news: Pat Robertson did NOT say gays should wear specially-colored clothes

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:00
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Fake news: Pat Robertson did NOT say gays should wear specially-colored clothes

The website USPOLN, already flagged as a fake news site on our handy guide, recycled an evocative bit of fakery about television evangelist Pat Robertson that dates from 2015. Allegedly drawing on an installment of Robertson’s show The 700 Club, the post begins with Robertson warning that legal rights of gays and lesbians will draw down God’s wrath upon America. It then goes off the rails. The article says a caller asks if this disaster can be averted. To which Robertson replies, "The only way to stop the spread of these diseases that are plaguing the country is ...

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