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Fact-checking Trump, NRA claims on gun background checks

Sifting through the gun rhetoric since the mass shooting in a Florida high school Feb. 14, we noticed politicians and groups on all sides of the debate often turn to the same topic: background checks. Federally licensed firearms dealers have been required to run background checks on gun buyers since 1994, when the Brady Handgun Violence […]

Trump’s claim that he’s been ‘much tougher on Russia than Obama’

“I have been much tougher on Russia than Obama, just look at the facts. Total Fake News!” — President Trump in a tweet Tuesday As evidence has mounted that Russia intervened in the U.S. election to support the Trump campaign, President Trump has been arguing that he has been tougher on Russia than President Barack Obama was. He […]

Are Senate Republicans killing ‘blue slip’ for court nominees?

“Fact-Check: No Democratic chair of the Judiciary Committee has EVER held a hearing for a judicial nominee over the objection of a Republican senator.” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), in a tweet, Feb. 15, 2018 When politicians cry “fact-check,” it’s catnip for The Fact Checker. Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says […]

Bernie Sanders resurrects a ‘zombie’ claim on gun sales without background checks

“We have to end the absurdity of the gun show loophole. Forty percent of the guns in this country are sold without any background checks.” — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Feb. 18, 2018 At The Fact Checker, we sometimes encounter “zombie claims” — false facts that keep getting repeated, no matter how […]

Fact-checking Trump’s error-filled tweetstorm about the Russia investigation

In a tweetstorm that started late Saturday and continued into Sunday morning, President Trump railed against the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Here’s a quick guide to his many misstatements and misleading claims in this Twitter barrage. ‘Never said Russia did not meddle’ I never said Russia did not meddle in the […]

The White House’s spin that its budget reduces the deficit by $3 trillion

“The budget represents $3 trillion in savings over the course of the 10 years. It’s the second-largest proposed reduction in spending ever, second only to last year’s budget.” — White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, briefing reporters on the 2019 budget, Feb. 12, 2018 “I know the president certainly would like to reduce the deficit […]

Vice President Pence’s claim that U.S. spy agencies found no impact from Russian meddling

“The first thing we all agree on is that irrespective of efforts that were made in 2016 by foreign powers, it is the universal conclusion of our intelligence communities that none of those efforts had any effect on the outcome of the 2016 election.” — Vice President Pence, in an interview with Mike Allen of […]

President Trump’s claims that tax cuts sparked major U.S. investments

“GM Korea company announced today that it will cease production and close its Gunsan plant in May of 2018, and they’re going to move back to Detroit. You don’t hear these things, except for the fact that Trump became president. … Also, you saw Chrysler moving from Mexico to Michigan.” —President Trump, in remarks at […]

Fact-checking Nancy Pelosi’s fundraising numbers

“HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI raised $49.5 million for House Democrats in 2017, including $47.6 million directly for the DCCC, according to her team.” — Politico Playbook, Feb. 12, 2018 This item about Pelosi’s fundraising — which said “she held 204 fundraising events in 43 cities” — caught our attention. Given other numbers that have been […]

What’s the immigration status of Melania Trump’s parents?

Several readers asked about the immigration status of Melania Trump’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, after spotting social media posts such as this one: "Here are Melania's Parents. Viktor and Amalija Knavs. They live in the United States Permanently now because of Chain Migration after Melania's Visa Expired & she stayed here Illegally and married Donnie […]

Video: Trump’s repeated claim the United States has spent $7 trillion in the Middle East

“This will be a big week for Infrastructure. After so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time to start investing in OUR Country!” — President Trump, in a tweet, Feb. 12, 2018 “As of a couple of months ago, we have spent $7 trillion dollars in the Middle East, 7 […]

A Pentagon chart misleadingly suggests the U.S. is falling behind in a nuclear arms race

“As you can see demonstrated in this chart … nuclear delivery system development over the last eight years shows numerous advances by Russia, China and North Korea versus the near absence of such activity by the United States, with competitors and adversaries developing 34 new systems as compared to only one for the U.S. — the […]

Did Hillary Clinton collude with the Russians to get ‘dirt’ on Trump to feed it to the FBI?

“The truth is that they [Democrats] are covering up that Hillary Clinton colluded with the Russians to get dirt on Trump to feed it to the FBI to open up an investigation into the other campaign.” —Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show, Feb. […]

President Trump’s claim that ‘thousands and thousands’ of MS-13 members are off the streets

“We have sent thousands and thousands of MS-13 horrible people out of this country or into our prisons.” — President Trump, State of the Union address, Jan. 30, 2018 “This is after, actually, removing thousands of them out — some into the prisons — but literally thousands of people are removed out.” — Trump, discussing […]

President Trump’s claim that ‘wages are now, for the first time in many years, rising’

“Something that I’ve been talking about for two years — campaigning, and everyone said, ‘You’ll never do it’ — after years of wage stagnation, wages — so what happened two days ago and a month ago — wages are now, for the first time in many years, rising. In fact, more companies are pursuing pay increases right now […]

President Trump cries ‘fake news’ and the world follows

“The media is fake. … The media is really the word — I think one of the greatest of all terms I’ve come up with is fake. I guess other people have used it perhaps over the years, but I’ve never noticed it.” — President Trump in an interview with Mike Huckabee on Oct. 7, […]

Do Republicans want to ban abortion after 20 weeks with no exceptions?

“It would ban abortion after 20 weeks, with no exception to protect a woman’s health and no exceptions for survivors of rape and incest.” — Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), in Twitter and Facebook posts about a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks, Jan. 29, 2018 “The blanket ban in this bill makes no exception for […]

Does the GOP memo show the FBI spied on the Trump campaign?

Republicans increasingly claim that the memo written by the Republican majority staff of the House Intelligence Committee, declassified on Feb. 2, shows how the FBI conspired with Democrats to interfere in the election and even spy on the Trump campaign. #FISAMemo shows real collusion between Dem operatives & key officials at the FBI & DOJ […]

Kevin McCarthy’s stint as a small-business entrepreneur

“I opened my own deli, it was like Subway before Subway, even built the counter in my dad’s garage. And I did it for two years and I was pretty successful. I now had enough money that I could pay my whole way through college… So I sold my business.” –House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy […]

Fact checking the Democratic responses to the State of the Union speech

We fact-checked 18 claims from President Trump’s first State of the Union speech, but he wasn’t the only one throwing around dubious numbers and words. Four politicians gave responses right after the president’s speech. Democrats got several bites at the apple, with one official response from Rep. Joe Kennedy (Mass.) and another in Spanish from […]

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