Did Michael Cohen want a White House gig?

During Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress, Democrats zeroed in on his claims that Donald Trump engaged in crime before and even into his presidency. But Republicans seemed less interested in Cohen’s message than the messenger himself. Republican members of the House Oversight Committee impugned Cohen’s motives for testifying against Trump, saying he is after a lighter prison sentence and a book deal. But their main charge was that Cohen resents his former boss because Trump did not reward him with a coveted White House position despite years of loyal service. “You wanted to work for the White House, but you … >>More

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Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s claims about a national emergency

President Donald Trump repeated several false or misleading claims as he justified the need for a national emergency declaration to secure funding for a border wall. Trump, who had not released the scope of his executive action as of mid-day Feb. 15, repeatedly said a wall was the best way to stop the flow of drugs, gang members and human trafficking across the border. He labeled any facts that might undercut his argument, “just a lie.” We looked at the official numbers and found otherwise. “So I’m going to be signing a national emergency and it’s been signed many times … >>More

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Fact-checking the State of the Union for 2019

President Donald Trump delivered the 2019 State of the Union address on Feb. 5, 2019, addressing the topics of the economy, immigration, foreign policy and more. Here are some of his comments, fact-checked or with additional explanation or context. This report includes information on three accurate statements and 12 claims that are inaccurate, exaggerated or lack context. We’ve also fact-checked the Democratic response delivered by Stacey Abrams, a 2018 candidate for Georgia governor.  (This report was last updated Feb. 11, 2019.) IMMIGRATION “In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall — but the proper wall never got … >>More

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Fact-check: How true is Green Book?

Editor’s note: Have you ever wondered if the movie you just saw — that claimed to be based on a real story or historical events — was really accurate? So have we. With this year’s Oscars featuring historically based movies up for Best Picture honors, we wanted to help you sort out the facts from the dramatic liberties. (We’ve also fact-checked BlacKkKlansman and will also fact-check Vice.) Warning, major spoilers and plot points ahead! The movie snatching hearts and Oscar nominations feels especially good when audiences learn it’s based on a true story. But how accurate is Green Book? Viggo Mortensen plays Tony “Lip” … >>More

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Donald Trump vs. Beto O’Rourke on immigration messaging

President Donald Trump and former congressman Beto O’Rourke described the impact of immigrants and border walls in such starkly different terms that it sounded as if they were on different worlds. Yet they were rallying their supporters less than a mile away from each other. From El Paso, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump spoke about the perils and pitfalls of immigration. Separately, O’Rourke, who used to represent El Paso as a Democrat in Congress, offered a more positive outlook. Since losing a 2018 bid for the U.S. Senate, O’Rourke has been seen as a potential Trump challenger in the … >>More

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Donald Trump doesn’t think white nationalism is on the rise. Data shows otherwise

It’s becoming a pattern with President Donald Trump: downplaying the seriousness of violence associated with white nationalism. A reporter asked Trump if he saw a global rise in white nationalism following reports that the Christchurch, New Zealand, shooter was steeped in the ideology. Trump responded: “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. I guess, if you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s a case. I don’t know enough about it yet.” Documenting incidents of white nationalism can be challenging. Nevertheless, data from multiple sources suggests extremist attacks … >>More

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Fact-checking Michael Bennet’s speech about the government shutdown

When it became Sen. Michael Bennet’s turn to speak on the Senate floor about the record-long government shutdown, the Colorado Democrat said he had had enough of criticism from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz had blamed Democrats for not supporting a proposal to pay the Coast Guard, the only military branch going without pay during the shutdown. In an uncharacteristic rebuttal, Bennet chastised Cruz for his role in a previous government shutdown under President Barack Obama, at a time when Bennet said his state was flooded and people were killed. “I seldom, as you know, rise on this floor to … >>More

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Why it feels like wages aren’t outpacing inflation, even though they are

Democrats like to talk about struggling families who find wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living. But our fact-checking has found that the economic data clashes with their argument. Readers who are pinching pennies have told us they don’t agree with our findings. “I was a working adult in 1980 and I’m now a retiree,” one reader emailed us. “I know that in 1980, a new car cost $7,000. Today, a new car is $35,000. That’s an increase of 500 percent. I know that salaries in 1980 were running around $16,000 (that’s about what I made an teacher) … >>More

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Roses are red, violets are blue, PolitiFact loves truth, what about you?

Flowers are great, chocolates are stellar, but what PolitiFact would really love is for you to become a member. Key to PolitiFact’s success is our Truth Squad membership program, which connects you, fact-checking’s biggest fans, with behind-the-scenes content, live video streams with reporters and more. Having reliable monthly donations from readers allows us to plan our coverage, hire more fact-checkers and expand our coverage to include specific beats, such as immigration and voting rights. So here’s our pitch: If you start or re-up your commitment to PolitiFact now through this Valentine’s Day, we’ll send you an “I love facts” sticker like … >>More

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Vice: What the movie gets right and wrong about Dick Cheney

Editor’s note: Have you ever wondered if the movie you just saw — that claimed to be based on a real story or historical events — was really accurate? So have we. With this year’s Oscars featuring historically based movies up for Best Picture honors, we wanted to help you sort out the facts from the dramatic liberties. (We’ve also fact-checked BlacKkKlansman and Green Book.) Warning, major spoilers and plot points ahead! Adam McKay’s Vice presents a peculiar challenge to fact-checking. This impressionistic biopic about Vice President Dick Cheney and the run-up to the Iraq War might draw on reality, … >>More

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