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Factcheck: Trump's numbers, October 2018 update

Statistical measures of how things have changed since the president took office.... Read more»0

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FactCheck: Pence's obsolete poverty point

Old talking points die hard. Mike Pence is still claiming that the number of people living in poverty has gone up by 7 million under President Obama, nearly a week after the news came out that 3.5 million escaped poverty last year alone.... Read more»0

Fatchecking the GOP's 'unvetted' refugees theme

A common Republican falsehood — a claim that Syrian refugees being admitted to the U.S. are “unvetted” — is beginning to infect campaign TV ads. All refugees seeking to enter the U.S. go through a screening process, with special measures for those from Syria. ... Read more»0

Obama’s numbers: July 2016 update

FactCheck's quarterly update of statistical indicators on jobs, wages, debt, energy, illegal immigration, food stamps and more. ... Read more»0

Factcheck: Dems mislead in comparing Trump, other GOP candidates on immigration

A Democratic super PAC ad claims that Republican candidates for president are “all on the same page” with Donald Trump on immigration — favoring the deportation of millions of immigrants who are in the U.S. without legal permission.... Read more»0

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Does ethanol raise or lower emissions?

In dueling TV ads, foes of the federal ethanol mandate claim that it “doubles greenhouse gas emissions,” while the ethanol lobby says that “the oil industry is lying” and the mandate will lead to lower emissions.... Read more»0

Obama’s numbers, October update

FactCheck's quarterly update of selected statistical indicators of Obama's presidency.... Read more»0

FactCheck: Spinning 'tax breaks' for outsourcing

Who says Congress can’t get anything done? As a new TV spot in New Hampshire once again demonstrates, it excels at grinding out symbolic votes that become fodder for political attack ads.... Read more»0

FactCheck: Sanders stretches state of the rich

Sen. Bernie Sanders claims that in the United States, “almost all of the wealth rests in the hands of the few.” He exaggerates. At most, the top 0.1 percent of U.S. families own 22 percent of the nation’s wealth, and Federal Reserve Board economists put the figure at 14 percent.... Read more»0

FactCheck: Bernie Sanders' 'shocking' senior statistic

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has repeatedly claimed that 1 in 5 seniors “live on an average income of $7,600 a year.” The reality is not quite so shocking.... Read more»2

Obama's numbers, July update

Unemployment is down, as is home ownership, while business start-ups, paychecks and oil production are up. ... Read more»0

Factchecking Bernie Sanders on income inequality

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders claims that “in America we now have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth.” Not really. Sanders excludes nations such as Russia, Turkey and Brazil from his definition of “major.”... Read more»0

FactChecking Chris Christie's part-time worker claim

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie claims “we’ve had a huge shift from full-time work to part-time work” under President Obama. ... Read more»0

Obama's numbers, April update

Jobs, earnings, health insurance, oil production, exports and more. Our latest installment of the Obama scorecard. ... Read more»1

Factchecking Ted Cruz, Part II

In announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Ted Cruz painted a bleak picture of “economic stagnation” and “record numbers” of small-business failures. He’s off base on both counts.... Read more»1

Cruz inflates IRS 'agents'

Sen. Ted Cruz has repeatedly gotten basic facts about the Internal Revenue Service wrong when delivering one of his favorite applause lines, calling for its abolition. He did it — again — over the weekend in New Hampshire, when he over-stated the number of agents employed by the IRS... Read more»0

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