The Line: The top 1 percent will get 83 percent of the tax cuts under the new tax law. The Party: Democratic The Republican tax plan was signed into law just last month, and Democrats already have a well-worn, and misleading, talking point about it:
A government shutdown appears closer to reality now than at any time since 2013. President Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate and House and the congressional Democratic minority are fighting over how to extend spending for federal operation
Summary Now that President Donald Trump has been in office for one day shy of a full year, it’s time to take a look at how well his boasts — and his critics’ complaints — stack up against hard data. Here we offer key measures
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Thieves Cloning Car Remote Codes, Breaking Into Cars-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Thieves are using wireless devices to clone auto door lock codes transmitted by wireless key fobs, allowing them to break into cars. The Truth: Rumors about thieves cloning
President Donald Trump’s approval ratings among African Americans have declined, not “doubled,” as the president claimed in a recent tweet. The source of Trump’s boast appears to be a misreading of data from the online polling firm SurveyMonkey
SUMMARY Many stories were written about climate science in 2017, but were the ones that “went viral” scientifically accurate? To find out, we compiled a list of articles with the most comments, shares, and likes on social networks using data from
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This July 2017 article in The New York Times described a remarkable iceberg calving event at Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf. Scientists who reviewed the article found it to be essentially accurate and informativ
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This August 2017 article in The Atlantic covered a study of the greenhouse gas emissions that could be avoided if beef consumption was reduced in the United States. Beef is a particularly resource-intensive food, d
Turkey "cyber army" Ayyıldız Tim is claiming responsibility for the hacks, which have been directed mostly at public figures worldwide.
Q: Were 11 would-be terrorists arrested in a late-night raid at a mosque? A: No. The FBI confirmed that there has been no such raid. FULL QUESTION Late Night Raid On Michigan Mosque Nets 11 ISIS Terrorists and More Than 40 Vests True story or not? FUL
Facing questions from the press, President Donald Trump appeared to backtrack on a previous commitment he made to meet face-to-face with investigators probing his campaign’s possible ties to Russia. That same day Trump resurfaced dubious claims a
President Donald Trump said he has “heard” varying numbers on the DACA population — from 650,000 to 3 million. In fact, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said there were 689,800 active DACA recipients as of Sept. 4, 2017.
Q: Did actor Morgan Freeman say that Hillary Clinton should be jailed? A: No. He has donated to Democrats and endorsed Clinton for president in 2016. FULL ANSWER Morgan Freeman endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016. But, in October, a websi
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Q: Did the U.S. Supreme Court uphold a law banning Muslims from serving in government? A: No. There is no such law. Two Muslims currently serve in the U.S. Congress. FULL ANSWER The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the freedom of
National Journal Staff correspondent Daniel Newhauser and Wall Street Journal congressional reporter Kristina Peterson discussed the key fiscal and legislative deadlines facing Congress in the 2018 mid-term election year....This item belongs to: movies
President Donald Trump suggested his “very strict” aviation policies were linked to zero commercial passenger jet deaths in 2017 worldwide. In fact, in the United States, there have been no deaths from U.S. commercial airline accidents sinc
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Q: Is it true that under the GOP tax bill, Medicare will stop covering cancer treatment? A: No. Nothing about the tax bill would end cancer treatment benefits. Increased deficits could lead to Medicare spending cuts, however. FULL QUESTION There is a
Q: Did voters in Alabama’s special Senate election get “caught voting multiple times with fake IDs”? A: No. The Alabama Secretary of State’s office has received no such report. FULL ANSWER Alabama elected its first Democratic
An Interesting Talk by the Head of Daimler Benz-Inaccurate Attribution! Summary of eRumor: A commentary titled “An Interesting Talk by the Head of Daimler Benz” has made the rounds in forwarded emails and discussion forums. The Truth: The &
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Reporter Beth Reinhard Bribed Woman to Accuse Roy Moore of Sexual Assault-Reported as Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Washington Post reporter Beth Reinhard bribed women to accuse Roy Moore of sexual assault or molestation, offering them $1,000 to bring fa
“According to data direct from the IRS, allowing property tax deductions up to $10,000 — which I fought for and won — will cover nearly every taxpayer in the Third Congressional District.” — Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), in an opin
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, the U.S. Special Counsel’s Office announced on Dec. 1. In his plea agreement, Flynn admitted he lied t
Q: Has Canada passed a law that would allow parents to euthanize disabled children? A: No. Canada’s physician-assisted death law applies only to adults if they are mentally capable of making such a decision. FULL ANSWER Physician-assisted deat
President Donald Trump is eager to sign into law big changes to the tax code. The House approved its tax rewrite on Nov. 16, and the Senate is trying to clear its version with a full vote this week. If the Senate passes the measure, the two chambers wi
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article at Grist by Eric Holthaus examines the risk of greater sea level rise caused by a more rapid loss of glacial ice. It focuses on a process recently added to one ice sheet model (ice cliff instability),
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Before gobbling turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie -- or engaging in a well-informed political spat with your family -- some of you might wonder where the Thanksgiving tradition originated. We wondered, too. So we talked with historians to get the facts
President Trump Lifts Ban on Importing Elephant Trophies from Africa-Truth! & Misleading! Summary of eRumor: The Trump administration has lifted an Obama-era ban on importing elephant trophies taken from African countries like Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Q: Does the National Institutes of Health fund research on human-animal chimeras, or organisms that are part-human, part-other animal? A: With some exceptions, the NIH doesn’t fund research on human-animal chimeras. But the agency has propose
Sketchy articles about the Warrior Canine Connection and a canceled contract with Walter Reed Medical Center omitted key details..
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Q: Did a judge in Montana rule that a “Muslim man can marry 9-year-old girl”? A: No. The couple in the “wedding” photo are actually actors who were part of an advocacy group’s campaign to fight child marriage in Lebanon. FULL A
Summary House Republicans on Nov. 2 introduced a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax code, and almost immediately both parties distorted the facts about the plan to advance their partisan agendas: The tax plan isn’t the “biggest tax cut in
The uproar that followed White House chief of staff John Kelly’s comment about the roots of the Civil War stands as Exhibit A of the potential problems that come when an official uses shorthand to talk about the country’s history of slavery
During two hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has tangled with Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) concerning his knowledge of possible communications between Trump campaign officials and Russian of
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Lankford overstates slow growth in past 100 years The Republican message on tax reform is that it holds the key to kicking the economy into high gear. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has talked of steady yearly