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PolitiFact: Coulter no-deport numbers were right, Trump tweets weren’t

PolitiFact last week found two recent Donald Trump tweets lacked full truth, and Ann Coulter’s comment on Trump’s immigration policy so far had the numbers right but described the effect as ‘amnesty,’ a term open to lots of interpretation. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “The new Rasmussen Poll, one of...
PolitiFact: Coulter correct on no-deportation number; ‘amnesty’ is debatable

PolitiFact: Coulter correct on no-deportation number; ‘amnesty’ is debatable

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, called him out for stalling on immigration promises, including deportation of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. Her tweet linked to an article from conservative news outlet The Daily Caller, headlined “Nearly 100,000 ‘Dreamers’ Granted Amnesty In Trump’s Opening Months&rdquo...
Trump’s tweet overlooks millions covered who weren’t before

Trump’s tweet overlooks millions covered who weren’t before

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. An accompanying video described multiple failings. One of its assertions jumped out at us as particularly wrong: that Obamacare has led to fewer health insurance options for millions of Americans. Before passage of the Affordable...
Donald Trump tweet on 50 percent approval cherry-picks polling data

Donald Trump tweet on 50 percent 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!” Rasmussen Reports retweeted the president’s message (and so did more than 21,000 other accounts)...
PolitiFact: Ossoff, Sanders on health bill; Handel on Iran: None ‘True’

PolitiFact: Ossoff, Sanders on health bill; Handel on Iran: None ‘True’

PolitiFact last week found Jon Ossoff’s assessment of an impact of Republicans’ health care bill went too far. So did Karen Handel in saying Iran has violated the 2015 nuclear deal. And Sen. Bernie Sanders was also off in his comparison of Democrats’ and Republicans’ allowing debate on Obamacare and its proposed replacement. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks...
PolitiFact: Sanders misleads in chart on health care bill processes

PolitiFact: Sanders misleads in chart on health care bill processes

Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted a graphic that tried to make that argument in stark statistical terms that Senate Republicans are working in secret to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The graphic, which Sanders tweeted on June 13, 2017, limits its comparison to the Senate, and it looks at 2009 to 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was under consideration, and 2017, for the legislation the Senate...
PolitiFact: Handel says Iran broke nuclear deal; Monitors say Iran’s complying

PolitiFact: Handel says Iran broke nuclear deal; Monitors say Iran’s complying

In the campaign for Georgia’s 6th, Congressional District, Republican Karen Handel has been sharply critical of the 2015 agreement for Iran to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. “From the things that I have seen, they are and (have) already violated the terms of the deal,” Handel said in a June 8 debate against Democrat Jon Ossoff ahead...
PolitiFact: Ossoff presumes too much about GOP health care bill

PolitiFact: Ossoff presumes too much about GOP health care bill

The treatment of pre-existing conditions has emerged as one of the thorniest issues in health care, which dominated the final debate in the special election to fill Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat. Democrat Jon Ossoff said the House Republican’s American Health Care Act, “guts protections against massive price hikes for Georgians with pre-existing conditions.” Both...
PolitiFact review: Trump overstated requirements of climate deal

PolitiFact review: Trump overstated requirements of climate deal

In addition to one of President Trump’s stated reasons for pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord, PolitiFact last week paid attention to the Tuesday debate between candidates in Georgia’s 6th District congressional race. We looked at statements by Democrat Jon Ossoff about Republican Karen Handel’s past role in reduced funding for breast cancer screening and by...
Clinton bases deterred-voter claim on flawed report

Clinton bases deterred-voter claim on flawed report

While reflecting on the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton was asked why she didn’t campaign more in Wisconsin, a state that hadn’t gone Republican since 1984, but one she lost to Donald Trump. Appearing May 31 at a conference in California sponsored by the Vox Media site Recode, Clinton replied by saying “we thought we were doing really well in Wisconsin,” but &ldquo...
Handel’s, Ossoff’s claims on opponent’s fund sources contain truth

Handel’s, Ossoff’s claims on opponent’s fund sources contain truth

The special election to fill a closely contested Georgia congressional seat has broken a campaign cash record. With about $36 million spent, it is now the most expensive race for Congress the country has ever seen. The seat, left vacant when President Donald Trump named Tom Price as secretary of health and human services, had been a solid Republican seat for years. But Democrats think they may be...
Gore correct on Florida drought, but it’s not too unusual

Gore correct on Florida drought, but it’s not too unusual

Criticizing President Donald Trump’s “reckless” decision to pull out of the Paris climate change agreement, Former Vice President Al Gore said evidence abounds that climate change is real, and people “don’t have to rely on the virtually unanimous opinion of the scientific community anymore. “Mother nature is telling us every night on the TV news now is like a nature...
PolitiFact: Handel overstates U.S. money in Iran aiding terrorists

PolitiFact: Handel overstates U.S. money in Iran aiding terrorists

Karen Handel said in the debate Tuesday night that in the Barack Obama-era deal with Iran, “Nearly $2 billion in cash was flown over to Iran, money that the Obama administration has admitted is being used for terrorists and to support further activities there.” Handel’s staff pointed to a March 17, 2016, letter from the State Department saying Iran had received about $1.7 billion...
PolitiFact: Ossoff claim about Handel, breast screenings has some basis

PolitiFact: Ossoff claim about Handel, breast screenings has some basis

The Democratic contender for Georgia’s open congressional seat, Jon Ossoff, accused his Republican opponent of spearheading a controversial decision to cut off funding for breast cancer screenings. Ossoff charged that Karen Handel, while working as a top official at Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, worked to pull funding for screenings performed by Planned Parenthood. &ldquo...
PolitiFact: GOP ad about ISIS wrong; so is Sanders on Trump tax plan

PolitiFact: GOP ad about ISIS wrong; so is Sanders on Trump tax plan

Last week PolitiFact looked at Health and Human Secretary Tom Price’s claim about new federal spending to combat the opioid epidemic, a political ad’s claim about ISIS infiltrators in the United States, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ interpretation of how President Trump’s tax proposals would affect three very rich families. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions...
PolitiFact: Sanders misstates impact on rich of Trump’s tax plan

PolitiFact: Sanders misstates impact on rich of Trump’s tax plan

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. The accusation runs away with...
PolitiFact: Ad against Ossoff incorrect about Syrians ‘infiltrating’ U.S. for ISIS

PolitiFact: Ad against Ossoff incorrect about Syrians ‘infiltrating’ U.S. for ISIS

An ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee against 6th District Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff begins, “ISIS is infiltrating America and using Syrians to do it,” and continues, “The FBI warned we can’t safely screen every Syrian. Yet Jon Ossoff’s liberal party bosses brought 10,000 Syrian refugees to America. And Ossoff supports their dangerous...
PolitiFact: New budget funds aren’t whole story on opioid epidemic

PolitiFact: New budget funds aren’t whole story on opioid epidemic

Tom Price, secretary for Health and Human Services, and Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, reiterated Trump’s commitment to end the opioid crisis when they visited New Hampshire this month a week after it was announced that the administration planned to cut the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s budget by $364 million, about 95 percent. The proposed cut in Trump&rsquo...
PolitiFact checked claims on prisons, leaked emails and Ossoff donors

PolitiFact checked claims on prisons, leaked emails and Ossoff donors

Last week PolitiFact checked out a Senator’s claim about the U.S. prison population, a former House Speaker’s claim about leaked Democratic Party emails and a murder victim, and an ad about donations from California to Jon Ossoff’s campaign for the 6th Congressional District of Georgia. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions can be found at www.politifact...
PolitiFact: ad misstates Ossoff’s Calif. aid: More donors, not dollars

PolitiFact: ad misstates Ossoff’s Calif. aid: More donors, not dollars

Both sides have launched attack ads in the race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Recently, Democrats accused Republican Karen Handel of wallowing in administrative bloat. (We rated that Mostly False). Now, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, has an ad that paints Democrat Jon Ossoff as beholden more to people in California than voters...
Evidence doesn’t back Gingrich’s accusation about leaked emails

Evidence doesn’t back Gingrich’s accusation about leaked emails

It’s been several months since the intelligence community concluded Russia tampered in the election in ways that included stealing Democratic Party emails and giving them to WikiLeaks. Yet an unfounded conspiracy theory persists that WikiLeaks got the emails from a Democratic National Committee staffer who was shot and killed in July 2016. Seth Rich, who worked on voter access projects for the...
Inmate population did decrease during Obama’s presidency

Inmate population did decrease during Obama’s presidency

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently urged federal prosecutors to take a more aggressive approach to charging defendants, including seeking mandatory minimum sentences. The guidelines, signed May 10, moved in a different direction than the Department of Justice had taken under President Barack Obama. Under Obama, the department focused on prosecuting the most serious crimes and finding ways to...
Gauging Trump remark on bird deductions, Democrats’ ad against Handel

Gauging Trump remark on bird deductions, Democrats’ ad against Handel

Topics of claims by or about politicians that PolitiFact took a look at last week included tax deductions for birds, the potential impact of the Republican health care bill on veterans, and Karen Handel’s budget history as Georgia secretary of state. You might be surprised at which was the only one rated true. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions can be found at www...
PolitiFact: Democrats’ ad on Handel office budgets misleads

PolitiFact: Democrats’ ad on Handel office budgets misleads

The race in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District tests whether Democrats can turn anger toward President Donald Trump into votes, and whether Republicans can transcend that anger in a district that has long been safe GOP territory. With a little over a month before the June 20 special election, the Democratic ad campaign went on the attack. Both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee...
PolitiFact: Senator exaggerates GOP health care bill’s impact on vets

PolitiFact: Senator exaggerates GOP health care bill’s impact on vets

Among Democrats’ many gripes with the House Republican health care bill is that it’s missing a special protection for veterans. “What does Trumpcare do? Yank tax credits away from veterans unlike any other American,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., at a May 9 press conference. This issue is more complex and less far-reaching than Blumenthal’s exaggerated one-liner...
PolitiFact: Yes, Trump knows, some tax deductions can be for the birds

PolitiFact: Yes, Trump knows, some tax deductions can be for the birds

One line in President Donald Trump’s interview with The Economist posted on May 11, that raised our eyebrows was about tax deductions for birds. “I get more deductions,” Trump said. “I mean I can tell you this, I get more deductions. They have deductions for birds flying across America. They have deductions for everything.” At first, we were mystified, but he’s...
PolitiFact: Loudermilk’s assertion on women’s health care incomplete

PolitiFact: Loudermilk’s assertion on women’s health care incomplete

A PolitiFact reader asked us to fact-check an email Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., sent to constituents just after the House passed the latest health care bill. We zeroed in on part of a “frequently asked questions” section that sought to explain some of the bill’s provisions: Loudermilk’s office told us the information in the FAQ section came from the office of House Speaker...
PolitiFact: Price, Loudermilk comments on health bill mostly false

PolitiFact: Price, Loudermilk comments on health bill mostly false

Last week PolitiFact checked out two statements about the latest health care bill and a comment by the attorney general about treatment in criminal cases for noncitizens here illegally. None measured up in our findings to full truthfulness. Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “We have got 20 million folks out there across this...
PolitiFact: Sessions omits some info on prosecuting noncitizens

PolitiFact: Sessions omits some info on prosecuting noncitizens

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told New York law enforcement officers that “we’ve seen district attorneys openly brag about not charging cases appropriately under the laws of our country, so that provides an opportunity for individuals not to be convicted of a crime that might lead to deportation. Some have advertised that they will charge a criminal alien with a lesser offense than presumably...
PolitiFact: Price has numbers right, maybe not motive, on Obamacare tax penalty

PolitiFact: Price has numbers right, maybe not motive, on Obamacare tax penalty

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price argued that many people are uninsured because they don’t like Obamacare. “When I talk to the doctors that I used to practice with right here in Atlanta, what they tell me is that the current system isn’t working for them or for their patients,” Price said in a May 7 interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” &ldquo...
Did Paul Ryan flip-flop on how to pass a big health care bill?

Did Paul Ryan flip-flop on how to pass a big health care bill?

As legislation to dramatically overhaul the Affordable Care Act neared a vote in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, critics said that Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was hypocritical in how he brought a revised bill to the floor. In March, a bill known as the American Health Care Act was pulled from the floor by GOP leaders because it didn’t have enough votes to pass. That was...
PolitiFact: Perdue’s claims about new school-food rules mostly false

PolitiFact: Perdue’s claims about new school-food rules mostly false

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue went to an elementary school lunchroom in Virginia to announce new rules for the food schools serve. Under the banner of trimming the childhood obesity rate, combating rising levels of diabetes and other health problems, Congress passed and the Obama administration implemented new targets for schools. Perdue gave schools more time to comply in two areas...
Child care cost is high, but Ivanka Trump overstated it

Child care cost is high, but Ivanka Trump overstated it

At a meeting in Berlin focused on empowering women entrepreneurs, first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump said her father stood completely behind women in the workplace. “He’s been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive,” Trump said. She said the thousands of women who have worked for her father know this and that her father would prove...
Claims on police death, border-wall votes and federal waste: How true?

Claims on police death, border-wall votes and federal waste: How true?

Last week PolitiFact checked out three statements ranging from mostly false to mostly true: a White House official’s assertion that three prominent Democrats voted for a border wall in 2006; an online claim that more police were killed during the war on drugs compared with the Prohibition era; and Georgia 6th District congressional candidate Jon Ossoff’s claim of $16 billion worth of duplicate...
PolitiFact: Ossoff generally right on cost of duplicate services

PolitiFact: Ossoff generally right on cost of duplicate services

Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate who finished first in the initial round of voting in Georgia’s historically Republican 6th congressional district, recently aired an ad portraying himself as an opponent of unnecessary government spending. Ossoff, a former congressional aide, said in part, “We need stricter oversight and tougher penalties. They need to be held accountable...
Online post misleads on police deaths during drug war

Online post misleads on police deaths during drug war

On April 20, the unofficial stoner holiday 4/20, supporters of legal marijuana and opponents of the U.S. “war on drugs” took to the internet. The words accompanying one widely shared image say in part: “More American police officers died during prohibition of alcohol than any other time in history. 300 died in 1930 alone. After prohibition ended, police deaths didn’t reach...
Did top Democrats vote for a border wall in 2006?

Did top Democrats vote for a border wall in 2006?

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said he doesn’t understand Democratic opposition to funding the border wall because top Democrats voted for it just over 10 years ago. On “Fox News Sunday” this week, Mulvaney scolded Democrats for obstructing action on Trump’s border wall and pointed to the voting record of top Democrats in 2006. “We want our priorities funded...
Comments on steel, voter turnout and Hitler: None true

Comments on steel, voter turnout and Hitler: None true

Last week we looked at three statements that all missed the mark pretty widely on truthfulness: the White House press secretary’s statement about Hitler’s use of chemical weapons, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ claim about low voter turnout in the recent presidential election, and President Donald Trump’s assertion about requiring all pipelines to be made of American steel. Abbreviated...
Trump overstates effect of memo of American steel in pipelines

Trump overstates effect of memo of American steel in pipelines

In Kenosha, Wis., on April 18, President Donald Trump said in an interview with WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee: “I approved a pipeline, right, called the Keystone pipeline, and other pipelines. And I want them to use American steel, American product. I want it manufactured here. And I made those changes just before we signed it. I said, Where’s the steel coming from? So...
Sanders wrong about 2016 voter turnout: It wasn’t lowest

Sanders wrong about 2016 voter turnout: It wasn’t lowest

Was voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election the lowest in decades? Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran in the Democratic primaries before losing the nomination to Hillary Clinton, said so on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Sanders said, in part, “So many of our people are giving up on the political process. It is very frightening. In the last presidential election...
Claims in 6th District race offer incomplete pictures

Claims in 6th District race offer incomplete pictures

Last week PolitiFact checked a couple of claims in the special election to fill Tom Price’s seat in Georgia’s 6th congressional district. Neither presented the whole truth. We also looked at a Democratic senator’s statement about Republican filibusters, and the whole truth was elusive there, too. Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below. Full versions can be found at www...
Handel’s claim of balancing Fulton budget leaves out some points

Handel’s claim of balancing Fulton budget leaves out some points

In the special election to fill Tom Price’s former House seat, Republican Karen Handel often reminds voters of a key line in her political resume. “As chairman of the Fulton board of commissioners, I turned a $100 million deficit into a balanced budget,” she said in an 11Alive news report. The claim is the second sentence on her biography page on her website. Did Handel actually...
Ad citing Al Jazeera payments to Ossoff uses selective information

Ad citing Al Jazeera payments to Ossoff uses selective information

Jon Ossoff is a Democratic candidate to replace Republican Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, a seat no Democrat has held since 1979. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, posted a web video that ties Ossoff to Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news organization. The focus of this fact-check is the ad’s statement that Al Jazeera...
Spicer comment overlooked Hitler’s infamous gas chambers

Spicer comment overlooked Hitler’s infamous gas chambers

Sean Spicer turned heads in the White House briefing room last week when he wrongly claimed Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons. Spicer, President Donald Trump’s top spokesman, was discussing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s attacks on his own people. “You had someone who is despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer told reporters...
Senator has a point, but ‘filibuster’ count misses mark

Senator has a point, but ‘filibuster’ count misses mark

Republicans changed Senate rules to break a Democratic filibuster and confirm Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, and blamed Democrats for necessitating the change along the way. On “Fox News Sunday” this week, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said both parties are to blame, noting that Republicans engaged in the same type of action during President Barack Obama’s first term, when Republicans...

Trump’s Syria stance did change; Ossoff overstates experience

Last week PolitiFact considered a Georgia congressional candidate’s characterization of his national-security experience, President Trump’s description of Obama’s economic stimulus and Trump’s boast that he had received environmental awards. Our findings varied. Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “I&rsquo...

Trump can claim some credit for environmental awards

At a Tuesday town hall with CEOs, President Donald Trump said his administration will be able to get rid of 90 to 95 percent of regulations “and still have the same kind of protection. “We want safety and we want environmental protection,” Trump said April 4. “I’ve won awards on environmental protection. I’m a big believer, believe it or not. But we want that kind...

PolitiFact: Stimulus focused more on tax cuts than infrastructure

Just over eight years ago, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, more commonly known as the stimulus. Its supporters give it a measure of credit for making the Great Recession milder than it could have been. But critics, including President Donald Trump at a town hall Tuesday for CEOs, say it was a whole lot of nothing. “You know, there was a very large infrastructure...
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