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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...
Ossoff doesn’t give full picture of his Capitol Hill experience

Ossoff doesn’t give full picture of his Capitol Hill experience

In Georgia’s closely watched congressional special election to succeed Republican Tom Price in the U.S. House, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff has touted his policy experience in national security — and taken heat for allegedly embellishing it. A news release announcing his campaign on Jan. 5 reads: “A Georgia native who grew up in the Sixth District, Ossoff served Georgia as a national...

‘News’ stories on cancer comment, Muslim culture ban, were fake

We fact-checked a couple of fake-news items involving Georgia politicians last week. One was a callous remark about cancer patients purportedly from Tom Price, the former Georgia congressman who’s now Secretary of Health and Human Services. Another related to a bill briefly proposed last year by State Rep. Jason Spencer to ban wearing burqas, niqabs and veils. We also examined another health...
No evidence that Medicaid health outcomes ‘worst’ in world

No evidence that Medicaid health outcomes ‘worst’ in world

Rep. Ted Yoho, a Florida Republican and critic of the Affordable Care Act who opposed his party’s health care plan, described Medicaid as a worldwide failure. The ACA passed under President Barack Obama included the expansion of Medicaid, which provides health coverage for about 74 million poor Americans. (Yoho’s state of Florida rejected the expansion.) “With the Affordable Care...
Georgia did not ‘ban Muslim culture,’ as fake-news websites claimed

Georgia did not ‘ban Muslim culture,’ as fake-news websites claimed

A post that appears to have originated from fake news purveyors in Macedonia falsely said Georgia (our state, not the country) outlawed “Muslim culture.” A March 13 post on USANewsPost.us carried the headline, “Georgia becomes first state to ban Muslim culture in historic move to restore Western values.” Facebook users flagged the post as potentially fake. PolitiFact Georgia...
PolitiFact: ‘News’ site made up words attributed to Tom Price

PolitiFact: ‘News’ site made up words attributed to Tom Price

A fake news story pegged to a real forum with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price falsely quotes him as saying it’s better for cancer patients to die than to waste taxpayer money. “Tom Price: ‘It’s better for our budget if cancer patients die more quickly,’ ” reads the headline on a March 16, 2017, post on USPOLN.com. The post was flagged by Facebook...
PolitiFact: Trump’s budget cuts afterschool programs. Do they work?

PolitiFact: Trump’s budget cuts afterschool programs. Do they work?

White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney triggered a storm of complaints when he defended elimination of a large federal after-school program. When asked in a press conference about the impact on students in Pennsylvania, Mulvaney couched his answer as pertaining to “after-school programs generally.” “They’re supposed to be educational programs, right,” he said March 16...

U.S. Sen. David Perdue’s mostly right about Power Africa’s success

President Donald Trump’s budget outline is just the starting point for debate, but the cuts he’s seeking in foreign aid are among the deepest for any government activity. Under his plan, overall spending for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development would fall by about 28 percent. Congress controls the purse strings, of course. And, in the Senate, David Perdue...
PolitFact: Is Kingston right about CBO’s prognastication skills?

PolitFact: Is Kingston right about CBO’s prognastication skills?

“I remember years ago looking at a CBO report that in 1964 predicted that Medicare would cost $9 billion 10 years later. And I think it was already over $100 billion at that point.” — Former U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston in a March 12 CNN interview Supporters of the House GOP’s proposal to overhaul the health care system are throwing cold water on a report from the nonpartisan Congressional...
PolitiFact: Did Tom Price understate how many insured by Obamacare?

PolitiFact: Did Tom Price understate how many insured by Obamacare?

Republicans supporting the House GOP’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare are pushing back on criticism that the plan would strip health insurance away from an estimated 6 million to 15 million Americans. In comments on the Sunday shows March 12, surrogates for President Donald Trump drew a distinction between being insured and being able to access affordable health care. Health and Human...
Fact-checkers take a look at Trump, McConnell and Schumer

Fact-checkers take a look at Trump, McConnell and Schumer

President-elect Donald Trump, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. They all took a recent ride on the AJC Truth-O-Meter, courtesy of PolitiFact and PolitiFact Georgia. Want to see how they fared? Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com/georgia/. Want to comment on our rulings or suggest one...
Trump mostly correct about the Russian hackers and the RNC

Trump mostly correct about the Russian hackers and the RNC

After months of discounting Russian involvement in the election, President-elect Donald Trump admitted that Russia was behind the campaign hacks and document leaks. “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” he said at a Jan. 11 press conference from Trump Tower in New York, his first press conference in several months. Government intelligence agents have concluded that Russia tried to...
Trump wrong about public’s view of his income tax returns

Trump wrong about public’s view of his income tax returns

In his first press conference since July 2016, President-elect Donald Trump scolded reporters for asking about his tax returns, saying members of the media are the only ones who care about the records. Trump said on Jan. 11, 2017, that he had no financial ties or business deals with Russia. He then dismissed the concerns of a reporter who asked Trump whether he would be releasing his tax returns to...
Pence criticism of Obamacare rate hikes swings wide on dollar amount

Pence criticism of Obamacare rate hikes swings wide on dollar amount

As part of his visit to Capitol Hill to kick off Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Vice President-elect Mike Pence blasted the law — also known as Obamacare — for its impact on ordinary Americans’ finances. “Right now, the American people are laboring under extraordinary increases in premiums,” Pence told reporters. “The average deductible for...
PolitiFact fact-checkers rate Obama’s major campaign promises

PolitiFact fact-checkers rate Obama’s major campaign promises

Barack Obama amassed a record of more than 500 campaign promises when he campaigned in 2008 and 2012. Some were almost oddly specific on policy (giving Al Gore a role on global warming, or increasing funding for programs that conserve lands and habitat for select species such as the Osceola turkey). A couple were light-hearted (get his daughters a puppy). Other pledges — ending the wars in Iraq...
Trump on target with criticism of foreign-made Chevy Cruze

Trump on target with criticism of foreign-made Chevy Cruze

President-elect Donald Trump put General Motors on notice for tariff-free imports of vehicles from Mexico, warning of heavy taxes if vehicles are not instead manufactured in the United States. “General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border,” Trump tweeted Jan. 3. “Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!” Imposing hefty...
Fake “news” article claims Air Force One crew refuses flight

Fake “news” article claims Air Force One crew refuses flight

The claims circulated on social media that Air Force One won’t transport the Obamas for vacation are flights of fancy. The website BuzzFeedUSA.com, which appears to be registered to an address in Macedonia and has no connection to the real BuzzFeed.com, posted an article on Dec. 20 with the headline, “Breaking: Crew of Air Force One Refuses to Fly Obama 6000 miles ‘Just to Play Golf...
Fact-checkers take on guns, fake news sites and House Speaker Ryan

Fact-checkers take on guns, fake news sites and House Speaker Ryan

U.S. gun violence, a few fake news sites and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. They all took a recent ride on the AJC Truth-O-Meter, courtesy of PolitiFact and PolitiFact Georgia. Want to see how they fared? Abbreviated versions of our fact checks are below. Want to comment on our rulings or suggest one of your own? Just go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact.georgia). You can also follow...
Obama breaks campaign pledge of more government contract transparency

Obama breaks campaign pledge of more government contract transparency

In his 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama promised to produce a public database that would show information about federal contractors and their lobbying habits. But Obama’s proposed “contracts and influence” database never came into being. He made some effort to make federal contractor spending and other data more transparent. For example, his administration created the website...
Fake news strikes again with tall take about a tell-all Obama book

Fake news strikes again with tall take about a tell-all Obama book

Social media users continue to be fooled by a fake news story touting a book allegedly written by a Secret Service agent claiming President Barack Obama is both Muslim and gay, but the entire claim should be cataloged under fiction. “Secret Service Agent Says Obama Is Muslim & Gay In New Tell-All Book,” the headline on a story from the site NewsExaminer.net reads. The post is dated only...
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