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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...
Obama compromises on 2012 promised fixes to voting system

Obama compromises on 2012 promised fixes to voting system

Tweets about illegal voting and hacked voting machines may grab headlines, but the average voter is arguably more disrupted by a breakdown in the boring mechanics of running the polls. After long lines marred the 2012 election, President Barack Obama reassured voters that it would get better during his acceptance speech: “I want to thank every American who participated in this election. Whether...
Sanders’ statement about older workers needs more context

Sanders’ statement about older workers needs more context

At a post-election town hall meeting in Kenosha, Wis., 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders opined on why Republican Donald Trump is headed for the Oval Office and not the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. “One of the arguments as to why Trump won is the belief that most of – or many of — his supporters are sexist or are racist or are homophobes. I happen not...
Price on target about federal budget bills missing targets

Price on target about federal budget bills missing targets

Before Georgia Rep. Tom Price was nominated for a position in Donald Trump’s cabinet, he was in charge of the House Budget Committee. The physician-turned-congressman has been an outspoken critic of Obamacare — and Washington gridlock. Price will continue to be the chairman until he is confirmed for a Cabinet position by the Senate. At a recent event in Washington D.C. at the Brookings...
Trump, Newt and Uber all take a ride on the AJC Truth-O-Meter

Trump, Newt and Uber all take a ride on the AJC Truth-O-Meter

Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, the governor of Florida and the ride-sharing service Uber. 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...
No, Republicans are not trying to immediately cut social security

No, Republicans are not trying to immediately cut social security

A newly introduced bill to overhaul Social Security has prompted a wave of urgent appeals to current and future Social Security beneficiaries to prevent the program from being gutted. A reader noticed an Internet post being widely shared and asked us if it was accurate. The post in question, from a website called the New Century Times, is headlined, “Republicans Looking To Cut Social Security...
Obama keeps early campaign promise about high schoolers

Obama keeps early campaign promise about high schoolers

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama said he would “set a goal of increasing the number of high school students taking college level or AP courses by 50 percent in the coming years.” AP, or advanced placement, courses are taken in high school and can be used for college credit if the student earns a high enough score on the final exam. On this metric, Obama hit his target...
Gingrich right: Death used to beat most people to Social Security age

Gingrich right: Death used to beat most people to Social Security age

Social Security today is not the program President Franklin D. Roosevelt had in mind when he signed it into law in 1935, according to former Georgia congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich. “We adopted the modern Social Security system at a time when the average person died before they were old enough to get Social Security,” he said during a Dec. 2 interview on “The John Fredericks...
Trump and fake news take a ride on the AJC Truth-O-Meter

Trump and fake news take a ride on the AJC Truth-O-Meter

President-elect Donald Trump, his pick for health secretary and fake news all took =a spin on the Truth-O-Meter recently, 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 your own? Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/politifact...
President fails on campaign promise to cut U.S. oil consumption

President fails on campaign promise to cut U.S. oil consumption

President Obama promised in 2010 to “reduce oil consumption by 35 percent, or 10 million barrels, by 2030.” But U.S. oil consumption has continued to rise. Earlier this year, we rated the promise Stalled, as new laws were passed, or in the works, to attempt to bring down oil consumption. But because the promise lasts until 2030, there weren’t any final numbers. The numbers still...
Price wants to overhaul Medicare not get rid of it

Price wants to overhaul Medicare not get rid of it

Donald Trump’s pick for Health and Human Services secretary, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., has a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But a Democratic website says he wants to go further and nix Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors and the disabled. “Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Wants a Medicare Phase Out by Summer 2017,” reads a headline on a...
Pence mostly right about Trump’s ability to win U.S. counties

Pence mostly right about Trump’s ability to win U.S. counties

With a split in the 2016 Electoral College and popular votes, there’s been an unusual amount of jockeying this year over how to frame the Election Day results. On the Dec. 4, 2016, edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, Vice President-elect Mike Pence used the yardstick of counties won to explain why Donald Trump’s victory was a watershed. “To be around Donald Trump, as you know...
Fact-checkers look at Trump, Stein, Clinton flag burning

Fact-checkers look at Trump, Stein, Clinton flag burning

Donald Trump, Jill Stein, bloggers blogging about Lady Gaga and a conservative website that stated Hillary Clinton wanted to jail flag burners when she was a senator. 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/...
No, Lady Gaga will not cover her face until Trump is fired

No, Lady Gaga will not cover her face until Trump is fired

A story about recording artist Lady Gaga announcing she would cover her face until President-elect Donald Trump is out of office appears to be masking the truth. A Nov. 25, 2016, post on TheRightists.com claimed that Gaga — née Stefani Germanotta — revealed her protest plan on a CBS Sunday Morning interview. The original post, with the headline “Lady Gaga Reveals Plan To Cover...
It’s True, Clinton as senator did want to jail flag burners

It’s True, Clinton as senator did want to jail flag burners

One thing has become apparent in the world of President-elect Donald Trump — no incendiary tweet goes to waste. Just this week, Trump lobbed an early-morning zinger across the globe, opining on Twitter: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” The chattering class lit up the morning...
U.S. Rep. Tom Price on the Truth-O-Meter over the years

U.S. Rep. Tom Price on the Truth-O-Meter over the years

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, a orthopedic surgeon who has represented his Roswell-based House district for 12 years, was picked Tuesday by President-elect Donald Trump’s to be scretary of health and human services. Price has been an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act as well as the federal tax code and the soaring national debt. The congressman has also spent some time on the AJC Truth-O-Meter...
Cruz largely correct on growing number of political arrests in Cuba

Cruz largely correct on growing number of political arrests in Cuba

The son of a Cuban immigrant, Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that he hoped President-elect Donald Trump could press for change for Cubans following Fidel Castro’s death. But in a Nov. 27 interview on ABC’s This Week, Cruz expressed some skepticism that anything will be better under Castro’s brother Raúl Castro, who began taking over in 2006. “What the Obama administration...
No clear information on number of “green” jobs created by Obama

No clear information on number of “green” jobs created by Obama

(Editor’s note: As President Obama nears the end of his final term, PolitiFact will be rating the last of the more than 500 campaign promises he made during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns. For a full list of those promises and our ratings on the Obameter, please see http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter\.) During his 2008 campaign, President Obama promised to “create 5...
Obama fails to deliver on manufacturing jobs or exports promise

Obama fails to deliver on manufacturing jobs or exports promise

After a presidential election decided by Rust Belt voters’ Republican shift, it’s an opportune time to evaluate President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election promise to “create 1 million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016” and to “double American exports over the next five years.” First, manufacturing jobs. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that between...
Ryan mostly correct that Obamacare is not popular with voters

Ryan mostly correct that Obamacare is not popular with voters

From Donald Trump to Paul Ryan to Ron Johnson, “repeal and replace” has been the mantra of national Republicans almost since Obamacare became law in 2010. With Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton in the White House, of course, the Affordable Care Act wasn’t going anywhere. But now, with the GOP not only in control of Congress but having won the presidency, Obamacare is in jeopardy &mdash...
Trump statement on immigrants and crime inflates numbers

Trump statement on immigrants and crime inflates numbers

In his first interview after winning the 2016 election, President-elect Donald Trump had to answer whether he would keep his word on his campaign promises or change in any way. Trump said he wanted to keep a couple provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which he had pledged to repeal, and he said he would be open to a part wall, part fence perimeter along the U.S.-Mexico border instead of a massive...
Reports correct that Gingrich backed switch from Electoral College

Reports correct that Gingrich backed switch from Electoral College

Newt Gingrich, a loyal Donald Trump surrogate and former Georgia congressman who became speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is poised to play a key role in the 45th president’s new administration. But if Gingrich, who is a key player on the Trump transition team, had gotten what he wanted not so long ago, things would be different. According to news reports, Gingrich just a few years...
Kerry correct about public misconceptions on foreign aid

Kerry correct about public misconceptions on foreign aid

Secretary of State John Kerry aired an old complaint about the public and foreign aid. In a speech before the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Kerry bemoaned a persistent misconception about how much money Washington sends overseas. “Do you know that amazing surveys show that many of our citizens think we devote a full quarter or even a third of our federal budget to foreign aid?” Kerry...
Viral social media post about Trump rally totally made up

Viral social media post about Trump rally totally made up

A viral tweet allegedly sent from the ground of an election night rally for President-elect Donald Trump said that “thousands” of his supporters were chanting a racist message. The claim was fake. This is what the tweet said: I am at a Trump rally in Manhattan, and thousands are chanting “We hate Muslims, we hate blacks, we want our great country back”. Disgusting — Simon...
PolitiFact looks at Clinton, Trump statements on health care

PolitiFact looks at Clinton, Trump statements on health care

There’s only a few days left before the Nov. 8 election. For the past week, PolitiFact Georgia has be looking at how Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have fared on fact-checks about major issues in the race for president of the United States. PolitiFact has published nearly 500 fact-checks about the two candidates during this election cycle. Today we look at some of their...
PolitiFact parses statements on terrorism by Clinton, Trump

PolitiFact parses statements on terrorism by Clinton, Trump

With just a few days left before Tuesday’s election, PolitiFact Georgia is looking at how Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have fared on fact-checks about major issues in the race for president of the United States. Here are their recent statements on terrorism. The vast majority of evidence shows the intelligence interrogators will get from a detainee can typically be extracted...
PolitiFact parses truth from fiction on Trump-Clinton trade views

PolitiFact parses truth from fiction on Trump-Clinton trade views

With less than a week before the Nov. 8 election, PolitiFact Georgia is looking at how Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have fared on fact-checks about major issues in the race for president of the United States. Today we look at their statements on trade. Clinton did use that language in 2012 when discussing TPP in Australia. And unlike her rebuttal, she didn’t couch it...
PolitiFact checks campaign finance claims by Trump, Clinton

PolitiFact checks campaign finance claims by Trump, Clinton

With less than a week left before the Nov. 8 election, PolitiFact Georgia is looking at how Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have fared on fact-checks about major issues in the race for president of the United States. Today we look at their statements on campaign finance. The number one source for this information, opensecrets.com, puts the figure at $64 million. The center generally...
PolitiFact looks at Trump and Clinton statements on the economy

PolitiFact looks at Trump and Clinton statements on the economy

There’s just over a week left before the Nov. 8 election. For the next week, PolitiFact Georgia will be looking at how Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have fared on fact-checks about major issues in the race for president of the United States. Today we look at their statements on the economy. In the third debate, Trump said Clinton’s proposal could lead to big bills...
PolitiFact rates statements about civil rights by Clinton, Trump

PolitiFact rates statements about civil rights by Clinton, Trump

There’s less than a week left before the Nov. 8 election. In the run-up to the historic event, PolitiFact Georgia will be looking at how Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have fared on fact-checks about major issues in the race for president of the United States. Today we look at their statements on civil rights. While Trump doesn’t paint the full picture, there is some...
PolitiFact parses truth from fiction in the Clinton email controversy

PolitiFact parses truth from fiction in the Clinton email controversy

There’s just one week left before the Nov. 8 election. In the run-up to that historic event, PolitiFact Georgia will be looking at how Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have fared on fact-checks about major issues in the race for president of the United States. Today we look at statments about Clinton’s email. Clinton was incorrect to say that the letter “only&rdquo...
Clinton, Trump ride the Truth-O-Meter over immigration statements

Clinton, Trump ride the Truth-O-Meter over immigration statements

There’s just over a week left before the Nov. 8 election. So, in the time that remains, PolitiFact Georgia will be looking at how Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have fared on fact-checks about major issues in the race for president of the United States. Today we look at their statements on immigration. Want to see how they fared? Abbreviated versions of our fact checks...
Kemp off base on claim that ‘left’ is trying to disrupt election

Kemp off base on claim that ‘left’ is trying to disrupt election

With Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s talk of a rigged election and “large-scale” voter fraud, the rhetoric has trickled down to state offices. On Oct. 19, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the state’s election chief, tweeted, ”Stand with me in opposition to the left’s blatant attempts to disrupt Georgia’s elections!” But how rampant...
Obama off base in comments about the trend in terror incidents

Obama off base in comments about the trend in terror incidents

President Barack Obama spoke with veterans and active military members at a CNN town hall, discussing extended wait periods at VA hospitals and and the threat of terrorism. A major serving in the West Virginia Air National Guard asked Obama if the United States is doing anything greater to combat Islamic jihadists. He prefaced his question by saying that since Obama took office in 2009, “there...
Deal mostly correct on statement about chronically failing schools

Deal mostly correct on statement about chronically failing schools

With early voting already underway, Georgia voters have an important decision to make besides president. A proposal, called Amendment 1, would allow the state to take over schools considered “chronically failing.” Gov. Nathan Deal has led the charge to pass the statewide proposal, which has drawn criticism from community leaders and professional educators. At a recent education conference...
PolitiFact looks at statements by Clinton, Trump, Barksdale

PolitiFact looks at statements by Clinton, Trump, Barksdale

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Barksdale, Hillary Cinton, Donald Trump, Time Kaine and that untamed creature known as social media. 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...
Clinton’s debate statement on the national debt misleading

Clinton’s debate statement on the national debt misleading

At the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night, moderator Chris Wallace said both candidates are ignoring concerns about the rising national debt. “The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget says Secretary Clinton, under your plan, debt would rise to 86 percent of GDP over the next 10 years,” Wallace said. “Mr. Trump, under your plan, they say it would...
PolitiFact parses truth from fiction at he final Clinton-Trump debate

PolitiFact parses truth from fiction at he final Clinton-Trump debate

The final Clinton-Trump debate was marked by a flurry of charges and countercharges. Those non-partisan fact-checkers from PolitiFact were there until the final exchange, trying to parse political truth from political fiction. 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...
PolitiFact parses truth from fiction in final Clinton-Trump debate

PolitiFact parses truth from fiction in final Clinton-Trump debate

The final Clinton-Trump debate is history. But those non-partisan fact-checkers from PolitiFact are still on the job, trying to parse political truth from political fiction. 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...
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