Most don’t want ‘Dreamers’ deported, but Trump misstates number

President Donald Trump has questioned why undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children should be deported, a departure from the campaign when he advocated the removal of all who were violating immigration laws. Trump’s administration is phasing out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation...
President Donald Trump has questioned why undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children should be deported, a departure from the campaign when he advocated the removal of all who were...

PolitiFact: Handel exaggerates Obamacare tax effect

PolitiFact last week looked at Georgia congresswoman Karen Handel’s characterization of the tax impact of Obamacare and at the New York attorney general’s statement that no court has ruled the DACA deferred deportation program unconstitutional. Summaries of our findings are here. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “The Affordable Care Act is the single largest tax...
PolitiFact last week looked at Georgia congresswoman Karen Handel’s characterization of the tax impact of Obamacare and at the New York attorney general’s statement that no court has ruled...
Web story about Ga. mosque, Harvey funds was all fiction

Web story about Ga. mosque, Harvey funds was all fiction

Pure fabrication lies behind a story Facebook users flagged about a Georgia mosque sending Hurricane Harvey donations to Syrian refugees. A website called As American as Apple Pie posted this headline on Sept. 7: “Georgia Mosque KEEPS Hurricane Harvey Donations, Will Send To Syrian Refugees Instead.” The item cited Imam Sharaj Alkalb of the Ramazala Mosque in Peachton who allegedly said...
Handel overstates scale of Obamacare tax impact

Handel overstates scale of Obamacare tax impact

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, R-Ga., stands firm on the need to repeal Obamacare. In a recent telephone town hall, a voter asked why she was not a fan of repairing the Affordable Care Act. “The issue with quote ‘repairing the Affordable Care Act’ is the fact that it has so many taxes in it,” Handel said. “In fact, the Affordable Care Act is the single largest...
Corporate tax cut Trump touts wasn’t sole factor lifting economy

Corporate tax cut Trump touts wasn’t sole factor lifting economy

President Donald Trump invoked a Republican famous for tax cutting in an opinion article for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that called on Congress to pass his tax reform bill. Some economists say Reagan’s reduction in the corporate tax rate helped boost the economy. But seven experts we spoke to were unanimous in saying a single tax cut can’t be credited for dramatic gains in an economy...
Sessions’ link of DACA, Central American influx is pretty weak

Sessions’ link of DACA, Central American influx is pretty weak

During his announcement that the Trump administration would phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blamed the Obama-era policy for a surge in unaccompanied minors at the southern U.S. border that spiked in 2014. Under DACA, undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the United States before turning 16 could apply for a renewable status that protected...
Web posts wrong: Pence supported Katrina relief bill

Web posts wrong: Pence supported Katrina relief bill

Left-leaning bloggers used the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to attack Vice President Mike Pence, saying he opposed relief for Hurricane Katrina while he was a congressman. Many partisans and political groups pointed to a speech Pence gave on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005, implying that Pence would be unwilling to help Houston residents affected by Harvey. One such example...
Politifact roundup: Trump, Kemp, Cruz: false, half true, mostly false

Politifact roundup: Trump, Kemp, Cruz: false, half true, mostly false

PolitiFact last week looked at claims by the president on stagnant wages, by a Georgia gubernatorial candidate on campaigns to remove statues of some historical figures, and by a Texas senator on disaster relief previously allocated after Hurricane Sandy. Summaries of our findings are here. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. Wages “haven’t gone up for a long time.&rdquo...
Cruz overstates amount of relief funds that didn’t go for Sandy

Cruz overstates amount of relief funds that didn’t go for Sandy

Hurricane Harvey’s torrential rains and flooding have revived memories of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s nay vote on federal relief for victims of superstorm Sandy. Cruz said he enthusiastically backed aid for Sandy’s victims, but the problem was the particular bill. “It became a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork,” Cruz said on Aug. 28. Did two-thirds...
Kemp partly right about calls to remove Founding Father statues

Kemp partly right about calls to remove Founding Father statues

Amid the debate over Confederate statues, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp suggested a similar controversy is brewing over the Founding Fathers. For us fact-checkers, the key question is whether there is a cry to get rid of statues of Washington and Jefferson. A few people have said that, but whether there’s much of a drive is less certain. Between emailing the Kemp campaign...

Wages not rising? Trump was wrong

The most widely noticed remark in President Donald Trump’s Trump Tower lobby question-and-answer session Aug. 15 was his comments on the unrest in Charlottesville, Va. But one economic assertion caught our attention. As Trump was leaving, a reporter asked him what he thought “needs to be done to overcome the racial divides in this country?” “I really think jobs can have a big...
Trump wrong on U.S. exporting energy

Trump wrong on U.S. exporting energy

In a 75-minute rally speech that revisited his response to the Charlottesville, Va., unrest and scolded the national media, President Donald Trump slid in a note of pride about the United States’ balance of trade in energy. Was he correct about the United States being an energy exporter? Short answer: No. But to get to the short answer, you have to wade through several possible interpretations...
Trump travel costliest ever to taxpayers? Too soon to tell

Trump travel costliest ever to taxpayers? Too soon to tell

Conservative pundit David Frum declared some costs incurred by the president unprecedented. In an interview, Frum clarified that “personal lifestyle costs” excluded work trips, such as the G20 conference in Hamburg, Germany, or presidential residences where security costs are fixed, like the presidential retreat at Camp David. Frum had in mind weekend trips like those to Trump-owned golf...
Cuomo’s ‘criminal record’ claim depends on how that’s defined

Cuomo’s ‘criminal record’ claim depends on how that’s defined

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants businesses in New York state to hire more applicants with a criminal record. They become loyal employees and bring tax benefits, he said. And, they make up a huge pool of prospective employees. People with a criminal record number too many for employers to pass over because of unsubstantiated fears of workplace violence, theft or incompetence, he said. But is the number as...
PolitiFact roundup: immigrants, crime and the opioid crisis

PolitiFact roundup: immigrants, crime and the opioid crisis

PolitiFact last week looked at a senator’s claim about how many welfare benefits go to immigrants, the president’s attribution of the opioid crisis to fewer drug prosecutions, and the attorney general’s linking Chicago crime to its ‘sanctuary city’ policing. Summaries of our findings are here. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “Half of all immigrant...
Drug prosecutions did drop, but opioid link not proven

Drug prosecutions did drop, but opioid link not proven

President Donald Trump took a swipe at former President Barack Obama as he renewed his pledge to tackle the opioid epidemic. Trump said, speaking after a briefing on the issue, that opioid overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled since 1999 but overall drug prosecutions declined in recent years — a trend Trump vowed to reverse. We found Trump is correct that federal drug prosecutions declined...
Numbers don’t back Sessions’ claim on Chicago ‘criminal aliens’

Numbers don’t back Sessions’ claim on Chicago ‘criminal aliens’

When Chicago filed a lawsuit Aug. 7 to block the U.S. Justice Department from withholding federal grant money for police from “sanctuary cities,” U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions reacted swiftly and fiercely. Chicago says its Police Department “will not question crime victims, witnesses and other law-abiding residents about their legal status.” It also will not use immigration status...
Perdue right, immigrants use more welfare programs

Perdue right, immigrants use more welfare programs

One argument supporters make for limiting legal immigration is that a significant share of immigrants end up on social welfare programs, as Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., wrote in a USA Today op-ed article. Research has found that about 50 percent of households headed by an immigrant (living here legally or illegally) do benefit from government assistance programs. In many of those...
PolitiFact: Mostly true claims on sanctions, prisoners and employees

PolitiFact: Mostly true claims on sanctions, prisoners and employees

PolitiFact last week looked at three claims by three politicians that were all at least mostly true, on sanctions on North Korea, the cost of housing prisoners, and the number of employees misclassified as contractors. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “United Nations Resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever on North Korea. Over one billion dollars in...
Evans right, many workers classified incorrectly

Evans right, many workers classified incorrectly

With health care policy in limbo in Washington, the politicians who would like to be Georgia’s next governor are staking out their own policy outlines. Democratic State Rep. Stacey Evans favors expanding Medicaid, but said the state could take other action as well. We decided to check Evans’ number of misclassified workers, and found she’s on safe ground. Some businesses avoid treating...
Harris correct on costs of keeping prisoners

Harris correct on costs of keeping prisoners

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris believes taxpayers aren’t “getting a good return on investment” when it comes to California’s prison system. The California Democrat told the Women Unshackled forum in Washington D.C. in July that alternatives to locking up inmates, such as drug treatment programs, are far cheaper and sometimes more effective than prison sentences. Harris made criminal...
N. Korea sanctions are biggest, but real cost depends on enforcement

N. Korea sanctions are biggest, but real cost depends on enforcement

President Donald Trump applauded a new resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions against North Korea and labeled it as the largest economic punishment yet on the nation. We found Trump was largely right about the resolution’s provisions, but experts cautioned that the true financial impact of the sanctions depend on future enforcement by member nations. We...
Obamacare leaves thousands uninsured, but GOP bills would, too

Obamacare leaves thousands uninsured, but GOP bills would, too

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., was unhappy about the Senate’s failure to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He said one consequence was the effect for thousands of poor people in Georgia. The data we found showed that he correctly stated that even with Obamacare, 300,000 Georgians below the poverty line can’t get insurance. However, Perdue glosses over the fact...
PolitiFact finds some truth in claims on economy, Obamacare

PolitiFact finds some truth in claims on economy, Obamacare

PolitiFact last week looked at claims about economic growth under President Barack Obama, corporate profits under President Donald Trump and the number of Georgians uninsured under Obamacare. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. In economic growth, “Obama’s best year was slower than Bill Clinton’s worst year.” &mdash...
Profit numbers back Trump’s claim but don’t tell full story

Profit numbers back Trump’s claim but don’t tell full story

In what has become a regular occurrence, Donald Trump took to Twitter this week to tout the nation’s economic performance on his watch. In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump praised some of the commentary about the Trump-era economy on “Fox & Friends”: ” ‘Corporations have NEVER made as much money as they are making now.’ Thank you Stuart Varney @foxandfriends Jobs...
Gingrich right, more growth under Clinton than Obama

Gingrich right, more growth under Clinton than Obama

How bad was the economy under President Barack Obama? Pretty bad, argues former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In economic growth, “Obama’s best year was slower than Bill Clinton’s worst year,” Gingrich told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on July 23, 2017. “That’s astonishing.” We’ve previously looked at why it’s so hard these days for the United...
PolitiFact: Exaggerations on red tape, gas prices and defense costs

PolitiFact: Exaggerations on red tape, gas prices and defense costs

PolitiFact last week looked at claims about government bureaucracy, gasoline prices and defense spending by the vice president, a senator and the president. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. President Donald Trump “has signed more laws cutting through federal red tape than any president in American history and has already saved...
Trump’s defense budget increase isn’t biggest and isn’t done

Trump’s defense budget increase isn’t biggest and isn’t done

President Donald Trump ticked off his presidential accomplishments in front of a warm crowd in Youngstown, Ohio, saying he was already keeping his promises to strengthen the military with record defense expenditures. This isn’t the first time he’s trumpeted big spending for the military. In an address to Congress in March, Trump said his budget “calls for one of the largest increases...
Schumer wrong, gas prices sometimes do go down

Schumer wrong, gas prices sometimes do go down

What goes up must come down, the old saying goes. But, according to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., that’s not the case for oil prices. As part of a round of appearances to tout a new Democratic economic-policy agenda, Schumer took a moment on “ABC’s This Week” to promote his party’s plan to curb mergers that aren’t in the interest of consumers....
Trump signed many laws, but Pence counts savings not yet realized

Trump signed many laws, but Pence counts savings not yet realized

Vice President Mike Pence says that when it comes to deregulation, President Donald Trump’s record is historic. But it’s not so easy to quantify laws that cut red tape. Experts we spoke with said that other presidents have cut through more red tape than Trump so far, citing the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, and the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of...
PolitiFact: Claims on Medicare suit, Ga. business climate hold truth

PolitiFact: Claims on Medicare suit, Ga. business climate hold truth

PolitiFact last week looked at statements from two candidates for governor of Georgia, one about a Medicare-fraud lawsuit and one about the state’s climate for business. We also checked a Wisconsin senator’s statement that people pay a smaller portion of health care costs out of their own pockets today than they did decades ago. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions...
Sen. Johnson correct, health cost people pay themselves has fallen

Sen. Johnson correct, health cost people pay themselves has fallen

Amid the Senate’s efforts to pass a new health bill, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has been adamant that spending on health care must come down. We examined whether he’s right about the big drop in the percentage of health care costs paid directly by the people served. The structure of American health care has changed plenty over the decades. According to a May 2008 article in the American...
Cagle calls Georgia No. 1 for business but rankings vary

Cagle calls Georgia No. 1 for business but rankings vary

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has pitched his candidacy for Georgia governor as a promise to maintain Georgia’s reputation as one of the most business-friendly states in the country. “Keep Georgia the No. 1 state to do business,” the Republican’s campaign website says. In saying Georgia is the No. 1 state to do business, Cagle was citing a list put together by Site Selection, a magazine...
Evans can rightly claim big win in Medicare-fraud case

Evans can rightly claim big win in Medicare-fraud case

Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna, is running for governor of Georgia, and she’s touting a major Medicare fraud case she argued with her private law practice in a campaign video. She argued a civil lawsuit she argued alongside three other firms representing the U.S. government against DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a leading provider of dialysis services in the United States. They represented two...
PolitiFact: Many crimes can be tied to collusion

PolitiFact: Many crimes can be tied to collusion

PolitiFact last week looked at statements about whether collusion is a crime, health insurance and Medicaid in particular. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “Collusion is not illegal.” — Eric Bolling on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in comments on “Fox News Specialists” Bolling’s statement came after Donald...
PolitiFact: Senator’s claim about Medicaid’s share of deficit is flawed

PolitiFact: Senator’s claim about Medicaid’s share of deficit is flawed

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., defended the Senate health care bill’s curbing of Medicaid spending by calling Medicaid the single-biggest driver of the federal budget deficit. Toomey said the proposed cuts to Medicaid spending would slow the growth of entitlement programs, which he claimed are “driving the fiscal train wreck we’re on” in a “Morning Joe” interview...
PolitiFact: The actions of collusion could lead to a number of charges

PolitiFact: The actions of collusion could lead to a number of charges

Following Sean Hannity’s exclusive interview with Donald Trump Jr., Fox News host Eric Bolling repeated an argument the network’s personalities have used before — that even if someone from the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government, collusion itself is not a crime. Bolling and his “Fox News Specialists” co-hosts Eboni Williams and Kat Timpf appeared on the...
PolitiFact: Trump wrong on CNN ratings, misstated gas price low

PolitiFact: Trump wrong on CNN ratings, misstated gas price low

PolitiFact last week looked at statements by the president on CNN ratings and low gas prices, and a comment by an that Trump had never promoted violence. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. CNN’s ratings are “way down.” — Donald Trump on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 in a tweet Trump is flat wrong. Trump’s claim...
Trump adviser has a point, but shaky number, on health bill score

Trump adviser has a point, but shaky number, on health bill score

White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short said recently that the CBO is counting millions of nonexistent people in its estimate of the number of Americans who stand to lose insurance coverage under the Senate’s proposed health care bill. Short’s claim is a variation on a recent Republican talking point: The CBO report did not use its most recent baseline estimates when scoring...
Trump’s words show that yes, he has encouraged violence

Trump’s words show that yes, he has encouraged violence

Has President Donald Trump promoted violence? At a White House briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders answered with a definitive no. We’re not considering Trump’s tweet of a GIF showing him body-slamming a figure labeled CNN at a professional wrestling match, which Trump sent several days after Huckabee Sanders’ comment. However, the record shows at least one clear...
Trump hailed low price July 4, but gas price has been lower

Trump hailed low price July 4, but gas price has been lower

On July 4, one of the major travel weekends, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Gas prices are the lowest in the U.S. in over ten years! I would like to see them go even lower.” On the one hand, the American Automobile Association told PolitiFact that gasoline prices were the lowest they have been on Independence Day weekend in 12 years — since 2005. “Gas prices have been declining...
Trump way off on CNN ratings

Trump way off on CNN ratings

Days before President Donald Trump tweeted a video of him assaulting a CNN logo, Trump took aim at another place he said CNN was hurting: its ratings. “Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories,” Trump tweeted June 27, before adding: “Ratings way down!” The reality TV star-turned-president has a well-documented...
PolitiFact checks politicians’ comments on Senate health care bill

PolitiFact checks politicians’ comments on Senate health care bill

The Senate’s health care bill to replace Obamacare was the focus of lots of people last week, and PolitiFact, too. We looked at comments about the bill by three prominent politicians, and found a little truth. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. The Senate bill “hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance...

Ryan leaves much out in describing report on Senate bill’s effect

One of the complaints about the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, is it requires everyone to have insurance. To one degree or another, both the Senate and House bills do away with that requirement. When asked about the estimated 22 million people who would become uninsured under the Senate bill, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., emphasized the upside, giving people the freedom to choose...
PolitiFact: Coulter no-deport numbers were right, Trump tweets weren’t

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...
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