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No Federal Ban on Smoking in Cars with Children

No Federal Ban on Smoking in Cars with Children

Q: Did a law go into effect Jan. 30 banning “anyone” from smoking in a car “as long as there are children in the vehicle”? A: No. There is no federal prohibition, although several state and local

No ‘Crisis Actors’ in Parkland, Florida

Q: Are the students who survived the Florida school shooting really “crisis actors”? A: No. Conspiracy theories have been spreading online to undercut students advocating stricter gun control. FULL
Made-up Michelle Obama Quote

Made-up Michelle Obama Quote

Q: Did Michelle Obama say that the school shooting in Florida was President Donald Trump’s fault? A: No. That claim is circulating on dubious websites. The former first lady hasn’t said anything like
Trump’s Misguided Comparison

Trump’s Misguided Comparison

President Donald Trump made an apples-to-oranges comparison to suggest that his predecessor and Democrats have changed their tune on election rigging. The post Trump’s Misguided Comparison appeared
Sanders Uses Stale Gun Sales Stat

Sanders Uses Stale Gun Sales Stat

Results of a national survey published in 2017 show that 13 percent of U.S. gun owners who purchased a firearm in the past two years did so without a background check. Sen. Bernie Sanders was wrong
Florida Shooter Not Registered Dem

Florida Shooter Not Registered Dem

Q: Is the Florida school shooter a registered Democrat? A: No. Nikolas Cruz isn’t even registered to vote. FULL ANSWER Nikolas Jacob Cruz, 19, was arrested on Feb. 14 for a deadly mass shooting at
In His Own Words: Trump on Russian Meddling

In His Own Words: Trump on Russian Meddling

In a tweet about Russia's interference in the 2016 president campaign, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that he "never said Russia did not meddle in the election." The post In His Own Words:
Spinning the Russian Indictment

Spinning the Russian Indictment

Contrary to spin from White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, the indictments handed down last week against 13 Russians for meddling in U.S. elections show they clearly supported one

Deficits, Education, Russia

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Trump: ‘No Collusion!’

Trump: ‘No Collusion!’

A tweet from President Trump claims the indictment handed down against Russian nationals and organizations indicates there was "no collusion" between Russians and the Trump campaign, and that "the

Horner Hoax Remix

Q: Was a teen sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing a refugee who raped his sister? A: No. That is a made-up headline on an old internet hoax story. FULL ANSWER Paul Horner, author of copious
Video: White House Talking Point on Russia

Video: White House Talking Point on Russia

In this week's fact-checking video, CNN's Jake Tapper reviews a recent statement made by Vice President Mike Pence about the 2016 presidential campaign. The post Video: White House Talking Point on
Philip Morris Not Selling Marijuana Cigarettes

Philip Morris Not Selling Marijuana Cigarettes

Q: Are Philip Morris “Marlboro M” brand marijuana cigarettes now for sale in four U.S. states? A: No. That claim comes from a 2014 satirical story. It has recently resurfaced without the satire
Pence Repeats Debunked Russia Talking Point

Pence Repeats Debunked Russia Talking Point

Vice President Mike Pence falsely claimed that U.S. intelligence agencies came to the "universal conclusion" that Russia's meddling had no impact on the election results. The post Pence Repeats
GM Korea Didn’t Announce Move to Detroit

GM Korea Didn’t Announce Move to Detroit

General Motors will close one of its four assembly plants in South Korea in May. It did not say it was moving production to Detroit instead, as President Trump claimed. The post GM Korea Didn’t
Trump Puts New Twist on Visa Misinformation

Trump Puts New Twist on Visa Misinformation

President Donald Trump repeatedly has mangled the facts about the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program -- as we have documented. This week, he found a new way to misrepresent the program. The post Trump
Trump’s ‘Deficit Reduction’

Trump’s ‘Deficit Reduction’

White House press aides are claiming President Donald Trump's budget contains trillions in "deficit reduction," when it actually calls for larger deficits for the next several years. The post Trump’s
4 Million Democratic Votes Weren’t Discounted

4 Million Democratic Votes Weren’t Discounted

Q: Were 4 million Democratic votes found to be fraudulent? A: No. The company that supposedly made the voting machines in question doesn’t appear to exist. FULL ANSWER The U.S. Election Assistance

Trump’s Power Puffery

At a meeting on international trade, President Donald Trump falsely claimed his policies have reduced the cost of electricity for U.S. businesses. In fact, electricity costs have increased in Trump's

Will Global Warming Benefit Civilization?

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt suggests that global warming isn't necessarily "a bad thing" because "humans have most flourished during times of ... warming." But recent years have