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Trump’s False Gitmo Blame

President Donald Trump wrongly tweeted that “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield.” Actually, it’s only nine of the 122 former detainees. The rest were released by President Bush.

Examining Trump’s Wiretap Claim

With no evidence, President Donald Trump called it a “fact” that “President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” He compared the alleged surveillance to the criminal acts of “Nixon/Watergate.”

Precision in Climate Science

A number of President Trump’s cabinet members have said that scientists cannot precisely measure climate change nor the impact of human activity on climate change. That’s not accurate.

Did Sessions ‘Lie’?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Attorney General Jeff Sessions “lied under oath” about his contacts with Russians during the presidential campaign. Sessions says that, in context, his comments were “honest and correct as I understood it at the time.”

Dems Stood for Widow’s Ovation

Q: During President Trump’s address to Congress, did top Democrats remain seated during a standing ovation for a Navy SEAL’s widow?
A: No. There were two ovations and video shows Democratic leaders stood for both. However, they did not remain standing as long as Republicans.

McCaskill’s Russian Flub

Sen. Claire McCaskill called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign for failing to disclose during his confirmation hearing that as a senator he met twice with the Russian ambassador in 2016. She then wrongly said she had “no call from, or meeting with, the Russian ambassador. Ever.”

No Stimulus Check

Q: Is President Trump giving $612 to all working Americans and their families?
A: No. That claim originated from a satirical website.

FactChecking Trump’s Address to Congress

FactCheck.org Deputy Managing Editor Robert Farley discusses some of the misleading claims that President Donald Trump made in his first address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28.

Trump’s Defense Increase ‘Historic’?

President Donald Trump told the nation’s governors that his first budget would include “a historic increase in defense spending.” But defense experts say that’s not the case.