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FactChecking Trump’s Iowa Rally

The 2020 presidential campaign is more than 1,200 days away, but President Donald Trump held yet another Make America Great Again rally — this time in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And, as he did in past campaign speeches, Trump spoke for a long time and reeled off numerous false and misleading claims.

Pelosi’s Partisan Pick on Jobs Analysis

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cites research from two partisan groups to claim that the Republican health care bill would result in the loss of 1.8 million jobs by 2022. But a recent independent study put the expected job loss at 413,000 by that year.

Trump Official Wrong About Warming, Again

In an interview on CNBC, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said carbon dioxide is not “the primary control knob” for the Earth’s temperature and climate. But scientists say it’s “extremely likely” that human activity — primarily CO2 emissions — is the main cause of global warming.

A Bogus Kellyanne Conway Quote

Q: Did Kellyanne Conway say liberal women hate her because of her “striking beauty and intellect”?
A: There’s no evidence she did. That claim comes from a website that warns readers to rely on its information “at your own risk.”

False Maxine Waters ‘Meetings’ Statistic

Q: Has Rep. Maxine Waters attended only “10 percent of congressional meetings for 35 years”? 
A: No. That claim was made in a blog post that cited an inaccurate comment on Reddit.

Trump’s Lawyer Spins Russia Facts

Jay Sekulow, an attorney on President Donald Trump’s legal team, made the rounds of the Sunday shows to talk about the Russia investigation. But he glossed over relevant facts in defense of his client.

Trump Didn’t Bill the Obamas

Q: Did President Donald Trump send Barack Obama a bill for his “vacation scam”?
A: No. That bogus claim comes from a “satirical publication.”

FactChecking Trump on Coal Jobs

FactCheck.org Deputy Managing Editor Robert Farley discusses President Donald Trump’s misleading boast that the opening of a new coal mine in Pennsylvania is proof that his administration is “putting the miners back to work.”

Explaining Trump’s Russia Tweets

President Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm about the Russia investigation. He accused his vanquished rival Hillary Clinton of obstruction of justice (without any evidence) and blamed others for his firing of FBI Director James Comey (even though Trump said he was planning to fire Comey regardless of any recommendation).