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Trump Inflates Tax Benefits

President Donald Trump misleadingly inflated the benefits of the tax overhaul when he claimed it provides “$3.2 trillion … in tax cuts for American families.” It actually totals about $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for all taxpayers, including corporations.

Trump’s Estate Tax Spin

President Trump says the new tax law “for the most part … wiped out” the estate tax. That’s misleading. While fewer people would have to pay it, estate tax revenue is expected to be cut by only a third over the next eight years. And then the changes would expire.

Train Crash Claims Are Off The Rails

Q: Was a Muslim man arrested for causing a passenger train to crash in Washington state?

A: No. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash and have made no arrests.

FactChecking Science Claims in 2017

In our roundup of 2016 claims, we hypothesized that SciCheck would have no dearth of false and misleading claims to cover in 2017. That proved true. Politicians kept us busy. As 2017 comes to a close, we present the most notable claims about science from this year.

A Guide to the Tax Changes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now law. Here we compare some of the major provisions of the new law with previous tax code.

Video: Whoppers of 2017

In this video, we highlight six whoppers — out of a long list — told by politicians in 2017.

The Whoppers of 2017

President Trump monopolizes our list of the year’s worst falsehoods and bogus claims.

More Claims of Alabama Voter Fraud

Q: Were illegal voters bused in to Alabama to swing the election to Doug Jones? Were thousands of fraudulent votes recorded for him?

A: Those claims were made by self-described “satirical” websites. The Alabama Secretary of State says there’s no evidence that fraudulent voting affected the outcome. 

Phony Pelosi Harassment Story

Q: Is Rep. Nancy Pelosi planning to step down amid sexual harassment allegations?

A: No. There have been no such claims made publicly against Pelosi.