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Posts Mislead on Biden’s Role in Social Security Taxes

Posts Mislead on Biden’s Role in Social Security Taxes

Posts on Facebook and Twitter suggest that former Vice President Joe Biden is responsible for taxes on Social Security, but those posts ignore the political history and mislead on the details. The posts also twist Biden’s proposals on retirement contributions.

CBS News Didn’t Misrepresent Trump Gathering as a Biden Event

CBS News Didn’t Misrepresent Trump Gathering as a Biden Event

Social media posts are using an image of a CBS News report to accuse the network of misrepresenting a campaign event for President Donald Trump as one for former Vice President Joe Biden. That’s false. The report’s voiceover was discussing the Trump campaign while the photo was on the screen.

Report Resurrects Baseless Claim that Coronavirus Was Bioengineered

Report Resurrects Baseless Claim that Coronavirus Was Bioengineered

A paper that has not been peer-reviewed reaches faulty conclusions to advance the unsubstantiated claim that the novel coronavirus was bioengineered in a Chinese lab, according to immunology and microbiology experts. The paper’s claims were amplified by Fox News, anyway.

DSCC Falsely Attacks Daines on Social Security

DSCC Falsely Attacks Daines on Social Security

In a TV ad, a Democratic committee falsely claims Sen. Steve Daines of Montana is “pushing a plan” that could “end Social Security benefits by 2023.” He’s not.

Viral Post Falsely Attributed to Golfer Bubba Watson

Viral Post Falsely Attributed to Golfer Bubba Watson

A viral post falsely attributed to PGA star Bubba Watson criticizes the Black Lives Matter movement and measures taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Watson has said the post “ain’t from me.” 

Trump’s Baseless Claim of Russian Support for Biden

Trump’s Baseless Claim of Russian Support for Biden

In recent weeks, Trump administration officials have described attempts by Russia to undermine Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Yet, contrary to official statements and actions by his own officials, President Donald Trump said that Russia “probably” wants Biden to win.

Trump Bucks Climate Science in Wildfire Briefing

Trump Bucks Climate Science in Wildfire Briefing

In a briefing on the barrage of wildfires burning in the West, President Donald Trump baselessly claimed “it’ll start getting cooler,” adding that he didn’t think “science knows” whether or not temperatures would increase in the future. Scientists are very confident that global average temperatures will continue to rise.

Trump Spins Quotes by/About Biden

Trump Spins Quotes by/About Biden

In campaign rallies in Nevada, President Donald Trump twisted remarks made by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and gave a disputed description of comments by Biden’s former chief of staff.

Vice Presidential Vacancy Isn’t Automatically Filled by House Speaker

Vice Presidential Vacancy Isn’t Automatically Filled by House Speaker

A viral Facebook post wrongly suggests that if Joe Biden were to become president and later step down, Nancy Pelosi would become vice president. The Constitution says the vice president would become president and nominate a replacement; Congress must confirm or deny that pick.