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Social Security Falsehood Circulates Again

Social Security Falsehood Circulates Again

Social media posts wrongly claim Democrats voted against the Social Security cost-of-living increase for 2019. Adjustments to Social Security benefits are not decided by lawmakers.

False Claim of Immigrant Children Deaths Under Obama

False Claim of Immigrant Children Deaths Under Obama

Q: Is it accurate that “18 children died while in custody of Border Patrol” during the Obama administration?

A: No. Prior to two children’s deaths in December, it had been more than a decade since a child died while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Missing the Mark on the Edwards Case

Missing the Mark on the Edwards Case

A popular meme suggests prosecutors are applying a double standard in a campaign finance case involving President Donald Trump, but it distorts the facts of the case against former Democratic Sen. John Edwards.

Quote Falsely Tied to Ocasio-Cortez

Quote Falsely Tied to Ocasio-Cortez

A viral meme mocks Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a statement about capitalism versus socialism that she never actually made.

Websites Distort Story of Former Federal Judge

Websites Distort Story of Former Federal Judge

Conservative websites falsely claim that former federal Judge Alex Kozinski “struck down” President Donald Trump’s original travel ban. He actually opposed its suspension. 

Bogus Kurt Russell Quote Strikes Again

Bogus Kurt Russell Quote Strikes Again

A viral meme falsely attributes a quote supportive of President Donald Trump to movie star Kurt Russell. The actor’s representative has debunked it before.