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Meme Politicizes Progressive Insurance

Meme Politicizes Progressive Insurance

An outdated meme circulating on Facebook claims that Progressive, the insurance company, “is owned by Peter Lewis who donates millions” to the Democratic Party and left-leaning organizations. But Lewis died in 2013.

Dubious Quote Attributed to Trump’s Mother

Dubious Quote Attributed to Trump’s Mother

There’s no evidence for a meme that quotes President Donald Trump’s late mother as once making a disparaging remark about her son and predicting he would not do well in politics.

Meme Makes Flawed Obama, Trump Comparison

Meme Makes Flawed Obama, Trump Comparison

Facebook users are recirculating an inaccurate meme from May that makes misleading economic comparisons between Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. The meme includes inaccurate or selective information about Obama’s record on jobs and economic growth.

Meme Doctors Quote From Well-Known Satirist

Meme Doctors Quote From Well-Known Satirist

A popular social media meme alters the words of satirist Andy Borowitz. His statement, from 2016, was critical of now-President Donald Trump — not of Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.

Meme Misidentifies Impeachment Witness

Meme Misidentifies Impeachment Witness

A photo of a woman in Australia reacting to the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been misidentified as law professor Pamela Karlan, a Democratic witness during the House impeachment inquiry.

Viral Photos Don’t Show Impeachment Expert

Viral Photos Don’t Show Impeachment Expert

Widely shared posts on Facebook purport to show photos of law professor Pamela Karlan, who testified in support of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, dressed in pro-feminist attire at two different events. Karlan told us she did not attend either event.

Baseless Clinton Conspiracy Theory Still Circulating

Baseless Clinton Conspiracy Theory Still Circulating

A Macedonian website is peddling a baseless Hillary Clinton conspiracy theory that has amassed tens of thousands of shares on Facebook. The story implies that Clinton was involved in the deaths of two Baltimore-area law enforcement officers, and makes the unfounded claim that they were scheduled to testify against her.

A Misleading Take on Immigrant, Veterans Health Care

A Misleading Take on Immigrant, Veterans Health Care

A long-circulating headline on social media misleadingly tells users that Democrats chose to “vote down” a health records system for veterans while approving the same for immigrants who cross the border illegally. The bill in question did not affect veterans.

Meme Makes Up New Amendment

Meme Makes Up New Amendment

A meme circulating online falsely claims that there is a 28th Amendment to the Constitution that bars lawmakers from exempting themselves from having to comply with existing laws. There is no such amendment.