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State of the Union Anecdotes Debunked

State of the Union Anecdotes Debunked

It is customary for presidents to invite guests to the State of the Union address to provide anecdotal evidence that supports the president’s policies. But it turns out President Donald Trump’s speech included misleading descriptions of two such guests.

Warren Misleads on Her Kids’ Schooling

Warren Misleads on Her Kids’ Schooling

Sen. Elizabeth Warren misleadingly told a group of school-choice activists that her children “went to public schools,” not private ones. Warren’s campaign later clarified that her daughter attended public school, while her son mostly attended private school.

Bogus Claim About LGBT History Lessons

Bogus Claim About LGBT History Lessons

Q: Is California forcing “schools to show kids ‘gay sex’”?

A: No. California law requires the state’s history curriculum to include “the role and contributions of” LGBT people.

Trump’s Hollow Claim about ‘Inner Cities’

Trump’s Hollow Claim about ‘Inner Cities’

President Donald Trump claimed that his administration is “spending a lot of money on the inner cities.” But there has been little change in spending so far, and his first budget proposes to cut or eliminate funding for some programs that benefit cities.

Obama’s Whoppers

Obama’s Whoppers

A look back at fact-checking the 44th president of the United States

Cherry-Picking Toomey’s Votes

Cherry-Picking Toomey’s Votes

A liberal political action committee uses the old trick of cherry-picking votes, making it seem as if Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania chose to give tax breaks to “the super-rich and corporations” instead of funding education.

‘Record’ College Enrollment Rates?

‘Record’ College Enrollment Rates?

President Obama credited his administration for what he said are “record … college enrollment rates.” But the most recent federal data show that rates of enrollment are not a record and have not improved much compared with 2008.

Clinton, Pence Mislead on Indiana Education

Clinton, Pence Mislead on Indiana Education

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that the Republican vice presidential nominee, Gov. Mike Pence, “slashed education funding in Indiana.” But Pence claimed he made “record investments in education.” Clinton is wrong, and Pence is misleading.