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Kavanaugh Files: Abortion Rights

Kavanaugh Files: Abortion Rights

Advocates for abortion rights are concerned that Judge Brett Kavanaugh could become the deciding vote in a future case to potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman’s right to an abortion. We review the specific points raised by the Democrats and the facts in each case.

Kavanaugh File: Executive Privilege

Kavanaugh File: Executive Privilege

With Trump campaign officials under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible collusion with Russia to unduly influence the 2016 campaign, some Democratic senators have expressed concern that Kavanaugh was hand-picked by Trump in the event that Mueller enters an indictment against the president.

Kavanaugh and the Preexisting Conditions Debate

Kavanaugh and the Preexisting Conditions Debate

An ad from a Democratic group warned that the president’s Supreme Court nominee could eliminate preexisting condition protections under the Affordable Care Act, a move that “would take us back to a time when insurance companies could deny you coverage.” But that depends on who “you” are.

Teaching About Islam Hasn’t Been Banned

Teaching About Islam Hasn’t Been Banned

Q: Did the U.S. Supreme Court bar public schools from teaching about Islam?

A: No. That rumor originates from a website that describes itself as satirical.

Muslims Aren’t Banned From Government

Muslims Aren’t Banned From Government

Q: Did the U.S. Supreme Court uphold a law banning Muslims from serving in government?

A: No. There is no such law. Two Muslims currently serve in the U.S. Congress.

Bench Warrant Story Is Supreme Fiction

Bench Warrant Story Is Supreme Fiction

Q: Has the U.S. Supreme Court issued a warrant for the arrest of one of Barack Obama’s treasury secretaries?

A: No. The person named in a fictional story doesn’t even exist.

A Fake Supreme Court Ruling

A Fake Supreme Court Ruling

Q: Did the Supreme Court rule that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally can’t sue anyone if they feel they’ve been mistreated?

A: No. That claim was made in a bogus story published on satirical and fake news websites.

Trump’s 100-Day Boasts

Trump’s 100-Day Boasts

President Donald Trump did a flurry of TV interviews and held a campaign-style rally to mark his first 100 days, and he left a trail of false, misleading and sometimes puzzling statements in his wake.

SCOTUS Didn’t Ban Teaching About Islam

SCOTUS Didn’t Ban Teaching About Islam

Q: Did the Supreme Court rule that public schools cannot teach students about Islam?

A: No. That false claim was spread by a network of fake news websites.

Gorsuch’s ‘Mainstream’ Measurement

Gorsuch’s ‘Mainstream’ Measurement

Supporters of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination describe him as a “mainstream judge.” Their evidence: He has voted nearly 99 percent with the majority on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and 97 percent of the court’s rulings were unanimous. But what do those statistics tell us? Not much.