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President Trump Understates Scott Pruitt's Security Costs

By James Packard | April 20, 2018

President Donald Trump said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's security costs are "somewhat" more expensive than his predecessors. They're a lot more.

A Senator Pushed This Statistic About The Wage Gap ... And It's Wrong

By James Packard | April 20, 2018

Sen. Tina Smith tweeted that women earn 80 cents for every dollar a man makes for doing the same job. That's not true.

Rick Scott Is Running For Senate On Familiar Turf: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

By James Packard | April 13, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott can't quite say he created all the jobs he wanted in Florida: He's short of his goal.

No, You Won't Soon Be Able To File Taxes On A Postcard As Trump Says

By James Packard | April 13, 2018

The president says many people will be able to file taxes on a postcard in 2019. That's simply not true, and filing might get more complex for some.

The President Claims Amazon Costs The USPS A Fortune — Is That True?

By James Packard | April 5, 2018

The president claims Amazon costs the USPS "A FORTUNE." That's not the case, but the Postal Service could be making more money from Amazon.

OK, What's The Truth About This Citizenship Census Question?

By James Packard | April 5, 2018

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says the census has been asking about citizenship for years. But ... has it?

This Site Claims The President Ended Welfare For Immigrants. He Didn't

By James Packard | April 3, 2018

President Donald Trump did not just end welfare for immigrants despite what this website says. In fact, there's already a law that sort of does that.

Trump Says The US Has A $500B Trade Deficit With China. It Doesn't.

By James Packard | March 27, 2018

President Donald Trump says the U.S. lost $500 billion in trade with China last year. That's off by billions.

Nixon Claims Cuomo Gave Massive Breaks To NY's Super Rich. He Didn't.

By James Packard | March 27, 2018

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is hitting her primary opponent on his tax record. But is she right?

No, Student Activist Emma Gonzalez Didn't Really Tear The Constitution

By James Packard | March 26, 2018

The image showing Parkland, Florida, shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez tearing up the Constitution is fake. She never did that.

Democrats Disagree On What Bank Deregulation Bill Actually Does

By James Packard | March 20, 2018

The bill that would adjust some of the provisions in the 2010 banking law doesn't seem to mean the same thing to these two Democrats.

Shoes On The US Capitol Lawn Stood For Something, But Not This

By James Packard | March 19, 2018

This graphic claims more than 7,000 kids have been killed in U.S. schools since 2012. That number is way, way off.

Don't Be Fooled: This Recall Is A Year Old

By James Packard | March 6, 2018

The site appears to be trying to trick people into thinking this recall is new. It's not.

'The Post' Is Up For A Best Picture Oscar. But Is It Accurate?

By James Packard | March 1, 2018

Did "The Post" get it right about what happened when the Pentagon Papers were leaked?

Fact Check: This Graphic On Guns Isn't Really Accurate

By James Packard | March 1, 2018

This graphic suggests you need a photo ID to vote in every state. That's not true.

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