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Political leaders and government officials like to make dramatic statements. Are they telling the truth?

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. Bloggers .'

firePants on Fire!fire

George Soros not headed to jail over campaign contributions

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. West Virginia Democratic Party .'

Half-True

Did Patrick Morrisey's family firm lobby against Gorsuch confirmation?

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. John Kerry .'

True

John Kerry rebuts Trump, says NATO spending was up, not down

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Donald Trump

Mostly False

Donald Trump misleads on US defense spending, NATO budget

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. Bloggers .'

False

Old Obama video misrepresents his views on Christianity

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Donald Trump

False

Trump falsely claims NATO countries owe United States money for defense spending

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. Chris Murphy .'

Mostly False

Is Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh to the right of Scalia on assault weapons? No

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. Raul Labrador .'

False

No, immigrants cannot apply for asylum at U.S. embassies or consulates abroad

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. Charles Schumer .'

Half-True

Trump's Supreme Court pick said presidents shouldn't be investigated, Schumer said

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. Bloggers .'

False

Did Justice Kennedy quit due to family ties to Trump and Russia?

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The Washington Post

They haven't. The Congressional Budget Office says they will actually drive up the deficit by $1.9 trillion over 10 years.

Rep. Claudia Tenney’s claim that Trump’s tax cuts already paid for themselves

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Trump boasts about his impact on NATO, but his evidence was often misleading or just plain wrong.

Many fact checks later, President Trump is (still) botching NATO spending

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There's no evidence to suggest Justice Kennedy voted a certain way or chose to retire because of his son's past business dealings with Donald Trump.

The thinly sourced theories about Trump’s loans and Justice Kennedy’s son

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As a Supreme Court justice, Kavanaugh would vote to toss an indictment of President Trump, some Democrats argue. But his writings suggest it's an open question.

Does Brett Kavanaugh think the president is immune from criminal charges?

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The president made 98 factual claims at a rally. We found that 76 percent were false, misleading or unsupported by evidence.

Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence

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Trump has said undocumented immigrants bring crime since his first official day on the campaign trail. Three years later, he still has no proof.

Fact-checking President Trump’s numbers on the ‘human toll of illegal immigration’

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Ivanka Trump oddly cited increases in labor participation among prime-age workers and fewer people on food stamps as proof of a stronger economy.

Are people ‘coming back off the sidelines’ and into the workforce, as Ivanka Trump says?

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Trump tweeted a wild and unverified accusation that appears to have originated with an Iranian politician.

Trump falsely claims Obama gave citizenship to 2,500 Iranians during nuclear deal talks

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Here are the 10 fact checks that most captivated — or angered — readers so far in 2018.

The most-read fact checks of 2018, so far

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Trump boasts about the North Korea nuclear deal almost daily, but many of his claims are exaggerated, misleading or implausible.

President Trump’s exaggerated claims about the North Korea deal

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