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OECD Data Conflict With Biden’s Educational Attainment Claim

OECD Data Conflict With Biden’s Educational Attainment Claim

As of 2020, almost 52% of the U.S. population 25 to 34 years old had earned a postsecondary degree -- 11th among the 38 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. That statistic conflicts with President Joe Biden's claim about educational attainment in the U.S.

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Partisan Claims About Flight Cancellations Lack Evidence

Partisan Claims About Flight Cancellations Lack Evidence

Southwest Airlines' flight cancellations fueled partisan claims over the weekend that transportation workers were protesting COVID-19 vaccine requirements and causing the cancellations. But there's no evidence that workers staged protests. The Federal Aviation Administration, the airline and labor unions have all cited other reasons.

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GOP Group’s Ad Spins Biden Tax Plan on Family Farms

GOP Group’s Ad Spins Biden Tax Plan on Family Farms

A Republican group’s TV ad falsely claims that President Joe Biden’s tax plans would force the sale of family farms passed on to children due to burdensome taxes.

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Infrastructure Bill Proposes Voluntary Pilot Program for Per-Mile Vehicle Fee, Not ‘Driving Tax’

Infrastructure Bill Proposes Voluntary Pilot Program for Per-Mile Vehicle Fee, Not ‘Driving Tax’

The Senate-approved $1 trillion infrastructure bill would create a voluntary pilot program aimed at studying per-mile user fees for motor vehicles to fund the Highway Trust Fund. The bill does not include a "driving tax," as some social media posts misleadingly claim.

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Migrants Not Responsible for Latest COVID-19 Surge

Migrants Not Responsible for Latest COVID-19 Surge

Infectious disease experts say low vaccination rates, resistance to protective measures such as wearing a mask and the highly transmissible delta variant are driving the current surge of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

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Republicans Mischaracterize Proposed Financial Reporting Requirement

Republicans Mischaracterize Proposed Financial Reporting Requirement

To help detect unreported income and narrow the gap between federal taxes collected and owed, the Biden administration has proposed expanding annual reporting requirements for banks and other financial institutions to include the total amounts of money flowing in and out of all business and personal accounts worth at least $600.

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Trump’s Final Numbers

Trump’s Final Numbers

Statistical indicators of President Trump's four years in office.

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White House and HHS Employees Aren’t ‘Exempt’ from Vaccine Mandate

White House and HHS Employees Aren’t ‘Exempt’ from Vaccine Mandate

While some specifics of President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandates haven't been determined, misleading claims about who will be "exempt" have circulated online. Employees at the White House and in agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services are subject to Biden's executive order requiring federal employees to be vaccinated.

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Posts Spread Baseless Claims About Cause of Cargo Ship Backups

Posts Spread Baseless Claims About Cause of Cargo Ship Backups

U.S. ports slowed by pandemic-induced labor and equipment shortages cannot keep up with Americans’ demand for imported goods, resulting in cargo ship backups on both coasts. But social media posts, without citing evidence, falsely claim the Biden administration is purposely "orchestrating" product shortages.

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Video: Instagram Posts Spread Texas Lawmaker’s False Claims on Vaccine Testing

Video: Instagram Posts Spread Texas Lawmaker’s False Claims on Vaccine Testing

In this video, FactCheck.org and Univision Noticias teamed up to debunk false claims, spreading on social media, that were made by a state senator in Texas about vaccine safety. 

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The Washington Post

The false GOP claim that the Justice Dept. is spying on parents at school board meetings

In interviews, congressional hearings, campaign ads and social media, Republicans falsely claim that the Justice Department will be cracking down on parents expressing disagreement at their local school board meetings.

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Youngkin, McAuliffe target each other with false attack ads

Both campaigns are targeting voters with ads that use partisan reports to make bogus claims.

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Trump’s never-ending parade of election falsehoods

The president keeps telling audiences stories about the election that have been repeatedly debunked and discredited.

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Campaign for Senate hopeful from N.H. uses photo trickery to hoodwink reporters

Don Bolduc fought in Afghanistan in 2001, but he was not part of the 12-man team of "horse soldiers" lionized in a Hollywood movie

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Snopes

UK Lawmaker Stabbed to Death While Meeting with Constituents

Police gave no immediate details on the motive for the killing of 69-year-old Conservative lawmaker David Amess and did not identify the suspect.

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Texas School Administrator Told Teachers To Include Books with ‘Opposing’ Views of Holocaust

Teachers are concerned they will be punished for stocking classrooms with books addressing slavery, racism, and other issues.

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FDA Panel Endorses Booster Shot for J&J COVID-19 Vaccine

U.S. health advisers endorsed a booster of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, citing growing worry that Americans who got the single-dose shot aren’t as protected as those given two-dose brands.

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Liberian Teen Becomes Hero for Finding and Returning $50,000

Emmanuel Tuloe has been invited to meet Liberian President George Weah.

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Large African Cat Captured After Escape in Detroit Suburb

A large cat native to Africa that escaped from its suburban Detroit home was captured after spending several hours on the lam.

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Megan Thee Stallion Launches New Hot Sauce in Popeyes Collab

The “Hottie Sauce” will be available at select stores worldwide.

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Cher Sues Heirs of Sonny Bono over Song and Record Revenue

Cher has sued the widow of her former musical partner and ex-husband Sonny Bono over royalties for Sonny and Cher songs including “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On."

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Court Again Lets Texas Continue Banning Most Abortions

The decision could push the law closer to returning to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Bill Clinton in Hospital for Non-COVID-Related Infection

Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to a Southern California hospital with an infection but he is “on the mend,” his spokesman said.

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US to Restore Full Pension of FBI Official Fired Under Trump

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has won back his full pension as part of a settlement of his lawsuit arising from his firing during the Trump administration, his lawyers announced.

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