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FACT CHECK: Viral Video Claims California Gov Gavin Newsom Has ‘No Legal Authority’ To Mandate Face Masks Be Worn

FACT CHECK: Viral Video Claims California Gov Gavin Newsom Has ‘No Legal Authority’ To Mandate Face Masks Be Worn

  Brad Sylvester | Fact Check Reporter   A video shared on Facebook claims Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom “has no legal authority” to mandate residents wear face masks. Verdict: False The California Emergency Services Act gives Newsom broad authority to issue health mandates during a state of emergency such as the coronavirus pandemic. Legal experts said […]

FACT CHECK: Are Border Apprehensions Down 70% Since May, as Trump Says?

FACT CHECK: Are Border Apprehensions Down 70% Since May, as Trump Says?

  Brad Sylvester | Fact Check Reporter During a Nov. 14 campaign rally in Bossier City, Louisiana, President Donald Trump said, “We have successfully reduced illegal crossings by more than 70% since May.” WATCH: “We just released brand new border numbers today showing that we have successfully reduced illegal crossings by more than 70% since May.” […]

4 Claims from the Fifth Democratic Debate

4 Claims from the Fifth Democratic Debate

  Brad Sylvester | Fact Check Reporter   MSNBC and The Washington Post jointly held the fifth Democratic presidential debate Wednesday night in Atlanta, where 10 candidates covered a broad range of topics, including paid maternity leave and health care. Here are four checks on their claims. Claim 1: “There are only two countries in the world […]

Fact Check: Did the National Debt Double Under Obama?

Fact Check: Did the National Debt Double Under Obama?

Brad Sylvester | Fact Check Reporter   President Donald Trump claimed Feb. 15 that former President Barack Obama “put on more debt on this country than every president in the history of our country combined.” Verdict: True Public debt more than doubled in the eight years of Obama’s presidency, rising from $6.3 trillion to $14.4 trillion. Gross federal […]

FACT CHECK: Would Trump’s Border Wall Cost ‘1/10th of 1 Percent of the Federal Budget’?

FACT CHECK: Would Trump’s Border Wall Cost  ‘1/10th of 1 Percent of the Federal Budget’?

Brad Sylvester | Fact Check Reporter House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claimed on “Face the Nation” Sunday that the money requested by President Donald Trump to fund a border wall is equal to “1/10th of 1 percent of the federal budget.” Verdict: True The $5.7 billion requested for Trump’s border wall amounts to 0.13 percent of the […]

Fact Check : Have US Soybean Exports to China ‘Plunged’ Because of Trump’s Trade War?

Fact Check : Have US Soybean Exports to China ‘Plunged’ Because of Trump’s Trade War?

Brad Sylvester | Fact Check Reporter The Facebook page “U.S. Democratic Socialists” shared a meme Dec. 29 that faulted President Donald Trump’s trade war for a decline in American soybean exports to China. Verdict: True Since the commencement of the trade war, U.S. soybean exports to China, the world’s largest importer of soybeans, have dropped […]

FACT CHECK: ‘The Last Time the American Job Market Was This Strong, Astronauts Were Still Going to the Moon

FACT CHECK: ‘The Last Time the American Job Market Was This Strong, Astronauts Were Still Going to the Moon

Brad Sylvester | Fact Check Reporter   Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office tweeted an article Thursday claiming that the “last time the American job market was this strong, astronauts were still going to the moon.” “The last time the American job market was this strong, astronauts were still going to the moon. The unemployment rate […]