PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact recently checked out claims including boasts by Atlanta’s new mayor about the city’s financial condition and by New York’s mayor about that city’s high school graduation rate; and a criticism by Democrats regarding the effect of the new tax cut. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “Atlanta is on its strongest...
PolitiFact recently checked out claims including boasts by Atlanta’s new mayor about the city’s financial condition and by New York’s mayor about that city’s high school graduation...

PolitiFact: N.Y. mayor right about graduation rate increase

Schools in New York City have one feature the rest of the state’s schools do not: They’re under the exclusive control of the mayor. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed graduation rates have soared by 50 percent since that power was granted. The New York State Legislature gave then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg control over the city’s schools in 2002. Before 2002, only about half...
Schools in New York City have one feature the rest of the state’s schools do not: They’re under the exclusive control of the mayor. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed graduation rates...
PolitiFact: Atlanta mayor’s fiscal boast holds up

PolitiFact: Atlanta mayor’s fiscal boast holds up

In large measure, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ boast about the city’s solid financial situation holds up. There are some caveats about the exact numbers that support it. Plus, measures of financial strength are always somewhat subjective. A few key indicators give a broad picture of how well any municipality is doing. One is the bond rating, which indicates the risk of lending money...
PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact recently checked out claims including two by President Donald Trump, about the author of a book about Trump and about black and Hispanic unemployment rates; and Sen. Cruz’s remark that under the new tax law only rich people in New York and San Francisco would pay more. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “I authorized Zero access...
PolitiFact: Trump right on jobless rate, but it was already dropping

PolitiFact: Trump right on jobless rate, but it was already dropping

President Donald Trump and his team found several things to tout from the newest round of employment numbers. On Jan. 5, the day the new numbers were released, presidential daughter and White House official Ivanka Trump tweeted, “The unemployment rate for African Americans fell to 6.8 percent, the lowest ever recorded. We are working hard to bring this rate down even further.” The president...
PolitiFact: Cruz exaggerates tax cut’s impact

PolitiFact: Cruz exaggerates tax cut’s impact

The new tax laws Republicans put in place won’t leave everyone paying less to Uncle Sam forever, projections show, mainly because nearly all of the new individual income-tax reductions expire after 2025. But Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, stirred our curiosity when he asserted that certain rich Americans would face increased taxes off the bat. We unsuccessfully queried Cruz about his conclusion about...
PolitiFact: Trump had spoken to book’s author

PolitiFact: Trump had spoken to book’s author

The Trump administration has scrambled to control damaging headlines based on Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which was rushed to shelves Jan. 5 over threats from President Donald Trump’s attorneys. For his part, Trump sought to undermine Wolff’s credibility by calling into question the author’s access to the administration’s...
PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact recently checked out claims including one by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on murder in Milwaukee and President Trump’s statements about the volume of legislation he has signed and about Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s comments on Trump “collusion” with Russia. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “We have signed more...
PolitiFact: Sessions used outdated number on Milwaukee murders

PolitiFact: Sessions used outdated number on Milwaukee murders

Jeff Sessions, the attorney general of the United States, came to Milwaukee and said murder in the city “is up an astonishing 57 percent.” His number wasn’t entirely wrong. It reflects a spike in murders that occurred after 2014. But after the spike, the murders leveled off, and have begun to drop. Sessions came to Milwaukee to announce he was adding two more federal prosecutors...
PolitiFact: Democrats’ ad on Handel office budgets misleads

PolitiFact: Democrats’ ad on Handel office budgets misleads

The race in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District tests whether Democrats can turn anger toward President Donald Trump into votes, and whether Republicans can transcend that anger in a district that has long been safe GOP territory. With a little over a month before the June 20 special election, the Democratic ad campaign went on the attack. Both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee...
PolitiFact: ad misstates Ossoff’s Calif. aid: More donors, not dollars

PolitiFact: ad misstates Ossoff’s Calif. aid: More donors, not dollars

Both sides have launched attack ads in the race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Recently, Democrats accused Republican Karen Handel of wallowing in administrative bloat. (We rated that Mostly False). Now, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, has an ad that paints Democrat Jon Ossoff as beholden more to people in California than voters...
PolitiFact: Ad against Ossoff incorrect about Syrians ‘infiltrating’ U.S. for ISIS

PolitiFact: Ad against Ossoff incorrect about Syrians ‘infiltrating’ U.S. for ISIS

An ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee against 6th District Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff begins, “ISIS is infiltrating America and using Syrians to do it,” and continues, “The FBI warned we can’t safely screen every Syrian. Yet Jon Ossoff’s liberal party bosses brought 10,000 Syrian refugees to America. And Ossoff supports their dangerous...
Clinton bases deterred-voter claim on flawed report

Clinton bases deterred-voter claim on flawed report

While reflecting on the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton was asked why she didn’t campaign more in Wisconsin, a state that hadn’t gone Republican since 1984, but one she lost to Donald Trump. Appearing May 31 at a conference in California sponsored by the Vox Media site Recode, Clinton replied by saying “we thought we were doing really well in Wisconsin,” but &ldquo...
PolitiFact: Ossoff presumes too much about GOP health care bill

PolitiFact: Ossoff presumes too much about GOP health care bill

The treatment of pre-existing conditions has emerged as one of the thorniest issues in health care, which dominated the final debate in the special election to fill Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat. Democrat Jon Ossoff said the House Republican’s American Health Care Act, “guts protections against massive price hikes for Georgians with pre-existing conditions.” Both...
PolitiFact: Handel says Iran broke nuclear deal; Monitors say Iran’s complying

PolitiFact: Handel says Iran broke nuclear deal; Monitors say Iran’s complying

In the campaign for Georgia’s 6th, Congressional District, Republican Karen Handel has been sharply critical of the 2015 agreement for Iran to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. “From the things that I have seen, they are and (have) already violated the terms of the deal,” Handel said in a June 8 debate against Democrat Jon Ossoff ahead...
Evans can rightly claim big win in Medicare-fraud case

Evans can rightly claim big win in Medicare-fraud case

Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna, is running for governor of Georgia, and she’s touting a major Medicare fraud case she argued with her private law practice in a campaign video. She argued a civil lawsuit she argued alongside three other firms representing the U.S. government against DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a leading provider of dialysis services in the United States. They represented two...
Evans right, many workers classified incorrectly

Evans right, many workers classified incorrectly

With health care policy in limbo in Washington, the politicians who would like to be Georgia’s next governor are staking out their own policy outlines. Democratic State Rep. Stacey Evans favors expanding Medicaid, but said the state could take other action as well. We decided to check Evans’ number of misclassified workers, and found she’s on safe ground. Some businesses avoid treating...
Kemp partly right about calls to remove Founding Father statues

Kemp partly right about calls to remove Founding Father statues

Amid the debate over Confederate statues, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp suggested a similar controversy is brewing over the Founding Fathers. For us fact-checkers, the key question is whether there is a cry to get rid of statues of Washington and Jefferson. A few people have said that, but whether there’s much of a drive is less certain. Between emailing the Kemp campaign...
PolitiFact: Group used wrong numbers to rip Ga. county’s voter rolls

PolitiFact: Group used wrong numbers to rip Ga. county’s voter rolls

An Indianapolis-based advocacy group issued a news release Sept. 25 with a stunning headline: “24 states show corrupted voter rolls.” The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which aims to keep voter rolls as up-to-date as possible, had sent letters to nearly 250 counties. Bryan County, Georgia, was among them. The group’s letter to county elections supervisor Cindy Reynolds said the...
PolitiFact: Cagle links ‘sanctuary cities,’ homicides; data doesn’t

PolitiFact: Cagle links ‘sanctuary cities,’ homicides; data doesn’t

Casey Cagle, who is running for governor, told an Atlanta news station that the City of Decatur may be in violation of a state law prohibiting sanctuary cities. “Sanctuary city” is a term commonly used for a jurisdiction that limits its cooperation with immigration authorities. “Well, they are not cooperating with (U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement), and the important feature...
PolitiFact: Abrams’ cost claim isn’t true for all child care

PolitiFact: Abrams’ cost claim isn’t true for all child care

While announcing her child-care plan, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams claimed that the average cost of child care in Georgia is more than the average in-state tuition. The claim first appeared Nov.15 in a tweet promoting “The Bold Action for a Bright Future Plan.” Abrams’ campaign pulled this information from the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning...
PolitiFact: In number of bills signed, Trump ranks last

PolitiFact: In number of bills signed, Trump ranks last

President Donald Trump made this claim that he’s enacted more legislation than any other president at a West Palm Beach, Fla., fire station. This was a variation on an earlier, Mostly True assertion by his former press secretary Sean Spicer that Trump has “worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any president since Truman.” Eight months have passed...
PolitiFact roundup: Fentanyl deaths and tax cut effects

PolitiFact roundup: Fentanyl deaths and tax cut effects

PolitiFact recently checked out claims including two related to the just-passed federal tax overhaul and one about overdose deaths linked to the opioid fentanyl. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “Fentanyl is now killing more Americans than heroin or any other opioid.” — Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017...
PolitiFact: Tax changes will benefit middle-class earners

PolitiFact: Tax changes will benefit middle-class earners

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., claims the major tax overhaul Congress just passed will increase tax bills for middle-class earners in New York state, with filers who pay state and local taxes hit particularly hard. She made the claim before Republicans released their final tax bill. We’re basing our fact check on details that were available at the time. Research groups across the political...
PolitiFact: Ivanka Trump wrong about postcard tax filing

PolitiFact: Ivanka Trump wrong about postcard tax filing

During an interview on “Fox & Friends” in which she touted the recently passed tax bill, Ivanka Trump said voters would benefit more quickly than they might have imagined: this April. And she said most would be filing their taxes on “a single postcard.” There are two problems with what Trump said. We’ll take them in order. The bill’s provisions won’t be taking...
PolitiFact: McCaskill overreaches on fentanyl figures

PolitiFact: McCaskill overreaches on fentanyl figures

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is requesting information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the United States Postal Services and the U.S. Department of State regarding fentanyl, which she says is illegally making its way into the country. The number of opioid overdose deaths has been getting a lot of attention in recent years, but is fentanyl now the leading cause,as McCaskill said? According...
PolitiFact roundup: Tax cut, visas and Obamacare

PolitiFact roundup: Tax cut, visas and Obamacare

Recent claims PolitiFact checked out included House Speaker Paul Ryan’s comparison of the popularity of Republicans’ new tax overhaul and President Ronald Reagan’s; and President Donald Trump’s statements about a visa lottery and eliminating the fine for those who do not buy health insurance. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com...
PolitiFact: ‘Essentially repealed Obamacare’ a Trump exaggeration

PolitiFact: ‘Essentially repealed Obamacare’ a Trump exaggeration

While celebrating passage of a $1.5 trillion tax cut, President Donald Trump pivoted to what the bill did for another one of his major goals, getting rid of the Affordable Care Act. He said eliminating the requirement to buy insurance “essentially repealed” the law called Obamacare. That requirement, the “individual mandate,” fines people who might afford health insurance but...
PolitiFact: Trump misstates how visa lottery runs

PolitiFact: Trump misstates how visa lottery runs

President Donald Trump’s claims about the diversity visa program, which uses a lottery, parallel his Pants on Fire claim as presidential candidate that the Mexican government sends “the bad ones” to the United States. In this case, Trump oversimplified and misconstrued the program. Countries don’t send their people. Lottery applicants must meet minimum standards for education...
PolitiFact: Some polls back Ryan claim on Reagan tax plan, some don’t

PolitiFact: Some polls back Ryan claim on Reagan tax plan, some don’t

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says not to worry that polls show most Americans don’t support support the historic tax overhaul he and other Republicans pushed toward a final vote Tuesday. At this stage prior to the last major tax reform, in 1986, the Wisconsin Republican said, support was low, too. Polls this month about the current tax reform show not only that support is low, but that opposition...
PolitiFact roundup: Harassment claims, wages, black homeowners

PolitiFact roundup: Harassment claims, wages, black homeowners

Recent claims PolitiFact checked out included Sen. Roy Blunt’s description of what Congress’ rules require of those who file sexual harassment complaints against members; Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s remark about stagnant wage growth; and President Donald Trump’s claim that black home ownership has reached a record level. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found...
PolitiFact: Trump incorrect about black home ownership

PolitiFact: Trump incorrect about black home ownership

When President Donald Trump noticed some African-American support at a recent rally in Pensacola, Fla., he said black home ownership has reached its highest level. He brought up that claim along with boasts about enhanced 401(k) accounts, consumer confidence and job growth since the start of the year. But black home ownership hasn’t hit a new record high. (The White House did not respond to...
PolitiFact: Pelosi wrong on wage increases

PolitiFact: Pelosi wrong on wage increases

On the heels of a generally favorable jobs report, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., criticized Republicans for failing to boost wages for American workers. “November’s jobs report reveals that hard-working Americans still aren’t getting the bigger paychecks they deserve,” Pelosi said in a statement she tweeted out. She said Republicans had promised higher wages...
PolitiFact: Blunt has a point on Congress’ sex harassment policy

PolitiFact: Blunt has a point on Congress’ sex harassment policy

The U.S. Senate needs to clean up its own house when it comes to sexual harassment charges, regardless of whether Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore wins his Dec. 12 election, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt has argued. Accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore have dominated his campaign. Sexual misconduct claims were also made against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who announced his resignation on Dec....
PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Trump’s denial of Russian meddling

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Trump’s denial of Russian meddling

A mountain of evidence points to a fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016. In both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election. Those included the cyber-theft of private data, placement of propaganda against particular candidates, and an overall effort to undermine public...
PolitiFact: U.S. crime, Jerusalem policy and immigrants’ papers

PolitiFact: U.S. crime, Jerusalem policy and immigrants’ papers

Recent claims PolitiFact checked out included the Albany, N.Y. mayor’s comment that being in the U.S. without documentation is not a crime; Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ characterization of rising crime rates; and President Trump’s statement that Congress has long held that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www...
PolitiFact: Trump correct on U.S. Jerusalem legislation

PolitiFact: Trump correct on U.S. Jerusalem legislation

President Donald Trump on Dec. 6 unveiled a new policy regarding Israel’s capital city, stating “it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel” and that preparation would begin to move the American embassy there from Tel Aviv. The 1995 law Trump cited mandated that the embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by 1999. However, Palestinians also consider...
PolitiFact: Sessions’ crime statistics accurate but not a trend

PolitiFact: Sessions’ crime statistics accurate but not a trend

In Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony to Congress about Russia in November, he brought up a recent increase in the rate of violent crime and murder in the United States. Sessions got his information from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2016. After doing some math, we found that from 2014 to 2016 the violent crime rate increased by 6.8 percent, and the murder rate increased by...

PolitiFact: Lack of documentation a civil offense, not crime

Albany, N.Y., Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan said in a national television interview that it’s not a crime for immigrants to live in the U.S. without documentation. “The U.S. Supreme Court has said that,” she said while defending her city’s status as a so-called “sanctuary city” to Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Albany’s police do not report undocumented immigrants...
PolitiFact roundup: Ga. child care cost and GOP tax-plan benefits

PolitiFact roundup: Ga. child care cost and GOP tax-plan benefits

Recent claims PolitiFact checked out included a claim by a Georgia candidate for governor on the cost of child care and claims by two prominent Republicans in Congress on the GOP tax-overhaul plan. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “The average cost for infant care in GA is almost $7,700/yr – more than average in-state college tuition...
PolitiFact: Brady cherry-picks statistic on tax bill’s benefit

PolitiFact: Brady cherry-picks statistic on tax bill’s benefit

As crunch time in Congress approaches, Republicans are aggressively making the case that their tax bills will allow a broad swath of Americans to benefit. When we took a closer look at one claim by Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, we found his statistic somewhat misleading. Brady’s office pointed us to an analysis of the House bill by the...
PolitiFact: Rubio’s figure off, but point is right on payroll tax

PolitiFact: Rubio’s figure off, but point is right on payroll tax

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has worked to persuade Republican leaders to expand the child tax credit so the tax overhaul benefits more working families. To do this, Rubio said he wants to make the credit refundable against payroll taxes. The Republican tax framework proposes increasing the credit from the current $1,000 and raising the income threshold at which the credit phases out, but it does not...
PolitiFact: Thune basically right about who pays Obamacare fines

PolitiFact: Thune basically right about who pays Obamacare fines

Senate Republicans’ move to include in their tax reform bill a repeal of the requirement to have health insurance revealed numbers few people had noted before. (The mandate says that everyone must have coverage or face a fine.) Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said, “We’re taking a failed policy that punishes people with taxes — low-income people.” In 2016, the fine for not having...
PolitiFact: Impact of immigration program depends on what’s counted

PolitiFact: Impact of immigration program depends on what’s counted

Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro claimed the U.S. economy would be hurt if the Trump administration eliminated an immigration protection mostly benefitting Central Americans. The U.S. government routinely reviews whether to extend or terminate a country’s Temporary Protected Status designation, applied to countries with ongoing armed conflict, natural disasters, epidemics and other extraordinary...
PolitiFact: Cuomo’s assessment of GOP tax intent incomplete

PolitiFact: Cuomo’s assessment of GOP tax intent incomplete

When some Republican senators pushed to end a key part of the Affordable Care Act as part of their tax-overhaul bill, Democratic critics including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pounced. We examined his characterization and found his phrasing misses some important points, including this one: Many Americans would be choosing to give up their health insurance if the individual mandate were lifted. That&rsquo...
PolitiFact roundup: guns, tax bill, Obamacare

PolitiFact roundup: guns, tax bill, Obamacare

Recent claims PolitiFact checked out included a Georgia legislator’s claim that the Las Vegas mass killer’s use of a bump stock may have kept his death toll lower; President Trump’s characterization of a key Obamacare provision as “highly unpopular;” and a Democratic senator’s claim that Republicans haven’t followed usual, proper procedures for having their...

PolitiFact: Popularity of Obamacare key varies with who asks

While President Donald Trump was overseas, he urged on congressional Republicans who were forging ahead with their tax plans, and suggested including an end to the “individual mandate” in Obamacare. We wondered if that provision, the health care law’s requirement that most people have coverage, is “highly unpopular,” as he said. Polling shows it is the least popular of...
Before and after his arrival, Trump causes a stir at title game

Before and after his arrival, Trump causes a stir at title game

President Donald Trump made his presence at the college football title game Monday known on and off the field. His arrival briefly paralyzed traffic and caused long delays for fans waiting to enter Mercedes-Benz Stadium to watch Georgia take on Alabama for the championship. Once inside, he was greeted with a booming chorus of cheers — mixed with some boos — as he took the field for the...
PolitiFact: Trump misquotes Feinstein on Russia probes

PolitiFact: Trump misquotes Feinstein on Russia probes

In President Trump’s recent interview in The New York Times, he made that eye-opening claim about Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, two of the three congressional panels investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. So, a statement from Feinstein declaring...
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