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Fact check: Biden falsely claims journalists had all said his vaccination goal was impossible to meet

Fact check: Biden falsely claims journalists had all said his vaccination goal was impossible to meet

Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden delivered a factually accurate Thursday speech about the coronavirus pandemic. But then, after he intended to address the crisis, he was asked by a reporter whether the vaccination goal he announced in December -- 100 million doses administered in 100 days -- is sufficiently ambitious.The question of whether the goal is too modest has arisen in part because the US is approaching a 1-million-doses-administered-per-day level even before Biden gets to implement his plans. The US has averaged 914,000 doses administered per day over the last week, according to...

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Fact check: 11 false claims Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has tweeted in the last month

Fact check: 11 false claims Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has tweeted in the last month

Washington (CNN)A rookie Republican congresswoman from Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, was on Sunday for 12 hours after she repeatedly tweeted election misinformation. Greene has a of embracing baseless conspiracy theories. And she has been a serial tweeter of false claims -- about the election, the Capitol insurrection and other -- since .Below is a fact check of 11 false claims Greene has tweeted in the last month alone, including three related claims about the integrity of the election. After CNN emailed her congressional office to offer her the opportunity to comment on any of these...

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Analysis: The 15 most notable lies of Donald Trump's presidency

Analysis: The 15 most notable lies of Donald Trump's presidency

Washington (CNN)Trying to pick the most notable lies from Donald Trump's presidency is like trying to pick the most notable pieces of junk from the town dump. There's just so much ugly garbage to sift through before you can make a decision. But I'm qualified for the dirty job. I fact checked every word uttered by this President from his inauguration day in January 2017 until September 2020 -- when the daily number of lies got so unmanageably high that I had to start taking a pass on some of his remarks to preserve my health.Trump got even worse after November 3. Since then, he has spent the...

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Fact check: No, impeachment itself would not ban Trump from a 2024 presidential run

Fact check: No, impeachment itself would not ban Trump from a 2024 presidential run

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutEven a Senate vote to remove Trump would not prohibit him from running in 2024; for the Senate to ban him from the presidency, it would have to hold an additional vote on this question.By Daniel Dale WASHINGTON -- claims that impeaching President Donald Trump for a second time would mean he would lose the ability to run for president in 2024.That's not true. Nor are other claims in the tweet.The tweet was posted on Friday, two days after a Capitol insurrection by a mob of Trump supporters sparked a new impeachment push from House Democrats. As of early Monday, it...

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Fact check: Georgia Republicans run more misleading attack ads against Warnock and Ossoff

Fact check: Georgia Republicans run more misleading attack ads against Warnock and Ossoff

Washington (CNN)In early December, we - misleading attack ads from both Democrats and Republicans in the two Georgia runoff elections that will determine control of the US Senate. Since then, Republicans have run some additional misleading ads attacking both Democratic candidates, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Here's a breakdown of two of these ads.Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler has made a concerted effort to portray Warnock, the senior pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, as "radical" and "dangerous."As supposed evidence, Loeffler have featured brief snippets of a comment Warnock...

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Dec 21
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'Just ridiculous': CNN speaks to Georgia voter the Trump campaign falsely accused of casting ballot in the name of a dead woman

'Just ridiculous': CNN speaks to Georgia voter the Trump campaign falsely accused of casting ballot in the name of a dead woman

Atlanta (CNN)President Donald Trump's campaign and Fox News host Tucker Carlson alleged last week that a vote cast by a Georgia woman named Deborah Jean Christiansen was fraudulent. The allegation was false -- like the Trump campaign and Carlson leveled against legal Georgia voters last week. The campaign and Carlson said this vote was a fraud because Deborah Jean Christiansen died last year. In fact, the vote was legally cast by a living woman who also happens to be named Deborah Jean Christiansen, born in the same year and month but on a different day. Christiansen answered the door when...

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Fact-checking the battle for credit over Pfizer's vaccine announcement

Fact-checking the battle for credit over Pfizer's vaccine announcement

Washington (CNN)Pfizer sparked a stock market rally with its Monday that early data shows its coronavirus vaccine is more than 90% effective. It also kicked off a battle over who deserves credit for the preliminary good news.President Donald Trump's administration was quick to applaud itself. "HUGE NEWS: Thanks to the public-private partnership forged by President @realDonaldTrump, @pfizer announced its Coronavirus Vaccine trial is EFFECTIVE, preventing infection in 90% of its volunteers," Vice President Mike Pence . Others, however, pointed to the fact that Pfizer's senior vice president...

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Fact check: Trump delivers most dishonest speech of his presidency as Biden closes in on victory

Fact check: Trump delivers most dishonest speech of his presidency as Biden closes in on victory

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump the most dishonest speech of his presidency on Thursday evening.I've watched or read the transcript of every Trump speech since late 2016. I've cataloged thousands and thousands of his false claims.I have never seen him lie more thoroughly and more egregiously than he did on Thursday evening at the White House.On the verge of what appeared to be a by former Vice President , Trump emerged in the press briefing room and took a blowtorch to the presidential tradition of defending the legitimacy of the democratic process.Aside from some valid criticism of...

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Fact check: Almost everything Trump has said after Election Day is wrong

Fact check: Almost everything Trump has said after Election Day is wrong

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump spent much of the year laying the groundwork for the strategy of concerted dishonesty he has deployed in the hours after Election Day.First, months ago, he began mail-in ballots as rife with fraud. Second, he falsely claimed that Democratic governors who don't like him are . Third, he falsely that there is something nefarious and even perhaps illegal about the normal practice of counting votes after Election Day. All of this nonsense, the dozens of voting-related lies we've had to debunk over and over and over, appeared to be in service of this current...

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Fact check: Trump falsely claims Biden has refused to condemn Philadelphia violence

Fact check: Trump falsely claims Biden has refused to condemn Philadelphia violence

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump continues to make false accusations about opponent Joe Biden's position on criminal justice issues.At a campaign on Thursday in Tampa, Florida, Trump claimed that the former vice president has refused to condemn the that has followed the Monday death of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man who was while holding a knife on a city street. Trump said at the rally that Biden is not only supportive of Philadelphia rioters but also that Biden got confused when he was asked about the subject."Look what he's doing in Philadelphia. Look what -- what's happening....

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Fact check: Trump campaign deceptively snips video of Biden quoting the Pope

Fact check: Trump campaign deceptively snips video of Biden quoting the Pope

Washington (CNN)The Trump campaign's "war room" Twitter account has , repeatedly taking quotes from former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democrats out of context.The account did it again on Tuesday.In a Tuesday speech in Georgia, Biden, a churchgoing Catholic, quoted from an published by Pope Francis . In that text, the Pope criticized "aggressive nationalism" and anti-immigrant populism, called for a "better kind of politics" that emphasizes love and urged politicians to ask themselves certain questions he suggested would guide them toward serving the public interest rather than their...

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Fact-checking Trump's massively dishonest weekend: The President made at least 66 false or misleading claims in three days

Fact-checking Trump's massively dishonest weekend: The President made at least 66 false or misleading claims in three days

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's dishonesty is getting worse.Trump has been reliably deceptive for his entire presidency, filling his speeches and tweets with lies and other false statements.The frequency and magnitude of his deception tends to , however, during campaign season -- when he complements his usual ad-libbed inaccuracy with a barrage of inaccurate statements that are written into his speech scripts.For fact checkers, the period from Friday through Sunday was one of the most challenging of Trump's entire presidency: he made at least 66 separate false or misleading claims...

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Daniel Dale
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Fact check: Competing town halls highlight Trump's dishonesty

Fact check: Competing town halls highlight Trump's dishonesty

(CNN)The stark differences between and Democratic nominee were on display during their competing town halls on Thursday night, and in no space was that clearer than the magnitude and frequency of their falsehoods. The fact that the second debate was cancelled after Trump backed out of the proposed virtual format deprived Americans of a chance to see the two candidates sparring on the same stage. But where Biden scattered in a small number of exaggerations or misstatements over about an hour and a half, Trump unleashed a barrage of dishonest claims over about an hour.Trump falsely claimed...

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Trump makes false claims on jobs, border wall and Biden's childhood at rally: fact check

Trump makes false claims on jobs, border wall and Biden's childhood at rally: fact check

U.S. President Donald Trump has returned to the campaign trail with all of his .Trump made numerous false or misleading claims at his Tuesday rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, his second falsehood-filled rally since he was hospitalized with the coronavirus.We're still going through the transcript, but here's a quick roundup.As he did at his Monday rally in Sanford, Florida, Trump baselessly claimed that Biden supports policy positions that the former vice president does not actually hold.Trump , for example, that Biden's plan would "destroy protections for pre-existing conditions." Trump is...

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Fact check: Trump makes at least 14 false claims in first post-hospital interview on Fox Business

Fact check: Trump makes at least 14 false claims in first post-hospital interview on Fox Business

Washington (CNN)In his first interview since he was hospitalized with the coronavirus, President Donald Trump -- lobbing insults, railing against the media and the Russia investigation, boasting at length, and making a whole bunch of inaccurate statements.Trump made at least 14 false claims in the 55-minute session with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo. He also made at least one misleading claim.Boasting about his tariffs on China, Trump said, "Nobody ever even heard of tariffs. They never even heard of tariffs. Nobody. In fact, when I first started doing it, they didn't even know what...

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Fact check: Trump campaign runs Facebook ads featuring fake image of Biden wearing earpiece

Fact check: Trump campaign runs Facebook ads featuring fake image of Biden wearing earpiece

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's campaign has been serially dishonest on social media, using to try to make opponent Joe Biden appear senile.The Trump campaign is now running yet another series of inaccurate ads. Trump allies before Tuesday's presidential debate that Biden was seeking to use an earpiece on stage, presumably to get real-time instructions from advisers. Biden did not wear an earpiece, and there is no evidence he ever sought to wear one. (There is a of phony conspiracy theories about debate earpieces.) But the Trump campaign nonetheless launched a series of still-image...

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Fact check: Almost every single one of Trump's debate claims about mail-in voting was wrong

Fact check: Almost every single one of Trump's debate claims about mail-in voting was wrong

(CNN)President Donald Trump about a wide variety of topics -- including health care, the economy and the coronavirus pandemic -- during Tuesday's presidential debate. But he was especially dishonest on the subject of voting by mail.Almost every single claim Trump made during the debate segment about the integrity of the election was inaccurate in whole or in part. His Tuesday performance was just the latest component of a systematic, months-long disinformation campaign he has waged to try to undermine confidence in mail-in voting. Let's go through 11 of his Tuesday claims item by item:Trump...

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Trump unleashes avalanche of repeat lies at first presidential debate

Trump unleashes avalanche of repeat lies at first presidential debate

Washington (CNN)The first 2020 presidential debate Tuesday night in Cleveland featured an avalanche of lies from -- while Democratic presidential nominee was largely accurate in his statements, though he did make some false or misleading claims.There were times, particularly during the conclusion of the debate, when almost every comment from Trump was inaccurate. Most of his false claims were ones he's made before and which have been repeatedly fact-checked and found to be false, rather than one-time slips or gaffes.Fox News's Chris Wallace moderated the debate, which covered both...

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Fact check: Trump makes false claims about his record on manufacturing and coal jobs

Fact check: Trump makes false claims about his record on manufacturing and coal jobs

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump delivered a meandering in Ohio on Monday that was officially about fighting for American workers. The speech included some important false and misleading claims about jobs.Trump claimed that "we brought back 700,000" manufacturing jobs.Facts First: This was not even true before the pandemic-driven recession: as of February, manufacturing jobs had been added during Trump's presidency. As of the most recent data, from August, 237,000 manufacturing jobs had been lost...

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Fact check: Trump campaign posts another dishonestly snipped Biden quote to make him sound confused

Fact check: Trump campaign posts another dishonestly snipped Biden quote to make him sound confused

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Washington (CNN)There is a : President Donald Trump's campaign and its allies keep dishonestly snipping, editing or describing video clips of former Vice President Joe Biden to try to make the Democratic presidential nominee seem confused or senile.They did it again early this week.On Tuesday morning, the Trump campaign posted an eight-second on Facebook that it titled "Joe Biden completely botches the Pledge of Allegiance." It was the same clip that was on Monday, with the same caption, by Republican...

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Fact check: Trump makes at least 25 false claims at Wisconsin rally

Fact check: Trump makes at least 25 false claims at Wisconsin rally

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Washington (CNN)As former Vice President Joe Biden was in Moosic, Pennsylvania, on Thursday night, and making a handful of , President Donald Trump was speaking at a campaign in Mosinee, Wisconsin.And repeating at least 25 of his usual false claims.We'll address them in brief because we've fact checked them before:Trump claimed again that Biden would "destroy protections for pre-existing conditions." He later said that he, Trump, would "always protect patients with pre-existing conditions."Read...

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Fact check: Trump lies that he didn't lie about the coronavirus

Fact check: Trump lies that he didn't lie about the coronavirus

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday why he lied to the American people about the coronavirus pandemic.The beginning of Trump's response: "I didn't lie."That itself is a lie.Trump admitted to journalist Bob Woodward in a March interview, for Woodward's that he had played down the severity of the situation to try to avoid a public panic. And he told Woodward in a February interview that the coronavirus was deadlier than even "strenuous flus" -- then went out weeks later and falsely that...

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Fact check: Interrupted by shooting, Trump continues to spin false narrative around mail-in voting and coronavirus

Fact check: Interrupted by shooting, Trump continues to spin false narrative around mail-in voting and coronavirus

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump turned his into a dishonesty spree, blitzing reporters with rapid-fire false claims on a variety of his favorite topics -- the coronavirus pandemic, mail-in voting, China, Democrats generally and President Barack Obama in particular.  Trump made a false claim in the opening minutes of the briefing, wrongly saying it is easy for foreign countries to interfere with mail-in voting. After he was because of a Secret Service shooting near the White House, he returned to...

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Fact check: Trump promotes another birther lie, this time about Kamala Harris

Fact check: Trump promotes another birther lie, this time about Kamala Harris

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump pushing lies about the birthplace and presidential eligibility of President Barack Obama, the first Black president.On Thursday, he started floating a new birther lie about Sen. Kamala Harris, who, if elected, would be the first Black and Asian American vice president. Trump's incendiary nonsense about Harris was part of a Thursday self-described "news conference" he largely used to campaign against his Democratic election opponents. Trump also made a series of...

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Fact Check: You may think you've read this article on Trump's false claims before, but we promise it's new

Fact Check: You may think you've read this article on Trump's false claims before, but we promise it's new

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump keeps having afternoon news conferences. And he keeps using them to make the same false claims over and over. At Wednesday's edition, Trump repeated at least 12 false claims he's made before. They were about his usual array of topics: the coronavirus pandemic, mail-in voting, China, and former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump devoted a substantial portion of his remarks to the pandemic, but you wouldn't confuse this event for an informational public-interest...

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