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PolitiFact - No, Biden executive order did not allow China access to U.S. power grid

PolitiFact - No, Biden executive order did not allow China access to U.S. power grid

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.“Joe Biden is handing our power grid to the Chinese Communist Party.”During a devastating winter blackout in Texas, a conservative group linked the outage to President Joe Biden, claiming that one of his executive orders gave the Chinese Communist Party access to the U.S. power grid. "Joe Biden is handing our power grid to the Chinese Communist Party," the conservative activist group Students for Trump on Feb. 16. The post also includes a quote...

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PolitiFact - Tucker Carlson’s false claim downplaying role of white supremacists at Capitol riot

PolitiFact - Tucker Carlson’s false claim downplaying role of white supremacists at Capitol riot

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact."There's no evidence that white supremacists were responsible for what happened on Jan. 6. That's a lie.”Fox News host Tucker Carlson downplayed the involvement of racially motivated extremist groups in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, falsely suggesting that the mob of pro-Trump rioters who violently stormed the building did not include white supremacists."There's no evidence that white supremacists were responsible for what happened on...

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PolitiFact - Beto O’Rourke said Texas was warned for years about power grid

PolitiFact - Beto O’Rourke said Texas was warned for years about power grid

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.“Energy experts and State House Dems, among others, were warning of this (the Texas power blackout) for years.”The massive power outage in Texas that left millions with no heat amid frigid temperatures should have come as no surprise, according to former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke."Texans are suffering without power because those in power have failed us," said O’Rourke in a , calling out Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott."State leaders...

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PolitiFact - How Fox News, far-right TV blamed green energy for Texas’ power outages

PolitiFact - How Fox News, far-right TV blamed green energy for Texas’ power outages

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.How Fox News, far-right TV blamed green energy for Texas’ power outagesFox News and other cable networks are spinning a false narrative that says frozen wind turbines, solar panels and even, somehow, the Green New Deal are to blame for Texas’ crippled energy system, according to a PunditFact review of closed caption information.It’s true that of Texas’ wind power capacity was shut down early in the week as some turbine blades froze over thanks...

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PolitiFact - No, Ted Cruz didn’t tweet he’d believe in climate change when Texas freezes over

PolitiFact - No, Ted Cruz didn’t tweet he’d believe in climate change when Texas freezes over

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.Says Ted Cruz tweeted, “I’ll believe in climate change when Texas freezes over.”As ice and snow storms crippled Texas, old tweets returned to haunt the state’s junior senator, Republican Ted Cruz. First it was Cruz’s August criticizing California for asking residents there to conserve energy — something that was recently requested of Texas residents amid prolonged power outages. Then it was his December calling Austin Mayor Steve Adler a...

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PolitiFact - Trump’s second impeachment did not cost $33 million

PolitiFact - Trump’s second impeachment did not cost $33 million

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.Donald Trump's second impeachment "cost $33 million."Throughout former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, some Facebook users speculated that it was a waste of taxpayer money."Boy, that 33 Million that was spent on the impeachment sure would help a bunch of small businesses right now…" said .The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our .) The...

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PolitiFact - In Context: What Joe Biden said about the vaccine supply he found when he took office

PolitiFact - In Context: What Joe Biden said about the vaccine supply he found when he took office

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.In Context: What Joe Biden said about the vaccine supply he found when he took officePresident Joe Biden’s critics were quick to jump on his words about vaccine supply during his event in Milwaukee.Perhaps too quick.Kayleigh McEnany, former President Donald Trump’s press secretary, that Biden said "there was no vaccine when he came into office." "That is abjectly false," McEnany said.In a that said "Biden lied," the conservative Media Research...

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PolitiFact - Fact-checking Joe Biden’s claim about people having to seek asylum ‘from abroad’

PolitiFact - Fact-checking Joe Biden’s claim about people having to seek asylum ‘from abroad’

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.“For the first time in American history, if you're seeking asylum ... you can't do it from the United States. … You’ve got to seek asylum from abroad.”During his first town hall since being sworn into office, President Joe Biden reaffirmed his promise to offer a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants living illegally in the country, and denounced practices that he said required people to "seek asylum from abroad.""For the first time...

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PolitiFact - No, Biden has not signed a 45% capital gains tax or an inheritance tax increase

PolitiFact - No, Biden has not signed a 45% capital gains tax or an inheritance tax increase

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.“Biden signs 45% capital gains tax. Kiss your inheritance goodbye.”The 117th Congress has been focused on the second of former President Donald Trump and a COVID-19 relief package. It hasn’t approved any tax bills for President Joe Biden to sign. Yet a widely shared on Facebook stated: "Biden signs 45% Capital gains tax. Kiss your inheritance goodbye."The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on...

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PolitiFact - Natural gas, not wind turbines, main driver of Texas power shortage

PolitiFact - Natural gas, not wind turbines, main driver of Texas power shortage

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.Natural gas, not wind turbines, main driver of Texas power shortageWhen a rare blast of Arctic air and ice hit Texas and resulted in a massive power outage, the critics of wind power were quick to focus on the wind turbines that came offline. Supporters of wind power argued back that frozen turbines played a minor role in the outage.Texas does have a bodacious amount of wind power. In winter, it supplies of the state’s electricity. And nearly...

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PolitiFact - Yes, Jan. 6 Capitol assault was an “armed insurrection”

PolitiFact - Yes, Jan. 6 Capitol assault was an “armed insurrection”

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.Says Jan. 6 Capitol riot “didn’t seem like an armed insurrection.”Five people died Jan. 6, 2021, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, when a mob violently invaded the U.S. Capitol in protest of the November 2020 election results.Few arrests were made that day, but our understanding of the day’s events and the rioters’ motivations has grown over time, as more than 230 people have now been identified and charged, according to a.But U.S. Sen....

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PolitiFact - Fact-checking Day 1 of Trump’s second impeachment trial: To try or not to try

PolitiFact - Fact-checking Day 1 of Trump’s second impeachment trial: To try or not to try

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.Fact-checking Day 1 of Trump’s second impeachment trial: To try or not to tryBefore senators could consider a scrap of evidence in the case against former President Donald Trump, they first had to vote whether to try the case at all.House Democratic impeachment managers argued that even though Trump no longer holds office, the future of the nation hinges on allowing the Senate trial to move forward. The Democrats said that to do otherwise would...

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PolitiFact - Sen. Rick Scott misrepresents COVID-19’s toll on state finances

PolitiFact - Sen. Rick Scott misrepresents COVID-19’s toll on state finances

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.States are seeing increases in revenue, with an average decline of just 0.12% compared with 2019. Over half of states report positive growth, including California, New York, and Illinois.A fundamental disagreement over the latest COVID-19 relief plan centers on aid to states, cities and counties. Democrats plan to include about $350 billion in aid, and Republicans argue that not only is the money unnecessary, it’s just a way to reward to liberal...

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PolitiFact - MyPillow CEO Lindell’s film not intended to be taken as fact

PolitiFact - MyPillow CEO Lindell’s film not intended to be taken as fact

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.MyPillow CEO Lindell’s film not intended to be taken as factBefore MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s documentary aired on the One America News Network, a rolled slowly across the screen: "The statements and claims expressed in this program are presented at this time as opinions only and are not intended to be taken or interpreted by the viewer as established facts."The disclaimer cut a sharp contrast with the program’s title: "Absolute Proof."Does...

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PolitiFact - Fact-checking misleading attacks on HR 1, Democrats’ voting rights bill

PolitiFact - Fact-checking misleading attacks on HR 1, Democrats’ voting rights bill

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.Fact-checking misleading attacks on HR 1, Democrats’ voting rights billA Facebook post claims Democratic legislation is aimed at protecting the Washington establishment and is anti-American, but the post’s claims don’t add up., called the For the People Act, is a bill that folds together previous proposals for absentee voting, in-person voting, campaign finance and ethics. Democrats say the goal of the legislation is to make it easier for...

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PolitiFact - Was the storming of the US Capitol a coup? An academic group now says yes

PolitiFact - Was the storming of the US Capitol a coup? An academic group now says yes

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.Was the storming of the US Capitol a coup? An academic group now says yesOn Jan. 6, we about the storming of the U.S. Capitol and the baseless accusations about the presidential election results that led up to it. In the article, we asked whether it was accurate to call it a coup. But because the details of that day’s events were still emerging, we did not draw a firm conclusion. Now, an academic center that was the major resource for our...

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PolitiFact - Facebook post laments Biden’s first actions with false claims

PolitiFact - Facebook post laments Biden’s first actions with false claims

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.Facebook post laments Biden’s first actions with false claimsJoe Biden has only been president for a couple of days, but already his critics on social media are saying the country has fallen apart during his tenure.A reader pointed us to a dated Jan. 24 that promised to "take a look at the Biden/Harris administration" and what it had done in its first few days. The post was also flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and...

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PolitiFact - Joe Biden: Clean energy to provide 84% of new electric power this year

PolitiFact - Joe Biden: Clean energy to provide 84% of new electric power this year

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.“84% of all new electric capacity planned to come onto the electric grid this year is clean energy.”In his rollout of major actions on climate change, President Joe Biden laid out his 2035 goal to see an electricity sector that puts zero carbon into the air. Biden emphasized that the change is underway."Already, 84% of all new electric capacity planned to come onto the electric grid this year is clean energy," Biden . "Why?  Because it’s...

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PolitiFact - Yes, Biden’s inauguration was legitimate. No, this isn’t a movie

PolitiFact - Yes, Biden’s inauguration was legitimate. No, this isn’t a movie

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.Says Joe Biden’s inauguration was fake and he is not the legitimate president.A new conspiracy theory has blossomed among some people who believed that former President Donald Trump had an elaborate scheme to remain in office: that Biden’s inauguration was fake, and he isn’t the real president. The theory started to gain traction online when the Jan. 20 "storm" disrupting Biden’s inauguration didn’t happen. It  points to a myriad of...

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PolitiFact - No, the Bidens didn’t invest their family fortune in Ukranian oil and gas

PolitiFact - No, the Bidens didn’t invest their family fortune in Ukranian oil and gas

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.“Biden invested the entire family fortune in Ukraine gas and oil. Then shuts down Keystone pipeline. Starting to get the picture.”Hunter Biden’s background in the Ukraine energy sector was a recurring target of critics during his father’s 2020 presidential campaign. And today, on social media at least, this son’s history in Ukraine has followed Joe Biden into the White House."Biden invested the entire family fortune in Ukraine gas and oil. Then...

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PolitiFact - Walker overreaches claiming Senate can’t convict Trump after departure

PolitiFact - Walker overreaches claiming Senate can’t convict Trump after departure

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.“The U.S. Senate cannot convict a former President.”Former President Donald Trump is staring down his second impeachment trial in as many years, but uncertainty looms over the unprecedented proceedings.That’s because despite 245 years of history and by the U.S. House, the country has no direct precedent for an impeachment trial of a president who has left office.The House Jan. 13, 2021, for his role inciting the Capitol mob on Jan. 6. A trial is...

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PolitiFact - No, Democrats are not eliminating the right of Americans to call parents mom and dad

PolitiFact - No, Democrats are not eliminating the right of Americans to call parents mom and dad

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.A majority of Americans have voted for a party that … wants a world in which you cannot call your parents mom and dad."In recent years, gender-neutral language has been a hot-button issue for many. Indeed, according to U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wisconsin, that debate has pushed America to this point: "A majority of Americans have voted for a party that … wants a world in which you cannot call your parents mom and dad."Yes. There is a lot to...

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PolitiFact - How Biden’s Keystone XL pipeline executive order affects American jobs

PolitiFact - How Biden’s Keystone XL pipeline executive order affects American jobs

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact."By revoking the Keystone pipeline permit, Biden is destroying 11,000 jobs.”President Joe Biden spent his first day in the White House aimed at undoing the policies of the Trump administration. One of them sparked outrage on Facebook over its effect on American jobs.On Jan. 20, Biden that revoked the permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. published the same day, one user said the move would cost thousands of jobs."By revoking...

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PolitiFact - No evidence lawmakers forced National Guard into parking garage

PolitiFact - No evidence lawmakers forced National Guard into parking garage

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.“Democrats forced our GREAT troops to sleep on the ground of a PARKING garage after dragging them to DC for photo ops!"Lawmakers from both parties expressed outrage after the National Guard members summoned to Washington to secure President Joe Biden’s inauguration were and take rest in nearby parking garages and outdoor areas.The National Guard members returned to the Capitol hours after they were ordered out, according to .But as photographs...

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PolitiFact - Joe Biden tackles immigration, hoping to undo Trump-era policies

PolitiFact - Joe Biden tackles immigration, hoping to undo Trump-era policies

Misinformation isn't going away just because it's a new year. Support trusted, factual information with a tax deductible contribution to PolitiFact.Joe Biden tackles immigration, hoping to undo Trump-era policiesBefore becoming president, Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to undo much of the Trump administration’s changes to the U.S. immigration system, and to offer a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living illegally in the United States.Biden can achieve some of his immigration promises unilaterally, using executive power as President Donald Trump did. But other goals...

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