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Medicare in 5 charts: A 2018 midterm report

Until recently, Republicans and Democrats debated the future of Medicare in fairly predictable ways. Republicans would offer plans to trim or cap benefits over time, and Democrats would skewer them for putting the squeeze on vulnerable Americans in their retirement years. This year, the big shift is on the Republican side. They’ve largely gone silent. The Democrats, meanwhile, still tie the GOP to efforts to undermine Medicare, this time accusing them of doing so in order to pay for President Donald Trump’s tax cuts for the rich.

Fact-checking Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings

Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is facing a tough confirmation hearing in the Senate. Kavanaugh hopes to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, the median justice who often cast swing votes to break ideological ties. Kavanaugh would almost certainly tilt the court right. We noticed that many questions during his hearing centered on presidential powers, abortion, and Kavanaugh’s unreleased documents. We decided to provide factual context for the each of those points.

PolitiFact adding coverage of pivotal U.S. House races

Starting today, PolitiFact is bolstering its coverage of pivotal 2018 U.S. House races to help sort out fact from fiction on the campaign trail. We’ve hired additional fact-checkers to monitor claims in closely contested races, and we’re making our work available for free to members of the media in the districts we’re following.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally for Mike Braun in Evansville, Indiana

At his rally in Evansville, Ind., President Donald Trump presented a familiar array of claims, some more accurate than others. Trump’s speech on behalf of Mike Braun, a Republican state senator and businessman running for U.S. Senate, included steel plant expansions that aren’t happening, historic polling that doesn’t exist and unemployment declines that are almost true. He attacked incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly as an ineffective legislator who voted against Trump’s agenda on health care and taxes.

Sen. John McCain fought to clean up money in politics. Are we better off today?

How did John McCain become a champion of campaign finance reform? He got in trouble first. McCain’s reform efforts sprang from the 1980s “Keating Five” scandal. McCain was one of five senators who received donations from Charles H. Keating Jr., the owner of a savings and loans company, and investigated for intervening with federal regulators on Keating’s behalf.

Fact-checking Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman

Editor's note: Have you ever wondered if the movie you just saw — that claimed to be based on a real story or historical events — was really accurate? So have we. Everyone from Cannes to Twitter seems to be talking about BlacKkKlansman, so we wanted to help you sort out the facts from the dramatic liberties. (We've also fact-checked The Post, Darkest Hour and Dunkirk.) Warning, major spoilers and plot points ahead!) “Dis joint is based on some fo’ real, fo’ real s—,” the title card to BlacKkKlansman reads.

The 2018 midterms: Here are key Senate races we're covering

Here are the 16 states we're paying special attention to in the 2018 midterm elections. Hear something that needs a fact-check? Email us at Arizona Candidates: Republican Rep. Martha McSally vs. Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema With the retirement of Sen. Jeff Flake, Democrats believe Sinema has a strong chance of becoming Arizona’s first Democratic senator in more than two decades.

How many people have lost health insurance under Donald Trump?

Democrats have deployed a staggering statistic to attack Republicans on health care. While the details might vary, the common thread is that 4 million Americans have lost their health insurance under President Donald Trump. An essay on the liberal blog Politics USA recently carried the headline, “Trump Celebrates 4 Million Americans Losing Their Health Insurance.” On CNN’s State of the Union, Democratic pundit Jennifer Granholm predicted health care would drive voters to the polls in November.

McCain, Trump and the White House flag: From half-staff, to full-staff, to half-staff

The raising and lowering of the flag over the White House might be seen as the final symbolic tug-of-war between President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain, R- Ariz., who died Saturday. Early on Monday, multiple national news organizations began reporting that the flag, which had been lowered to half-staff Saturday evening, was once again flying high. PolitiFact went to the White House to document the flag’s status. Here’s how the flag stood at 3:38 pm.

Remembering John McCain

John McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate and a longtime U.S. Senator for Arizona, died Saturday, Aug. 25. He was 81. Known in recent years as one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump within the Republican Party, McCain had a long-established record of going his own way in both politics and policy. PolitiFact fact-checked McCain regularly during the 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama. That was McCain’s second run for the presidency after losing the GOP primary to George W. Bush in 2000.