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No, the New York Times has not admitted to peddling ‘fake news’ about most recent Kavanaugh claim

The conservative publication PJ Media says in a headline spreading virally on Facebook that the New York Times admitted a new allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh is “fake news,” but that is misleading. The back-and-forth stems from a Sept. 14 report in the New York Times that contains a previously unreported accusation of sexual impropriety by Kavanaugh while a student at Yale.

Donald Trump’s complaints about light bulbs, fact-checked

After his administration scrapped a rule that would have phased out incandescent light bulbs, President Donald Trump jokingly complained that newer bulbs make him look orange.  His Energy Department’s move slows a yearslong push by Congress and past administrations to switch Americans to LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs and other lighting that uses less electricity. While not citing LEDs specifically, Trump went on a bit of a rant about newer bulbs while speaking at the House Republicans’ annual retreat in Baltimore Sept.

Sen. Ted Cruz targets PolitiFact; here's our response

Sen. Ted Cruz took a minute after the third Democratic debate to criticize PolitiFact on Twitter for our previous fact-checking of Cruz's 2018 attacks on Beto O’Rourke. We thought it important to address his criticism. Here’s what Cruz tweeted: “Just a reminder, when I said it, PolitiFact (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the DNC) rated ‘Beto wants to take our guns’ as FALSE.

The cost of Medicare for All: Sticker shock or bill relief?

Despite its central role on the Democratic debate stage in Houston, Medicare for All remains fuzzy in one key respect: The price tag. At one point, former Vice President Joe Biden said it would cost $30 trillion. And Sen. Bernie Sanders, author of the bill, didn’t argue. “Joe said that Medicare for All would cost over $30 trillion,” Sanders said.

Despite repeated calls for unity, Democrats throw some debate punches on health plans

Unity was in the air on Thursday, as a trimmed-down cast of 10 Democratic presidential candidates met on the debate stage again and nodded to the stakes: another four years of President Donald Trump. And then the opening statements concluded. The first question plunged the candidates into another debate about the merits and missteps of a “Medicare for All” plan. It was a fitting set-up for the marquee match-up of this third Democratic presidential debate, between former Vice President Joe Biden — whose health care proposal includes a government-run public option insurance plan — and Sen.

Cory Booker’s claim that 17,000 people are ‘unjustly incarcerated,’ explained

During the third Democratic primary debate, Sen. Cory Booker challenged other candidates to join him in promising clemency for people who have been “unjustly incarcerated.” Booker took aim at what he described as racial inequalities in the criminal justice system, noting that the war on drugs has unfairly targeted minority populations. “We can specifically and demonstrably now show that there are 17,000 people unjustly incarcerated in America,” Booker said.

Fact-checking the Democratic presidential debate in Houston

This story will be updated. The showdown between the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic Party — and frontrunners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — never really reached a boil, as the Democratic candidates for president trained their harshest jabs for President Donald Trump. But policy differences at the third Democratic presidential debate did become more clear, particularly on the issue of health care. PolitiFact analyzed several statements made by the candidates on the debate stage at Houston’s Texas Southern University.

Revisions to jobs data: What you need to know

During the dog days of August — as commentators were already wondering whether the nearly decade-long economic recovery was on its last legs — government number-crunchers made an announcement that jolted economists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that, according to preliminary data, 501,000 fewer jobs had been created between March 2018 to March 2019 than officials had initially estimated. No one lost their job over it, because adjusting the numbers isn’t unusual — in fact, the government does it routinely. Sometimes the numbers go up, and sometimes they go down.

Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren: A short guide to big differences

The third Democratic presidential debate puts former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the same stage for the first time since these debates began. Based on what we’ve seen so far, if the candidates don’t mix it up, the panelists will do their best to draw out the sharpest contrasts. Biden and Warren capture a fundamental choice facing Democratic primary voters.  Biden offers “steady, stable leadership,” while Warren promises “big, structural change.” Biden tells voters he has the best chance of denying President Donald Trump a second term.

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