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Donald Trump made 8 misleading claims about immigration on Fox and Friends

President Donald Trump repeated several misleading talking points about immigration during an interview with Fox & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade. We counted at least eight faulty claims in less than five minutes. In the interview that aired May 24, Trump lauded his administration’s efforts at the border, criticized the diversity visa program, and called out policies that he believes threaten the nation’s security. Here’s what Trump said, fact-checked. ‘(The diversity visa) lottery is ridiculous, as you know.

Elon Musk calls for accountability in media, donates to PolitiFact

Elon Musk is a new member of PolitiFact’s Truth Squad. Here’s how it all went down: Frustrated with an article about Tesla, entrepreneur Elon Musk (of Tesla, SpaceX, PayPal) had an idea May 23: He’d “create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication.” See Figure 1 on Many Twitter users went on to reply to Musk’s tweet mentioning PolitiFact.

What the Republican discharge petition means for DACA, ‘Dreamers’

Republican lawmakers are taking an unconventional route to address the future of so-called “Dreamers,” immigrants who came to the United States illegally when they were children. Reps. Will Hurd of Texas, Jeff Denham, Calif., and Carlos Curbelo, Fla., are leading efforts to get the majority of House members to sign a “discharge petition” — a move to circumvent Republican leadership and bring four different immigration proposals to the House floor as early as June 25.

Informants, infiltration and spying: Some definitions in the FBI investigation of team Trump

Informant, infiltration, spying. The words were thrown around freely as President Donald Trump tweeted his frustration with the FBI investigation of Russian involvement with his campaign. “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump campaign for political purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration,” Trump tweeted May 20.

John Kerry was in Paris. But did he meet with Iranians? He says no

Republican operatives claimed to have definitive proof that the chief American architect of the Iran nuclear deal met secretly with Iranian officials in Paris just days after President Donald Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the international accord. A lobbyist with the firm Turnberry Solutions tweeted a photo on May 12 that appeared to show former Secretary of State John Kerry walking near the trendy L’Avenue restaurant in the French capital’s Champs-Elysées neighborhood. “So John Kerry just left a meeting @ L’Avenue in Paris w/3 Iranians.

A look into the business practices of Indiana's Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun

In the wake of Mike Braun’s victory as the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Indiana, Democratic Super PAC American Bridge attacked his record on Twitter. “Mike Braun, the Republican nominee for Senate in Indiana, is everything that's wrong with politics,” American Bridge tweeted.

What's true, what's not about Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting

A shooting at a Santa Fe, Texas, high school killed 10 people and injured another 10, state officials said, and explosive devices were found both on and off campus. A male suspect is in custody. The gunman is believed to be among the roughly 1,400 students at Santa Fe High School, about 36 miles southeast of Houston. The shooter opened fire inside the school around 7:45 a.m. local time, according to school district officials. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a May 18 press conference the shooter used a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver to carry out his attack.

The facts on mass shootings, guns in the United States

With each mass shooting comes shock and heartbreak. But the enflamed rhetoric is not far behind.  We hear the same arguments about gun violence, mental health, how firearms should be regulated and what’s driving the prevalence of mass shootings with each attack. PolitiFact has worked for years to research these topics to explain talking points used by all sides of the gun debate. Here are some answers to questions you may have. How do we define mass shootings? There is no widely accepted definition of mass shootings.

A closer look at payments to Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen

Several corporations admitted to paying President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen in hopes of gaining access to Trump or his thinking after financial records of the transactions were released by a lawyer representing Stormy Daniels. The financial details came to light through a leaked “suspicious activity report,” which banks use to alert Treasury Department regulators to fishy transactions. Cohen’s lawyers cried foul over the disclosures and claimed a memo describing the payments was riddled with errors — a charge that Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, contested.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s misleading immigration claims in meeting with California officials

President Donald Trump hosted sheriffs and other elected officials from California to talk about immigration policies that he sees as counter to his agenda. The most discussed news from that May 16 meeting has been Trump’s remark that some people coming into the United States are “animals.” Some lawmakers criticized Trump’s comment as racist, while others said Trump was only talking about MS-13 gang members, not all immigrants. We detailed the full context of Trump’s remarks here. But Trump also made a number of statements that needed a fact-check.