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Thinking small: Why Bernie Sanders and other 2020 candidates seek low-dollar campaign contributions

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders likes to talk up grassroots support of his presidential campaign, and one of his favorite metrics is individual donations.  “I feel very good with the fact that we have now received some 2 million individual contributions — which I think is an all-time world's record — up to this point, averaging all of $19 apiece,” Sanders said in a recent interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.  The independent from Vermont and his campaign have repeatedly made this specific boast. Could we fact-check that?

Does the U.S. women’s soccer team bring in more revenue but get paid less than the men?

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team recently won the Women’s World Cup for the fourth time. But the team’s compensation remains the subject of considerable controversy. Chants of “equal pay” erupted after the team’s victory over the Netherlands and during its triumphant victory parade in New York City.  The women’s team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation, its parent organization, in March over gender discrimination. That followed a wage discrimination complaint in 2016 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision.

PolitiFact’s Mueller Report Book Club, Volume 1

Editor’s note: PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan has been hosting the Muller Report book club via PolitiFact’s weekly email newsletter. Sign up for PolitiFact’s weekly email with the final installments. The book club’s first four weeks of material are below. We'll publish the final installments on June 26, 2019.  Week 1: Getting ready We’ll be reading the report together over the next several weeks. We aim to provide guidance for upcoming readings, perspective on previous reading and questions for discussion.  First things first: Get a copy of the report.

The facts behind the detention of immigrants

The arrival of more children and families at the southwest border is leading to overcrowding at border processing facilities and prompting Democratic lawmakers to scrutinize how the Trump administration is handling the surge.  A delegation of Democratic members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., went down to the border to visit facilities where apprehended migrants are processed. They said conditions were condemnable. “What we saw today was unconscionable. No child should ever be separated from their parent.

Stars and stripes, and truth!

As someone who reads our fact-checks, you clearly value the type of reporting we do. Have you been following our recent coverage of the Mueller Report and the Democratic candidates for president? Our reporting has the power to not only inform, but also lead to the advancement of our democracy. We often hear from readers that our reporting makes a difference in their lives. In many cases, they feel they can’t get the straight facts elsewhere, and they turn to us for the quality they need.

The Democratic debate resurrected controversy over busing. But is it an issue today?

Perhaps the biggest moment of the recent Democratic debate in Miami came when California Sen. Kamala Harris attacked former Vice President Joe Biden on a controversial policy from decades ago: integrating segregated schools by busing. Their interaction got a lot of attention, as Biden tried to deny his record on busing. (We rated his claim Mostly False.) But it didn’t shed light on busing as a policy issue. Viewers were left with unanswered questions: Is busing still used today? If not, why did it stop? Did busing meet its goals? And what policies have been adopted in its place?

Is the U.S. economy working for everyone? What the data shows

During the recent Democratic presidential debates, most of the candidates at one point or another rejected the notion that the economy is going gangbusters, taking issue with one of President Donald Trump’s most frequent talking points. “Who is this economy really working for?” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. “It's doing great for a thinner and thinner slice at the top.” “We know that not everyone is sharing in this prosperity,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. “This economy has got to work for everyone. And right now, we know that it isn't,” said former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas.

The facts behind Kirsten Gillibrand’s comments on Al Franken and sexual misconduct

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the first senator to call for former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s resignation when sexual misconduct allegations were brought against him. Now she seems to be paying a price for it. Gillibrand has struggled in her fundraising, and a few prominent Democrats have said they resented the role she played in Franken’s resignation in January 2018. During a June 2 Fox News town hall, host Chris Wallace asked if she still thinks Franken needed to resign. Gillibrand replied that it was ultimately Franken’s decision, and she expressed no regrets about speaking out.

Who is Joe Sestak? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

  Editor's note: This story is part of PolitiFact’s ongoing coverage of the 2020 campaign; these reports will be updated as the campaign continues. For more candidate profiles and fact-checking, go to Joe Sestak spent 31 years in the Navy, retiring as an admiral. He then ousted a Republican U.S. House incumbent from Pennsylvania. But after winning re-election once, Sestak twice failed in U.S. Senate bids, in 2010 and 2016.

Fact-checking the 2nd night of the Democratic debate in Miami

This story will be updated with more fact-checks. Democrats let loose their anti-Trump passions while attempting to showcase their diverse vantage points on gun control, race relations, immigration, healthcare, tax reform and more during the second night of debates at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders were the two most recognizable men positioned center-stage. But eight lesser-known candidates in the race to be the next president of the United States sparred with them.  Sen.