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PolitiFact answers the Senate's impeachment questions

Senators took control of their chamber’s impeachment trial this week, submitting questions to the Democratic House managers and President Donald Trump’s legal team. The questions, provided to Chief Justice John Roberts in writing, gave a window into the senators’ thinking as they consider whether to remove a president from office for the first time.  But House managers and the Trump team spun their answers to serve their perspective. So we decided to take on the questions ourselves, with the facts in mind.

Sports betting in the US: Where do states stand?

Sports betting is big business in the United States, and the Super Bowl is, well, the Super Bowl of sports gambling. Ahead of the big game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, we wanted to check in on the state of play: How does each state regulate the sports betting industry? And how much revenue does it really bring in?

A reader’s guide to misinformation about the coronavirus

Don’t expect a fast recovery from hoaxes and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus. As of Jan. 30, the virus has spread to at least 18 other countries and infected more than 7,800 people. The World Health Organization declared it an international public health emergency. As the situation develops, PolitiFact compiled what we do and don’t know about the 2019 coronavirus. If you have a question about the virus, or if you see a questionable post on social media, send it to

The Stump Speech Analyzer: Donald Trump

Editor’s note: PolitiFact is analyzing the presidential candidates’ stump speeches. Following our summary of the speech’s main themes, we present fact-checks of specific talking points. Read other stump speech analyzers for Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The stump speech: Trump’s 62-minute speech in Wildwood, N.J., Jan. 28, 2019 Even while under impeachment, President Donald Trump used a recent campaign rally  to take a victory lap, celebrating a strong economy and the triumph of conservative social and political values.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's campaign rally in Wildwood, New Jersey

Hours after his attorneys closed their case for him to remain in office, President Donald Trump jetted up to New Jersey to be with his fans, largely avoiding the impeachment trial to describe many reasons for his re-election. “America is winning again and America is thriving again like never before,” Trump said Jan. 28 in Wildwood. At the same time, they are disgusted with Washington, Trump said.

Fact-checking the impeachment defense of Donald Trump

Lawyers for President Donald Trump closed their arguments in the Senate’s impeachment trial Tuesday, paving the way for senators to ask questions as they consider whether to remove a president from office for the first time in U.S. history. The presentation wrapped up six days of arguments in which the House managers and the Trump legal defense team clashed over the president’s actions on Ukraine.

When PolitiFact hit the road to cover the Iowa caucuses

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Our job, most days, is to fact-check what candidates say about themselves and their opponents. That usually happens from our desks in Washington and Florida. But in January, it was time to get up close and personal — in Iowa. Three PolitiFact staffers spent five days following the Democratic presidential contenders in their closing sprint before the Feb. 3 caucuses.

Fact-checking Pete Buttigieg’s Fox News town hall in Des Moines, Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg said he’s not too young to be the president and actually is the Democrat best positioned to reach out to a broad swath of Americans. “I don’t think you have to be Democrat to see what is wrong with this president and this presidency,” Buttigieg said, speaking to a Fox News town hall audience of about 430 on Jan. 26.

Fact-checking Elizabeth Warren in Davenport, Iowa

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called for “big structural change” to help average Americans, rather than the richest and most powerful, in a town hall at a middle school in this Mississippi River city. “If we want a country that doesn’t just work for the rich and the powerful … we aren’t going to be able to fix this with a nibble here and a little change there,” she told the crowd of about 400 in the gym of Sudlow Intermediate School. “It’s going to take big structural change, and I’ve got a plan for that.