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In a messy Democratic presidential debate, facts about Medicare for All get tossed about

Here we go again.  It’s been a month since Democratic presidential hopefuls last took to the debate stage, but Tuesday night in Detroit 10 candidates again faced off for the first of this two-night event.  Health policy issues were a hot topic.  The matchup between Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont was considered the marquis event, with other candidates — including Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.; author Marianne Williamson; Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan; and former Texas Rep.

Fact-checking night one of the 2020 Democratic presidential debates in Detroit

Sen. Bernie Sanders contrasted himself with President Donald Trump at Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate, saying Trump lies while he tells the truth. We won't fact-check that claim, but there was much for us to scrutinize from the 10 candidates on stage at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Here's our rundown of questionable statements.

Fact-checking night one of the 2020 Democratic debates in Detroit

PolitiFact reporters are fact-checking tonight's Democratic debate on CNN in Detroit, Mich. We'll update this story with our fact-checks as they are available.  John Delaney, former Maryland congressman: “It's been well documented that if all the bills were paid at Medicare rate, which is specifically — I think it’s in section 1,200 of their bill — then many hospitals in this country would close.

Donald Trump says he spent a lot time with 9/11 responders. Here are the facts

President Donald Trump suggested that he spent “a lot of time” with first responders after Sept. 11 as he signed an extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. “Many of those affected were firefighters, police officers, and other first responders. And I was down there also, but I’m not considering myself a first responder. But I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you,” Trump said July 29 in the Rose Garden.

The Democratic 2020 presidential field, by the numbers

As the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates prepare for their second round of debates, we decided to take a closer look at the 23-candidate field’s underlying demographics. In this guide, you will find comparisons of their age, gender, military service, educational attainment, highest elected office and home state. A few takeaways: There is a four-decade age gap from the youngest candidate to the eldest. The 2020 primary field is the largest ever for female candidates. Essentially every U.S. region is represented.

Fact-checking night one of the 2020 Democratic presidential debates in Detroit

Sen. Bernie Sanders contrasted himself with President Donald Trump at Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate, saying Trump lies while he tells the truth. We won't fact-check that claim, but there was much for us to scrutinize from the 10 candidates on stage at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Here's our rundown of questionable statements.

In Context: Ilhan Omar’s “our country should be more fearful of white men” comment

A clip of Ilhan Omar saying Americans “should be more fearful of white men” took off on Twitter, but it includes some selective editing that doesn’t fully reflect her statements. On July 25, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., shared a 41-second excerpt from Omar’s interview on Al Jazeera from February 2018, when she was a Minnesota state legislator, months before the Minnesota Democrat won a seat in Congress.

PolitiFact’s Mueller Report Book Club, Volume 2

Editor’s note: PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan has been hosting the Muller Report book club via PolitiFact’s weekly email newsletter. The book club’s final two weeks of material are below. Read the book club's first four weeks of material, as well as the introduction of the book club.  Week 5: Trump & the Russia investigation In the first volume of the Mueller report, investigators looked at whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election. This week, we start the second volume, pages 1 to 61.

Where 2020 Democrats stand on carbon tax, other climate change policies

The first 2020 Democratic presidential debates spent 15 minutes on climate change. That’s more than the candidates spoke about the issue during presidential debates for the 2016 election, but it’s much less than would satisfy some who care about the issue. Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington state, has structured his presidential campaign with climate change as its central focus. “This is a climate crisis, an emergency,” Inslee said at the first Democratic primary debate on June 26, 2019.  Both advocates and candidates have called for a debate centered around climate change.

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