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Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s claims about a national emergency

President Donald Trump repeated several false or misleading claims as he justified the need for a national emergency declaration to secure funding for a border wall. Trump, who had not released the scope of his executive action as of mid-day Feb. 15, repeatedly said a wall was the best way to stop the flow of drugs, gang members and human trafficking across the border. He labeled any facts that might undercut his argument, “just a lie.” We looked at the official numbers and found otherwise.

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Donald Trump vs. Beto O’Rourke on immigration messaging

President Donald Trump and former congressman Beto O’Rourke described the impact of immigrants and border walls in such starkly different terms that it sounded as if they were on different worlds. Yet they were rallying their supporters less than a mile away from each other. From El Paso, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump spoke about the perils and pitfalls of immigration. Separately, O’Rourke, who used to represent El Paso as a Democrat in Congress, offered a more positive outlook.

7 questions about the Green New Deal

You may have heard a lot recently about the “Green New Deal,” championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and co-sponsored by more than 60 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives. But what’s it all about? Let’s take a closer look. What is the “Green New Deal”? Officially, the Green New Deal is a House resolution that Ocasio-Cortez introduced on Feb. 7, 2019, following months of discussion among progressive lawmakers and activists. There’s also a companion measure in the Senate, introduced by Sen.

Vice: What the movie gets right and wrong about Dick Cheney

Editor's note: Have you ever wondered if the movie you just saw — that claimed to be based on a real story or historical events — was really accurate? So have we. With this year’s Oscars featuring historically based movies up for Best Picture honors, we wanted to help you sort out the facts from the dramatic liberties. (We've also fact-checked BlacKkKlansman and Green Book.) Warning, major spoilers and plot points ahead! Adam McKay’s Vice presents a peculiar challenge to fact-checking.

House Democrats and HR 1: Voting rights expansion or federal power grab?

The 2018 elections saw close margins and record turnout, ultimately handing power to Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. As their first bill in the new Congress, House Democrats have introduced major legislation to expand voting rights. Their opening move has drawn fire from Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who called the proposed legislation a “power grab.” “Their proposal is simply a naked attempt to change the rules of American politics to benefit one party,” he wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

Fact-check: How true is Green Book?

Editor's note: Have you ever wondered if the movie you just saw — that claimed to be based on a real story or historical events — was really accurate? So have we. With this year’s Oscars featuring historically based movies up for Best Picture honors, we wanted to help you sort out the facts from the dramatic liberties. (We've also fact-checked BlacKkKlansman and will also fact-check Vice.) Warning, major spoilers and plot points ahead! The movie snatching hearts and Oscar nominations feels especially good when audiences learn it’s based on a true story. But how accurate is Green Book?

Why it feels like wages aren't outpacing inflation, even though they are

Democrats like to talk about struggling families who find wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living. But our fact-checking has found that the economic data clashes with their argument. Readers who are pinching pennies have told us they don’t agree with our findings. “I was a working adult in 1980 and I'm now a retiree,” one reader emailed us. “I know that in 1980, a new car cost $7,000. Today, a new car is $35,000. That's an increase of 500 percent.

Trump disagrees with his own intelligence team. We catalog the differences

During testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, several intelligence officials testified about security threats to the United States in a way that was sometimes at odds with what President Donald Trump has said. It didn’t take long for Trump to push back against them on Twitter. “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!” Trump tweeted at one point. We decided to break down what Trump tweeted and what the intelligence chiefs had said to prompt the Twitter response.

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