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No, Mark Zuckerberg did not endorse Donald Trump, as Elizabeth Warren said in stunt ad

Did Mark Zuckerberg endorse Donald Trump for president? No.  Zuckerberg has not endorsed Trump; the ads set the record straight two sentences below the attention-grabbing claim. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said she took out ads with this made-up assertion to prove her point that Facebook accepts political ads with false claims in them.  “The Trump campaign is currently spending $1 million a week on ads including ones containing known lies — ads that TV stations refuse to air because they’re false.

Why Tulsi Gabbard calls the war in Syria a ‘regime change war’

Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard said during the recent Democratic debate that the United States is in Syria waging a “regime change war.” President Donald Trump this month withdrew American troops from the Syrian border with Turkey, prompting bipartisan backlash. CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Gabbard how she would pull troops out of Syria without bloodshed. “Donald Trump has the blood of the Kurds on his hand,” Gabbard said.

What’s the manufacturing job killer, automation or trade?

The Democratic debate in Ohio stirred up a heated exchange on a basic economic question: Did robots hollow out American manufacturing?  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has said that blaming job losses on automation is a myth, and CNN’s Erin Burnett pressed her to explain why workers in Ohio shouldn’t be worried. “We have had a lot of problems with losing jobs, but the principal reason is bad trade policy,” Warren said.

Fact-checking the Ohio Democratic presidential debate

This story will be updated. On a crowded debate stage, a dozen Democratic presidential candidates sparred over health care, talked about reining in the excesses of capitalism and debated how to protect workers in an age of technological upheaval.  The evening opened with a volley of questions on impeachment — including President Donald Trump’s attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter's ties to Ukraine — then pivoted to a dissection of candidates’ policy differences.

Opioid epidemic shifts from prescription painkillers to street drugs

In 2017, opioid overdoses killed more than 70,000 people. It is a scourge that falls heaviest on white Americans, but no community or income group has been spared. Recently, lawsuits against prescription drug makers and distributors, such as Purdue Pharma and Cardinal Health, have produced multi-billion dollar settlements. The legal action aims to hold industry players accountable for the amped up marketing and massive shipments of prescription painkillers that started in the mid-1990s and powered a wave of opioid addiction across the country.

Trump lawyer claims lack of due process in House impeachment. 3 reasons the law doesn’t back him up

In the letter to Democratic House leaders that laid out why President Donald Trump would not cooperate with an impeachment investigation, White House counsel Pat Cipollone argued that the House had “designed and implemented your inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process.”  Cipollone’s first point focused on the rights of the accused.

Did Elizabeth Warren lose a teaching job because she was pregnant?

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren tells a different story today than she once did about how she lost a teaching shortly after graduating from college.  The Massachusetts senator now says she lost the job because she was pregnant. She didn’t say that in the past. Is it possible to reconcile the two accounts? PolitiFact went back to her past and present comments, and reviewed publicly available documents on the matter.

Johnson, Nixon, Clinton, Trump: 9 questions about impeachment

As the House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump grinds forward against the wishes of the White House, we decided to answer some basic questions about the impeachment process both today and in American history. Here are nine questions and answers. How significant is it that there has been no full House vote to authorize the impeachment inquiry? The Constitution lays out the basics of impeachment, but it does not spell out rules and procedures.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s claims about Syria and US troop withdrawal

President Donald Trump shocked lawmakers from both parties recently when he announced the United States would be withdrawing troops from the Syrian border with Turkey. Political leaders and military officials said the U.S. troop presence in northeast Syria helps keep Islamic State terrorists in check and prevents Iranian and Russian aggression. And they worried about the Turkish military retaliating against Kurdish U.S. allies in the region. Facing a bipartisan backlash, Trump defended his thinking on Twitter and at an Oct.