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GOP guest column: Fact-check on Kanye, black workers rightly stuck to facts

Editor's note: David Jolly is PolitiFact's Republican guest columnist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Florida's 13th congressional district from 2014-17. Read more about the guest columnist position here. In this critique, Jolly is writing about a PolitiFact Wisconsin fact-check of a claim made by Giffords PAC, which you can read here. His post has been edited only for style and grammar.

Mailbag: ‘I rate your service as Scorched Pantyhose’

Here’s a selection of emailed comments, complaints, and compliments we’ve received from PolitiFact readers since January, edited for length and clarity. *** One reader thought we should have added additional context to our rating of President Donald Trump’s statement that “the United States has a massive trade deficit with Japan. It's anywhere from $69 billion to a $100 billion a year.” We rated that Half True. “The United States isn't being picked on by other countries. You need to stop letting this slide.

Guest column: Giffords group was right about Ryan blocking gun bills

Editor's note: David Jolly is PolitiFact's Republican guest columnist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Florida's 13th congressional district from 2014-17. Read more about the guest columnist position here. In this critique, Jolly is writing about a PolitiFact Wisconsin fact-check of a claim made by Giffords PAC, which you can read here. His post has been edited only for style and grammar.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's interview on Fox & Friends

Fox & Friends co-hosts heard from a longtime listener and former caller April 26: President Donald Trump. In the free-wheeling interview, Trump started by wishing his wife Melania a happy birthday and then launched into his opinions about the Iran nuclear deal, “leaking, lying” former FBI director James Comey, and the 2016 election. Here’s a fact-checked guide to some of Trump’s remarks.

Understanding felon voting rights restoration

When felons leave prison, should they regain the right to vote? That’s a question that many states have grappled with in recent decades. New York and Florida made recent headlines for policies on restoration of voting rights, and those policies have become campaign issues, especially in campaigns for governor. Nationwide, about 6 million Americans can’t vote as a result of a felony conviction. About half have fully completed their sentences, another quarter are in the community under probation or parole supervision, and a quarter are still incarcerated.

What the law says about James Comey’s leaked memos

President Donald Trump trained his fire on the memos of former FBI Director James Comey, claiming the written impressions of their one-on-one discussions contain classified information and that Comey broke the law by disclosing them. Comey is crisscrossing the country to promote his memoir A Higher Loyalty, which paints Trump in a harsh light. “James Comey’s Memos are Classified, I did not Declassify them,” Trump tweeted April 21. “They belong to our Government!

Guest column: Fact-checking made easy

Editor's note: Jason Altmire is PolitiFact's Democratic guest columnist and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district from 2007-13. Read more about the guest columnist position here. See other critiques here. Sometimes fact-checking is painfully difficult, evaluating nuance and weighing the relative merit of half-truths and accurate but misleading statements. Sometimes, however, fact-checking is easy, especially when the source is openly lying or the story is an outright hoax.

What the U.S. Supreme Court decision means for the deportation of criminal immigrants

President Donald Trump condemned a U.S. Supreme Court decision to invalidate part of a federal law used to deport some immigrants convicted of crimes. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled part of the law’s definition of “crime of violence” as unconstitutionally vague. Justice Neil Gorsuch, appointed by Trump, sided with liberal judges on the bench.

The James Comey book: 'A Higher Loyalty'

In 2016, as the director of the FBI, James Comey publicly dissected Hillary Clinton’s email server controversy. Later, we learned that Comey was keeping to himself the beginnings of an investigation into Russia’s active interference in the U.S. election and potential connections to the Donald Trump campaign. It was a perplexing contradiction for someone who said he was apolitical and above the fray. Now James Comey wants to explain himself. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership is Comey’s story of what he did and why.

Is North Korea ready to scrap its nuclear weapons?

News that Mike Pompeo, current CIA director and President Donald Trump’s pick to head the State Department, had been in North Korea drew an approving nod and a note of caution from the Senate’s top Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. “We should all root for a diplomatic solutions to the decades' long North Korean conflict,” Schumer said April 18 on the Senate floor. “That's why the United States should pursue a diplomatic opening, including through direct diplomacy with Pyongyang.

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