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Explaining the numbers behind the rise in reported hate crimes

Many people were concerned about President Donald Trump's response to the New Zealand mosque shooting in March, when he seemed to downplay the seriousness of white nationalism.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, criticized Trump’s rhetoric for dividing people. She noted that the Christchurch shooter said that Trump was a symbol of “renewed white identity.” Tapper cited the upward trend of hate crimes in many parts of the world and highlighted the rise of white nationalism in the United States.

PolitiFact announces health news fact-checking partnership with Kaiser Health News

PolitiFact and Kaiser Health News (KHN) have joined forces on health care coverage in an exclusive new fact-checking partnership. Under this initial two-year partnership, both organizations will produce and publish health-related fact-checks on a new co-branded digital channel that will be accessible from either politifact.com or khn.org.

Happy International Fact-Checking Day!

International Fact-checking Day isn’t just for the fact-checkers. It’s for you, too. On April 2, the Poynter Institute – the nonprofit that owns PolitiFact – is celebrating facts and equipping citizens, journalists, professional fact-checkers and educators with resources to help separate fact from fiction. The hub for International Fact-Checking Day activities is FactCheckingDay.com. The site is hosted by another Poynter-based project, the International Fact-Checking Network, a group founded in 2015 to bring together the growing number of fact-checkers around the world.

2020 Census citizenship question awaits Supreme Court review

Getting an accurate count of the U.S. population is a massive undertaking each decade. The 2020 Census is all the more complicated because of a national controversy tied to a single question that’s been elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Trump administration wants to know how many members of U.S. households are U.S. citizens.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s Grand Rapids rally after the Mueller probe

This story has been updated. In his first rally since being cleared of criminally conspiring in Russia’s 2016 election interference, President Donald Trump in Grand Rapids, Mich., opined on everything from the end of the special counsel probe to immigration to health care. Trump made several statements — many misleading or flat-out wrong — about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings, Democrats’ position on late-term abortion and the U.S. economy. Here’s our rundown.

No, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez probably didn't say that

Maybe you heard that U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said owning a gun is not a right, because “if it was a right, it would be in the Constitution.” The quote appeared in multiple posts on Facebook, printed over a picture of the congresswoman’s face. They were shared in news feeds where commenters couldn’t believe someone could be so stupid. Only Ocasio-Cortez didn’t make that statement. She also didn’t say: “We’ll never have to worry about China attacking us!

Here’s what we know about the cost of the Mueller investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller ended his investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election without accusing President Donald Trump or his campaign of conspiring or coordinating with the Russian government. Given the favorable outcome, Republicans renewed their attention on the cost of the investigation, which stretched on for nearly two years. “The total reported cost of the Special Counsel’s investigation through September 2018 was $25,215,853.00,” said a March 24 tweet from the Republican National Committee.

Without full Mueller report, Trump obstruction questions leave legal experts wondering

Less than 48 hours after receiving the special counsel’s report, Attorney General William Barr distilled Robert Mueller’s investigative findings into a four-page letter. In a controversial move, Barr supplied a key legal judgment where Mueller declined to reach one. While the special counsel cleared Donald Trump of conspiring in Russia’s 2016 election interference, Barr said, Mueller left unresolved another major question that has dogged the president: whether Trump obstructed justice.

What Democrats said about Trump, collusion before Mueller report

Republicans have been having a field day rubbing the Democrats’ noses in the outcome of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. As the summary from Attorney General William Barr quoted Mueller’s report, “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Donald Trump Jr. said it is “time to hold the conspiracy caucus in Congress accountable.” “These Democrat Truthers spent the last 2 years knowingly lying to the American people about collusion,” Trump Jr.

Martha Stewart to Donald Trump: Can there be obstruction of justice with no underlying crime?

In summarizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference, Attorney General Bill Barr said there were two major questions the investigation examined: whether there was coordination or collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether President Donald Trump sought to obstruct justice. The report found no proof for coordination or collusion. That lack of proof on collusion is one of the reasons for not pursuing an obstruction-of-justice prosecution, Barr said: There was no underlying crime from Russia connections for Trump to cover up.

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