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In context: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions Michael Cohen during the House Oversight Committee

Now that Democrats control the U.S. House of Representatives, they’re using their power to conduct oversight hearings on President Donald Trump. On Feb. 27, 2019, Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen testified before the committee. In his opening statement, Cohen called Trump a racist, a con man and a cheat, but he also admitted he had lied to Congress previously, making his track record for veracity questionable. In recent years, members of Congress have been criticized for grandstanding during hearings instead of eliciting new information.

What the 2019 Oscar movies get right, wrong

BlacKkKlansman, Green Book and Vice are Oscar-nominated movies that claim to be based on real stories. For the second year, we wanted to see how well the narratives stuck to the facts. So we took a quick break from political fact-checking to bring you the truth about three nonfiction films nominated for Best Picture. BlacKkKlansman Adam Driver as Flip Zimmerman and John David Washington as Ron Stallworth in Spike Lee's Blackkklansman.

Medicare for All: What it is, what it isn't

Ever since Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders fired up the Democratic base two years ago with his plan to deliver Medicare for All, the idea has become a kind of yardstick for measuring a candidate’s support for a single-payer health care system. But Medicare for All presents challenges both practical and political. The proposal would shake up nearly a fifth of the nation’s economy. While the approaches in other countries range from government-run health care to a mix of public and private insurance with strict government oversight, Medicare for All is uncharted territory in America.

Was the U.S. on the brink of war with North Korea before Trump? A review of the evidence

Was the United States on the verge of war against North Korea during the presidency of Barack Obama? Donald Trump has said he thinks so. “If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea with potentially millions of people killed,” Trump said during his State of the Union address. He repeated the claim recently when announcing an emergency declaration on the U.S.-Mexico border wall, saying that Obama was particularly out to get North Korea.

Trump rests national emergency declaration on border ‘invasion.’ Here are the facts

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to move forward with his campaign promise of building a border wall with Mexico. Trump didn’t lay out specifics about the declaration during a news conference at the White House. He said he anticipates legal challenges to his action even though national emergency declarations have “been signed many times before.” “There's rarely been a problem. They sign it, nobody cares. I guess they weren’t very exciting, but nobody cares. They sign it. For far less important things in some cases, in many cases,” Trump said Feb. 15.

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.