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Who is Marianne Williamson? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Editor's note: This story is part of PolitiFact’s ongoing coverage of the 2020 campaign; these reports will be updated as the campaign continues. For more candidate profiles and fact-checking, go to Democratic candidate Marianne Williamson says she’s running for president to heal the country’s soul. The bestselling author, lecturer, and activist is calling for a “spiritual awakening” to rid American politics of corporate interests and to end wealth inequality, environmental exploitation, and war.

Who is Joe Biden? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Editor's note: This story is part of PolitiFact’s ongoing coverage of the 2020 campaign; these reports will be updated as the campaign continues. For more candidate profiles and fact-checking, go to Former Vice President Joe Biden, in his third bid for the presidency, has the longest political resume of anyone in the Democratic field. Biden served seven terms in the U.S. Senate.

Donald Trump says Mexico agreed to start buying more from American farmers. Mexico says it didn’t.

After American and Mexican negotiators agreed on steps to reduce the flood of asylum seekers at the border, President Donald Trump took a victory lap on Twitter. “The tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” Trump tweeted June 7. “Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border.” The next day, Trump said there was even more to celebrate.

Nancy Pelosi cites principle of not talking about Donald Trump when overseas. We looked into it

A day before she went to France for D-Day memorial ceremonies, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said that she wants to see President Donald Trump in prison. But 24 hours later and 3,000 miles from Washington Pelosi demurred when asked about Trump and his threat of tariffs on Mexico. “I don’t talk about the president while I’m out of the country,” she said in Normandy, France, June 6. “That’s my principle.” The principle has been around a long time and the Trump campaign cried foul, so we wanted to take a look.

Introducing PolitiFact’s Mueller Report book club

For quite awhile, Robert S. Mueller III was one of the most mysterious men in Washington. But on May 29, he came before the cameras to make an in-person closing statement about his time as special counsel. Mueller’s words were sparing, and there were few pithy quotes. But one unmistakable message came through: He wants us to read his report.

In Context: What Donald Trump said about Meghan Markle

President Donald Trump denied calling Meghan Markle “nasty” in an interview ahead of his visit to the United Kingdom this week. An audio clip shows him using the words both “nasty” and “nice” during an Oval Office interview with the British tabloid The Sun. The interviewer had asked for Trump's reaction to not seeing Markle on this visit, noting that she spoke against him in 2016 and said she would leave the country if he became president. Markle, an American actress, married Prince Harry of Wales in May 2018. As more reports noted the remark, Trump tweeted out that the story was wrong.

Mueller spoke. Trump reacted. We fact-checked.

When the Justice Department first unveiled most of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel report, President Donald Trump praised him as an honorable man. Now, Trump calls Mueller a “true never-Trumper.” Mueller delivered a few brief comments on May 29 about the results of his investigation in his first (and only) public appearance. He emphasized that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 election. He explained why charging Trump criminally was never on the table, regardless of what the investigation uncovered.

Critics say Georgia’s abortion law could land women in prison. Here's what we know

Georgia’s new abortion law has critics warning it could result in imprisoning women who get abortions. “The Georgia bill states that a woman can be investigated for miscarrying and that women who travel to another state to get an abortion can spend up to ten years in prison,” actress Alyssa Milano tweeted May 13. The claim that women in Georgia can be arrested for an abortion has flown around the Internet. Anti-abortion advocates say it’s fear-mongering, and that women wouldn’t be jailed. The truth? It’s murky.

Trump says 400 miles of wall are coming soon. But most projects replace existing barriers

The U.S.-Mexico border wall is getting built, President Donald Trump often claims. Construction is happening, he says, in spite of reluctance from Congress. And lately, Trump has attached a recurring figure to illustrate how far along he’s come on his big promise. “You see the hell we are going through trying to get the wall,” he said in Panama City Beach, Fla., May 8. “We’re going to have over 400 miles of wall built, much of it is already started, by the end of next year, and we’ll conclude it pretty shortly thereafter.

Kamala Harris says voter suppression kept Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum out of office. Really?

In a speech to the NAACP, Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris called for changing election laws to “fight back against those Republicans who suppress our constitutional right to vote.” Harris, a U.S. senator from California, pointed to the outcome of two close races for governor in the South. “Let's say this loud and clear — without voter suppression, Stacey Abrams would be the governor of Georgia, Andrew Gillum is the governor of Florida,” Harris told the NAACP in Detroit May 5.