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House Democrats and HR 1: Voting rights expansion or federal power grab?

The 2018 elections saw close margins and record turnout, ultimately handing power to Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. As their first bill in the new Congress, House Democrats have introduced major legislation to expand voting rights. Their opening move has drawn fire from Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who called the proposed legislation a “power grab.” “Their proposal is simply a naked attempt to change the rules of American politics to benefit one party,” he wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

Fact-check: How true is Green Book?

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 will also fact-check Vice.) Warning, major spoilers and plot points ahead! The movie snatching hearts and Oscar nominations feels especially good when audiences learn it’s based on a true story. But how accurate is Green Book?

Why it feels like wages aren't outpacing inflation, even though they are

Democrats like to talk about struggling families who find wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living. But our fact-checking has found that the economic data clashes with their argument. Readers who are pinching pennies have told us they don’t agree with our findings. “I was a working adult in 1980 and I'm now a retiree,” one reader emailed us. “I know that in 1980, a new car cost $7,000. Today, a new car is $35,000. That's an increase of 500 percent.

Trump disagrees with his own intelligence team. We catalog the differences

During testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, several intelligence officials testified about security threats to the United States in a way that was sometimes at odds with what President Donald Trump has said. It didn’t take long for Trump to push back against them on Twitter. “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!” Trump tweeted at one point. We decided to break down what Trump tweeted and what the intelligence chiefs had said to prompt the Twitter response.

Fact-checking Michael Bennet’s speech about the government shutdown

When it became Sen. Michael Bennet's turn to speak on the Senate floor about the record-long government shutdown, the Colorado Democrat said he had had enough of criticism from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz had blamed Democrats for not supporting a proposal to pay the Coast Guard, the only military branch going without pay during the shutdown. In an uncharacteristic rebuttal, Bennet chastised Cruz for his role in a previous government shutdown under President Barack Obama, at a time when Bennet said his state was flooded and people were killed.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s false and misleading claims about immigration, the border wall

This story will be updated. President Donald Trump's arguments for a border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border generally center on two themes: the dangers and costs of immigrants. Often the facts behind those claims are either inaccurate or unsubstantiated. Here’s a rundown of Trump’s repeated mischaracterizations of immigration issues.

The Republican proposal to change the U.S. asylum system, explained

A proposal from Senate Republicans to end the partial government shutdown includes not only the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump seeks for a border barrier with Mexico, but also landmark changes to the U.S. asylum system. It’s uncertain if the proposal — in its current form — would pass the Senate or get approval from the U.S. House of Representatives. Democratic leaders in Congress have already come out against the proposal.

The upcoming Senate votes to end the shutdown: A closer look

A pair of votes are scheduled in the Senate for Jan. 24 — either of which could end the partial government shutdown after nearly five weeks. But what are in these two measures, one from the Republicans and the other from Democrats? And is there any likelihood of passage? Here’s a rundown. What’s in the Republican bill? The Republican bill (technically an amendment) draws heavily from a proposal that President Donald Trump made in a speech on Jan. 19.

The video of high school students and the Native American drummer: When seeing isn’t believing

Editor's note: Over Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend, a brief video clip seemed to show a teenage boy confronting a tribal elder as other teenagers egged him on. The clip went viral on social media, igniting a fiery debate over what the video actually showed. Here, senior media writer Tom Jones of The Poynter Institute explains why people had differing interpretations. Read more news about the media at Poynter.org. What are we to believe, even when we see something with our own eyes?

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