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Fact-checking distorted video Sarah Sanders used to bar a CNN White House reporter

The clash between President Donald Trump and the media was summed up in a viral, misleading tweet. Hours after his post-election press conference, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted out a video in which she claims CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta “put his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job.” See Figure 1 on What happened: Acosta refused to let go of his microphone when asking questions at a press conference. A White House intern tried to take the microphone away from him. Video shows they may have touched.

So the Democrats won the House. What legislation might follow?

The election’s over, with the Democrats winning the House and losing a few seats in the Senate. Now what? The Democratic caucus in the House will have diverse interests. Some new lawmakers come from the party’s more liberal wing, such as Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, a self-described socialist. But many of the winners on Election Night got to Congress by flipping suburban seats previously held by Republicans. That means Democrats may struggle to come together on both substantive and stylistic grounds, congressional observers say.

Is the migrant caravan an invasion?

President Donald Trump cast a caravan of Central American migrants walking to the United States as a national threat that required military intervention. “Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border,” Trump tweeted Oct. 29. “Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!” The caravan that’s in Mexico City began its journey more than three weeks ago from Honduras.

PolitiFact is not biased -- here’s why

“PolitiFact is biased,” our critics charge.  We see this in emails and on social media, especially in the heat of election season. We expect it. Afterall, as an independent group measuring accuracy, we are disrupting the agendas of partisans and political operatives across the ideological spectrum. We do it to give people the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy, and to uphold the tradition of a free and independent press.

What's at stake in the midterms: A primer on 8 key issues for 2018

Campaign coverage often devolves into horse-race coverage – who’s up and who’s down. But the way the voters cast their ballots on Nov. 6 will have potentially huge implications on public policy. To help our readers better understand what’s at stake in the substantive policy choices this election season, we’ve put together a series of eight articles that explain the issues by visualizing data through charts and graphs. Here’s a convenient link to the the topics we’ve looked at – health care, immigration, guns, trade, taxes, Medicare, the national debt and marijuana legalization.

The 2018 midterms: 16 senate races we’ve been tracking

PolitiFact has been fact-checking races in 16 states this year. Here is our summary of where the races stand in the final days before elections.   Arizona Candidates: Republican Rep. Martha McSally vs. Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema The race between Sinema and McSally for the open seat held by retiring Sen. Jeff Flake has been filled with aggressive campaigning between two current members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Donald Trump on the campaign stump: His most glaring falsehoods

President Donald Trump’s midterm push has few equals in recent American politics. In an effort to energize his base, defy history and stave off congressional losses, he has held rallies across the country — often leaving the truth in the dust. Trump talks a lot about winning while emphasizing how much the country would lose under shared Democratic control, whether the issue is immigration, health care or the economy. Here’s our top examples of Trump’s final fibs. (Warning, this story might be updated as we hear more in the final stretch.) 1.

Here’s the latest on the migrant caravans

Just days before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump is talking about illegal immigration and the migrant caravan in southern Mexico planning to come to the United States. Trump claims the caravan is a threat to national security, and he’s made the issue a key talking point at campaign rallies. PolitiFact has been fact-checking the mounting misinformation about it. As the conversation continues, here’s the latest you need to know. How many people are in the caravan? Are there two caravans? It’s possible that there are as many as 8,000 people split between two caravans.

PolitiFact readers' election questions answered

This article is for you. Ahead of Election Day, we asked our readers what claims they would like to see checked. Dozens responded to us, from coast to coast, with questions and requests, so we got to work on finding answers. We addressed the topics of immigration, the caravan, birthright citizenship, taxes, the Florida Senate race and the governors' races in Florida and Wisconsin. Is President Donald Trump right that the caravan has bad thugs and gang members? That’s what the Trump administration says, but we aren’t able to verify it with reported examples.

U.S. deficits and the debt in 5 charts: A 2018 midterm report

As the midterm election campaign approaches its climax, the federal deficit has pushed its way back into the political discussion. New government numbers show the deficit is on the rise. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the preliminary federal budget deficit was $782 billion in fiscal year 2018 — $116 billion more than the shortfall in fiscal year 2017. What happened?