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Fact-checking the fifth Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta

The impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump and nationwide voter suppression were center stage during the fifth Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta.  The debate, which was hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post, opened with clashes over the candidates’ tax plans, pivoted to climate change records and ended with jabs over marijuana policy.  PolitiFact analyzed several statements from candidates on the debate stage at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

PolitiFact’s guide to understanding public opinion polls

As the 2020 election pushes ahead, voters will be seeing poll results in their news feed — lots of them. But not all polls are created equal, and it can be hard to put the results into the proper context.  PolitiFact participated in a workshop hosted by the Poynter Institute (which owns PolitiFact) on understanding election polling. Here are some suggestions about what voters should pay attention to when reading polls. Margins of error It’s always important to know a poll’s margin of error, so you can understand the limits of what the poll is saying.

Fact-checking the Gordon Sondland impeachment hearing about Trump, Ukraine

Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, said he was following orders of President Donald Trump to have Ukraine investigate a company that hired the son of Vice President Joe Biden, and many officials knew about it. Sondland said he and others worked with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the “express direction” of Trump, Sondland said. “I know that members of this committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a ‘quid pro quo?’” Sondland said in his Nov. 20 opening statement.

Fact-check: Donald Trump's claim he doesn’t know Gordon Sondland very well

While Gordon Sondland was testifying about President Donald Trump and Ukraine, Trump told reporters on the White House lawn that he is not as close to the U.S. ambassador to the European Union as the testimony seemed to suggest. See Figure 1 on “I don’t know him very well,” Trump said. “I have not spoken to him much. This is not a man I know well. He seems like a nice guy though. But I don't know him well.” Sondland and Trump are hardly strangers.

There was a quid pro quo, Gordon Sondland says in testimony for Trump, Ukraine impeachment inquiry

Hear a claim you want fact-checked? We're covering the House Intelligence Committee hearing with Sondland as part of our impeachment coverage. Send us your ideas at In perhaps the most significant testimony so far in the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified that he was following orders of the president to pursue a quid pro quo with Ukraine involving an investigation of a company that had once hired the

Who is Gordon Sondland? What to watch for in his impeachment inquiry testimony

An ongoing argument by President Donald Trump and Republicans who reject the impeachment inquiry is that administration officials who have testified don’t know the president or haven’t personally talked to him. That will change when Gordon Sondland testifies publicly Nov. 20 before the House Intelligence Committee. Sondland is the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and has been in direct meetings and conversations with Trump and with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. In sworn testimony behind closed doors Oct.

Fact-checking the Trump impeachment hearings: Vindman, Volker, Morrison and Williams

Americans, for the first time, heard sworn public testimony Nov. 19 from two officials who listened in on the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a Ukraine policy specialist on the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, a policy aide to Vice President Mike Pence, both said they were alarmed by what they heard. “I was concerned by the call,” Vindman said.

Who is Kurt Volker? What to listen for in his impeachment testimony

Kurt Volker, the former special representative to Ukraine, is scheduled to testify publicly as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry on the afternoon of Nov. 19. Volker was one of the self-styled “three amigos” who pursued an alternative diplomatic channel to Ukraine. The other two “amigos” were Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who is scheduled to testify Nov. 20, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Efforts made as part of this irregular channel were spearheaded by presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani, according to testimony.

Who is Alexander Vindman? What to watch for in Tuesday impeachment testimony

Army Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman is a career officer whose father left Ukraine and brought him to the United States when Vindman was four years old. Vindman is responsible for Ukraine policy on the National Security Council, and he was in the White House Situation Room listening to the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenski. That call, of course, triggered the whistleblower report, which in turn led to the House impeachment inquiry. Based on his Oct. 29 Intelligence Committee deposition, Vindman — who testifies publicly Nov.