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AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Democrats mangle science

WASHINGTON (AP) — Science took a beating in the political arena this past week as President Donald Trump sowed confusion about Hurricane Dorian's path and Democratic presidential candidates rang false alarms about the air we breathe. Trump found...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's mistold tale of Obama and Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday assailed the Obama administration for being hoodwinked by Iran, making his case with a frequently told and false story about the U.S. giving billions of dollars to Tehran. In an extended news...

 

AP FACT CHECK: The Democratic debates and Trump counterpunch

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his typically boastful rally this past week, Donald Trump placed himself too high in the pantheon of presidents when it comes to getting his judicial picks on federal courts. He's been having a good run on that front but he's n...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Persistent distortions on migrants, economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the Democratic presidential contenders dug in their heels with unsupported rhetoric about immigration, the economy and more in the final debate before the stage shrinks. Several persisted in their distorted depiction of...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Mueller exonerated him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump falsely claimed exoneration from Robert Mueller on Wednesday even as the former special counsel told Congress he offered no such vindication. Mueller spoke as few words as possible through the hours of...

 

Trump ask Americans to 'stay true to our cause'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated "the greatest political journey in human history" Thursday in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy, cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln...

 

Presidents on July 4: Some chill, some get in your face

WASHINGTON (AP) — Through history, the Fourth of July has been a day for some presidents to declare their independence from the public. They've made tracks to the beach, the mountains, the golf course, the farm, the ranch. In the middle of the...

 

Trump calls America's story 'the greatest political journey'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated the story of America as "the greatest political journey in human history" in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy but cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Mueller, trade; Dem debate debut

WASHINGTON (AP) — A few months ago, President Donald Trump affirmed that he thought special counsel Robert Mueller acted honorably in the Russia investigation. Now Trump is back in "witch hunt" territory, this time falsely accusing Mueller of...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false statement on military pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is kicking off a flag-waving week with the false statement that he gave troops their first raise in a decade. TRUMP: "You also got very nice pay raises for the last couple of years. Congratulations. Oh, you...

 

AP FACT CHECK: The silent partner in Trump's boasts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a silent partner behind several of the accomplishments he likes to boast about: Barack Obama. Despite assailing his Democratic predecessor for waging a "cruel and heartless war on American energy," for...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's boasts, blasts and promises at rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted with abandon in launching his 2020 re-election campaign, overreached in excoriating his critics and promised progress on his border wall and health care that is improbable at best. In those...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's misfires on Iran, trade and that wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's reckoning, an Iran tamed by him no longer cries "death to America," the border wall with Mexico is proceeding apace, the estate tax has been lifted off the backs of farmers, the remains of U.S....

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit for Obama's gains for vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boastful on the occasion of Memorial Day, President Donald Trump and his Veterans Affairs secretary are claiming full credit for health care improvements that were underway before they took office. Trump said he passed a private-s...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and a tale of 2 sheets of paper

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump held up and read from a sheet of paper in the Rose Garden this past week as he argued he's been hounded by investigators in the Russia probe for no reason. "Nearly 500 search warrants," says the page, from...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's miscues on trade and drug prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spoke this past week as if he's unaware that drug prices have gone up and tariffs came before him. His boast that the U.S. never collected a dime on goods from China until he imposed them marked a series of...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fog of misinformation on trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cast a fog of misinformation over the U.S. trade dispute with China, floating inaccurate numbers and skewed economic theories as big tariffs kicked in on Chinese goods. At stake in the rupture is a trading...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sugar-coats a trade war with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump let loose with a morning round of tweets that sugar-coat the consequences of his trade war with China. Trump minimized the worth of China's purchases of U.S. goods and services, which support nearly 1...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Putin and the no-collusion chorus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "no-collusion" chorus sang loudly this past week, with President Donald Trump in full-throated roar and even Russian President Vladimir Putin chiming in. The upshot: substantial misrepresentations of what the special counsel's...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Unraveling the mystery of whether cows fart

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let's clear the air about cow farts. In the climate change debate, some policymakers seem to be bovine flatulence deniers. This became apparent in the fuss over the Green New Deal put forward by some liberal Democrats. More...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's torrent of twisted claims on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia keeps reverberating even with special counsel Robert Mueller's report now part of history. As much as President Donald Trump says he wants the United States to move on, he's found it hard to turn away himself, as seen in a...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump knew WikiLeaks until he didn't

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump knew WikiLeaks until he didn't. With his government seeking to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Trump is drawing a blank on a hacking organization he praised to the rafters during the 2016...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump camp suggests AG found illegal spying

WASHINGTON (AP) — With release of the special counsel's fuller report looming, President Donald Trump and his campaign are twisting the words of his attorney general and the facts of the Russia investigation. His 2020 campaign is telling supporters...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's tortured flips on border, health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump beat a retreat on two fronts this past week, the border and health care, and offered tortured explanations both times. He got his family history wrong in a speech that also drew a link between wind power...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Mexico mirage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Giving himself credit for tough diplomacy, President Donald Trump is describing a burst of activity by Mexican authorities to keep Central American migrants from getting to the U.S. border. That's an apparent mirage as Trump retre...

 

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