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AP FACT CHECK: GOP presses empty Ukraine meddling theory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans pressed the discredited theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 U.S. election in defending President Donald Trump in Wednesday’s impeachment hearings. A look at some of the remarks in the House...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims on extremists, impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump fabricated a tale about foreshadowing Osama bin Laden's 9/11 attack and warning against a war in Iraq before it happened in a weekend of exaggerated boasts and faulty assertions about the U.S. fight against...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Dems flub details on guns, Syria in debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen Democrats seeking the presidency tussled in a debate packed with policy, flubbing some details in the process. Several gave an iffy explanation Tuesday of why they're not swinging behind a bold proposal to make people...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's thin rationale on Ukraine aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Explaining circumstances that sparked a Democratic impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump said Wednesday he froze U.S. aid to Ukraine earlier this year because he's tired of his country being the only one helping there. His...

 

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...

 

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