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The Fact Checker is on break and will return in early August.

Jindal’s false claim that Louisiana families will see a ‘tax cut’ through a new program

This type of numbers magic only exists in the budget accounting world, and means nothing to ordinary taxpayers.

Hillary Clinton’s claim that a Democratic president would have paid down the national debt

Hillary Clinton engages in sophism when she claims that "Democratic presidents" always have to rescue the economy from Republicans.



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The Four-Pinocchio claim that ‘on average, girls first become victims of sex trafficking at 13 years old’

Once again, politicians and the media blithely repeat a Four-Pinocchio statistic on sex trafficking that does not hold up to scrutiny.

Fact-checking the 2016 presidential hopefuls

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Why you should be wary of statistics on ‘modern slavery’ and ‘trafficking’

Depending on the estimate cited, the number of victims changes by tens of millions.

Bernie Sanders’s misleading characterization of a controversial gun law

Sanders makes an off-base characterization of a law protecting the gun industry.

Hillary Clinton’s claim that ‘everything I did [on e-mails] was permitted’

The former secretary of state engages in spin to suggest that there was nothing unusual about her private e-mail setup.

Donald Trump’s false comments connecting Mexican immigrants and crime

Trump can defend his statement all he wants, but the facts are just not there.

Yes, U.S. locks people up at a higher rate than any other country

American criminal justice trends are internationally unique, and this talking point thoroughly checks out.

The most popular fact checks of June

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tops our monthly round-up with a Four-Pinocchio claim about dirt.

Are there hundreds of thousands of sex-trafficked runaways in the United States?

Sloppy reporting of dubious and outdated statistics results in wildly inflated numbers.

Huckabee’s claim that New York City shootings are up because of Mayor de Blasio’s policy

Huckabee gets the numbers wrong, and make a connection that has not been proven yet.

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