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The most popular fact checks of September

Our monthly round-up of the most widely read fact checks is topped by a controversial one on Carly Fiorina.

John Kasich’s claim that there was a ‘$5 trillion surplus’ when he left Washington in 2001 (Fact Checker biography)

Kasich's claim lacks context and creates a misleading impression by using budget shorthand.

Trump’s repeated claim that Obama is accepting 200,000 Syrian refugees

Donald Trump repeatedly cites a number for Syrian refugees that appears based on a misunderstanding.



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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.

Jeb Bush’s misleading claim that ‘I cut taxes’ by $19 billion over eight years (Fact Checker biography)

Bush stretches the truth with his claim suggesting he actively cut $19 billion in state tax revenues.

Attack ad tars senatorial candidate with supporting Iran’s ‘path to a nuclear bomb’

Foreign-policy nuances are lost in an ad with stark nuclear imagery sponsored by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Obama’s claim that ‘states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths’

The president made a sweeping statement but the evidence changes when suicides are removed from the gun-death data.

The repeated, misleading claim that Planned Parenthood ‘provides’ mammograms

Planned Parenthood supporters continue to falsely assert or suggest it directly administers mammograms.

Cruz’s claim that he spent ‘much of my adult life in law enforcement’ (Fact Checker biography)

Ted Cruz frequently makes a claim about working in law enforcement. But what did he actually do?

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