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Do Mexican drug cartels make $500 billion a year?

We found a parade of estimates from $5 billion to $39 billion, but none of them comes close to $500 billion.

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A tale of two Trump announcement speeches

President Trump announced he was running for office almost exactly four years ago. His 2020 announcement exemplified how dramatically his economic rhetoric has evolved.

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Joe Biden’s claim that ‘almost half’ of Americans live in poverty

We surveyed several leading researchers on poverty, and almost all agreed Biden was including people who are not poor.

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Fact-checking President Trump’s reelection campaign kickoff

Phony numbers on trade. Unfounded claims about immigrants. False statements about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. You know, the usual.

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Steny Hoyer’s claim that Republicans voted against military pay raises

Despite what the House majority leader says, a federal law will provide the 3.1 percent raises automatically in 2020.

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Does the Dream and Promise Act give green cards to gang members?

Republicans say so, but the bill specifically excludes immigrants who were in criminal street gangs, as well as felons and those with three or more misdemeanors.

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Does Pelosi stick to the ‘principle’ of not talking about the president overseas?

The House Speaker says she does not attack the president but she certainly is critical at times.

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Fact-checking President Trump’s swing-state spin

Trump tells swing-state audiences that blue-collar jobs are surging once again, but the data belie many of his claims.

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Separating fact from fiction in abortion talking points

The abortion debate is fraught with rhetoric. Here's a quick tour through some of the spin from both side of the debate.

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Did Bernie Sanders ‘consistently’ vote against the Hyde Amendment?

He says he has always voted against efforts to deny public funding for abortions. But he has voted for spending bills that deny such funds.

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