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Fact Check: Did Regis Philbin Leave $20 Million To The Trump Campaign In His Will?

A post shared on Facebook claims the late TV personality Regis Philbin bequeathed $20 million to President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. Verdict: False There is no evidence Philbin left money to the Trump campaign in his will. The claim originated on a satirical website. Fact Check: Philbin died at the age of 88 on July 24. He is remembered ...

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FACT CHECK: Is Amazon Suspending All Deliveries Except For Medical Supplies Due To Coronavirus?

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An image shared on Facebook claims Amazon is suspending all deliveries except for medical supplies during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “This makes me sad!” reads the caption. Verdict: False Amazon is not suspending all deliveries except for medical supplies. The company is temporarily suspending shipments of non-essential items to their warehouses for third-party sellers who use Fulfillment by Amazon. Fact ...

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FACT CHECK: Is Donald Trump A Stockholder In Thermo Fisher Scientific?

A post shared on Facebook claims President Donald Trump owns shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific, one of the companies manufacturing equipment for COVID-19 testing. Verdict: False Financial disclosures show that Trump does not currently own stock in Thermo Fisher Scientific and hasn’t since before he took office in 2017. Fact Check: In a move not usual for countries with adequate ...

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Viral Photos Of Crowded Detention Centers Were Not Taken During The Trump Administration

The Facebook page Middle American Democrat screen grabbed a tweet that showed migrants in crowded rooms, wrapped in Mylar blankets. Originally shared by actress Nancy Lee Grahn, the post suggests that the photos depict children detained by the Trump administration. “Trump administration is forcing children 2 sleep on cement floor with an aluminum blanket & lights on all night,” reads ...

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FACT CHECK: Does This Picture Show Trump With E. Jean Carroll?

The Facebook page Teanderthal Party shared an image that purportedly shows an old photograph of Donald Trump with E. Jean Carroll, the advice columnist who recently accused the president of sexual assault. Verdict: False The woman in the picture is makeup artist Jill Harth, not Carroll. Fact Check: Carroll made headlines last week after New York Magazine published an excerpt ...

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Did Nelson Mandela Say, ‘Fools Multiply When Wise Men Are Silent’?

The Facebook page U.S. Democratic Voices shared an image that claims former South African President Nelson Mandela once stated, “Fools multiply when wise men are silent.” Verdict: False The Daily Caller News Foundation found no evidence that Mandela ever made this statement. Fact Check: The image originated with American News X, a Facebook page with a history of sharing false ...

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FACT CHECK: Are 43 Percent Of Puerto Ricans On Food Stamps?

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz claimed on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that 43 percent of Puerto Ricans receive some sort of government nutritional assistance. “Just to give you an idea, Anderson, 1.3 million Puerto Ricans out of 3.2 million that live in the island nation in Puerto Rico are receiving some sort of nutritional assistance. So that means that ...

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FACT CHECK: Did Ilhan Omar Vote Against A Bill Denying Insurance Payments To The Families Of Terrorists?

Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk claimed on Twitter that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar once voted against a bill that would have blocked payments to the families of terrorists. https://twitter.com/charliekirk11/status/1102984291443765249?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw “In 2017, @IlhanMN voted no on a bill in the Minnesota Legislature that blocked payments to the children & spouses of known terrorists,” Kirk tweeted March 5. Verdict: True According ...

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Would Trump’s Border Wall Cost ‘1/10th Of 1 Percent Of The Federal Budget’?

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claimed on “Face the Nation” Sunday that the money requested by President Donald Trump to fund a border wall is equal to “1/10th of 1 percent of the federal budget.” Verdict: True The $5.7 billion requested for Trump’s border wall amounts to 0.13 percent of the $4.5 trillion in projected federal outlays for fiscal year ...

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Did Obama’s 2008 Campaign Pay The Largest FEC Fine Ever?

Conservative commentator Bill Mitchell claimed on Twitter that former President Barack Obama’s campaign paid the single-largest fine in Federal Election Commission (FEC) history. Barack Obama's 2008 campaign paid the largest single fine to the FEC for campaign finance violations in history. Why didn't anyone go to jail? — Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) December 9, 2018 “Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign paid the ...

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Did Paul Ryan Propose Raising The Retirement Age To 70?

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The liberal Facebook page Really American, which has nearly 1 million followers, posted a meme claiming that House Speaker Paul Ryan had proposed a plan to increase the retirement age to 70. “Hypocrisy of the GOP,” reads the Dec. 9 meme. “Paul Ryan proposed raising the retirement age to 70 but retired at 48 with a full government pension.” Verdict: ...

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