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FACT CHECK: Does Bitcoin Eat Up More Electricity Than What All Solar Panels Produce Each Year?

David Wallace-Wells, columnist and deputy editor at New York magazine, said in a recent interview with Vox that mining the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin consumes more electricity than what all the world’s solar panels generate combined. “We are now spending more electricity mining bitcoin than is produced by all the worlds solar panels combined. So we have eliminated all the progress that we ...

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FACT CHECK: 5 Claims From Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign Announcement Video


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made several claims about wealth inequality and the economy in a 2020 presidential campaign announcement video released Tuesday. Here are five checks on his claims. Claim 1: “Three billionaires now own more wealth than the bottom half of the country.” The Daily Caller News Foundation found in November 2017 that this claim was credible, but some economists ...

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FACT CHECK: ‘For The First Time In History There Is More Than One Female Politician Running For President’

NBC News associate producer Marianna Sotomayor claimed that the 2020 cycle is the first time that more than one female politician has run for president. “For the first time in history there is more than one female politician running for president. Sen. Klobuchar became the fifth woman to announce today,” she said in a tweet Sunday night. Verdict: False Multiple ...

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FACT CHECK: Is Kamala Harris Not Eligible To Be President?

Jacob Wohl, a 21-year-old conservative activist, said in a tweet Jan. 22 that Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris is not eligible to run for president. Kamala Harris is NOT eligible to be President. Her father arrived from Jamaica in 1961—mother from India arrived in 1960 Neither parent was a legal resident for 5 years prior to Harris’s birth, a requirement for ...

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Did Dianne Feinstein Say It’s Legal To Hunt Humans With 30-Round Magazines?

A Turning Point USA meme posted on Facebook Jan. 18 quoted Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein as saying that it’s legal to hunt humans with 30-round magazines. “We have laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than 3 rounds, yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 30 round magazines,” the meme read. Verdict: True Feinstein made the statement at a meeting ...

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Kamala Harris Falsely Claims That Private Prisons Make $3.3 Billion In Profits A Year

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris said at a confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee William Barr Tuesday that the two largest private prison companies make $3.3 billion per year in profits. “There’s a billion dollar private prison industry that profits off of incarcerating people. And frankly, as many as possible. By one estimate, the two largest private prison companies in the ...

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Fact Check: ‘More Americans Will Die From Drugs This Year Than Were Killed In The Entire Vietnam War’

“More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War,” President Donald Trump said in his address to the nation on border security Tuesday night. Verdict: True Recent trends in overdose deaths suggest that more people in the U.S. will die from overdoses this year than Americans killed in the Vietnam War. Around 58,000 ...

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Did Trump Sign An Executive Order To Prevent Illegal Immigrants From Getting Welfare?

A meme shared on the right-wing Facebook page “Rowdy Republican” claimed that President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars illegal immigrants from collecting welfare benefits. “Donald Trump Signed An Executive Order To Prevent Illegals From Receiving Welfare,” the Dec. 8 meme said. Verdict: False Trump did not sign an executive order that prevents illegal immigrants from receiving welfare. ...

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Does A Photo Show Trump Jr. With Alleged Russian Spy Maria Butina?

The Occupy Democrats Facebook page shared a photo Tuesday that it said showed alleged Russian spy Maria Butina with President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. “Whatever you do, DON’T share this embarrassing newly-obtained photo of Donald Trump Jr. with Russian spy Maria Butina,” the meme said. Verdict: True Butina took a photo with Trump Jr. at a National Rifle ...

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FACT CHECK: Do Millions Of Americans Not Have Government Photo ID?

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a tweet that millions of Americans lack government-issued photo identification. Millions of U.S. citizens do not have government-issued photo identification, particularly voters of color. Voter identification laws are a part of an ongoing strategy to roll back decades of progress on voting rights. Also, you don't need an ID to buy cereal. ...

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