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Police aim their weapons and make their way down West Florissant Avenue, pushing protesters north on the street in Ferguson, Mo., the night of Aug. 18, 2014. (New York Times)

Police aim their weapons and make their way down West Florissant Avenue, pushing protesters north on the street in Ferguson, Mo., the night of Aug. 18, 2014. (New York Times)

Fact-checking the Ferguson shooting

The killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb is raising questions about the makeup of the police department and its response to the Aug. 9 shooting.

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Says his "Act 10 reforms" have "saved the taxpayers some $3 billion."

Says Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., "voted to raise the Social Security retirement age on us."

Says David Perdue made tens of millions of dollars piling a firm with billions in debt.

"I've been here almost every day."

"The number of SWAT raids have gone up by 1,400 percent since the 1980s."

In Ferguson, Mo., "you've got three black officers and 50 white officers with a town that is 67 percent African-American."  

Says Ted Cruz "was just bribed by the Kochs to introduce a bill that would give them and their allies America’s national forests, parks, and other public lands and open them for mining, drilling, fracking and logging."

Congress is "on a five-week vacation."

"Far more children died last year drowning in their bathtubs than were killed accidentally by guns."

Says the former president of the Czech Republic said the American people were a "confederacy of fools" for electing Barack Obama.

The wife of the Ferguson, Mo., police chief said African-Americans in Ferguson "are feral and violent."  

"If 20 million illegals vote, you can kiss the Second Amendment goodbye."

The Islamic State, or ISIS, was "cast off by al-Qaida because" it was "considered too extreme."  

Says he "voted for even stronger protections (in the Violence Against Women Act) than Obama's agenda will allow."

Says Mitch McConnell voted "two times against the Violence Against Women Act."

"Kids coming from an affluent background" are "taking advantage of all these student loan programs and grants" while many middle-class families with no connection to college are picking up the tab.

"The startup rate of Hispanic businesses is three times the national rate."

"More (student-athletes) graduate than the students who aren't student-athletes."

Top U.S. intelligence officials have told "every member of Congress, including the president, we’re about to be attacked in a serious way because (of) the threat emanating from Syria and Iraq."

Uncompensated care has "gone down by 30 percent just in the first few months" of Medicaid expansion in the states that adopted it.

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