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Trump Defends Oswald Claim

Donald Trump doubled down on his baseless insinuation that a photograph published by the National Enquirer shows Ted Cruz's father with "crazy Lee Harvey Oswald."

FactChecking Trump’s Big Speech

The GOP nominee promises ‘no lies,’ but twists facts on taxes, crime, foreign affairs and more.

Fact checking Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the 2016 RNC

The dark portrait of America that Donald J. Trump sketched in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention is a compendium of doomsday stats that fall apart upon close scrutiny.

Pence on Employment Record

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence claimed his "common-sense Republican leadership" is responsible for record employment in his state. But Indiana's job growth lags the national trend.

New study: Far fewer juveniles engaged in sex trade than previously estimated

Regular readers of The Fact Checker know that we have looked skeptically at various estimates of the number of youths involved in the sex trade. All too often, the estimates were based on flimsy or out-of-date data, leading to estimates that strained credulity.

FactChecking Day 3 of the GOP Convention

We found fact-twisting on jobs, the debt, taxes and oil.

Fact checking the third day of the 2016 Republican National Convention

On the third night of the Republican National Convention, GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence gave his acceptance address. Here’s a roundup of 11 of the most noteworthy claims that were made at the RNC, focused mostly on Pence’s remarks.

GOP Convention, Day 2

The speakers went too far in their claims on guns, Benghazi, coal jobs, Keystone and more.

Fact checking the second day of the 2016 Republican National Convention

Hillary Clinton was often attacked, sometimes unfairly or out of context, on the second night of the republican National Convention. Here’s a roundup of some of the most noteworthy claims that were made.

Trump ‘Recommended’ Ohio for Convention?

Donald Trump said he "recommended" that the Republican National Convention be held in Ohio. But Trump announced his campaign for president nearly one year after Cleveland was selected.

Trump Surrogates Deny Plagiarism

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says there is "no way that Melania Trump was plagiarizing Michelle Obama's speech." Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign manager, called the allegation "absurd."

Pence vs. Clinton on the Iraq war vote ‘mistake’

While Clinton many times has expressed regret for her decision, Pence appears to have shown no change of heart, even 14 years later.

GOP Convention Opens in Cleveland

Republican speakers twist facts on immigration, crime, Benghazi and employment.

Fact-checking the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention

The opening night of the Republican National Convention had a heavy law-and-order theme, with a particular focus on the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Here’s a roundup of some of the most noteworthy claims that were made.

Fact-Checking the First Night of the Republican National Convention

NBC News fact-checked some of the claims made during the first night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Here are some of our findings.

No proof of shooting motive, as Trump claims

A key argument Donald Trump makes in his presidential run is that he will keep America safe, both by fighting terrorism overseas and restoring law and order back home in the wake of a series of shootings against police. On Monday, Trump tied the two issues together, suggesting that the shooter in the latest police killing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday was motivated by “radical Islam.” But Trump’s comment Monday during an interview on “Fox & Friends,” got out far ahead of what law-enforcement and security authorities have said about what may have motivated the man who shot and killed two police officers and one sheriff’s deputy. Early indications are that he had no known ties to any radical Islamic group.

Warren’s claim that advisory committees ‘formed’ during drafting of Trans-Pacific Partnership

The claim features misleading language.

Trump Oversells Pence’s Record

Donald Trump introduced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate July 16, but, in doing so, oversold Indiana's economic performance under Pence.

Obama on Access to Guns

President Obama said "it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.” But the White House couldn't provide anything more than anecdotal evidence to support his claim.

Trump versus Clinton: The Pinocchio count so far

The raw numbers do little justice for how cavalier Trump is with the facts; there’s certainly never been a major-party politician with Trump’s Four-Pinocchio score.