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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.

A misinterpreted Obama order on the military

An executive order signed by President Obama in July 2016 was misinterpreted by fringe political web sites as authorizing the use of the U.S. military against American citizens.

Robberies in D.C. are up, not down

The total number of robberies are up slightly, not down, compared with the same period a year ago. And the most dangerous robberies — those at gunpoint — are up dramatically, by more than 20 percent.

GMOs in Organic Food?

In opposition to a controversial GMO labeling bill, a senator falsely claimed, "You could literally have a GMO plant be raised under organic conditions, and I believe because of this bill, it could be certified organic."

Obama’s strange claim that it is easier for teens to buy a Glock than get a book

This is a catchy talking point that people obviously paid attention to, but it doesn’t make much sense.

Bernie Sanders, FDR, and Contested Conventions

After Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, rumors circulated holding that the endorsement was coerced and that FDR won the nomination under similar circumstances in 1932.

Dueling Claims on Crime Trend

President Barack Obama said there have been "huge drops in the murder rates" in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Donald Trump said "violent crime has increased in cities across America." Which is it? We'll score this one for Obama.

Killed in the Line of Duty

Donald Trump says there has been "a substantial rise in the number of officers killed in the line of duty -- a very big rise.” He's right, to a point. There has been an increase in firearms-related deaths in the last six months compared to a year ago.