Articles from February, 2017

Guests at President Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump brought some special guests to highlight his plans to help victims of crime and crack down on illegal immigration.   

Why were Democratic women wearing white to Trump's speech?

Dozens of Democratic women in Congress filled the aisles of Trump’s address donned in the color.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's address to Congress

President Donald Trump is addressing a joint session of Congress Tuesday. PolitFact is fact-checking his comments live.

Anatomy of a statistic: Do 80 percent of Americans oppose sanctuary cities?

On Feb. 22, websites favorable to President Donald Trump touted a poll result that showed wide support for one of the president’s highest-profile immigration policies -- cracking down on "sanctuary cities."

Fact-checking Donald Trump at CPAC

President Donald Trump spoke Friday at CPAC. We're fact-checking what he says.

Trump moves on promises on immigration, deportations in first month

An overview of President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration signed in first weeks of his administration.

Promises kept, promises stalled: Rating Donald Trump's first month in office

Donald Trump promised much on the campaign trail, but even the leader of the world’s leading economic and military power can only go so far to reshape policy in the direction he likes.

The possible ties between Trump and Russia, explained

The slew of accusations about Trump and Russia has our heads spinning, so we decided to summarize the big ones here, for our edification and yours.

What the statistics say about Sweden, immigration and crime

President Donald Trump claims large scale immigration in Sweden is negatively impacting the Nordic country. Here's what Swedish government data says on immigrants and crime.

Are leaks about Russia contacts 'illegal,' as Trump says?

Amid a slew of reports suggesting improper contact between members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle and Russia, Trump says the media is missing the real problem: leaks. "Illegal" leaks to be specific.

Fact-checking President Donald Trump's Florida rally

President Donald Trump celebrated his administration’s early achievements at a campaign rally Saturday in Melbourne, Fla., while declaring the media "fake news."

Did Donald Trump inherit 'a mess' from Barack Obama?

Did Donald Trump inherit "a mess" when he took the oath of office? He certainly thinks so.

Donald Trump touts promise progress at press conference

How is Donald Trump doing on the Trump-O-Meter? 

Fact-checking Donald Trump's Feb. 16 press conference

President Donald Trump gave a lengthy press conference Feb. 16 about Russia, his Electoral College victory and distrust in the media.

Michael Flynn's troubling penchant for conspiracy theories

As fact-checkers, we took special notice of Gen. Michael Flynn's taste for fake news and conspiracy theories — a trait that seems incongruous with a high-ranking intelligence role.

What you need to know about Kellyanne Conway's endorsement of Ivanka Trump products

Experts told us Conway's directive to "go buy Ivanka's stuff" a clear violation of ethics rules against federal employees endorsing products. 

Did Neil Gorsuch call Donald Trump's judiciary comments 'disheartening' and 'demoralizing'?

According to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said it’s "disheartening" and "demoralizing" to hear President Donald Trump question the federal court system’s independence. But Trump says Blumenthal isn't telling the truth.

Did Elizabeth Warren break the rules? Plus 5 other questions about Rule 19

Before the silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, few people outside the Senate had ever heard of Rule 19. -- the provision that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used to stop Warren from speaking on the Senate floor. Did Elizabeth Warren break the rules? McConnell said she did. Some of this is a matter of interpretation, but if Warren did break the rules, her penalty is clearly an instance of selective enforcement. We’ll explain.

The list of 78 terror attacks the White House says the media didn’t cover — but they did

The list of 78 terror attacks the White House says the media didn’t cover — but they did

Fact-checking the Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders health care debate

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., debated the future of health care on CNN.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s Super Bowl interview

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly pressed President Donald Trump why he respects Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he's "a killer." Trump responded: "We have a lot of killers. Got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?"

6 questions answered about ‘the nuclear option,’ the filibuster, and Supreme Court nominations

Now that President Donald Trump has tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill an open seat on the Supreme Court, the Senate is once again careening toward a showdown over "the nuclear option," an obscure but important rule that governs how the chamber conducts its business.

PolitiFact Sheet: The National Security Council ‘shakeup’

We explain the controversy behind Steve Bannon's appointment to the National Security Council.