Articles from March, 2017

Why April 2 is International Fact-Checking Day

This year, fact-checkers around the world are taking a stand in favor of facts. We’ve decided to declare April 2 -- the day after April Fool’s Day -- as International Fact-checking Day.

Is the fight to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act dead?

The White House is delivering mixed messages on whether it will keep trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, while other Republicans say they are committed to that plan.

What's in store with tax reform

The Republican failure to repeal and replace Obamacare sets the stage for a task that's at least just as hard -- passing tax reform.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s tweets about Hillary Clinton and Russia

In two evening tweets, President Donald Trump said the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation has the wrong target. We fact-checked his tweets.

Canadian nurses and Trump's plan to renegotiate NAFTA

President Donald Trump’s promises to renegotiate trade deals and restrict immigration in order to put American workers first has become a point of concern for some along the northern border: Canadian nurses and Detroit hospitals.

Fact-checking Trump as GOP health bill stalls

President Donald Trump took reporters' questions after Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare collapsed. We dig into some of the claims he made.

House gridlock stalls Trump's promise to repeal Obamacare

The U.S. House of Representatives fails to pass a health care bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

Fact-checking Trump’s TIME interview on truths and falsehoods

Confronted by his most flagrant falsehoods, President Donald Trump finally faced the question of why he make so many unsubstantiated claims.

PolitiFact's guide to the Republican health care bill

For anyone who wants to know what's in the American Health Care Act, but doesn't have a lot of time, we've got you covered.

A timeline of Donald Trump’s false wiretapping charge

President Donald Trump has stuck to a false claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him. Here’s a timeline of Trump’s statement, the White House’s evolving responses and the evidence against it.

Donald Trump's St. Patrick's Day 'Irish proverb' was probably not Irish

During an annual meeting between American and Irish leaders, Trump recited an Irish proverb: "Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you." But it might not actually be Irish.

Trump’s stalled campaign promises on health care

PolitiFact’s Trump-O-Meter is tracking 103 campaign promises Trump made in the run-up to the Nov. 8 election, including a slew regarding health care. Beyond a broad promise to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, Trump has much work to do.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's Nashville rally

President Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally in Nashville March 15 to commemorate former President Andrew Jackson's 250th birthday. We fact-checked his speech. 

Fact-checking Trump White House health care claims

Republicans supporting the House GOP’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare are pushing back on criticism that the plan would strip health insurance away from an estimated 6 million to 15 million Americans, as Congress awaits additional insight from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Lindsey Graham: 'I've never met an illegal Canadian'

The debate over unauthorized immigrants in the United States often focuses on Mexican nationals. How many are there from north of the border?

7 takeaways from the GOP health care plan to replace Obamacare

Walking a fine line between the free market and a safety net, Republicans recently released their legislative plan to replace Obamacare -- more formally known as the Affordable Care Act -- without throwing millions of people off their health insurance coverage.

Did Donald Trump invent claim that Barack Obama tapped his phone?

In a series of early morning tweets March 4, Trump claimed that Obama ordered telephone surveillance on him during the election. Is there any reason to believe Trump? So far, we can’t find any.

Trump's travel ban executive order, take 2

After the judicially challenged rollout of President Donald Trump’s initial executive order on refugees and immigration from Muslim-majority countries, the White House has now put forth a revised version. But how different is the new one from the old one?

Mailbag: 'You contribute to the distrust of media'

There’s a new administration in Washington, but there’s been no let-up in emails from readers criticizing (or, occasionally, praising) our coverage. Here’s a rundown of some of the comments we’ve received from readers over the past few weeks.

President Donald Trump's deportation of 'bad dudes'

An overview of deportations in the early days of President Donald Trump's administration.

Four questions about when senators meet with ambassadors

The scrutiny over Attorney General Jeff Sessions and whether he met with Russian officials has put a spotlight on a little-noticed corner of statecraft -- lawmakers’ meetings with foreign diplomats.

In Context: What Jeff Sessions told Al Franken about meeting Russian officials

Some Democrats are claiming Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have perjured himself in his confirmation hearing by claiming he had no contact with Russian government intermediaries. We examine Sessions' words, in context.

What Donald Trump left out about the Yemen raid that killed Navy SEAL Ryan Owens

During his first speech to Congress, President Donald Trump cast the U.S. military raid of an al-Qaida affiliate complex in Yemen as a success, despite Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens' death. But the event and its aftermath have been much more controversial than Trump’s description let on.

Did Trump inherit a mess? 8 charts show otherwise

At most, the list of economic shortcomings that Trump offered in the House chamber provides a partial portrait of the economy — a portrait carefully crafted, in the reverse of the old song lyrics, to accentuate the negative and eliminate the positive.