Articles from September, 2017

What does the law say about Donald Trump’s deleted tweets?

President Donald Trump backed the wrong horse in Alabama’s special senate election — but if his recently deleted tweets are any measure, he’s trying to change the narrative.

Fact-checking Donald Trump on Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump defended his administration’s response to the crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria amid criticism that his public focus has been somewhere else.

Donald Trump tweeted about an Iranian missile test. Did it happen?

It was largely overlooked amid a flurry of tweets about pro football players kneeling for the national anthem, but President Donald Trump also claimed Iran had recently test-fired a missile capable of reaching Israel.

A short history of the national anthem, protests and the NFL

It has been hard to ignore the mixing of sports and politics recently, as President Donald Trump -- both on the stump and on Twitter -- repeatedly expressed his disgust with athletes who take a knee during the pre-game rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

What is a 'dotard'?

What is a 'dotard'? President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un traded insults recently, culminating in the use of the insult "dotard."

Estimating costs of refugee resettlement in the United States, assistance in home region

President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly that for the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, more than 10 could be assisted in their home region. We found the on-the-ground reality of aid to refugees to be so complex that it’s not possible to prove or disprove Trump’s statement.

PolitiFact Live: Parsing the Kimmel-Cassidy health care feud

PolitiFact editors talk about the news of the week. 

Fact-checking Jimmy Kimmel's reaction to the Graham-Cassidy bill

The late-night show host said one of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., lied to him and the public about the protections he would build into a new health care law.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's United Nations speech

President Donald Trump spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2017, about sovereignty and how to respond to a "small group of rogue regimes." We fact-checked his remarks.

The big picture: The North Korea situation as Trump heads to the UN

President Donald Trump's administration has strongly condemned North Korea, calling it a global threat and affirming that a military option is not off the table. Ahead of Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly, here’s what you need to know about how the United States has dealt with North Korea in the past and how the Trump administration plans to forge ahead.  

How the U.S. funds disaster recovery

As vast swaths of the country reel from the one-two punch of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the focus now is on efforts to help affected states and communities recover from the devastation.

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton’s book 'What Happened'

From the health benefits of hot sauce to the scale of the Women's March, Hillary Clinton's new book is a trove of checkable claims. 

A look at the new data on income, poverty, health insurance

For data nerds, Aug. 12 was a pretty big day -- the day that the Census Bureau released its yearly statistical reports on income and poverty, and on health insurance. The newly released data covers 2016.

What's at stake in the tax debate?

With the failure over the summer to enact a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump and Congress are looking to score a major legislative accomplishment this fall that can unite the Republican Party. So all eyes have turned toward tax policy.

Mailbag: 'You look ridiculous'

Once again, President Donald Trump has been the dominant topic in reader emails to PolitiFact, though we’ve found that Hillary Clinton remains on the minds of some readers as well. Here’s a sampling of reader emails over the past few weeks, edited for space and clarity.

What did Donald Trump mean in his tweet about DACA recipients?

Just a few days after President Donald Trump’s administration announced the end to a program shielding hundreds of thousands of immigrants from deportation, in a tweet Trump said they shouldn’t worry.  Some Twitter users were quick to fault Trump’s words as misleading, because some DACA recipients would need to renew their applications within a month to remain protected. Others read it as a promise that the administration wouldn’t move against DACA recipients for six months.

So what is the debt ceiling all about anyway?

For something that could have a profound effect on the nation’s economy, the debt ceiling is a pretty arcane topic. But no longer! Here are 10 questions and answers designed to shine some light on the subject.

How do standards measure up at immigration detention centers? A special report

President Donald Trump plans to expand the number of faciliites detaining immigrants waiting for deportation or a resolution of their case.  John Kelly, who has Homeland Security secretary before becoming chief of staff, said standards may need to be lowered in order to contract with more local jails. But immigrant advocates say neglect and abuse already exists at detention facilities and that lowering standards may invite further violations of detention standards.

Fact-checking Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the DACA immigration program

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end to a program that protected some 800,000 immigrants from deportation, claiming it was created by Obama’s administration as an overreach of executive power and that it circumvented the Constitution.