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What Mexico has done to curb illegal immigration to United States, a look beyond Trump’s tweets

Given all the discussion and dispute about a U.S.-Mexico immigration deal, we wanted to take a step back and revisit what we know about Mexico’s recent history regarding migrants seeking new homes in the United States.      

How pundits defended Trump's ABC interview, and why it's misleading

President Donald Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos he would accept dirt on his 2020 opponent from a foreign power and might not tell the FBI that he’s done so. Conservative pundits said Hillary Clinton did the same thing with the Steele dossier. We check it out.

In context: Sean Hannity’s conflicting remarks on jailing political opponents

After Fox News host Sean Hannity criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comments on putting President Donald Trump in jail, some people said he was guilty of a double standard. PolitiFact looked back at Hannity's past suggestions that Hillary Clinton be put behind bars.

An honest question: Where does truthfulness rank as Democrats select a 2020 candidate?

How important is honesty and trustworthiness as Democrats select a 2020 candidate to support? And has this quality lost value in this ‘post-truth’ era? PolitiFact California asked polling experts and delegates at the California Democratic Party Convention to weigh in. 

Fact-checking 2020 candidates at the California Democratic Convention

Contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination made attacks on President Trump and claims about their own record Saturday at the California Democratic Party Convention in San Francisco. PolitiFact California was their to fact-check their statements. 

After doctored Pelosi video, expert warns of unchecked ‘misinformation campaigns’

Should social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook remove videos manipulated to embarrass politicians and distort their speech? PolitiFact California spoke with a UC Berkeley computer science professor and digital forensics expert for answers to questions about these doctored videos.

Trump says 400 miles of wall are coming soon. But most projects replace existing barriers

The U.S.-Mexico border wall is getting built, President Donald Trump often claims. Construction is happening, he says, in spite of reluctance from Congress. And lately, Trump has attached a recurring figure to illustrate how far along he’s come on his big promise.

What you need to know about executive privilege

Inaugurating yet another phase in the battle over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, the Trump White House on May 8 officially asserted executive privilege over the report’s unreleased and underlying materials. Let’s use this opportunity to take a closer look at what executive privilege is.

How often should Trump be fact-checked? Readers weigh in

We asked readers to share their thoughts on how often President Donald Trump should be fact-checked. They shared their thoughts in this installment of mailbag.

Who is Eric Swalwell? Meet the latest California Democrat running for president

Eric Swalwell, a Democratic congressman from California's East Bay, is running for president and qualified this week for the Democratic primary debates. Who is this long-shot 2020 candidate and where does he stand on key issues? 

A guide to possible paths to impeachment (or not) in the House

Democrats in Congress are debating how to respond to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which cleared the Trump campaign of criminally conspiring with Russia, but also detailed President Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict and even shut down the probe.

In Context: Comparing Bill Barr’s summary of Mueller's findings to the publicly released report

U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr issued a four-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s key findings nearly a month before publicly releasing a nearly 400-page redacted version of Mueller’s report. Now that the report is public, here’s broader context surrounding the quotes that Barr included in his summary.

How unusual is the turnover among top Trump administration officials?

Even by the atypical standards of the Trump administration, recent days have featured an unusually large upheaval in key administration personnel.

Kamala Harris calls her LIFT plan ‘the most significant middle-class tax cut in generations.’ Is it?

California Sen. Kamala Harris has claimed her LIFT plan would be one of the largest middle-class tax cuts in generations. We examined her proposal, considered a centerpiece of Harris’ presidential campaign, and how it stacks up with past tax cuts.  

Donald Trump’s tax returns: How Congress might — or might not — get them

On Fox News Sunday, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Democrats would "never" see President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Mulvaney was responding to House Democrats, who on April 3 sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service commissioner asking for Trump’s returns. So the irresistible force has met the immovable object -- and observers expect that the courts will be asked to hash it all out. Let’s take a closer look at the key issues surrounding the Democratic efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns.

2020 Census citizenship question awaits Supreme Court review

Getting an accurate count of the U.S. population is a massive undertaking each decade. The 2020 Census is all the more complicated because of a national controversy tied to a single question that’s been elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s an overview of why a citizenship question in the census is a controversial issue, how the proposed question for 2020 compares to the one in the census of 1950 (the last time all American households were posed a citizenship question), and the extent of the information provided by the Trump administration.

Here’s what we know about the cost of the Mueller investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller ended his investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential and whether the Trump campaign assisted those efforts— and he did not accuse President Donald Trump or his campaign of conspiring or coordinating with the Russian government. Given that outcome, Republicans are renewing attention on the cost of the investigation that went on for nearly two years.  Here’s what we know about the costs of Mueller's probe.

Martha Stewart to Donald Trump: Can there be obstruction of justice with no underlying crime?

In the 24 hours after William Barr's letter on the Mueller report was released, some commentators took issue with the implication that someone can’t be tried for obstructing justice if there is no underlying crime. We decided to take a closer look.

All of the people facing charges from Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling

A look back at who has already been indicted or convicted stemming from Robert Mueller’s investigation

Donald Trump doesn’t think white nationalism is on the rise. Data show otherwise

Data show a rise in far-right extremism in recent years