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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

Donald Trump says Jews are leaving the Democratic Party, but there’s no proof

Amid the fallout over comments by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Trump said Jews are abandoning the Democratic party. But Jews have voted overwhelmingly Democratic for decades.

Did Donald Trump pay hundreds of workers to help in search-and-rescue efforts days after 9/11?

Since Sept. 11, 2001, President Donald Trump has faced criticism and backlash for things he has done and said involving that tragic day, but one meme making the rounds on social media paints him as a hero in the days immediately following the attacks.  

Fact-checking Donald Trump's two-hour speech at CPAC

President Donald Trump spoke to an enthusiastic audience at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Washington over the weekend. During his 2-hour-plus speech, Trump revisited many of the points from his political rallies.

How hard is it for Venezuelans to get asylum in the U.S.?

Florida Democrats say half of Venezuelans’ asylum claims are denied. We found partial data that supports the claim — but the denial rate isn't unique to Venezuela.

Was the U.S. on the brink of war with North Korea before Trump? A review of the evidence

Was the United States on the verge of war against North Korea during the presidency of Barack Obama? Donald Trump has said he thinks so.

Trump rests national emergency declaration on border ‘invasion.’ Here are the facts

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to move forward with his campaign promise of building a border wall with Mexico. Trump said he expected to be sued over his declaration, even though declarations are often signed. National emergency declarations are signed relatively frequently by presidents, but Trump downplays the political implications of his move and the fact that many immigration experts and lawmakers question the existence of the crisis Trump says justifies his declaration.

Donald Trump vs. Beto O’Rourke on immigration messaging

President Donald Trump and former congressman Beto O’Rourke described the impact of immigrants and border walls in such starkly different terms that it sounded as if they were on different worlds. Yet they were rallying their supporters less than a mile away from each other. Here’s a rundown of what they said, in context.

Fact-checking what Gavin Newsom had to say on immigration in his State of the State

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom made several immigration claims during his State of the State Address as he pushed back against what the Trump administration has called a "border emergency." PolitiFact California fact-checked Newsom's claims. 

Trump disagrees with his own intelligence team. We catalog the differences

During testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, several intelligence officials testified about security threats to the United States in a way that was sometimes at odds with what President Donald Trump has said. It didn’t take long for Trump to push back against them on Twitter.

Fact checking Foxconn

PolitiFact Wisconsin looks at claims on Taiwan tech giant Foxconn

Kamala Harris: Criminal justice reformer, or defender of the status quo? The record is mixed

Early in her run for president, Sen. Kamala Harris has crafted an image as a ‘progressive prosecutor,’ one who championed criminal justice reforms. But does her record as San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general match that image? PolitiFact California examined her past and found a mixed record of reform-minded achievements and places she wasn’t so progressive.