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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.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s false and misleading claims about immigration, the border wall

President Donald Trump's arguments for a border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border generally center on two themes: the dangers and costs of immigrants. Often the facts behind those claims are either inaccurate or unsubstantiated. Here’s a rundown of Trump’s repeated mischaracterizations of immigration issues.

The Republican proposal to change the U.S. asylum system, explained

A proposal from Senate Republicans to end the partial government shutdown includes not only the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump seeks for a border barrier with Mexico, but also landmark changes to the U.S. asylum system. Here’s what the proposal entails and how it would impact future asylum seekers.

A look at Kamala Harris’ record on PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter

Together, PolitiFact and PolitiFact California have fact-checked presidential hopeful and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris more than a dozen times. We’ve summarized the most prominent ones, including claims aimed at her by the Trump administration, in this article.

Who is Kamala Harris? Meet the California Democrat running for president

Democratic U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris is relatively new on the national scene. PolitiFact California examined Harris' biography and stances on key topics as she heads out on the 2020 trail. 

Could Donald Trump declare a national emergency for a border wall? Here's what we know

Here are the answers to questions you may have about President Donald Trump’s ability to declare a national emergency over the border wall, what it means for the shutdown, border wall construction, and what precedent it sets for future presidents.

Comparing progress on Trump, Obama campaign promises at two-year mark

President Donald Trump is not the only presidential subject of scrutiny at PolitiFact. Just like we have been tracking Trump’s promises since the 2016 campaign, we also tallied eight years’ worth of President Barack Obama’s pledges.

At halfway mark, Donald Trump's campaign promises hit roadblocks

PolitiFact’s Trump-O-Meter is tracking the progress of 102 promises Trump made on the campaign trail.

California Sen. Kamala Harris challenges AG nominee William Barr on border wall, drug trafficking

California Senator Kamala Harris on Tuesday questioned President Trump’s choice to be Attorney General, William Barr, about the effectiveness of building a wall on the Southern border to stop drug trafficking.

Live fact-checking President Donald Trump's immigration address

PolitiFact is fact-checking President Donald Trump's immigration address.

Fact-checking California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Inauguration Speech

PolitiFact California fact-checked several eye-opening statements from California Gov. Gavin Newsom's Inaugural Address, on claims about the economy, homelessness and the cost of President Trump's border wall. 

Introducing PolitiFact California’s ‘Newsom-Meter’, tracking the campaign promises of Gavin Newsom

During his run for California governor, Gavin Newsom made bold promises to address everything from the state’s affordable housing crisis to creating universal healthcare in the state. Through our ‘Newsom-Meter’ project, PolitiFact California will track 12 of Newsom’s top promises over the next four years and provide updates on the progress, or lack thereof, for each.

Were migrant children who died very sick before taken into U.S. custody, as Trump claimed?

President Donald Trump defended the federal government’s actions at the U.S.-Mexico border by claiming two migrant children who died in federal custody were already sick before U.S. officials became responsible for them. The facts around the children’s deaths are still being investigated. But some information released so far contradicts Trump’s claim. While immigration officials said one father reported his child not having water for days, the child’s family disputes that narrative.

Can House Democrats release Donald Trump's tax returns?

As Democrats edge closer to taking control of the U.S. House, many of the party’s supporters are wondering what, if anything, the new House majority can do to obtain and make public President Donald Trump’s tax returns.  Here's a closer look.