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The VA’s private care program gave companies billions and vets longer waits

An exclusive PolitiFact-ProPublica investigation: Private sector care was supposed to make care better for veterans. They still met long waits while the private program administrators got $1.9 billion, a quarter of the money that went through the program. 

Veterans Choice: How we reported this story

The taxpayer dollars spent on fees to private Veterans Choice administrators was lumped in with medical care spending. The answer came from bringing together a handful of separate federal data sources.

Donald Trump says tariffs will make America rich again. Economists disagree

For years before he became president, Donald Trump has been intrigued by the idea of tariffs.

How much is the Mueller investigation costing? (updated)

President Donald Trump has periodically taken shots at the cost of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s impact on the 2016 presidential election. A new document released by the Justice Department details just how much it has cost -- and it isn’t as high as the $40 million that Trump has alleged. Here’s a rundown.

PolitiFact’s 2018 Lie of the Year coverage

We summarize several stories about Lie of the Year. 

Why PolitiFact doesn’t use the word ‘lie’ — except once a year

We usually avoid the word 'lie'.' That’s because of the tricky issue of claiming to know a person’s intention. 

Fact-checking Trump, Pelosi and Schumer’s White House fight over the border wall, shutdown

President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer sparred before news cameras over the need and effectiveness of a southern border wall, at times fact-checking and speaking over one another. Here’s a recap of what was said, fact-checked and with added context.

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Online smear machine tries to take down Parkland students

Together, the lies against the Parkland students in the wake of unspeakable tragedy were the most significant falsehoods of 2018. We name them PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year.

The Trump file: Trump's 10 top falsehoods of 2018

President Donald Trump is the only two-time winner of PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year, and he would hold the trophy for a third time if readers had their way. PolitiFact editors went in a different direction by singling out 10 of his worst statements that offered strong competition for the year's worst claim.

A look back at Lie of the Year, 2009 to 2017

PolitiFact awards the Lie of the Year to the most significant falsehood or exaggeration of the past 12 months. Here’s a look back at the past nine years of "winners."

2018 Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll results

Readers weigh in on the most significant falsehood of 2018.

A fact-checking milestone: Factcheck.org turns 15

FactCheck.org turns 15 years old this week, so it’s a good moment to salute Brooks and his co-founder Kathleen Hall Jamieson for the important role they’ve played as pioneers in our movement.

Timeline of Michael Flynn's turn, from Trump aide to Mueller witness

How to make sense of Michael Flynn's contradictions? He was one of the most distinguished military intelligence officers in a generation. Now he’s the shortest-lived national security adviser in American history after loose-lipped talk with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Is the new NAFTA the biggest trade deal ever, as Donald Trump said?

Trump touted the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement as the biggest trade deal ever. Here are the facts.

How much does the Mueller investigation cost?

In one of his many tweets critical of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, President Donald Trump took aim — again — at the probe’s purported cost to the taxpayers. We checked out the numbers.