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Trump directed the Pentagon to create a Space Force. What would it look like?

The idea of a galactic military branch certainly has been a topic of much speculation, so we took a closer look. Experts told us the space force is probably not as exciting or likely to exist as the Trump team makes it sound.

Was the Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer ‘totally legal,’ as Trump said?

How often do American political campaigns seek damaging information from a foreign government? According to President Donald Trump, attempting to weaponize this kind of dirt against political opponents is common practice — and perfectly legal.

Why Infowars’ Alex Jones was banned from Apple, Facebook, Youtube and Spotify

Over the course of 24 hours, most social media giants kicked one of the most infamous conspiracy theory peddlers off their platforms. Here's why.

QAnon and Donald Trump rallies: What's that about?

Here’s a closer look at the QAnon phenomenon making its way from online forums to Trump rallies.

PolitiFact's guide to key 2018 midterm races

Here are the 16 states with races we're fact-checking in the 2018 midterm elections.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in Tampa with Ron DeSantis

President Donald Trump flew to Tampa, Fla., to make his endorsement of GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis for Florida governor official. Trump's rally revisited the biggest of his highlights of his first year and a half in office, and was punctuated by exaggerations and falsehoods.

The effects of Donald Trump's trade war

With President Donald Trump's tariffs and retaliatory tariffs in place, we took a close look at their effects on the economy.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's talking points about the economy

President Donald Trump campaigned hard on a promise to kick the economy into high gear and with the latest economic numbers, he had something to crow about. The economy grew at an annualized rate of 4.1 percent between April and June. Trump said the country was seeing proof of the power of his tax- and regulation-cutting agenda. Let’s take a look at some of his assertions and see whether they hold up.

6 questions about the timing of the Mueller investigation

Americans of all political stripes are waiting to see what happens with the special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller. How might the midterm elections -- and the desire not to put a thumb on the political scales -- affect the timing of Mueller’s public moves?

Shadow banning: Did Twitter try to boost Dems and hurt GOP?

Donald Trump accused Twitter of illegal discrimination against Republicans after the RNC chair's account failed to show up in a search. To some, it was proof of political bias. Technologists have a different explanation.

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and the case of the missing question

Putin answered a very interesting question during the news conference in Helsinki, but the White House transcript doesn't have it. And even after much reporting, it's still missing.

A closer look at claims of treason after Trump's meeting with Russian President Putin

President Donald Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin drew sharp rebukes from critics. Some of them went so far as to call it "treason," or "treasonous." We took a closer look at what that high-voltage word actually means.

Trump and Russia: Shifting answers on key questions

It was a week when the president said he said would when he meant wouldn't. When first he gave equal weight to Putin's denials and the findings of his intelligence chiefs, and then said he agreed with them completely.

Chris Wallace asked why Vladimir Putin’s critics end up dead. Here are the details

Fox News host Chris Wallace pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin on the subjects President Donald Trump failed to bring up in an interview following the press conference. We wanted to know: Do people who oppose Putin end up dead, or close to it?

Did 'zero-tolerance' policy reduce illegal immigration?

The Donald Trump administration billed its "zero-tolerance" immigration policy as an escalated effort needed to address a "crisis" at the border, even though apprehensions were at their lowest point in decades.  In its release of June border data, the Department of Homeland Security credited the policy for a dip in migration numbers. But immigration experts said the success of one policy change is unclear with just a month’s worth of data.