In Normandy, France, the House Speaker demurred when asked about Trump and tariffs. She deosn't talk about him when she's overseas. But she isn't shy about laying out her policy disagreements with him.
Within hours of the first spark of a fire that damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, people on social media started sharing an image of two men ducking under what looks like police tape as the cathedral burned behind them. One Facebook post, which was shared more than 2,000 times, had this caption: "Muslims laughing while Notre Dame is burning." Commenters piled on. "Islam sucks," one person wrote. "Burn their A** out," someone else said. That post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation its News Feed. Editors at PolitiFact, which has a partnership with the social media company, decided we should fact-check the claim that Muslims were laughing in front of the fiery cathedral. I started to look into the claim the same way I check other questionable Facebook photo posts.
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In recent years, members of Congress have been criticized for grandstanding during hearings instead of eliciting new information. After Cohen’s hearing, one of the newest Democrats was widely praised for using her time ask pointed questions about Trump’s financial statements: freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
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