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Miriam Valverde is a contributing writer for PolitiFact. Previously, she reported for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Bradenton Herald, the Boston Globe and a Boston Spanish-language publication, El Planeta. Miriam graduated from Emerson College with a major in journalism and minor in business studies.

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Recent stories from Miriam Valverde

Why Tulsi Gabbard calls the war in Syria a ‘regime change war’

Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard said repeatedly during the recent Democratic debate that the United States sent troops to Syria to engage in a "regime change war." Gabbard’s description of the war in Syria needs more context. Calling it only a "regime change" war doesn’t fully describe a complicated and evolving situation. 

Fact-checking the Ohio Democratic presidential debate

Twelve presidential candidates assembled in Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on Oct. 15 for the fourth and largest Democratic primary debate so far.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s claims about Syria and US troop withdrawal

President Donald Trump shocked lawmakers when he announced the United States would be withdrawing troops from the Syrian border with Turkey. We fact-checked related claims he made on Twitter and at an Oct. 7 press conference.

Ask PolitiFact: Answers to reader questions about the Trump impeachment inquiry, Hunter Biden

Our reporters investigated questions from readers about the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, as well as Joe and Hunter Biden and the whistleblower who set the investigation into motion. ​

The inaccurate or unproven things Rudy Giuliani said about Ukraine on 'This Week'

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, showed up to a TV interview with documents that he said proved collusion between Ukraine and Democrats in the 2016 presidential election. He leveled a series of accusations about Ukraine, Joe and Hunter Biden, and the whistleblower at the center of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. We found they were unproven, inaccurate, or need context.

FEMA money taken for immigration enforcement: What you need to know

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is the agency in charge of helping Americans before, during and after disaster strikes. So when Homeland Security, the department that oversees the agency, notified Congress of its intent to take about $160 million from FEMA’s coffers and use it for immigration enforcement, Democratic lawmakers came out against the move. The decision raises several questions — what are the FEMA funds going toward, and what does that mean for disaster preparedness? Here’s a rundown of what we learned. 

Rudy Giuliani's role in Ukraine's investigation of Joe Biden

The whistleblower complaint at the heart of Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Donald Trump alleges that Trump urged Ukraine to revive an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential challenger in the 2020 presidential election.  One name that figures prominently in the complaint: Rudy Giuliani. PolitiFact reviewed the complaint, news reports, and Giuliani’s public statements to piece together the lawyer’s role.

Fact-checking the Democratic presidential debate in Houston

Democrats debated in Houston on the campus of Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, 2019. 

Fact-check: Bahamas evacuees without visas ordered off US-bound ferry

A TV news report about Bahamians without visas being asked to leave a U.S.-bound ferry prompted attacks on the Trump administration. But Customs and Border Protection said that it never ordered anyone off the boat.    

Democrats target Republicans, Donald Trump on military money used for wall: A rundown of projects

The Defense Department took $3.6 billion from military construction projects to harden the southern border.  Democrats point out what military families and the armed forces had to give up.