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Rebecca Catalanello

Rebecca Catalanello is a contributing editor to PolitiFact. She spent 18 years as a staff writer and reporter at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, the Tampa Bay Times, the Press-Register and the Charleston (W.V.) Daily Mail. She has covered education, crime, health care, hurricanes, courts and issues related to sexual trauma. She also briefly oversaw and edited freelance charter school reporting for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans. In addition, she spent three years at the University of New Orleans, where she was the publications and communications manager. Her journalistic work has been honored with three regional EMMYs as well as awards from the Education Writers Association and several state and local journalism organizations. Rebecca is spending 2018-19 in Cambridge, Mass., but calls New Orleans her permanent home.

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No, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez probably didn't say that

There are fake photos, like a doctored image of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez holding her legs open or the picture of a woman in a Facebook post that claims Ocasio-Cortez was fired from Hot Dog on a Stick for incompetence. Other posts falsely claim Ocasio-Cortez disparaged socialism or celebrated the American woman who joined ISIS. One post spread a fake rumor that she had a credit score of 430 and was evicted twice. They’re all false. And they all seem designed to discredit the youngest U.S. House representative, or to make her look stupid.

Did Donald Trump pay hundreds of workers to help in search-and-rescue efforts days after 9/11?

Since Sept. 11, 2001, President Donald Trump has faced criticism and backlash for things he has done and said involving that tragic day, but one meme making the rounds on social media paints him as a hero in the days immediately following the attacks.  

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.

How large is the migrant caravan? Estimates vary

We review reports of how many people are on the journey.