Sophie Austin is a student at American University and a PolitiFact staff writer. She has reported local stories on the environment for The DC Line and is currently the administration and local news editor of The Eagle, AU's student-led newspaper.

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Fact-checking a mixed bag of accusations on Trump and 9/11

A Facebook post rattles off eight accusations against President Donald Trump and his comments around the 9/11 attacks.

Where 2020 Democrats stand on carbon tax, other climate change policies (updated)

Many candidates have plans, some lengthy and detailed, some brief and vague, to address climate change. We review the latest plans.

Fact-checking the Democratic debate in Detroit, night two

The second crew of Democrats included Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who had sparred in the first debate in Miami over school integration. 

Where 2020 Democrats stand on carbon tax, other climate change policies

Many candidates have plans, some lengthy and detailed, some brief and vague, to address climate change. Generally, the candidates support recommitting to the Paris climate agreement and implementing a Green New Deal, at least in some form. But there are some exceptions.   

Does the U.S. women’s soccer team bring in more revenue but get paid less than the men?

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team recently won the Women’s World Cup for the fourth time. But the team’s compensation remains the subject of considerable controversy.

What to expect at the first Democratic debates

The week of the first Democratic presidential debates has arrived, and 20 candidates will get a chance to formally showcase their policy ideas for 2020.

Who is Michael Bennet? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado surprised the public when he gave a fiery speech in January 2019 during the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history, accusing Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas of not showing genuine empathy for government workers.

Who is Andrew Yang? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s signature policy idea is to give every American a guaranteed $1,000 a month. Formally, the policy is a universal basic income, but Yang calls it the "Freedom Dividend," and it has distinguished him as a candidate who was recently unknown in the political sphere.