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Q&A on Biden’s Border Order

Q&A on Biden’s Border Order

On June 4, President Joe Biden announced new measures to restrict asylum eligibility for those apprehended while trying to enter the U.S. illegally across the southern border. Here, we answer several questions about Biden's action.

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Meme Spreads Unsupported Claim About Net Worth of Alvin Bragg

Meme Spreads Unsupported Claim About Net Worth of Alvin Bragg

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced the conviction of former President Donald Trump on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records on May 30. Now Bragg has become the target of viral social media posts that claim, without evidence, that he has a net worth of $42 million or more and baselessly imply that Bragg is corrupt.

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Antarctic Ice Loss Is Significant, Contrary to Claims

Antarctic Ice Loss Is Significant, Contrary to Claims

Antarctica is losing ice mass to the ocean, contributing to global sea level rise. But a popular video misrepresented work focused on Antarctic ice shelves — which float in the sea at the edges of the continent — to incorrectly suggest that “it is unclear if Antarctica is losing any ice on balance.”

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Trump’s Latest False Claim About the U.S.-China Trade Deficit

Trump’s Latest False Claim About the U.S.-China Trade Deficit

The total U.S. trade deficit with China in goods and services in 2023 was about $252 billion, the lowest it has been in 14 years. Former President Donald Trump was way off when he falsely claimed that the U.S.-China trade gap is about four times as high.

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Gaza Tunnel Photo Mislabeled on Social Media

Gaza Tunnel Photo Mislabeled on Social Media

A photo taken in January shows a large tunnel under Gaza's northern border with Israel, reportedly used in the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas. But recent social media posts falsely claim that the photo shows a tunnel connecting Egypt with the southern Gaza city of Rafah -- where Palestinians displaced by the Israel-Hamas war have been sheltering.

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FactChecking Biden’s Promises ‘Kept’

FactChecking Biden’s Promises ‘Kept’

President Joe Biden punctuated a campaign speech in Philadelphia with the phrase "a promise made and a promise kept," when chronicling several actions his administration has taken. But in a few cases, he hasn't kept the promise or he misleadingly described his accomplishments.

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Exaggerated Claims Circulate About Judge Merchan’s Family

Exaggerated Claims Circulate About Judge Merchan’s Family

Social media posts seeking to discredit the judge who presided over former President Donald Trump's criminal case in New York have been circulating online. Contrary to a popular meme, the judge's wife works for a Republican district attorney, not the Democratic state attorney general, and his daughter was not personally paid by a high-profile Democrat.

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Q&A on Trump’s Criminal Conviction

Q&A on Trump’s Criminal Conviction

We answer some of the questions raised by former President Donald Trump's conviction in New York.

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Trump’s Repeated Claims on His New York Hush Money Trial

Trump’s Repeated Claims on His New York Hush Money Trial

Former President Donald Trump has been found guilty by a jury in New York on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in an effort to conceal election law violations after buying the silence of porn star Stormy Daniels, shortly before the 2016 election. Trump repeatedly has made false and misleading statements about the case and trial.

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Lake Ad Makes Misleading Claim About Gallego and Noncitizen Voting

Lake Ad Makes Misleading Claim About Gallego and Noncitizen Voting

Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego has consistently said that he opposes allowing anyone other than United States citizens to vote in Arizona and in federal elections. But in a campaign ad attacking him, Arizona Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake misleadingly claims that the congressman "supports … allowing illegals to vote."

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Authentic Video of Hunter Biden Abusing a Woman in Hotel Hallway?

The video showed a naked man with a back tattoo chasing and dragging a woman.

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Zelenskyy and Wife Photographed with Stacks of Money?

"I hope he's got some asbestos suitcases for all that cash," one X user commented.

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280M-Year-Old, 'Alien-Looking' Fossil Found in Australia?

Described as “alien-looking,” the fossilized, tentacled organisms are said to date to the catastrophic “Great Dying” event.

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Anthony Bourdain Once Said 'Courage Is Made in Palestine'?

Numerous posts claimed Bourdain once said, "Today, nearly everything is made in China. Except for courage. Courage is made in Palestine."

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Real Pic of Trump and Jeffrey Epstein in 1997?

"I had a falling out a long time ago with him," Trump said to reporters after Epstein was charged with sexual abuse of underage girls.

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Elon Musk Launching Cellphone To Compete With 'Woke Apple'?

Rumor has it the "Tesla Phone" will have seamless integration with both Tesla cars and Starlink satellite internet.

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AOC Really Said 'Ceasefire Means Someone Sees a Fire' in Viral Video?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was discussing a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza War in a video made back in October 2023.

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IRS Issuing $8,700 Stimulus Checks to Qualifying Americans in 2024?

Online users looked for answers in June 2024 after noticing Google's trending searches displayed something about $8,700 stimulus checks from the IRS.

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Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg Joining Sylvester Stallone's 'Traditional' Studio?

Stallone allegedly said we need to "reject all the wokeness" in Hollywood.

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WWII Veteran, 97, Returned to Normandy to Re-Create D-Day Parachute Jump?

An old video of the former paratrooper recirculated online on the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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