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Did the Clinton Foundation Pay for Chelsea’s Wedding?

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CLAIM Chelsea Clinton’s 2010 wedding was paid for by the Clinton Foundation. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN In mid-January 2018, a more-than-a-year-old rumor that the Clinton Foundation illegally paid for Chelsea Clinton’s 2010 wedding began recirculating on social media, after the only daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to criticize United Sates President Donald […]




France vs. Fake News Offers Test Case for Democratic Dilemma

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PARIS (AP) — Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns. Criticism is pouring in from media advocates, tech experts — and Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT. They say the law smacks of authoritarianism, would be impossible […]




False ‘Ballistic Missile Threat’ Alarm Startles, Frightens Hawaiians

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This is a developing story. On the morning of 13 January 2018, a shocking emergency alert went out to phones all over the state of Hawaii: The text of the alert read, in all capital letters: BALLISTIC MISSILE INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. The matter was complicated by anxious […]




False ‘Ballistic Missile Threat’ Alarm Startles, Frightens Hawaiians

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This is a developing story. On the morning of 13 January 2018, a shocking emergency alert went out to phones all over the state of Hawaii: The text of the alert read, in all capital letters: BALLISTIC MISSILE INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. The matter was complicated by anxious […]




Trump’s Own Words Revive Debate Over Whether He’s Racist

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 150 years after the abolition of slavery and more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, President Donald Trump’s incendiary comments about immigrants have ripped open a jarring debate in the United States and around the world: Is the American president racist? To Democrats and some […]




Facing Critics, Facebook Wants Feeds to Be More ‘Meaningful’

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NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is tweaking what people see to make their time on the site more “meaningful.” The company says people will likely spend less time on Facebook as a result. The changes come as critics say social media can make people feel depressed and isolated. Facebook has said before that it will […]




Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Damage and Create ‘Snowflakes and Crybullies’?

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CLAIM The “radiation” from cell phones is causing mass insanity resulting in “snowflake” people. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 15 December 2017, junk science site NaturalNews.com published a screed comparing cell phone use to “Big Tobacco” and arguing the devices should be banned because the radiation they emit is making people insane. The post, written by […]




Fusion GPS: FBI Had a Source in Trump’s Circle During Campaign

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The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee has released a transcript of a 22 August 2017 interview by congressional investigators of Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS, which is the research firm for whom a former British spy created a now-infamous collection of memoranda that has come to be known as the Trump-Russia dossier. […]




Did a University of California Student Sue Her School for Failing to Stop Her From Protesting Trump?

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On 7 January 2018, the conservative DailyWire.com published a story reporting that University of California, San Diego student Maria Ana Flores was suing the school for failing to stop her from joining a 9 November 2016 protest against the election of President Donald Trump, which resulted in her walking onto the I-5 freeway with other demonstrators […]




Did a Federal Judge Rule Three Items of Sharia Law Are Now Legal in Texas?

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CLAIM A federal judge ruled that three items of Sharia law are now deemed to be legal in the state of Texas. FALSE RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 30 December 2017, the web site reaganwasright.com published an article reporting that a federal judge had ruled that “three items of Sharia law” were now deemed to be […]




Trump Says He’s ‘Like, Really Smart,’ ‘A Very Stable Genius’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump felt compelled Saturday to let the world know he’s playing with all his marbles and is among the sharpest cookies around. In a series of tweets, Trump defended his mental fitness and boasted about his brains, saying he is “like, really smart” and “a very stable genius.” It was […]




Was Lettuce Linked to an E. Coli Outbreak?

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CLAIM Romaine lettuce has been linked to a winter 2017 E. coli outbreak. TRUE RATING TRUE ORIGIN On 4 January 2018, the web site Food Safety News reported that romaine lettuce has been linked to multiple illnesses and at least one death in a winter 2017 E. coli outbreak in the U.S. and Canada, possibly […]




Did a White House Intern Make the ‘White Power’ Hand Gesture?

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CLAIM An intern made a white supremacist hand gesture in a photograph with President Trump. UNPROVEN RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN On 28 December 2017, British tabloid the Daily Mail reported that a White House intern had flashed a “white power” sign with his hand while taking an official photograph alongside United States President Donald Trump: A former […]




Is President Trump’s Nuclear Button Bigger Than Kim Jong-un’s?

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President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un both greeted the New Year in 2018 by issuing complementary statements ratcheting up their nuclear brinkmanship. In a speech on 1 January, Kim cited his country’s recent weapons tests as proof that North Korea possesses a reliable and “irreversible” nuclear deterrent: The United States can never […]




Lawyer Lisa Bloom Paid Women to Accuse President Trump of Sexual Assault?

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On 15 December 2017, TheHill.com — a web site devoted to Capitol Hill news and commentary — posted a story reporting that prominent Los Angeles-based women’s rights attorney Lisa Bloom had offered money to women considering going public with stories accusing United States President Donald Trump of sexual harassment or assault: California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included […]