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Donald Trump says that Wisconsin has a $2.2 billion budget deficit. It doesn’t.
Actually, the state finished its most recent two-year budget cycle with a small surplus. And the new cycle that began July 1 is covered by a bill providing for another balanced budget, which Gov. Scott Walker signed into law.
In a TV ad attacking GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the League of Conservation Voters claims the average Wisconsin family pays $7,500 a year in federal income tax. Not so. For the family pictured in the ad with the income specified by the league, the tax would be $724.
Mike Huckabee claimed that a single volcanic eruption “will contribute more than 100 years of human activity” toward global warming. This is far from accurate. Humans actually pump upward of 100 times as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year than all the world’s volcanoes combined.
Nearly eight months into the year, at least 11 transgender women have been murdered. This has to stop.
In February, we blogged about how seven transgender women had been murdered in the United States. Now, five months later, that number is up to 11. Trans women’s bodies are still under attack.
Sometimes politicians are right, but their campaigns can’t prove it. And we do.
That’s what happened when we decided to take a look at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ talking point that 500,000 veterans came back from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries. His campaign pointed us to a 2013 Senate hearing as its source — a hearing in which a Veterans Affairs official told Sanders that the number was less than half that.
The U.N. must call on the U.S. to stop deporting migrants without their belongings and return the property of those they did.
This week, readers sent us letters about a claim made by Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, about income inequality in the United States.
In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the email we receive. Readers can send comments to email@example.com. Letters may be edited for length.
ICE and the Nashville Police Department agreed to pay a collective $310,000 to immigrants who were detained.
The ACLU is in court on behalf of our transgender client who just wants to use the bathroom.
A word of caution to ad makers: Don’t believe everything you see online, even images “in circulation widely on the internet.”