Julia Michaels Swoons Over A Cute Boy In ‘Uh Huh’ Video

Julia Michaels has zero “Issues” in the music video for her latest single, “Uh Huh.” It’s the second single off Nervous System, her upcoming “mini-album” — her words, not mine — due out July 28. Prepare yourself for five brand-new songs! “Right now, the two main subjects that I talk about are the emotional side… Read More

The Deeper Problem With Trump’s Bizarre Speech To The Boy Scouts

Every four years, thousands of members of the Boy Scouts of America gather at a National Jamboree to celebrate their participation in one of the country’s largest youth organizations. American presidents have spoken at the jamboree for 80 years, and yesterday, Donald Trump was no exception. Yet while every previous president, from Roosevelt to Truman… Read More

Is a Wisconsin Company Offering to Microchip its Employees?

CLAIM In July 2017, Three Square Market announced it was offering employees the option of having a microchip implanted in their hands. RATING TRUE ORIGIN In July 2017, various news articles reported that a Wisconsin company Three Square Market would be offering its employees the opportunity to have a microchip implanted under their skin.  On… Read More

TV Club: Adventure Time teases a deeper mystery behind Fionna and Cake

Fionna and Cake started out as the gender-swapped versions of Finn and Jake that appeared in Ice King’s short stories, but “Fionna And Cake And Fionna” hints at a deeper story behind these characters. When an elderly Fionna appears at Ice King’s reading of his newest “Fionna and Cake” story, she provides new information that… Read More

TV Club: We kick off Zoo coverage with a typical nut job episode

Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs. Welcome to A.V. Club discussion… Read More

TV Club: Orphan Black keeps its eye on the prize

One of the finest aspects of Orphan Black has always been its ability to be about four shows in one. While in virtually any other TV series this would be evidence of a complete inability to manage tone, on this one it’s just the show’s way of showing the infinite variations in these women’s lives.… Read More

5 Things To Watch For In NFL Training Camp

5 Things To Watch For In NFL Training Camp 5 Things To Know About O.J. Simpson 5 Things To Know About Mar-A-Lago 5 Things To Watch For On ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 5 Things To Know About Donald Trump, Jr. 5 Things To Know About Mitch McConnell 5 Things To Know About The Senate… Read More

Starbucks Unveils $7 Wake-Up Slap

SEATTLE—Touting it as an invigorating way to jumpstart your morning, Starbucks on Friday unveiled its new $7 wake-up slap. “This open-handed smack to the face is perfect for those days where you barely dragged yourself out of bed and really need a pick-me-up,” said spokeswoman Gina Barish, adding that the basic palm slap can be… Read More

Dance Cage Recidivism Rates At All-Time High Within American Club Scene

LOS ANGELES—Surpassing levels not seen since the mid-1980s, a new report published Monday by UCLA found that dance cage recidivism is at an all-time high within America’s club scene. “We’re seeing more and more people leave the cage only to find themselves right back inside not even a weekend later, gyrating once again in a… Read More

Salvador Dali Exhumed To Settle Paternity Suit

The remains of surrealist painter Salvador Dali were exhumed by officials to settle a suit from a 61-year-old tarot card reader claiming to be the artist’s daughter. What do you think? “I hope this woman finds the closure her creditors are looking for.” Hanna Larsen Bowl Smoother “I’m glad Dali isn’t alive to see his… Read More

Area Stingray Dreaming Of Making It To Tropicana Field Touch Tank

TAMPA BAY, FL—Calling the 10,000-gallon habitat hallowed ground, a local stingray told reporters Monday that he dreams of one day making it to the Tropicana Field touch tank. “Ever since I was a pup, I’ve always imagined what it would be like to earn a spot in that 35-foot tank just beyond right-center field,” said… Read More

Documentary About Grisly Murder Inspires Dozens Of Copycat Documentaries

NEW YORK—Saying the ghastly imitations were sadly not entirely surprising, sources told reporters Tuesday that a widely viewed documentary about a brutal murder had inspired a string of numerous copycat documentaries. “It’s a phenomenon we unfortunately observe from time to time: producers see that a certain true-crime doc is getting attention and then try to… Read More

Culture Shock: Everything You Need To Know About The Rolling Stones

One of the most commercially successful and critically lauded rock bands in history, The Rolling Stones have dominated airwaves and electrified fans for more than 50 years and counting. If you have yet to take a deep-dive into their sprawling repertoire, this primer will give you everything you need to know to hold your own… Read More

News: Keeping In Touch: Sean Spicer Has Given Donald Trump His Personal Email In Case The President Ever Wants To Belittle And Humiliate Him In The Future

After months of infighting within President Trump’s tumultuous White House, Sean Spicer sent shockwaves through Washington this morning by abruptly resigning from his post as press secretary. While the situation remains tense, Spicer, for his part, seems to be trying to leave on a good note: Right before leaving his office, he reportedly gave Donald… Read More

Dunkirk Sails To A Box Office Victory Over Valerian

It turns out that plenty of people are interested in watching Harry Styles fight for his life in a World War II drama while munching on some jam-slathered toast, because Dunkirk is indisputably the champion of the box office for its first weekend out in theaters. The initial predictions for Dunkirk‘s opening draw were modest… Read More

TV Club: Kingdom brings in a ringer as the clock winds down

Over the course of three seasons, we’ve seen various cycles play out on Kingdom—substance abuse, emotional neglect, and dysfunctional relationships, to name a few. We’ve born witness to many down swings and low points for all of the characters, regardless of whether or not they created the circumstances. But that’s just it—how do we/they assign… Read More

TV Club: Broadchurch paints a devastating portrait of post-rape grief

Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs. Once again, Julie Hesmondhalgh is… Read More

TV Club: The biggest bad returns to Adventure Time as a new villain emerges

Doppelgangers. Immortal personifications of evil. I’m not talking about the new Twin Peaks, but the latest episode of Adventure Time, which has Finn and his plant doppelganger, Fern, working together to prevent Sweet P from becoming the Lich. There’s always been a tragic inevitability at the core of Sweet P; he might be an adorable… Read More

TV Club: Insecure moves past its awkward phase in a strong season premiere

Insecure’s first season featured very few growing pains. It did what first seasons are supposed to do: introduced the characters, their world and their motivations. While a few moments felt stagnant, by the end of the season, the show had successfully built a world viewers wanted to live in. Issa and Molly’s friendship feels real.… Read More

TV Club: Someone’s on the way to Twin Peaks, but there’s no road to the past

Looking at a digital map he’s compared to Maj. Briggs’ sketched-out directions, Sheriff Frank Truman tells Hawk, “By my reckoning, this is where we’re going. But there’s no road. The road’s gone.” Dale Cooper, walking numbly through Dougie Jones’ life, might feel the same. He has a sense of something he’s stumbling toward, and that… Read More

FDA Set To Approve Gene-Altering Cancer Treatment

The FDA is expected to approve a new leukemia treatment that alters a patient’s cells to target cancer cells, with the hope it can someday fight other types of cancer, too. What do you think? “I would only alter my genes to become more powerful, not less sick.” Blake Guzman Turing Tester “So you pay… Read More

Shark Week Programming Preview

Every summer, Discovery Channel devotes an entire slate of programming to Shark Week. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming up. Representatives from over 200 nations will march in a display of global unity to celebrate the commencement of Shark Week After months of speculation, the world will finally learn which impressive creature can consume… Read More

Kushner: ‘I Did Not Collude, But I Pretty Much Have To Say That, Right?’

WASHINGTON—Telling the Senate Intelligence Committee that he had no choice because saying anything else would be incredibly stupid, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner testified Monday that he did not collude with Russia during the campaign, but pretty much had to say that. “I did not in any way conspire or collaborate with any… Read More

HBO Greenlights Alternate History Civil War Drama

The creators of “Game Of Thrones” are developing a new drama for HBO in which the South successfully seceded and slavery still exists in the modern day. What do you think? “This seems like it could be a fun new thing to get mad about.” Jeff Keaton Washboard Operator “You have to hand it to… Read More

Your Horoscopes — Week Of July 25, 2017

Aries | March 21 to April 19 You will be torn between two equally worthy suitors, one who is kind, selfless, outgoing, supportive, and loving, and one who is attractive. Taurus | April 20 to May 20 While it is true that all-knowing God sees every sparrow that falls, He finds it a lot more… Read More

Senator Struggling To Weigh Interests Of Entire Constituency Against Nothing

WASHINGTON—As legislators gathered Tuesday for a critical vote that would go a long way toward finally repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) was reportedly struggling to weigh the interests of her entire constituency against absolutely nothing. “Honestly, it’s a tough call—on one hand, you have opposition to the repeal… Read More

Household Dust Might Contribute To Weight Gain

New research suggests that chemicals in many household products, which enter the body via dust, can cause cells to store excess fat and lead to weight gain. What do you think? “I’m always open to having something new to blame on my housekeeper.” Kirsten Williams Cigar Hauler “It’s just not realistic for me to cut… Read More

Clickventure: You’re A Giant Squid. Can You Fight And Defeat A Boat?

“Oh, giant squid, TV’s James Cameron isn’t doing so well right now,” TV’s James Cameron says. “You see, my current movie, Titanic 2: Titanic In Japan, has run into a sort of production snafu. My special-effects crew is entirely out of commission due to them all getting killed by a tsunami or deafened by a… Read More

News: A Sensible Plea: Viacom Is Urging People Writing Erotic Ninja Turtle Fan Fiction To Keep In Mind The Physical Challenges Posed By The Turtles’ Bulky Shells During Lovemaking

Whether geeking out in online discussion forums or going all out on cosplays, fans of superhero franchises love to immerse themselves in the fictional worlds of their favorite heroes and villains. Half the fun are the new places fans can take favorite characters, but it can also be easy to get carried away, which is… Read More

Britt Baron On Finding Sisterhood And Support On The Set Of GLOW

Britt Baron didn’t know what to expect when she landed the part of teen goth Justine on GLOW, a Netflix series based on a short-lived 1980s women’s professional wrestling program called Gorgeous Ladies of Westling. A relative newcomer to Hollywood, the thought of working with a cast of 14 women sounded terrifying at first. What… Read More

God Excited About First Trip To Japan

THE HEAVENS—After years of talking about visiting the East Asian country, God, Our Lord and Heavenly Father, told reporters Monday that He was excited to finally be taking His first trip to Japan. “It seems like such a fascinating culture, and I’m excited to try sushi in the country that started it all,” said the… Read More

Food Network Production Assistants Prep Guy Fieri With Dry Rub

Though today he holds a powerful position as head of a leading information technology firm, MergeMedia CEO Gary Lightman told reporters Thursday he, amazingly, worked his way to the very top of the company from humble beginnings as the son of the previous… Full Story Here The Onion July 25, 2017 1:31 pm Support Us

Fermilab Receives Generous Anonymous Particle Donation

BATAVIA, IL—Calling it the most substantial private donation the research facility has received in years, officials at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced Monday that an anonymous benefactor had given them a generous particle donation. “We will be able to use this considerable bequest of particles for a multitude of projects that would not have… Read More

VMA Voting Season Is Here Again

Though SZA has been in the R&B music scene since 2011, writing and releasing her own music and collaborating with artists such as Little Dragon, Chance the Rapper, and Schoolboy Q, she really came into her own this April with the release of her debut album, CTRL. With guest appearances by Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar,… Read More

Ross Lynch Is Utterly Chilling In The First My Friend Dahmer Trailer

There’s nothing remotely friendly about the first glimpses we have of Ross Lynch as a teenaged Jeffrey Dahmer, but one thing’s for sure: The trailer for My Friend Dahmer succeeds in striking a truly disturbing chord, and Lynch’s portrayal of the young man who would soon become a serial killer is entirely responsible for that.… Read More

Cody Ko Is Here To Cure Your Comic-Con and Fandom Fest FOMO

Couldn’t make it to San Diego for all the Comic-Con madness? We’re here to cure your FOMO. We sent comedian and YouTuber Cody Ko out on the streets of San Diego to see what it was all about. First, Cody hit up the historic Gaslamp District where all the cosplayers roamed, then made a pit… Read More

Behold: Your 2017 VMA Nominations Are Here

He’s got the best-selling album of the year, and now Kendrick Lamar continues his hot streak by leading the field of nominees for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Lamar has racked up a whopping eight nominations (damn!), including Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop, and Best Cinematography, all for his dynamic “HUMBLE.” visual.… Read More

Fear Factor Prep: It’s All About Positive Thinking

Father knows best. And Mother, too. On the next episode of Fear Factor, teams will consist of parental units and their spawns, and in the brand-new Mental Prep promo, below, one dad explains how being an optimist will help him compete on the show. “I’m a person that is into positive quotes — talking positive… Read More

Max Has A Sneaking Suspicion About This Catfish

A woman named Robin is head-over-heels on the next Catfish — but also wary of her online beau’s “odd” behavior. “From the beginning, Wayne was unlike anyone I have ever known,” she tells Nev and Max in the sneak peek, below. “He was sexy and flirtatious, caring and funny, and he always knew what to… Read More

Sorry, Beliebers: Justin Bieber Has Canceled The Rest Of His World Tour

After 16 months and 154 shows, Justin Bieber is moving on from his Purpose world tour. According to a statement posted Monday (July 24) on Bieber’s website, the singer made the call on his own after “careful consideration.” “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts,” the… Read More

Kevin Feige Reveals Why Captain Marvel Will Be Set In The ’90s

One of the big surprises out of San Diego Comic-Con‘s annual Marvel bombshell-a-palooza was the timing of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Captain Marvel: It’s gonna be set in the totally sick ’90s, bro! Sweet! Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz that time period was settled early on in the creative… Read More

Catfish Spawn: Baby Cleo Stole The Show At Her Parents’ Nuptials

Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo may have been the ones to get hitched this past weekend, but their daughter Cleo was the quintessential star at the couple’s big day. And the groom’s Catfish sidekick Max Joseph perfectly captured the MTV munchkin stealing the show at the East Hampton-based event. “Best moment from @nevschulman’s incredible wedding… Read More

Ezra Miller Had The Best Fullmetal Alchemist Cosplay At Comic-Con

Ezra Miller is a gift to the universe. Or at least to San Diego Comic-Con. Whereas most celebrities who filter in and out of Hall H come dressed for the red carpet, Miller comes prepared for the occasion. This is Comic-Con, after all, and while cosplay isn’t mandatory, it is expected. Last year, the Justice… Read More

Henry Cavill’s Mustache Is Causing Drama On The Justice League Set

It’s no secret that Henry Cavill‘s stoic Superman will be featured in Zack Snyder’s big-screen superhero team-up, Justice League — no matter how much Warner Bros. wants to keep his involvement under wraps. He may be missing from the teaser trailers, but he’s very much part of Justice League, despite the character’s death at the… Read More

Linkin Park Share Loving Tribute To Chester Bennington

Linkin Park‘s co-lead singer Chester Bennington, whose fearless howling made them my first-ever favorite band, died by suicide last week at the age of 41. At the time, the band’s other vocalist, Mike Shinoda tweeted that he was “shocked and heartbroken,” and that an official statement was forthcoming. On Monday (July 25), four days after… Read More

Nicki Minaj Finally Got Snapchat And Now Fans Won’t Leave Her Alone

Nicki Minaj is having serious Snapchat struggles. She avoided the app for years, preferring Twitter and Instagram as her public social media. But something changed her mind Sunday (July 23), when she finally jumped on the Snapchat bandwagon. The only problem? She had zero clue how to use it. “Idk what to do. How do… Read More

Timothy DeLaGhetto Just Got Engaged In Wild Fashion

Timothy DeLaGhetto is all about cracking jokes — but the Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out star just asked his lady love a pretty serious question. And now, the YouTube star/actor/rapper/comedian extraordinaire is engaged! The MTV personality — who you can catch every Thursday on WNO — proposed to girlfriend Chia Habte this past weekend… Read More

This Teen Mum Is Pregnant With Baby No. 2

The Teen Mum season began with four munchkins — but the British series will soon feature five kiddos. So who is the soon-to-be mother of two? “I’m really, really happy and excited,” Megan gushed after a pregnancy test yielded a positive result during tonight’s finale episode. “I don’t really want to tell anyone until I’m… Read More

Fifth Harmony Finally Revealed Their New Album’s Release Date And Title

Your wait is almost over. Fifth Harmony‘s third album officially has a release date: August 25, just in time for MTV’s Video Music Awards. Jimmy Fallon announced the big news Monday (July 24) on The Tonight Show. And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, he also revealed the album’s title. Drumroll, please… #5H3 will be… Read More

Love Is In The Air: The Siesta Key Cast Reflects On Matters Of The Heart

Summer in Siesta Key might seem like an extended, college-style spring break (think massive parties and bikinis). But how do some of the residents feel about more serious subjects — like matters of the heart? Judging from the below clip, the cast members of the sexy new docu-series (set to premiere July 31) have varying… Read More

Charlie Gard’s Parents Ask Court Permission to Take Him Home to Die

Charlie Gard’s mother returned to a London court Tuesday to ask a judge to let her and the baby’s father take their critically ill son home to die. Lawyers for the family of the 11-month-old infant and the hospital treating him appeared in the High Court, a day after Charlie’s parents said they were dropping… Read More

'Fact-Checker' Snopes Is Begging Readers For Cash – The Daily Caller

The fact-checking blog Snopes is appealing to readers for $10 donations to save it from an outside vendor that’s allegedly holding the website and its ad revenues “hostage.” “As misinformation has increasingly threatened democracies around the world (including our own), Snopes.com has stood in the forefront of fighting for truth and dispelling misinformation online,” Snopes… Read More

Immigrants Wept, Pleaded for Water and Pounded on the Truck

The tractor-trailer was pitch-black inside, crammed with maybe 90 immigrants or more, and already hot when it left the Texas border town of Laredo for the 150-mile trip north to San Antonio. It wasn’t long before the passengers, sweating profusely in the rising oven-like heat, started crying and pleading for water. Children whimpered. People took… Read More

A quick guide to President Trump’s false Twitter claims today

(Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) President Trump went on a Twitter rampage Monday night and this morning, spewing a number of false and misleading claims — many of which we have fact-checked previously. Here’s a quick guide to what’s factually incorrect. So many stories about me in the @washingtonpost are Fake News. They are as bad… Read More

Fact Checking Trump's Remarks on Health Care – NBCNews.com

File photo on June 28, 2017, shows protesters against the US Senate Republicans’ healthcare bill holding a rally outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB / AFP – Getty Images The reduction in premiums also doesn’t factor in federal subsidies to buy insurance, which are made less generous under the Senate bill. A… Read More

The White House’s facile comparison of the Trump-Russia and Clinton-Ukraine stories

A number of White House associates have suggested the Clinton campaign’s contact with the Ukrainian Embassy is on par with Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer. They aren’t. The Fact Checker’s Michelle Lee explains. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post) “And campaigns involve opposition research, and the situation exchange that was released by Donald Trump… Read More

Burundanga/Scopolamine Warning

CLAIM Criminals in the U.S. are using burundanga-soaked business cards to incapacitate their victims. RATING FALSE ORIGIN Our first sighting of the “burundanga” warning was an early May 2008 e-mailed alert that included precious little detail: the woman reported to have been drugged was identified only as “Jaime Rodriguez’s neighbor” rather than by her own… Read More

Was a Holistic Doctor Killed by Police for Working Against ‘Big Pharma’?

CLAIM Justine Damond became one of dozens of holistic doctors fighting “Big Pharma” who suspiciously died. RATING FALSE ORIGIN On 16 July 2017, alternative health blogger Erin Elizabeth reported on her web site Health Nut News that Justine Ruszczyk (who primarily used her fiance’s surname, Damond), a 40-year-old Australian woman living in the U.S. who… Read More

'Dunkirk' Fact Check: How Long Could Tom Hardy's Plane Stay in the Air? – TheWrap

(Spoiler alert: Don’t read this if you haven’t seen “Dunkirk.” Also: Go see “Dunkirk.”) In filming “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan developed special IMAX camera rigs in order to make the movie’s perilous flight sequences look genuine. You’re right with Tom Hardy in the cockpit, and the whole experience feels jarringly real. But are the feats of… Read More

Fact-checking Donald Trump's health care speech – PolitiFact

With the future of the Senate health care bill hanging by a thread, President Donald Trump pressed Republican senators to fulfill their party’s seven-year promise to get rid of Obamacare. Flanked by families Trump said had suffered under the Affordable Care Act, he said, “So far, Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending… Read More

Fact check: Trump's power to pardon – USA TODAY

President Trump boards Air Force One on July 24, 2017, at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.(Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP) President Trump tweeted that “all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon.” It’s true that the president has the constitutional power to issue pardons, but there are some limits to that power.… Read More

Is This a Whale in a Venice Canal? – snopes.com

CLAIM A photograph shows a large whale swimming through a canal in Venice. RATING FALSE ORIGIN Venice, Italy, a city built on more than 100 little islands, is famed for its canals and bridges. A set of photographs purportedly showing large whales swimming through those canals are frequently circulated on social media: All three of… Read More

Charlie Gard’s Parents End Legal Battle for Experimental Treatment

The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for experimental treatment after new medical tests showed it could no longer help. Lawyer Grant Armstrong said Chris Gard and Connie Yates were withdrawing their appeal at a London High Court hearing. As the couple… Read More

Jeff Sessions – Jeff Sessions cites study on sanctuary cities, researchers say he misrepresented it

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told law enforcement officers that cities with policies protecting immigrants have more violent crime and attributed the conclusion to a university study. “When cities like Philadelphia, Boston, or San Francisco advertise that they have these (‘sanctuary city’) policies, the criminals take notice,” Sessions said July 12 in Las Vegas. “According to… Read More

Black Women Picking Up Firearms for Self-Defense

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Sitting in a classroom above a gun range, a woman hesitantly says she isn’t sure she could ever shoot and kill someone, even to protect herself. Couldn’t she just aim for their leg and try to maim them? Her instructor says self-defense is not about killing someone, but is instead about… Read More

New York Times Asks ‘Fox & Friends’ for Apology

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times is asking Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends” to apologize for what the newspaper calls a “malicious and inaccurate segment” about the newspaper, intelligence leaks and the Islamic State that aired Saturday. New York Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said Sunday that she requested an “on-air… Read More

Marijuana Business Offers Weed for Weeds on Cleanup Day

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — A medical marijuana businessman in Maine is offering weed for weeds in a program to encourage Gardiner residents to clean up their city. WCSH-TV reports (http://on.wcsh6.com/2eEAtNL ) that Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana, offered residents who collected trash Saturday free marijuana. The businessman says anyone who was over 21 was… Read More

SNOPES.COM COMMUNITY: WE NEED YOUR HELP

Dear Readers, Snopes.com, which began as a small one-person effort in 1994 and has since become one of the Internet’s oldest and most popular fact-checking sites, is in danger of closing its doors. So, for the first time in our history, we are turning to you, our readership, for help. Since our inception, we have… Read More

White House video misleads on CBO health-care estimates

“The Congressional Budget Office’s math doesn’t add up. Faulty Numbers = Faulty Results.”— Tweet by the White House Twitter account, July 12, 2017 The venerable Congressional Budget Office is under attack. Established in 1975 by Congress to provide independent analyses of legislation, the nonpartisan agency is under fire for its estimates of the effect of Republican proposals… Read More

Alan Simpson and ‘The Greediest Generation’

Claim:   Letter criticizes Alan Simpson for referring to Americans as “the greediest generation.” MIXTURE Example:   [Collected via e-mail, February 2011] Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming, Co-Chair of Obama’s deficit commission, calls senior citizens “the Greediest Generation” as he compared Social Security to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. August, 2010.” Here’s a… Read More

BlackBerry's Secure Enterprise File Sync & Share 'Fact Check' – Seeking Alpha

Back in April 2015, BlackBerry (BBRY) acquired document security service WatchDox for $70 million. BlackBerry subsequently rolled WatchDox into its Secure Enterprise File Sync & Share system dubbed Workspaces. What is a Secure Enterprise File Sync & Share system? The File Sync & Share component of Workspaces is powered by WatchDox, which will be the… Read More

Bush Brothers and Company Recalls Certain Baked Beans

Bush Brothers & Company is voluntarily recalling certain 28 ounce cans of Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans because cans may have defective side seams. These side seam defects may affect can integrity and may cause the cans to leak or allow for harmful bacteria to grow inside… Read More

Topless Woman in Disney’s ‘The Rescuers’?

CLAIM A hidden image of a topless woman appears in the home video version of Disney’s ‘The Rescuers.’ RATING TRUE ORIGIN On 8 January 1999, Disney announced a recall of the home video version of their 1977 animated feature The Rescuers because it contained an “objectionable background image.” That image was one which appeared in… Read More

Trump Asserts All Agree He Has ‘Complete Power’ to Pardon

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that he has “complete power” to issue pardons, an assertion that comes amid investigations into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. It was one of many topics that appeared to occupy the president’s mind as the day broke. On a day when most people are ready… Read More

NASA Confirms 15 Days of Darkness in November 2017?

CLAIM NASA confirmed the Earth will experience 15 straight days of darkness in June 2017. RATING FALSE ORIGIN Back in July 2015, the fake news web site Newswatch33 published an article titled “NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 15 Days of Complete Darkness in November 2015,” reporting that: NASA has confirmed that the Earth will experience… Read More

UK Girl Left in Tears After She’s Fined for Selling Lemonade

LONDON (AP) — A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention for being fined for selling lemonade. Andre Spicer said his 5-year-old daughter was left in tears after local council officers fined her 150 pounds ($195) for selling lemonade without a license near their home in London. The girl was selling home-made… Read More

Actor John Heard, of ‘Home Alone’ Movies, Dies at 72

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the “Home Alone” series and a corrupt detective in “The Sopranos,” has died. He was 72. His death was confirmed Saturday by the Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office in California. TMZ reported that Heard, who lived in southern California, was found… Read More

The Origin of Graham Crackers

Claim:   Graham crackers were named for a man who believed unhealthy diet led to sexual excess. TRUE Origins:   The Reverend Sylvester Graham, a Presbyterian minister who became a social reformer and a ferocious advocate of healthful living, is the man who put the ‘graham’ into the treat we now know and love as… Read More

Is This a ‘League of German Girls Inspection’ During World War II?

CLAIM A photograph taken during World War II shows members of the League of German Girls during a uniform inspection. RATING FALSE ORIGIN A photograph purportedly showing women in the League of German Girls, the female wing of the Nazi Party youth movement, during a uniform inspection in World War II is frequently circulated on social… Read More

Donald Trump – Trump: In Watergate, FBI reported to DOJ as a courtesy

President Donald Trump talked about how the FBI handled its findings as it investigated the Watergate break-in and its ties to the Nixon White House in a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times. Here’s the transcript from that moment in the conversation with three reporters: “When Nixon came along (inaudible) was pretty brutal, and… Read More

Is That Really a Beached Whale Beneath Paris’ Notre Dame?

PARIS (AP) — A sperm whale appears to have beached on an embankment in the shadow of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Or maybe not. A Belgian artists’ collective installed a very real-looking, life-size whale sculpture Friday alongside the Seine River, eliciting surprise and concern from tourists and Parisians alike. Bart Van Peel, a member… Read More

Finnish Researchers Set to Start Type 1 Diabetes Vaccine Trials?

CLAIM In July 2017, it was announced that Finnish researchers would begin human trials of a Type 1 diabetes vaccine in 2018. RATING TRUE ORIGIN On 19 July 2017, the Finnish news web site Yle reported that a group of Finnish researchers had developed a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes, and that human trials were… Read More

Timeline: Donald Trump Jr.’s contradictory statements about the Russia meeting

What you need to know about Donald Trump Jr.’s ties to Russia. (Thomas Johnson/The Washington Post) The president’s son, son-in-law and former campaign manager are expected to testify July 26 before the Senate Judiciary Committee about foreign influence on the U.S. election — in particular, about their meeting with a Russian attorney with ties to the… Read More

FactCheck: Trump's Misplaced Baltimore Bias – Philly.com

Trump misleadingly suggested Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein may be biased against him because Rosenstein “is from Baltimore” and “there are very few Republicans in Baltimore.” Rosenstein, who has testified that he is not a member of any political party, was appointed by Republican President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. attorney for the… Read More

President Trump's first six months: The fact-check tally – Washington Post

Six months into President Trump’s term, he has made 836 misleading claims, averaging 4.6 per day. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post) Shortly before reaching the six-month mark of his presidency, President Trump made an assertion and then paused that perhaps he should not be so definitive. “I better say ‘think,’ otherwise they’ll give you a Pinocchio,”… Read More

Trump Made Several Misleading Claims in Times Interview – New York Times

Fact CheckBy LINDA QIUJuly 20, 2017 WASHINGTON — In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, President Trump made a number of misleading and false claims about health insurance, his legislative accomplishments, the biography of his deputy attorney general and French history. Here’s an assessment. Mr. Trump described savings from health care and tax… Read More

President Trump’s first six months: The fact-check tally

Six months into President Trump’s term, he has made 836 misleading claims, averaging 4.6 per day. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post) Shortly before reaching the six-month mark of his presidency, President Trump made an assertion and then paused that perhaps he should not be so definitive. “I better say ‘think,’ otherwise they’ll give you a Pinocchio.… Read More

AP FACT CHECK: On a doubt voiced about 2016 election result – Washington Post

By Darlene Superville | AP, WASHINGTON — Thought the 2016 presidential election settled the hard-fought campaign once and for all? Not everyone is there yet. An advisory committee that President Donald Trump created to examine the integrity of U.S. voting systems held its first meeting Wednesday. And its vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, said… Read More

AP FACT CHECK: On a doubt voiced about 2016 election results – News 12 Long Island

By DARLENE SUPERVILLEAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – A top official on the advisory committee that President Donald Trump created to examine the integrity of U.S. voting systems says the nation “may never know” whether Hillary Clinton won the 2016 popular vote through voter fraud. The commission’s vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (KOH’-bahk),… Read More

AP FACT CHECK: On a doubt voiced about 2016 election result – Huron Daily Tribune

Darlene Superville, Associated Press Updated 7:36 pm, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP Image 1of/2 Caption Close Image 1 of 2 President Donald Trump, with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, speaks at a meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, Wednesday, July 19,… Read More

Fact check: Can the Gonski 2.0 reforms be described as 'sector-blind'? – ABC Online

The debate The school funding debate has raised rival claims over whether the Turnbull Government’s reforms are “sector-blind”. For example, Education Minister Simon Birmingham said Gonski 2.0 would “get every school on to a fair needs-based formula that is truly sector-blind”. And Opposition education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek said Labor would not support Gonski 2.0 because… Read More

No spending cuts to Medicaid? Then no tax cuts either

Washington politics often revolves around numbers. And no number is more important that the “baseline.” When politicians talk about “spending cuts” or “tax cuts,” they are measuring against a baseline. But it’s a process open to manipulation and hypocrisy, so here’s an explanation. The Facts A “current services’ baseline is designed to measure the impact… Read More

Donald Trump – Trump claims he got rid of the Johnson Amendment. Is that true?

Responding to compliments about his election victory and support from evangelical voters, President Donald Trump told Christian Broadcasting Network’s founder Pat Robertson that he had signed an order to empower religious leaders to speak up politically. “We’ve really helped because I’ve gotten rid of the Johnson Amendment, now we are going to go try to… Read More

Vice President Pence’s bushel of false and misleading claims about health care

On July 14, Vice President Pence spoke at the National Governors Association where he made a number of misleading and incorrect claims about the Senate health-care bill’s affect on Medicaid. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post) Vice President Pence recently spoke at the National Governors Association meeting in Providence, R.I., and made several questionable claims about the Senate… Read More

No, President Trump, you’ve haven’t signed more bills than any president

Despite Trump’s claims, several presidents have signed more legislation than he has at this point in their terms. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post) “We’ve signed more bills — and I’m talking about through the legislature — than any president ever.”–President Trump, remarks at a “Made in America” event, July 17, 2017 Shortly after the president made… Read More

Pat Robertson – Is U.S. liquefied natural gas a game-changer for Russia, Europe?

When PolitiFact fact-checks an interview with the president, we usually train our Truth-O-Meter on the president’s answers. But during a recent televised sit-down between President Donald Trump and televangelist Pat Robertson on the Christian Broadcasting Network, a question by Robertson caught our attention. Robertson said Gazprom, a Russian natural-gas giant, “held Europe by the throat… Read More

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s claim that ‘criminals take notice’ of cities with sanctuary policies

President Trump has threatened to go after sanctuary cities, which provide protections for illegal immigrants. This is how state and local governments with sanctuary policies have responded to possible action. (Claritza Jimenez/The Washington Post) “When cities like Philadelphia, Boston, or San Francisco advertise that they have these policies, the criminals take notice. According to a… Read More

Duffel Blog — The American Military’s Most-Trusted News Source

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon announced Tuesday it had awarded a sole-source contract to United Airlines for work related to the forcible removal of President Bashar al-Assad from Syria. The contract, worth $2.1 billion, tasks the airline… RAQQA, Syria — The self-proclaimed Islamic State has issued a statement condemning self-proclaimed comedian Kathy Griffin, accusing her of… Read More

Pat Toomey – Is Medicaid driving the budget deficit, as Pat Toomey said?

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., defended the Senate health care bill’s curbing of Medicaid spending by calling Medicaid the single-biggest driver of the federal budget deficit. Toomey said the proposed cuts to Medicaid spending would slow the growth of entitlement programs, which he claimed are “driving the fiscal train wreck we’re on” in a Morning Joe… Read More