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Past articles by Glenn:

The 10 fact checks you’ve most wanted to read so far in 2023

The United States could be on track for a Joe Biden-Donald Trump rematch in 2024, but it’s the president’s son Hunter Biden who earned the most entries on the list of the 10 most-read fact checks midway through this year. The fascination with claims and counterclaims about Hunter Biden was observed last year, as well. Fact checks concerning the debate over raising the federal debt limit also… → Read More

Trump falsely compares Hillary Clinton’s emails to his document hoard

Donald Trump mixes partial facts and invented assertions as he attacks Hillary Clinton over her emails. → Read More

About that $9 billion in credit-card late fees ‘profit’

The Biden administration has touted that a proposal to lower late fees will help consumers, but the math is suspect. → Read More

Trump’s indictment video features a litany of favorite falsehoods

The president's 4-minute video has a feel of a golden olide record. → Read More

Haley falsely links rise in girls’ suicidal thoughts to trans athletes

Transgender girls are more likely to contemplate committing sucide than cisgender girls, according to the CDC reported cited by Haley. → Read More

Trump vows to end ‘birthright citizenship.’ It’s unlikely he could.

The former president pledges to issue an executive order on "Day One" if he is elected, but the courts may not be sympathetic. → Read More

McCarthy hypes ‘largest cut’ to sell debt-ceiling deal

There are many ways to run the numbers but no metric puts this deal in first place. → Read More

Tim Scott hypes ‘terrorist watch list’ border crossings

The GOP presidential hopeful used Homeland Security data to suggest a flood of would-be terrorists crossing from Mexico -- but most the encounters were on the border with Canada. → Read More

Pro-Trump ads attack DeSantis for policies Trump once also embraced

MAGA Inc.’s clever ads attacking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) don’t acknowledge that former president Donald Trump is equally vulnerable to such attacks. → Read More

The truth about Russia, Trump and the 2016 election

Confused by yet another report on the Trump-Russia connection? Here's a guide to the key findings of four major reports. → Read More

And the president most to blame for the national debt problem is

The country now is dealing with the legacy of policy choices made more than 50 years ago. → Read More

Trump fills his CNN town hall with a fire hose of old and new false claims

Here's a guide to more than 20 false or misleading claims the former president made in just over an hour. → Read More

The Fact Checker: GOP alleges Biden was involved in a criminal scheme

GOP lawmakers have alleged Biden was involved in a criminal scheme as vice president. Here's a guide to the claims. → Read More

White House touts illusory ‘VA cuts’ as GOP ducks budget specifics

The Fact Checker digs into the confusing spin and counterpin over alleged VA cuts under the House GOP plan → Read More

The truth about the national debt ceiling

Washington is nearing a showdown on the debt ceiling. Here's a guide to the issue. → Read More

Biden’s misleading deficit claim earns him a Bottomless Pinocchio

Over and over, the president claims credit for $1.7 trillion in deficit reduction. That's wrong. → Read More

Can Florida’s gay teachers show photos? The White House claimed not.

The Florida law restricting LGBTQ discussion doesn’t explicitly prevent teachers from displaying photos of same-sex relationships, but some say it has had a chilling effect. → Read More

Trump sees the Presidential Records Act as his ace. It isn’t.

The Presidential Records Act is not an all-purpose security blanket, as former president Donald Trump often claims. → Read More

CDC magnified spike in sexual violence against girls in news release

The agency acknowledged to The Fact Checker that it rounded figures to give a misleading presentation. → Read More

Biden linked covid to a spike in violent crime. He omitted factors.

In the State of the Union address, the president left out half of the story. → Read More