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Was Donald Trump's Inauguration the Most Viewed in History?

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:55:29 -0800

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Donald Trump's inauguration was the most viewed in history, but that claim is unsubstantiated.

Is the U.S. Pulling Out of the United Nations?

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:03:15 -0800

A new congressional bill seeks to end U.S. participation in the United Nations, but the same bill has been introduced to each new Congress for 20 years running.

Hundreds of Thousands Attend in Women's March in Los Angeles

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:40:01 -0800

Protesters marched in major U.S. cities the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Did Donald Trump Remove a MLK Bust from the Oval Office?

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:53:06 -0800

A Time reporter erroneously tweeted that a bust of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. was removed from display in the Oval Office by Donald Trump.

Was Mike Pence Disappointed in Men for Allowing the Women's March?

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:46:14 -0800

A satirical article about Mike Pence's expressing his disappointment in husbands and fathers for allowing the Women's March was mistaken by some as real news.

National Park Service Twitter Account Shut Down After Anti-Trump Retweets

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:11:07 -0800

The Interior Department took action after a tweet was shared via the NPS account unfavorably comparing attendance at Trump's inauguration with Obama's.

Did Donald Trump Plagiarize His Inaugural Address from 'Bee Movie' and 'Avatar?'

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:01:03 -0800

Claims about President Trump lifting lines from various films for his inaugural address are unfounded.

Is Barack Obama More Self-Referential than Donald Trump?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:06:55 -0800

While President Obama referred to himself more often in his farewell speech than Donald Trump did in his Inaugural Address, these speeches are not comparable.

Was Obama's Inauguration Crowd Larger Than Trump's?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:41:27 -0800

While no official crowd count has yet been released for Trump's inauguration, Obama's inauguration in 2009 set a record for attendance.

Is Promoting Melania Trump's QVC Products?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:24:05 -0800

The First Lady's site bio includes mentions of jewelry lines promoted by the shopping network.

Can a Chemical in Spicy Peppers Help Cure Breast Cancer?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:45:26 -0800

Capsaicin does have cancer fighting properties in the lab, but its use as an anti-cancer therapy in humans is far from certain.

The Truth About Slenderman

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:34:19 -0800

In 2014, two 12-year-old girls arrested for stabbing a schoolmate in Wisconsin told police they did it to appease a supernatural being named 'Slenderman.'

Clinton Foundation Dead as Contributions Dry Up?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:23:06 -0800

While the Clinton Global Initiative will be shutting down, the Foundation itself is still a going concern for the time being.

Did Donald Trump Want Tanks and Missiles at His Inaugural Parade?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:10:01 -0800

An unidentified source purportedly stated that Donald Trump asked for missiles and artillery at his inaugural parade.

Did Canada Plant a 'Privacy Hedge' Along the U.S. Border?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:20:07 -0800

Readers misinterpreted as news a spoof political story that was clearly intended to be satirical in nature.

Protests Turn Chaotic Before Trump's Inauguration Parade

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:52:38 -0800

Riot police deployed tear gas and arrested dozens in the streets of Washington, D.C. in the minutes leading up to the parade.

Was Donald Trump's Proposed Re-Election Slogan Used for a 'Purge' Film?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:32:25 -0800

Donald Trump's January 2017 assertion that his next campaign slogan would be 'Keep America Great' drew comparisons to a 'Purge' film.

Did Donald Trump Remove the Terms 'LGBT' and 'Climate Change' from the White House Web Site?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:55:12 -0800

While the U.S. presidency transitioned from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, rumors swirled that the latter removed the terms "LGBT" and "climate change" from the White House web site.

Does a Photograph Show Joe Biden Putting a Gun in a Woman's Mouth?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:10:50 -0800

An old photograph of Joe Biden chatting with a woman at a town hall meeting was digitally manipulated to look sinister.

Twitter Moves Obama to @POTUS44, Trump to @POTUS

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:37:46 -0800

Misinformation about following and unfollowing White House-related Twitter accounts circulated around Inauguration Day.

Pilot Refused to Let President Obama Board Helicopter Until He Saluted Marine?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:40:46 -0800

Video showing Obama boarding a helicopter without saluting a nearby Marine is shared with the unfounded claim that the pilot refused to let him stay aboard.

Highway Sign Urged Drivers to 'Consider Canada' Due to Inauguration Traffic?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:34:57 -0800

A photograph purportedly showing a Maryland highway sign exhorting motorists to avoid Inauguration Day traffic and "Consider Canada" was fabricated.

Did President Obama Use the Quran to Take His Oath of Office?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:24:55 -0800

A photograph of Barack Obama taking the oath of office as President is frequently shared with the false claim that he was sworn in using a Quran.

Do These Twitter Images Depict Trump Inauguration Crowds?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:17:32 -0800

Early on Inauguration Day 2017, some older unrelated images of crowds were passed off as depictions of the Trump inauguration.

Photograph Shows Donald Trump at a KKK Cross Burning?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:04:35 -0800

An image purportedly showing Donald Trump at a KKK cross burning was fabricated by a photographic artist.