Trump bashes Clinton, promises not to become boring

(link to post) Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump attacked his top Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Friday, calling her “crooked,” and promised his supporters that he would not bore them by becoming overly presidential. The comments undercut what his aides had said would be an attempt by the notoriously blunt-speaking Trump to project a more…

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Obama on Churchill: ‘I Love The Guy’ But Preferred Martin Luther King Jr. Bust In Oval Office

(link to post)President Obama is speaking out on the frequent criticism of him for taking a bust of Winston Churchill out of the Oval Office and returning it to the United Kingdom. Obama says there’s still a bust of Churchill in the White House, outside the Treaty Room. He says it’s there “voluntarily.” He did,…

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‘Monstrous interference’: UK pols furious at Obama’s plan to intervene in EU debate

(link to post)   President Obama looks set to wade into the contentious debate in the United Kingdom over whether or not the nation should remain a member of the European Union – and some Brits are angry at the president’s intrusion into a delicate UK issue ahead of a major vote. Obama will arrive…

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Noah’s Ark Theme Park Destroyed in Flood

(link to post) Claim: A Noah’s Ark Theme Park was destroyed in a flood in Kentucky. FALSE Example: [Collected via Email, April 2016] I’ve seen a few posts about the new Answers In Genesis Noah’s Ark theme park being destroyed in a flash flood. Is this true? Origin:On 21 April 2016, the comedy and entertainment web…

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A Tip for Education

(link to post) Claim: An 18-year-old waitress in Texas received a $1,000 tip after a man overheard her discussing her college plans with a couple at another table. true Example: [Collected via Web, April 2016] Origin: This meme has all the makings of a good glurge: a feel-good story without any names and the improbably-named…

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Plan Launches to Make Obama Addition to Mount Rushmore

(link to post) Claim: The likeness of President Obama will be added to Mount Rushmore. False Example: [Collected via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and Internet, April 2016] Facebook article by “American News” that there are plans to add Obama’s face to Mt. Rushmore: Origin:On 20 April 2016, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced that that…

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Man Commits Suicide Over Harriet Tubman Replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill

(link to post) Claim: A man killed himself over the Treasury’s decision to add an African-American abolitionist’s portrait to the $20 bill. False Origin:On 21 April 2016, the web site Empire Herald published an article reporting that a 61-year-old (“caucasian”) man from North Carolina had killed himself upon learning that a portrait of 19th century African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman was…

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Are super PACs becoming captive to hedge funders? Six give nearly $10 million to presidential groups in March alone

(link to post) Priorities USA Action, a super PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, received $5 million in March from two major hedge fund donors. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Hedge fund managers know something about when to hold and when to fold. Last month, they did more of the former when it came to political giving,…

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UK Issues LGBT Travel Warning for United States

(link to post) Claim: The UK issued a travel advisory for LGBT citizens visiting the United States after Mississippi and North Carolina passed controversial laws. True Example: [Collected via Twitter and e-mail, April 2016] United Kingdom issues travel advisory for LGBT citizens visiting NC? How bad is North Carolina’s law? Foreign state departments are issuing…

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Harriet Tubman: ‘I Freed a Thousand Slaves’

(link to post) Claim: Harriet Tubman said: “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” FALSE Origin:Interest in a statement purportedly uttered by 19th century African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman was renewed in April 2016 after the U.S. Treasury Department announced that a portrait of the famous American…

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