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Trump told Fox Business that he was responsible for the “best economy we've ever had.” The pre-pandemic U.S. economy wasn't the best ever, as we have written a few times, including last month. GDP grew a modest 2.3% last year — down from 2.9% in 2018.

A Christian blogger writing for The Daily Jot accused Obama in 2017 of running a “shadow government.” The blog post has been recirculating lately on social media, but it is falsely attributed to the late Pulitzer-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer.

Trump has falsely claimed his administration invested “$2.5 trillion in all of the greatest equipment in the world” for the military. That’s roughly the total defense budget from 2017 to 2020, but the cost of new military equipment was 20% of that.

Trump and his press secretary have taken to describing the Russia investigation stories by @nytimes  and @washingtonpost  as fake and wrong, calling on them to return their Pulitzers. Actually, the stories have been confirmed or substantially corroborated.

A viral Facebook post whose author expresses frustration with COVID-19, racial and political divisions, and other topics is falsely attributed to tennis star Serena Williams. It was actually written by another Facebook user with the same name.

Major crimes are down under de Blasio, and while there has been a surge in murders so far this year, the annual number of murders under de Blasio has been about half as high as it was in Giuliani’s best year. Story:

A viral video questions the safety of face masks by using a gas detector to purportedly show that masks result in dangerous oxygen levels for the wearer. But experts and the company that makes the gas detector say the test is scientifically flawed.

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Trump falsely said El Paso "used to have extremely high rates of violent crime -- one of the highest in the entire country," but now it is "one of the safest cities" because of a border wall. In fact, it was already among the safest cities before wall.

Trump said Ambassador Stevens sent 600 requests for help. That's false. #debate 

Elizabeth Warren claimed that Amy Klobuchar's health care plan is two paragraphs long. Warren is wrong. #DemDebate 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opens the six hours of debate on the articles of impeachment by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sen. Sanders claimed there was a “huge voter turnout” among young caucusgoers in Iowa this year, saying the turnout was “even higher than Obama’s extraordinary victory in 2008.” In fact, about 10,300 fewer young voters turned out this year than in 2008.

Trump says Clinton will raise "everybody's taxes massively." In fact, 95% of taxpayers will see little or no change.

Trump said he is "reversing decades of calamitous trade policies." Not yet. During a 12-month ending in October, the trade deficit was $604 billion. That’s an increase of $102 billion, or 20.2 percent, compared with 2016.

Trump is wrong that many people saw bombs all over the apartment floor in San Bernardino terror attack case. #debate 

Trump implies there isn’t much to learn from his tax returns. Tax experts disagree. #debatenight 

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