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If one side is fanatical or just plain wrong, balance is no virtue. ZFacts takes on both extremes — left here and right here, Code Pink and the Tea Party. You won’t find that anywhere else. We focus on facts that shed light on key issues, not just media factoids.
1. Average of All Polls from Nate Silver’s 538
3. Economy & History — also from Nate Silver
4. Weights are 3 for Polls, 2 for betting, and 1 for Econ & History
For Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the CIA arrived too late
The most outrageous Trumpster lie is this: "She lied. People died. Lock her up." Trump is vulnerable here because Trey Gowdy, the Benghazi committee chairman admitted he doesn't believe this, and his report clearly proves it's not just false, it's absurd.
Arguing with fake scandals can increase publicity and backfire. But saying nothing can raise suspicions. This is the lie we should attack first. It's most damaging, most outrageously wrong, and trivial to disprove—using Republican evidence. Here's how.
The Republicans spent four years preparing to chant "Lock her up!" A lie they chanted, day after day, at their national convention. But that chant is not based on their eight Benghazi investigations. Those only turned up evidence of CIA "stand-down" orders and military delays. The chant is based on a false accusation by two boastful CIA agents Geist & Teigen, and their adventure tale (the "13 Hours" book and movie) about a deadly "stand-down order," which they imply was from Clinton. It was from the CIA to the CIA on a CIA base in Benghazi. No one else even knew they were doing this! [Read more...]
Jul 20, 2016. July 20, 2016. During the primaries, Trump smeared Cruz's wife and strongly suggested his father was involved in the assassination of Kennedy (PolitiFact gave this a "pants on fire"), and constantly call Cruz "Lyin' Ted." In return, Cruz identified Trump as "A narcissist at a level I don't think this country has ever seen," a "pathological liar" and "utterly amoral." [Read more...]
Jul 17, 2016. Jul 18, 2016. It's a little confusing. The Bernie-or-Busters (BoBers) have gone bust. Bernie's with Hillary, and they're basically ghosts—no longer part of the real world. But as in Ghostbusters, they can still wreak havoc, and even threaten the world, thanks to their partners in crime flooding out of Trump's "portal" in Cleveland.
Don't get me wrong. Most Bernie supporters are terrific. But the BoBers have gone over to the darkside with Darth Nader. So who ya gonna call?. [Read more...]
Jul 15, 2016. July 15, 2016. This piece by Karoli Kuns, managing editor of Crooks and Liars, is one of the most shared pieces about Hillary on the web.
I have a confession to make: In 2008, I was one of the most ardent Hillary Clinton haters on the planet. I was ferocious about how much I didn’t want her to win the primaries, and I rejoiced the day she gave her concession speech.
It was not until President Obama nominated Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State that my attitude began to soften, and it’s here I want to... [Read more...]
Jun 8, 2016. Prior to June 7, Hillary had won 28% more popular votes than Bernie. On June 7, she won 33% more than Bernie.* She's now ahead of him by more than 3.5 million (and this counts all the popular votes in all the caucus states.)
She has only won 21% more elected delegates than Bernie, because the caucuses are stacked against her. They suppress 75% of the voters than would vote in a primary, and these [Read more...]
Jul 6, 2016. On Tuesday (July 5)Trump speaks kindly of dictators, communist and fascist — Putin, Gaddafi, Assad, Kim Un and Saddam Hussein. But he's seems to be using Hussein to advocate policy for America, how we should fight terrorism. Does he even know what he's talking about? And does America really need to learn from Saddam? Could Bush and the Republicans have been that wrong? [Read more...]
Jun 19, 2016. Kendal Unruh, a Republican delegate from Colorado is leading the Dump Drumpf (aka Trump—I'll let John Oliver explain) conspiracy for the Republican National Convention. She's organizing (at least since June 9) with a few dozen other delegates who hope to change the rules by introducing a "conscience clause" that would allow delegates to unbind themselves based on "personal or religious conscience." [Read more...]
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Feb 28, 2016. Over the negative din of politics, it can be hard to hear what's positive. Hillary Clinton has given $17.6 million of her speaking fees to charity (see below). That's 26 times as much as she made on her three Goldman Sachs speeches combined, or 50% more than she made on her 51 speeches in 2014 and 2015. Before presenting the details, let me summarize.
- Her fees were not the least bit unusual given her stature.
- Over 100 lesser known Americans are also in the $200,000+ category.
- The Goldman Sachs fees were below her average fee.
- She gave $17.6 [Read more...]
Mar 4, 2016. What's his plan? A revolution? He's too smart for that. Does he care more about beating Republicans or beating the Democratic establishment? Here's the information you need to grasp the epic nature of this struggle.
Oct 20, 2014. Republicans claim Democrats are bad for business, but the stock market disagrees. It rose more than twice as fast under Obama as under Reagan. In fact since Reagan (1981) stocks have gained 13% under Republicans and 450% under Democrats. That's 35 times more, and they had six years less time. [Email the Fact Card] [Read more...]
Oct 18, 2014. The Republicans left Obama with unemployment claims running higher than at any time since Reagan in 1982. Democrats (with the Republicans obstructing) reduced that to its lowest level in 14 years according to the Press. But, compared to the number of jobs, it's at its lowest level since they started collecting data in 1967. [Email the Fact Card] [Read more...]
Oct 11, 2014. For at least the last 85 years, since 1929, every time the Democrats took over, jobs were created faster. And every time the Republicans took over, jobs were created slower. Ten times in a row is no accident. And the difference is huge. Why is that? [EMail the Fact Card] [Read more...]