Fact-checks from the 2nd presidential debate
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Trump"Obamacare premiums are going up...68%, 59%, 71%"Washington Post"Trump is cherry-picking from the highest proposed increases"LinkCNN (Zach Wolf)True but misleadingLinkPoliticoOverstatedLinkNew York Times
"Not 'astronomical,' but pretty darn high."
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Trump"Last year, the United States had a trade deficit of $800 billion."New York Times"It's not that bad."Link
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Trump"No I didn't say that at all." on what he said on the tapeNPRNo ratinghttp://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnewsWashington PostFalse: "Trump did ask followers to dig up Machado sex tape"LinkPolitico
"Not telling the truth"
LinkNPRThe verbatim tweet from Trump, timestamped September 30, 2016 at 5:30am: “Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?”http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnewsPolitiFactPANTS ON FIRELink
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Trump"Hillary Clinton's campaign started the birther movement"Washington Post"Debunked"LinkNPRFALSEhttp://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnewsNew York TimesIt's unclearLinkPoliticoLieLink
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Trump“Her client she represented got him off and she is seen laughing on two occasions laughing at the girl who was raped.”Politico"Totally false"LinkWashington Post
"In [a] recorded interview, Clinton is heard laughing or giggling four times when discussin the case"
LinkNew York TimesNot trueLinkPolitiFactFALSELink
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Clinton"There is no evidence that any classified information was transmitted" due to email server.Bloomberg"There wasn’t sufficient evidence of intentional wrongdoing to prosecute."LinkNew York TimesMisleadingLink
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Trump"Hillary Clinton attacked Bill Clinton's accusers visciously"Washington PostLink
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Trump"The U.S. gave $150 billion to Iran"Washington PostLink
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TrumpClaims he has never kissed or groped women without consent.New York Times"It's been alleged by multiple women."Link
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Trump"[Clinton] was impeached and lost his license to practice law and paid an $850,000 fine to one of the women. Paula Jones who is also here tonight.”PoliticoWrongLinkNPRNo ratinghttp://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnewsNew York Times
Mostly accurate
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Clinton“[Trump] never apologizes for anything to anyone.”PoliticoFALSELink
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ClintonThe U.S. is about 90 percent health care covered.Bloomberg"That matches official government figures."LinkPolitiFactTRUELink
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Trump"In San Bernardino, many people saw the bombs all over the apartment"Washington Post"False"CNNFALSELinkPolitico"debunked"LinkNew York TimesNot true.Link
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TrumpBill Clinton was abusive to women.New York TimesIt's been allegedLink
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Clinton"insurance companies cannot deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Number two, no lifetime limits. Which is a big deal if you have serious health problems. Number three, women cannot be charged more than men for our health insurance, which is the way it used to be before the affordable care act. Number four, if you are under 26 and your parents have a policy, you can be on that policy until the age of 26. "NPRTrue/No ratinghttp://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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TrumpClinton "voted for the [Iraq] War without knowing what she was doing.''BloombergClinton has said this year she wouldn’t have voted for the war if she’d known at the time that Iraq didn’t have WMDsLink
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Trump“There has never been anything like this with e-mails. You get a subpoena and after getting the subpoena you delete 33,000 e-mails and acid wash them or bleach them. An expensive process.”Politico"Not necessarily backed by factsLink
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Clinton"After a year-long investigation, there is no evidence that anyone hacked the server I was using. And there is no evidence that anyone can point to at all. Anyone who says otherwise has no basis that any classified material ended up in the wrong hands"NPRNo ratinghttp://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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TrumpSays he didn't support the Iraq War.BloombergSupported in 2002, said it was a waste in 2004.LinkCNN (@KFILE)
"has in fact been debunked"
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"Claim... debunked"
LinkPolitico"Flat out wrong"LinkNPR"There is no evidence to support this claim. "http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
CNN (Trump on opposition not being debunked)
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CNN (Trump wouldn't have troops in Iraq)
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TrumpThe U.S. this year allowed in about 85,000 refugees from countries all around the world, less than 1 percent of all the world’s refugees. Of those about 12,500 came from Syria.Bloomberg"Obama administration accepted 10,000 Syrian refugees this year." (Generally true)Link
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Trump"But she wants to go to single-payer."NPRFalse/"Clinton does not support single-payer. "http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnewsPoliticoFALSENew York TimesUntrueLinkPolitiFactFALSELink
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TrumpClinton didn’t know what “C” meant.CNNTRUELink
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Report says Russia was behind the election-year hacks of U.S. computers.
Bloomberg"The U.S. on Friday said publicly for the first time that intelligence agencies are “confident that the Russian government directed” the hacking."LinkNPRNo ratinghttp://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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TrumpI don't know Putin.BloombergHas gone back and forthLink
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ClintonTrump didn't apologize for his insulting commentsCNNTRUELink
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Trump"33,000 e-mails deleted.…That was after getting a subpoena. That was not before. That was after."PoliticoMisleadingLinkNew York TimesMostly trueLinkNPRNo ratinghttp://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnewsPolitiFactHALF TRUELink
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TrumpClinton has never used the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism."New York Times"Just flat wrong"LinkPolitico"Not accurate"LinkPolitiFactMOSTLY FALSELink
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TrumpTrump's plan would give wealthy and corporations big tax cuts at the expense of middle-income Americans.BloombergNYU law professor says many single parents, families with children would see taxes increase under Trump.Link
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Clinton"First we’ve had Muslims in America since George Washington."NPRTrue http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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ClintonSummary of features of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.New York TimesAccurateLink
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Trump
“Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, said it was a great lie.”
PoliticoMisleadingLink
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TrumpSays he's paying "tremendous number of taxes.''BloombergNew York Times report says otherwise.Link
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TrumpSyrian refugees are coming to the US by the "hundreds of thousands"Washington Post"Trump overreached by a lot"LinkNew York TimesWay offLinkNPR"America accepted just over 10,000 Syrian refugees in the most recent fiscal year. "http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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TrumpCompared China's growth rate to the U.S., where he said growth is down to 1 percent and headed lower. BloombergFALSELink
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ClintonSays Trump supported the Iraq War before it began.New York TimesThere is evidence.Link
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Trump"hey're coming in by the tens of thousands because of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton wants to allow a 550% increase over Obama. People are coming into our country like we have no idea who they are where they're from what their feelings about our country is and she wants 550% more. This is going to be the great Trojan horse of all time. "NPR"The White House says it is not true that the government does not know who refugees are and where they come from. "http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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Trump"The U.S. is the highest taxed nation"Washington Post"Trump is simply wrong"Link
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Clinton"The US cut a nuclear deal to reduce Russia's nuclear stockpile"Washington Post"Clinton overstated the impact"Link
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Trump"ICE just endorsed me. They've never endorsed a presidential candidate."NPR"The federal bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not make an endorsement."http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnewsPoliticoFALSELinkPolitiFactMOSTLY FALSELink
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Clinton"I stood up to Russia" as Secretary of State.BloombergAttempted to establish a “reset” in relations with Russia.Link
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Trump“She is raising everybody's taxes massively”Politico"Totally false"Link
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Trump"As soon as my ruotine audit is finished, I'll release my taxes"Washington Post"IRS audit doesn't prohibit Trump from releasing taxes"Link
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Trump"Maybe there is no hacking" related to the election.New York Times"Hacking is endemic."LinkPolitico
"researchers aren’t so sure"
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Clinton"we don't know if it's [the hacks] Russian." NPR"The U.S. intelligence community and Department of Homeland Security said Friday that Russia is behind this year’s campaign of hacks and the release of information related to the 2016 campaign. "http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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TrumpGrowth is “down to 1 percent” and taxes in the United States are the "highest in the world."New York TimesWrongLinkPoliticoWrongLink
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Trump"We have no growth in this country. There is no growth. If China has a GDP [growth] of 7 percent it's like a national catastrophe. That's like no growth."PoliticoWrongLinkNPR
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Clinton“Since the Great Recession, the gains have all gone to the top.”New York TimesNot anymoreLink
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Trump"Gadaffi's out, it's a mess. And by the way ISIS has a good chunk of their oil"Washington Post"Trump's wrong"Link
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TrumpSays Clinton wants to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.BloombergHas said the final result wasn’t what she “was looking for.”Link
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Clinton"As I recall, that was something I said about Abraham Lincoln after having seen the wonderful Steven Spielberg movie."PoliticoConfirms/clarifies remark; no ratingLink
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TrumpSyria, Russia and Iran are fighting ISIS.New York TimesMostly misleadingLink
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Clinton"The reason they blame Russia is they are trying to tarnish me with Russia. I know about Russia, but not about the inner workings. I have no business there and no loans from Russia. I have a great balance sheet."NPR"Trump may not have current business ties with Russia, but he has in fact tried to engage his business interests with Russia since the 1980’s. "http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnewsPolitico
"there is some evidence that the businessman has done work in Russia"
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TrumpThe United States signed a “peace treaty” to bring an end to the civil war in Syria.New York TimesNot even close.Link
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TrumpReferring to the impact of NAFTA and other free-trade agreements, Trump said, "We lost our jobs."New York TimesWe didn't.Link
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TrumpWe are going to areas like Syria where they are coming in by the tens of thousands because of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton wants wants to allow a 550% increase over Obama … I don't want to have with all the problems this country has and all of the problems you see going on, hundreds of thousands of people come in from Syria where we know nothing about them. We know nothing about their values and nothing about their love for our country.”PoliticoLargely correct, slightly overstatingLink
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ClintonObama has got the U.S. economy back on the "right track."BloombergSimilar growth to Bush years, slower than 1990s.Link
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Trump“She was there as Secretary of State when there was the line in the sand.”PoliticoWrongLinkNew York Times
Trump is wrong.
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PolitiFact (fact-checking Clinton saying she was "gone")
MOSTLY FALSELink
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TrumpSays Second Amendment Is Under Siege by Clinton, Others.BloombergClinton supports background checks eliminating loopholes.Link
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Trump
“Her and Obama whether you like it or not, the way they got out of Iraq, the vacuum they left, that's why ISIS formed in the first place. They started from the little area and now they are in 32 different nations. Congratulations. Great job.”
PoliticoThe group does not operate in 32 countries.Link
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TrumpClinton wants to put all the coal "miners out of business'.'BloombergClinton said miners would go out of business, but Trump takes comment out of context.Link
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Trump"he way they got out of Iraq, vacuum they've left -- that's why ISIS is formed in the first place."NPR"The U.S. completed withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2011 under a deal signed by President Bush and at the request of the Iraqi government. ISIS formed in Syria -- not Iraq"http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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TrumpClinton ignored 600 requests for increased security from J. Christopher Stevens, the ambassador to Libya, and only communicated with Sidney Blumenthal.New York TimesExtremely misleading.Link
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TrumpObama policies have harmed energy industry.BloombergOil and natural gas production have risen under Obama.Link
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TrumpAmbassador Chris Stevens sent 600 requests for help from BenghaziWashington Post"Trump made a ludicrous claim... Chris Stevens did not ask 600 times for help"Link
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Clinton“I have been in favor of getting rid of carried interest for years starting when I was a senator from New York.”PoliticoTrue, but she was lateLinkBloombergClinton has called for eliminating the tax break.Link
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Clintonhealth insurance coverage at highest rate US has ever hadCNNTRUELink
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Trump"I think that it basically has fallen. OK? It basically has fallen."NPR"Aleppo has not fallen to the Syrian government."http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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ClintonMrs. Clinton said that she had helped eight million children obtain health coverage, Sept. 11 responders receive medical care and children get safer medicines.New York TimesShe can back it up.Link
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TrumpNAFTA was the "greatest disaster trade deal in the history of the world. "NPR"Most studies show NAFTA had a relatively minor economic impact"http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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Trump"she said it was the gold standard" [TPP]NPR"Clinton said in a 2012 speech that TPP “sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade.”"http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnewsPoliticoTRUELink
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Trump“We have the slowest growth since 1929.”Politico"Completely false"LinkNPRSeven years after the financial crisis, the US economy has rebounded: output has surpassed its pre-crisis peak by 10%, robust private-sector employment gains have sharply reduced unemployment, fiscal sustainability has been largely restored and corporate profits are high.”http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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TrumpMr. Trump says Mrs. Clinton wants “amnesty for everybody, come on in, come on over.”New York TimesNot her position.Link
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ClintonTrump has incited violence at his rallies.CNNTRUELink
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Clinton"20 million people now have health insurance. "NPR"This is technically true."http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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Trump"I have a reading for weeks about Mosul that is the harbor between Raqqa and Mosul. This is where they think the ISIS leaders are. "NPR"The capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State is Raqqa. "http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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Clinton"they’ve not given him a vote to be able to have the full complement of nine Supreme Court justices."NPR"Merrick Garland, chief judge of the federal appeals court in Washington, has waited more than 200 days for action by the Senate on his nomination to the Supreme Court. "http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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Trump" We are killing, absolutely killing our energy business in this country. "NPR"Domestic oil and gas production have increased steadily during President Obama’s time in office."http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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Trump"China dumping vast amounts of steel over the United States"NPR"The Commerce Department last month made a preliminary finding that imports of stainless steel sheet and strip from China are being dumped in the U.S. market at less than fair value."http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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Trump"We have an increase in murder with inner cities, the biggest in 45 years"Washington Post"Violent crimes and homicides went up last year... Still, overeall violent crime rates remain near historic lows"LinkPolitiFactMOSTLY TRUELink
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Clinton"You know that we are now, for the first time ever, energy independent." on energyNPR"This is not an accurate statement if “energy independent” means the U.S. doesn’t need fuels from other countries. The U.S. has become more energy independent in recent years but the country is still a net importer of crude oil, for example."http://www.npr.org/2016/10/09/497056227/fact-check-clinton-and-trump-debate-for-the-second-time?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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Clinton"You can look at the propaganda on a lot of the terrorists' sites and what Donald Trump says about Muslims is used to recruit fighters."PolitiFactTRUELink
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