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Facebook posts: Countries with a higher minimum wage than the United States’ $7.25 an hour include Denmark at $21, Australia at $15.81, Germany at $11 and France at $12.35.
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Description: The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Do other countries have a higher minimum wage than the United States?
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<p>One of the most popular Democratic talking points this campaign season has been to call for an increase in the minimum wage. A social-media meme that&rsquo;s been circulating recently provides a justification for hiking the minimum wage -- namely that the minimum wage in the United States falls well below that of other advanced industrialized nations. Here&rsquo;s the text on the meme, which Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., among others, put on his Facebook feed: &quot;Minimum wages around the world in U.S. dollars: Denmark $21/hr., Australia $15.81/hr., Germany $11/hr., France $12.35/hr. United States $7.25/hr. Share if you agree we should ...</p> <a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/sep/26/facebook-posts/do-other-countries-have-higher-minimum-wage-united/">>> More</a>  more...
Dan Sullivan: &quot;Sen.&nbsp;Mark Begich cast the deciding vote in favor of President Obama&rsquo;s authority to issue executive amnesty to illegal aliens.&quot;
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Description: The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Begich's record on illegal immigration a target in Alaska Senate race
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<p>Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, says he doesn&rsquo;t support amnesty for illegal immigrants -- but his opponent Republican Dan Sullivan says Begich cast a &quot;deciding vote&quot; that proves he does. Last week, the Senate briefly squabbled over immigration legislation, eventually blocking a Republican proposal from coming to a vote. Now, Republicans are using that as ammunition. Begich voted to block the proposal. In a Sept. 19, 2014, email to supporters, the Sullivan campaign framed this as a blatant contradiction to what Begich has said in the past. &quot;Yesterday Sen.&nbsp;Mark Begich cast the deciding vote in favor of President (Barack) ...</p> <a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/sep/25/dan-sullivan/begichs-record-illegal-immigration-target-alaska-s/">>> More</a>  more...
Bill Cassidy: Says Mary Landrieu voted to fund benefits for illegal immigrants ahead of veterans.
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Description: The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Bill Cassidy says Mary Landrieu 'put illegal immigrants ahead of veterans'
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<p>Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Republican running for Senate in Louisiana, mixed two buzzwords of the 2014 campaign cycle &mdash; immigrants and veterans &mdash; in an ad attacking Democratic opponent Sen. Mary Landrieu. How are the two related? Cassidy said Landrieu chose to fund one but cut from the other. &quot;What would you choose? To fund benefits for veterans or for illegal immigrants? I would never put illegal immigrants ahead of veterans. But Mary Landrieu did,&quot; Cassidy said in the ad. &quot;Instead of fully funding veterans&rsquo; benefits, she voted to give benefits to those here illegally. No wonder she supports Barack ...</p> <a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/sep/25/bill-cassidy/bill-cassidy-says-mary-landrieu-put-illegal-immigr/">>> More</a>  more...
Facebook posts: Congress includes 36 people accused of spousal abuse, 84 arrested for drunk driving in the past year, 71 with terrible credit&nbsp;and more.
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Description: The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | NBA vs. NFL? Or Congress? Answer to Facebook meme is none of the above
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<p>Whose pants are the most on fire: the NBA, the NFL, Congress or Facebook memes? Several readers sent us Facebook messages this week asking about a meme popping up on their newsfeed. It&rsquo;s a list of statistics about crime, corruption and generally bad behavior, and it asks the viewer to guess if the list describes players in the NBA or the NFL. Surprise! It says it&rsquo;s actually&nbsp;describing Congress. The meme struck us as suspect right off the bat. It says, of Congress&rsquo; 535 members: 36 have been accused of spousal abuse 7 have been arrested for fraud ...</p> <a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/sep/24/facebook-posts/nba-nfl-congress-spousal-abuse-fraud-bad-checks-ba/">>> More</a>  more...
Peter King: &quot;In 2011, (the Islamic State) attempted to attack Fort Knox.&quot;
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Description: The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Rep. Peter King says Islamic State tried to attack Fort Knox in 2011
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<p>There&rsquo;s considerable debate in Washington whether the Islamic State, the terrorist group now occupying parts of Iraq and Syria, presents a direct threat to the homeland. But to Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., there&rsquo;s little doubt the threat is real. Why? Because, he said, they&rsquo;ve tried to attack the United States before. &quot;They&#39;re coming at us, and we have to be on our guard at all times,&quot; King said Sept. 21 on Fox News Sunday. &quot;If (the Islamic State) went into Australia, they could certainly come into the U.S. In 2011, they attempted to attack Fort Knox.&quot; An attack on Fort ...</p> <a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/sep/23/peter-king/rep-peter-king-says-isis-tried-attack-fort-knox-20/">>> More</a>  more...
Dan Sullivan: Says Sen. Mark Begich is ineffective because he has only &quot;passed one bill, the naming of a building.&quot;
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Description: The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Senate candidate Dan Sullivan says Sen. Mark Begich has only passed one law
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<p>Dan Sullivan, the Republican Senate candidate in Alaska, is charging that his opponent, Sen. Mark Begich, is an ineffective lawmaker compared to other Alaska senators. According to a recent Sullivan campaign mailer, Begich -- who has been in office since 2009 -- has passed zero pieces of legislation during his first term. The Sullivan campaign reinforced this line of attack in a Facebook meme that said Begich has passed one bill, and all it did was name a building. This meme compared Begich&rsquo;s record to that of other Alaska senators, saying that Begich&rsquo;s predecessor, the late Republican Sen. ...</p> <a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/sep/22/dan-sullivan/senate-candidate-dan-sullivan-says-sen-mark-begich/">>> More</a>  more...
Tom Cotton: Says&nbsp;&quot;President Obama hijacked the farm bill (and) turned it into a food stamp bill.&quot;
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Description: The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Tom Cotton incorrectly says Obama turned farm bill into food stamps bill
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<p>Back in January, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., took some heat for voting against the final version of the farm bill -- particularly being the only lawmaker from Arkansas, a state that depends on farming, to do so. Now, the Republican Senate candidate is out with an ad to defend his vote, arguing that it was the fiscally responsible course. The 30-second spot features Cotton and his father on their family farm. Cotton says his dad taught him financial lessons that he carried into his current role. &quot;(My dad) taught me early: farmers can&rsquo;t spend more than ...</p> <a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/sep/19/tom-cotton/tom-cotton-incorrectly-says-obama-turned-farm-bill/">>> More</a>  more...
American Crossroads: Says Tom Steyer is a&nbsp;&quot;California billionaire who stands to profit by blocking Keystone&quot; and &quot;is spending big to help&quot; Bruce Braley. &nbsp;
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Description: The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Would billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer profit if Keystone Pipeline was killed?
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<p>It&rsquo;s Republican strategist Karl Rove versus billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer in Iowa. Rove&rsquo;s group, American Crossroads, is up with a new ad that claims the Democratic Senate candidate there, Rep. Bruce Braley, is doing the bidding for Steyer by voting against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. &quot;Now, a California billionaire who stands to profit by blocking Keystone is spending big to help Braley&rsquo;s campaign,&quot; the ad says. &quot;Bruce Braley, he&rsquo;s on the side of billionaire special interests, not Iowa workers.&quot; Steyer is identified in the ad as the California billionaire. He has run ads helping Braley and ...</p> <a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/sep/19/american-crossroads/would-billionaire-environmentalist-tom-steyer-prof/">>> More</a>  more...
Bloggers: &quot;Three of five detainees swapped (for Bowe Bergdahl) are now ISIS leaders.&quot;
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Description: The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Are three detainees swapped for Bowe Bergdahl now ISIS leaders?
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<p>A reader recently sent us a link to a rather startling claim -- that three of the five Guantanamo detainees released by the United States in late May in exchange for Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl have now taken up arms for the Islamic State. That&rsquo;s the militant group sometimes known as ISIS or ISIL that has taken control of portions of Iraq and Syria and has beheaded two American journalists and at least one other Westerner. The claim stems from a website, politicalears.com, that ran a post on Sept. 15, 2014, with the headline, &quot;Three of five detainees ...</p> <a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/sep/18/blog-posting/have-three-detainees-swapped-bowe-bergdahl-now-joi/">>> More</a>  more...
Facebook posts: &quot;There is no state in the U.S. where a 40-hour minimum wage work week is enough to afford a two-bedroom apartment.&quot;
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Description: The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Minimum wage means most 2-bedroom apartments are out of reach
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<p>What kind of apartment can you afford on a minimum-wage salary? Your options may be very limited.&nbsp; &quot;There is no state in the U.S. where a 40-hour minimum wage work week is enough to afford a two-bedroom apartment,&quot; says a Facebook graphic posted Sept. 11 from OurTime.org, an advocacy group for young Americans. At PolitiFact, we&rsquo;ve noticed a growing number of Facebook users sharing graphics&nbsp;generated by OurTime.org. Its following on Facebook has grown from 100,000 in February to half a million today, ...</p> <a href="/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/sep/18/facebook-posts/can-someone-afford-apartment-making-minimum-wage/">>> More</a>  more...

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