…And doubly so if it’s from the White House. Nearly everything Trump or his spokespeople say is a lie or designed to mislead.
Because this doctored video of Jim Acosta blocking the White House press aid from taking the microphone has been making the rounds, and taking up way too much time we could spend talking about bigger issues…
.@PolitiFact has a roundup of fact checks from the 16 state races it's tracking https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/nov/05/2018-midterms-16-senate-races-weve-been-tracking/
.@kevinroose published a helpful guide to the types of misinformation voters might see today. Spoiler: Be wary of any claims about polling places https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/05/us/politics/misinformation-election-day.html
.@JaneLytv + @CraigSilverman are debunking hoaxes about the election in real time https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/janelytvynenko/midterms-fake-news-hoaxes
.@rizzoTK has a last-minute crash course for the midterms, complete with 47 fact checks https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/11/05/fact-checkers-crash-course-elections/
.@factcheckdotorg fact-checked closing ads from both parties https://www.factcheck.org/2018/11/democratic-closing-ads-health-care-and-taxes/ https://www.factcheck.org/2018/11/republican-closing-ads-immigration/
.@PolitiFact also has a roundup of fact checks about the top 10 storylines of the election https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/oct/31/top-10-storylines-2018-midterms/
Want to debunk social media posts by yourself? Check out @Poynter’s landing page for fact-checking tips, and send me anything you think is sketchy → firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.poynter.org/tags/fact-checking-tips
The image President Donald Trump has presented of what US troops will be doing along the southern border bears almost no resemblance to what military leaders say the troops will be doing.
Trump has promised the US military would be blocking “very bad thugs and gang members” from crossing into the country, and he’s painted a picture of armed US troops repelling “very tough fighters” from entering the country. “We hope nothing happens,” he said Thursday during a White House address. “But if it does, we are totally prepared.”
That bellicose language, however, is a clear exaggeration of what Pentagon planners anticipate the up to 7,000 active-duty troops will actually be doing.
The deployment includes no ground combat units. The troops are not allowed to detain or arrest anybody at the border. They are barred from enforcing immigration or criminal law. There is no indication that troops will be manning border checkpoints. Of the 39 units dispatched, only seven are military police units. The rest are trained to do engineering work and provide logistical support or medical assistance.
“You’re talking about taking people who have been deployed over and over again, to Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa…and asking them to spend the holidays away from their families unnecessarily,” he said. “It’s miserable on a human standpoint, knowing your orders are silly to begin with.”
“Trump is not being honest with the American people about what these troops are going to be doing. When he talks about them, he creates this word picture for people that these troops are going to be hurling back invaders at the border, side by side with the border patrol,” retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, a former Defense Department spokesperson, said on CNN. “That’s just not the case. In fact, many of them will never even get close to the border.”
A look at what units are being deployed to the border provides more evidence that Trump’s bellicose rhetoric is a stretch…
This is one of the most important elections we’ve had in a long time. Please vote. Now more than ever, it matters. Most immediately, we need to thoroughly reject the radicalism that’s taken over the Republican Party: the cronyism, the authoritarianism, and the violent white nationalism. Vote for anyone who rejects Trump-style fascism.
But perhaps more important for the longterm, this may be the last best chance we have to begin pushing back against the corruption at the top simply by voting (and make not mistake this is only a beginning). Power has been allowed to concentrate for decades; at this point, there’s a two-tiered economy as well as justice system, and the voting system is under attack as well (thanks in no small part to the Supreme Court’s undermining of the Voting Rights Act). Vote for every candidate you can who’s going to fight to break up concentrated wealth and capital, and restore and ensure a (small-d) democratic vote.
There's mounting anecdotal evidence that President Donald Trump's trade war is causing trouble for the US economy and businesses. But Friday's report on third-quarter gross domestic product may be the best hard evidence yet that the tariffs are causing major disruptions in the economy.
GDP rose at an annualized rate of 3.5% in the third quarter. But the contribution of net exports of goods and services — the measure of how much trade added or subtracted to GDP growth — was a dismal -1.78 percentage points.
- It was the largest negative contribution to GDP growth for trade in 33 years; in the second quarter of 1985, trade subtracted 1.91 points.
Uncertainty over trade policy may have also contributed to muted growth in capital expenditures by businesses. Nonresidential fixed investment — spending on large-ticket items like equipment — added only 0.12 points to GDP growth, the lowest in seven quarters, while overall fixed investment was a 0.04-point drag, the worst in 10 quarters.