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Trump right; LBJ moved to bar religious groups from aiding candidates
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

1:43 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump singled out “the evangelical and religious community” for assistance in getting him nominated.“They have much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits,” Trump said Thursday.“An amendment, pushed by ...
PolitiFact: Cruz camp denied, denounced JFK story several times
Donald Trump: Says Ted Cruz “never denied” his father was pictured with Lee Harvey Oswald. PANTS ON FIRE

4:34 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

Donald Trump, fresh off triumphantly accepting the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland, surprisingly revived an explosive and unfounded tale about Sen. Ted Cruz’s father.Trump on Friday said Cruz had never denied that his father was in a 1963 photo with Lee Harvey Oswald, who went on to assassinate President John ...
What Donald Trump got right and wrong in speech accepting nomination

2:39 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

PolitiFact put more than a dozen statements from Donald Trump’s acceptance speech to the Truth-O-Meter. Read them all at PolitiFact.com. Here are summaries of six:Rising homicidesTrump said, “Homicides last year increased by 17 percent in America’s 50 largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years.”The statement comes from calculations ...
False: Donald Trump claim holding Hillary Clinton responsible for ISIS

3:36 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

Before the Republican National Convention, the party’s soon-to-be presidential nominee told CBS’s Lesley Stahl the U.S. will need to declare war to wipe out ISIS.Donald Trump also criticized the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, saying: “Hillary Clinton invented ISIS with her stupid policies. She is responsible for ISIS.”Trump was referring to ...
Excerpts of tense White House exchange between Dan Patrick, Obama

9:18 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick this morning exhorted Texas delegates to the Republican National Convention to urge ABC News to post full video of the White House town hall last week in which he and President Barack Obama traded comments. At the delegation’s breakfast gathering in Cleveland, Patrick said he wants ...
Priebus says it’s not unusual for Bush family to miss GOP convention
Reince Priebus (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

3:31 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was confident the Cleveland convention would be a success even without a Bush family member in attendance.Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Presidents George W. and George H.W. Bush each declined to attend the 2016 nominating convention. George P. Bush, the Texas land ...
PolitiFact checks actor, blogger yield Pants on Fire ratings
Demonstrators march by police during the Shut Down Trump & the RNC protest on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cleveland. The Republican National Convention starts Monday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

10:07 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016

PolitiFact reporters completed a raft of fact checks arising from the first day of the Republican National Convention, arriving at a couple of Pants on Fire ratings and more.The claims that drew flames, meaning they proved inaccurate and ridiculous:—Actor Antonio Sabato Jr., who addressed the delegates gathered in Cleveland, told ...
Rick Perry gets job gains right, misses with graduation rate claim
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks with reporters after his Monday speech to Texas delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. KEN HERMAN:Austin American-Statesman

3:03 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry talked up job gains and graduation rates in his home state while exhorting fellow delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to enthusiastically support Donald Trump for president.Perry, addressing the Texas delegation at the breakfast hour Monday, revisited turf that PolitiFact Texas has explored.Our ...
Obama: Glocks easier for some teens to buy than books, computers

10:31 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016

President Barack Obama suggested it’s easy for teens to obtain a gun at last week’s interfaith memorial service in Dallas for five officers slain by a sniper.“As a society, we choose to underinvest in decent schools,” Obama said. “We allow poverty to fester so that entire neighborhoods offer no prospect ...
Drew Brees: Women’s soccer, cheerleading pose high concussion risks
New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees speaks to members of the media on June 12, 2016 at TopGolf in Austin, Texas where he was participating in the Brees TopGolf Challenge benefitting Dell Children’s Medical Center. Brees grew up in Austin, Texas and played football at Westlake High School.

12:00 a.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016

Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints quarterback, insists he doesn’t fret about concussions.But the Austin native stirred our curiosity in a June interview with Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman when he said: “Do you know what the second sport with the most concussions is? Women’s soccer. But do you ...
Did Dallas have fewer 2016 shootings by police than other big cities?
Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings, right, listens as Dallas Police Chief David Brown talks at a prayer service at Thanksgiving Square in Dallas on Friday, July 8, 2016. Last Thursday, 12 police officers were shot, five fatally, before a gunman was killed by police early Friday. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

6:36 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016

After the ambush killing of Dallas police officers, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the Dallas Police Department has cultivated relationships with a focus on community policing.“I want to brag just for a second,” Rawlings said Friday. “This year, we have the fewest police officer-related shootings than any large city in ...
Texas law allows rifles to be openly carried, bars causing ‘alarm’
Mike Hashimoto, The Dallas Morning News

5:52 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2016

After the Dallas shootings, a man seen openly carrying a rifle during the protest was described by police as a “person of interest.”Mark Hughes turned himself in for questioning and was released, because he evidently wasn’t involved in the shootings, according to The Dallas Morning News. He’d brought his gun ...
PolitiFact: Congressman errs on export tax claim
U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

12:00 a.m. Sunday, July 3, 2016

U.S. House Republicans recently announced legislation that they say would simplify the tax code, lower taxes, boost job creation and improve international competitiveness.U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, co-hosted the news conference — part of the GOP’s “Better Way” initiative — along ...
PolitiFact: How do U.S. voter ID laws stack up against the world?
Barack Obama: “We’re the only advanced democracy in the world that makes it harder for people to vote.” HALF TRUE

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016

As Texas’ voter identification law makes its way through the federal courts, we decided to take a look at President Barack Obama’s statement, made in Austin during South by Southwest, that “we’re the only advanced democracy in the world that makes it harder for people to vote.”“It’s sad,” Obama said. ...
PolitiFact: No, governor, ISIS is not ‘running through the border’
Greg Abbott: “ISIS is running through the border made porous by Barack Obama’s policies.” PANTS ON FIRE

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016

At the Republican Party of Texas convention, Gov. Greg Abbott told thousands of delegates that the Islamic State group, which has ravaged parts of the Middle East, was at work along the Texas-Mexico border.“Our country better wake up. We’re facing an existential threat,” he said. “ISIS is running through the ...
PolitiFact: Is San Antonio’s majority actually Mexican-American?
Joaquin Castro: “@realDonaldTrump is coming to San Antonio, which is 60% Mexican-AMERICAN.” MOSTLY TRUE

2:50 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2016

Considering the polarization Donald Trump’s proposed border wall has created in the campaign thus far, it’s no big surprise that there was apprehension before his visit to San Antonio — the largest majority-Hispanic city in America as of the 2010 Census.U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, a longtime Clinton supporter, ...
PolitiFact: No movement on Abbott’s postpartum depression plan
When running for governor, Greg Abbott promised to fund treatment for postpartum depression for low-income mothers. So far, that hasn’t happened.

2:23 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2016

Greg Abbott campaigned for governor saying state law needs to give more mothers access to mental health services.The Republican leader framed his case for expanding insurance coverage of treatment for “postpartum depression” in his campaign’s compendium of promises — and by mentioning the 2001 drownings of five Texas children by ...
Do 80 percent of Texas students (still) flail after high school?
PolitiFact Texas is a fact-checking project based at the Austin American-Statesman. Suggest something to check by emailing politifact@statesman.com .

11:16 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett recently drew a True rating from PolitiFact Texas for his statement suggesting steady gains in Texas students proving ready for college classes.But in Central Texas, college readiness rates plunged in 2016, the American-Statesman’s Melissa Taboada recently reported.Meantime, Bill Hammond, ceo of the Texas Association ...
PolitiFact: Texas school spending per student goes largely unchanged
Celia Israel: “When adjusted for inflation, (Texas) per-student spending has remained relatively flat over the past 16 years. Despite that trend, Texas schools in 2017 will receive $381 less per student than they did in 2003.” HALF TRUE

10:21 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2016

An Austin Democrat critical of the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court for upholding the legality of the Texas school finance system asserted that unless lawmakers act, per-student spending will lag behind what it totaled more than a dozen years ago.In a press release, state Rep. Celia Israel urged Gov. Greg Abbott ...
In 2015, Greg Abbott and legislators produced fewest laws since 1995
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently celebrated the 2015 Texas legislative session.

2:43 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently celebrated the 2015 Texas legislative session, which ended last June, as the “most conservative ever.” Abbott, rousing delegates to the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas, said in a May address, “As just one example, we passed the fewest laws in 20 years, proving ...
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