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Omicron and other coronavirus variants: What you need to know

Americans, already weary of a nearly two-years-long pandemic, were dealt a new blow during the long Thanksgiving weekend with the announcement that a new coronavirus variant had emerged. The omicron variant, officially known as B.1.1.529, first surfaced in November in several southern African nations. The new variant set off alarm bells worldwide when public health […]

PolitiFact: Why Roger Stone’s claim about ‘phantom voters’ in Florida is wrong

IF YOUR TIME IS SHORT Allies of former President Donald Trump formed Defend Florida to challenge the integrity of the state’s elections. The group went door to door to find “invalid” voter registrations. Defend Florida said that 13% of 9,946 voters were “phantom voters,” which it defined as ballots cast by a person who is […]

PolitiFact: Tucker Carlson film falsely claims Jan. 6 is ‘pretext to strip millions’ of ‘constitutional rights’

IF YOUR TIME IS SHORT The Justice Department is prosecuting Jan. 6 rioters on charges of entering restricted federal property, assaulting police officers, and other criminal activity at or near the U.S. Capitol, often using the rioters’ own social media postings as proof of participation. There is no evidence that the government response to the […]

PolitiFact: Vaccines do not cause sudden infant death syndrome

IF YOUR TIME IS SHORT No evidence has established that vaccines cause SIDS. See the sources for this fact-check A viral image doesn’t mention COVID-19, but it falsely implies that vaccines cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The image states: “79.4% of babies who die of ‘SIDS’ had a vaccine the same day.” The claim, shared […]

PolitiFact: No, this Baldwin quote in a news story about prop gun incident isn’t authentic

On Oct. 21, actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set in New Mexico, killing the film’s cinematographer and injuring its director, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the killing. The fatal incident has drawn widespread news coverage, including by Variety, which has reported on the developing story and […]

PolitiFact: No, Facebook isn’t changing its policies to ban ‘Let’s go Brandon’

As an NBC Sports reporter recently interviewed NASCAR driver Brandon Brown, she noted that the crowd could be heard chanting, “Let’s go, Brandon!” In reality, those NASCAR fans were booing the president: “F— Joe Biden.” A new anti-Biden slogan was born. Not far behind were claims that governments and social media companies are trying to […]