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Jun 26, 2019 | Blog Paper

Factchecking and Live-Tweeting the Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Tonight and tomorrow's Democratic presidential primary debates mark the first of the 2020 campaign and will surely touch on fiscal issues. We're...
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Does the President's Budget Slash Medicare by $845 Billion?

President Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget released Monday has been met with significant criticism, especially from us. But one of the...
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Nov 5, 2018 | Blog Paper | Taxes

The Tax Bill Did Not Cause Revenue to Rise

A common misleading claim this fall has been that tax revenues have increased, even with the large tax cuts enacted last year. While it is...
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Are Defense and Disasters Causing the Deficit Increase?

When asked about the increasing deficit, President Trump yesterday pointed to defense spending increases and disaster relief. While both of...
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Sep 21, 2018 | Blog Paper | Taxes

No, Really, Tax Revenue Has Not Risen

Update: After the end of the fiscal year, we published an updated version of this piece with final numbers from the Treasury Department. At the...
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Aug 16, 2018 | Blog Paper | Taxes

Has Revenue Risen in 2018?

Update: After the end of the fiscal year, we published an updated version of this piece with final numbers from the Treasury Department. The...
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Too often, election campaigns are about telling voters what they want to hear rather than what they need to know. To separate fiction from reality, the Fiscal FactCheck series monitors statements made during the 2016 campaign. We are evaluating every claim with fiscal implications made during official presidential debates, to the extent practicable. We are also checking select other fiscal claims said on the campaign trail, with emphasis on those that garner significant media attention. If you feel we ignored a claim that should be addressed, contact us and we will do our best to run the claim through our Fiscal FactCheck.