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It is a photo from Getty Images covering Obama's 2009 inauguration. Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration at Capitol Building, Washington DC Credit: carterdayne [...] The inauguration of President Barack Obama, January 20th 2009. Unrecognizable crowds in the Washington Mall. You can note that the weather in the picture is quite sunny but the ...


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The earliest mention online - and thus likely the source for this - seems to be maga1776.com. The numbers for 2010 to 2016 are official statistics - the 2016 numbers are directly from ICE, the earlier numbers are not from a reliable source (washington examiner), but I don't think that they are in doubt. Note that these numbers are specifically about ...


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The claim that Obama is standing in front of a muslim prayer curtain is false. This meme has gone really viral and has been debunked on over 10 websites online. The picture that you see is taken in the East Room. The East Room, designed for "public audience", is an events and reception room in the White House, the home of the President of the United ...


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More people used Metro on Obama's second inaugural than on Trump's first. Spicer was comparing second Obama inaugural 11 am ridership (317,000) with Trump's full-day ridership (570,500). Trump's 11 am ridership was about 193,000. The 11 am ridership numbers were tweeted by Metro. According to a tweet by Jim Acosta from CNN: CNN has confirmed Wash Po ...


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No, he did not. Snopes says: In fact, any public presidential activity paying tribute to fallen U.S. and Allied soldiers on the anniversary of D-Day has been an exception rather than the rule in recent years. Available White House presidential schedules for 6 June, going back to the beginning of the George W. Bush administration in 2001, list no public ...


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Yes. Probably less of them than under Trump but there were kids in cages and kids separated from their families under Obama. Those photos of immigrant children “caged” by the US? They’re from 2014 (bias check) "Immigrant girls sleep in a cell, Jun. 18, 2014." Also, here's a pbs article from 2016 with the same image: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/...


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The daily schedules of past US presidents are, in many cases, publicly available. So just for completeness, let's try to collect a list of what the sitting President was doing on June 6 of every year. I think it'll be illustrative. This is community wiki, so feel free to contribute. Please include links. Any D-Day-related activities should go in bold. ...


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Hillary Clinton: Fake Snopes explains A photograph of Hillary Clinton shaking hands with terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden has circulated online (divorced from its original context) ever since it was created for a Photoshop contest held back in 2007 by the web site FreakingNews.com Barack Obama: Fake Full Fact found the original image: ...


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Snopes checked these numbers, using a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence: The majority of prisoners were released under Bush. Only a small percentage of those released under Obama returned to the battlefield (9 are confirmed, and another 11 are suspected). The new 2017 version of the report has also been released this month, ...


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Yes they are real. Effigy burning. The event was organised by pastor Terry Jones in January 2013. It was uploaded to Youtube and the entire 54 minutes long thing can be viewed. The burning starts at the 51:50 mark. In the event they burn the effigies of Obama and Bill Clinton. The second picture of the Effigy is from an earlier time when the pastor just ...


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Youtube video Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers. See also Obama and the “Christian Nation” Quote, which says it was spoken on June 28, 2006, and says that according to his prepared remarks he was ...


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As for the challenged claim, that is a qualified yes (Michelle's staff was larger than Melania's, but not by that much, and there were reasons for it). The Hill writes in an article dated October 2017: Melania Trump has a smaller group of aides compared to her predecessor, Michelle Obama, according to the news outlet's analysis of White House personnel ...


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Were children separated from their parents when they were caught on the Mexican border by US officials as illegal immigrants before Trump's introduction of zero tolerance immigration policy? Yes, children were held in cages. No, this did not happen if their parents were merely illegal immigrants. Obama-era policy was that illegal immigrants with children ...


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There are very significant differences between the 2011 restrictions and the 2017 executive order. The most important is that 2011 was a increased vetting and not an actual ban. Refugees continued to arrive and be processed throughout the period. References here and in this question. There are other significant differences also: The 2011 restrictions ...


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No, because President Trump is apparently basing his statement on a meeting he had with President Obama and his aides shortly after Trump won the November 2016 election and some of the people present at or informed of the details of the meeting say that a) Obama did not say that to Trump and b) Obama was not interested in starting a war with North Korea, so ...


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Tripled the stock market False. There are different stock market indexes, but none of them "tripled" between 2010 and 2016. Also, while 2008 was a historical low, the overall growth trend has been steady since the 1930's -- so we can't really say his result was exceptional. (source) The Dow Jones index went from ~8,000 on January 20th, 2009 to about ~16,...


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There is abundant evidence that Obama takes less vacation than past presidents. George W Bush was notorious for taking a lot of time away from the Whitehouse, most of it at his ranch. Here are some articles and quotes: Factcheck.org . Obama spent 26 days on vacation in his first year in office: Reagan 42, George W Bush 77, George HW Bush 40. CBS News ...


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tl;dr: The claim is based on a misrepresentation or misinterpretation of testimony by a co-founder of Fusion GPS. There is no evidence that there ever was an embedded FBI informant in the Trump campaign. Trump's source is this Fox News segment in which Andew McCarthy makes the claim. This Fox News article goes into more depth about what exactly is claimed: ...


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Comparable numbers are not being used in the press briefing statement. The 420,000 number can not be compared to the 317,000 number. The 317,000 number in the OP is correct for ridership up to 11AM 21 January 2013. The through 11AM numbers for the past four inaugurations were, as officially tweeted by DCmetro : 2017: 193,000 2013: 317,000 2009: 513,...


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That's largely right. Her name is Zeituni Onyango. She lived in a homeless shelter for 2 years. source Zeituni Onyango, blamed “the system’’ for her controversial living arrangement in Boston public housing as an illegal immigrant Lived in government housing for 10 years. This source covers 2004-2010 source Onyango moved to the United States in ...


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Quora have a verified profile system which states The verified checkmark icon appears on profile pages for well-known and high-visibility public figures in general interest domains like business, entertainment, government, religion, journalism, sports and other areas. The profile of Barack Obama has the quora verified profile checkmark. You can see ...


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Yes he did. It may have been taken a bit out of context: Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just ...


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George W Bush bowed to, hugged, kissed, and walked in the garden holding hands with that same Saudi king. So the answer is clearly no. The bow occurred in January 2008, while receiving a medal from King Abdullah. The visit was reported by many news providers, including CNN and Fox News. It is likely that other previous (and subsequent) Presidents have also ...


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The Washington Post article has fact checked this, and President Obama made reference to the bust on his 2016 visit to Britain. The bust that was returned was on loan, intended to temporarily replace a similar bust during its restoration. The bust was always intended to be returned at the end of the Bush presidency, which it was. President Obama decided ...


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The video is real, but when brought to his attention he said it was a slip of the tongue, and that in context it obvious that he misspoke: http://www.snopes.com/obama-isil-training/ The President's comments merely included slip of the tongue, as evidenced by the President's following statement (i.e., that Sunni volunteers were being trained as "a new ...


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Here is an article From December 2016 citing $96m as President Obama's travel expenses over 8 years. Found here Watchdog: Obama's 'Vacation, Political Travel' Cost $100M Over 8 Years Cited article Judicial Watch: New Obama Travel Costs Bring Eight-Year Total over $96 Million Judicial Watch announced today that it has received new documents from both ...


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A reddit thread has attributed as a source for this graphic to this link. The numbers for Trump are sourced from individual news stories, the numbers for Obama are sourced from composite numbers released for entire years, one year reported by ICE (2016), the rest directly from the Washington Examiner stories (some or all of which are currently unavailable). ...


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Update: The New York Times published an article on this so detailed that it seems to supplant all previous information about this informant, at least pending further information: F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims. The article tells us (with an unusual amount of detail for identifying a source intended ...


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Politifact Ohio claims that the 106,258 was the amount of registered voters The posting's count of registered voters, 106,258, matches a Plain Dealer tally of Sept. 17. The latest number of registered voters in Wood County is 108,014, Board of Elections director Terry Burton told PolitiFact Ohio. Of those, only 80,433 are active voters, he said -- "and ...


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No. While the 2013 ABC report cites unnamed officials as the source, several named Obama officials have since spoken out to challenge this report. Furthermore, data on Iraqi refugees entering the U.S. in 2011 support their claim that the number of refugees admitted was lower than normal, but not suspended entirely for any six-month period in 2011. Jon ...


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