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|FALSE||Claim via Social Media: Ballots recovered from a Santa Clara County, California, ravine are evidence of “how the left cheats to win.”
Politifact rating: False (The majority of 36 ballots recovered from a mountain ravine in Santa Clara County, California, were counted. The incident is under local and federal investigation. But there’s no known evidence tying the case to Democrats trying to steal the election there.)
No evidence that ballots found in California county signal Democratic scheme
|Claim by thegatewaypundit.com: Poll Pads in Texas Using Out Of Date Version.
Lead Stories rating: False (It’s Certified and not out of date.)
Fact Check: ‘Poll Pads’ Used In Dallas Are NOT Using Outdated Software Version
|Claim via Social Media: Service certified mail or registered mail, they can do anything they want with those ballots.” They “can burn your mail and they won’t get in any trouble.”
Politifact rating: Pants on Fire (Postal Service employees are prohibited by federal law from tampering with or destroying any election mail, including ballots.)
No, Postal Service workers cannot ‘do anything they want’ to mail-in ballots
|FALSE||Claim via Social Media: Death of 4 years old poster boy for vaccination campaign is linked to COVID-19 vaccine.
Health Feedback rating: Misleading (An autopsy determined that the death of a four-year-old boy in Argentina, named Santino Godoy Blanco, was due to pneumonia, which is a lung infection. Therefore, his death was unrelated with vaccination in general or COVID-19 vaccines in particular. There is no evidence indicating that the child had received a COVID-19 vaccine.)
Death of a four-year-old boy in Argentina was due to lung infection, contrary to social media posts implying vaccination was the cause
|TRUE||Claim by Josh Hawley (R): FBI Chief Chris Wray Is Required By Law To Use Government Plane To Travel
Newsweek rating: True
Fact Check: Is FBI Chief Chris Wray Required To Travel on Government Plane?
|FALSE||(International: Australia): US investment giant BlackRock sponsored the Fault Lines review into Australia’s COVID-19 response.
Australian Associated Press rating: False (The review was jointly funded by three Australian philanthropist organizations. BlackRock had no involvement.)
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“Claim by Josh Hawley (R): FBI Chief Chris Wray Is Required By Law To Use Government Plane To Travel” is misleading. Reading the Newsweek article referenced, Josh Hawley stated:
“Hawley appeared unconvinced by Wray’s defense that it was a requirement for FBI directors to use the planes for travel, a claim that Newsweek has explored in further detail.”
Josh Hawley is not making the claim that the FBI Director must use government planes for travel, it’s Chris Wray making that claim.