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Trump’s lies have spiraled out of control as Mueller probe closes in: researchers

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President Donald Trump has become increasingly dishonest, according to a study conducted by the Toronto Star. The Canada-based newspaper tallied all of the words Trump has uttered in his presidency along with the number of falsehoods.

The study found that Trump said 1,340,330 words and 1,929 false claims before July 1, 2018.

This story first appeared on Salon.

Daniel Dale, the great Washington Bureau Chief of the Toronto Star, has steadfastly tracked Trump’s propensity to lie since his first day in office. He has maintained a running database on all of Trump’s falsehoods. His dedication to this beat enabled him to quantify exactly how often the president spreads false claims.

Dale calculated that in 2017 Trump lied 3.8 percent of the time he communicated. In 2018, that percentage rose to 7.3.

Most of Trump’s falsehoods occur during speeches, when the president likes to speak off the cuff and has a tendency to ramble. According to the Star, Trump has lied 648 times while giving a speech. By comparison, Trump has lied only 380 times during interviews. However, as Dale notes, Trump rarely gives interviews, so this number is remarkably high given the circumstances.

Per Dale:

This is interesting because of how few interviews he gives — it depends on how you count, but it’s under 60 — and how friendly most of the interviewers are. According to presidential tracker Mark Knoller, a CBS reporter, Trump had given 26 interviews to Fox News since taking office as of mid-June; he’d given no more than six to any other outlet. So Trump is usually not being pressured into false claims because of tough questioning, he’s just making them.

You can read more about the Toronto Star’s findings here.

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Trump Twitter-snarls at ‘Impeachment Day’ protesters as the product of ‘Radical Left Democrats’

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Impeachment Day protesters on Twitter on Sunday morning, downplaying their efforts after seeing a report on Fox News.

Taking to Twitter the president wrote, "Yesterday was the Radical Left Democrats big Impeachment day. They worked so hard to make it something really big and special but had one problem - almost nobody showed up. “The Media admits low turnout for anti-Trump rallies ...saying enough. Democrat voters want to hear the politicians talking about issues. This is a huge distraction and will only help Donald Trump get elected. 'Greatest President since Ronald Reagan' said a counter-protester. LehighValleyLive."

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Trump’s first term: hits and misses

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"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?

Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.

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Economy:

The economy will be Trump's major selling point.

GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.

Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.

Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.

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The racist roots of American policing

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Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes in recent years helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

But tensions between the police and black communities are nothing new.

There are many precedents to the Ferguson, Missouri protests that ushered in the Black Lives Matter movement. Those protests erupted in 2014 after a police officer shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown; the officer was subsequently not indicted.

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