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Washington Post fact checks Biden and his lies: ‘bottomless Pinocchio’ of misleading claims

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The Washington Post has its own “fact-checker” rating system using “Pinocchios.” During the Trump administration, the Post created a new rating, the “bottomless Pinocchio,” for claims given three Pinocchios.

Glenn Kessler writes that President Joe Biden has “earned his own Bottomless Pinocchio” for statements about Social Security, gas prices and the Second Amendment, among others.

The analysis also fact-checked the president’s claim that seniors were getting an increase in their Social Security checks for the first time in 10 years. The White House also included this claim in a tweet that was deleted.

“The reason Social Security payments are going up is because Social Security benefits, under a law passed in 1972, are adjusted every year to keep pace with inflation,” the Post’s analysis said.

The president also claimed recently that gas was over $5 a gallon when he took office.

“And because of the action we’ve taken, gas prices are declining. We’re down $1.25 since the peak this summer and they’ve been falling for the last three weeks as well, and adding up real savings for families today. The most common price of gas in America is $3.39, down from over $5 when I took office,” Biden said in October.

The Washington Post’s Fact-Checker wrote that the White House has commonly referred to the “most common price” from GasBuddy because California’s high gas prices raise the price of the national average.

The president has also repeated a claim about the Second Amendment several times, which the Washington Post gave four Pinocchios for in 2021.

“The Second Amendment was never absolute,” Biden said in June, despite the claim being debunked. “You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed. You couldn’t go out and purchase a lot of weapons.”

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ICE arrests over 130 illegal migrant sex offenders

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Just The News put together a terrifying report on the announcement by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations. Data released Monday unearthed that the agency arrested more than 130 sex offenders illegally present in the United States in a nationwide campaign.

From Oct. 22 through Nov. 4, law enforcement arrested 138 noncitizens, “including some with an executable final order of removal,” ICE wrote in a statement about the operation.

“Many of those arrested were described as citizens of Mexico who were convicted of child sex crimes. Offenders’ published ages ranged from 24 to 65″ adds Just The News.

“These sex offenders will be removed from the U.S., ending and impeding their ability to further victimize residents,” said Salt Lake City ICE official Michael Bernacke.

Five noncitizen sex offenders were apprehended in the Salt Lake City area, 21 were arrested in the Los Angeles area, five in the Seattle area and 15 in the San Francisco area.

ICE’s removal office conducted 3,415 arrests of noncitizens for sexual assaults last fiscal year, authorities said.

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