Facts matter

Majorities of Republicans and Democrats know they can't agree on basic facts

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According to a Pew Research survey, a majority of both Democrats and Republicans recognize they cannot agree on basic facts, as well as plans and policies.

Why it matters: In the era of "Fake News" — and Rudy Giuliani's "truth isn't truth" remark (which he later explained) — Americans across party lines are unable to agree on basic truths. As Pew notes, each side can agree that "partisan disagreements extend to the basic facts of issues." These results mirror pre-2016 election Pew survey answers that showed Trump and Clinton supporters could not agree over basic facts.

Facts Matter

Reality checking EPA’s climate report

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A factory in Newark, New Jersey. Photo: Kena Betancur/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency released an annual report Wednesday that concludes 2016 greenhouse gas emissions are 2% lower than the previous year and 11% lower than 2005.

What they're saying: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Twitter that the report's findings aren't a result of the Obama administration’s "top-down" regulations, like a rule that cuts carbon emissions from power plants or the "misguided" 2015 Paris climate deal. Instead, Pruitt said “American ingenuity and tech breakthroughs have made US the world leader in energy dominance while reducing emissions.”