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President Trump and the lineup of the Democratic debate. Photos: Jim Watson/Getty Images

From the Trump War Room on the president's record on gun control:

“FACT: President Trump signed bipartisan legislation to improve the federal firearm background check system and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. #DemDebate.”

Details: Trump signed a bill into law in 2017 that rolled back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.

The Justice Department issued a ban in March on bump stocks, which enabled the Las Vegas shooter to create a semi-automatic firearm. However, Trump has threatened to veto two bills pending in Congress. The House passed separate measures, one to strengthen background checks and the other lengthening the background check review from three to 10 days.

Director of communications Tim Murtaugh on the Green New Deal:

"In case you're keeping score at home, the $93 trillion price tag of the Green New Deal is more than the combined Gross Domestic Product of every nation on Earth."

Details: The total GDP for all economies is $87.27 trillion, according to the International Monetary Fund.

  • The Green New Deal has been touted as a manifesto with no estimated costs. The $93 trillion comes from a study from a conservative think tank and is based on speculative analysis on the costs, given the absence of policy specifics in the GND resolution.

Director of Strategic Communications Marc Lotter:

“Democrats UNANIMOUS in getting back into IRAN deal that sent pallets of cash to the largest state sponsor of terror in the world and provided a road map for Iran to have nuclear weapon. BAD FOR ISRAEL!"

Details: Sen. Cory Booker is opposed to the United States returning to a nuclear deal with Iran.

  • The $1.7 billion returned to Iran was money the U.S owed the country for military equipment Iran never received “because relations ruptured when the shah was overthrown in 1979,” AP reports.
  • The Iran Nuclear Deal limited Iran's uranium enrichment to 3.67%, enough for power plants and peaceful purposes but not for nuclear weapons.
  • The State Department’s “Country Reports on Terrorism” identifies Iran as the leading state sponsor of terrorism with a “near-global reach.”
  • Israel has expressed concern about how the U.S. is dealing with Iran.

Lotter tweeted on the economy:

The economy is working under @realDonaldTrump:

  • 6,000,000 new jobs
  • Paychecks rising fastest in 10 years
  • Paychecks growing faster for lower income workers
  • Lowest unemployment in nearly 50 years
  • 1,600,000 more available jobs than unemployed

Reality check: The economy added 5.1 million jobs since Trump has been in the Oval Office, not the 6 million Lotter claims.

Economic growth quickened, but not as much as Trump promised. The average weekly earnings of all private-sector workers, adjusted for inflation, rose 2.6% during Trump’s first 23 months, after going up 3.9% during the previous four years.

On unemployment, Lotter is correct. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded unemployment in January 1969 at 3.4%. The unemployment rate for May 2019 was 3.6%.

The BLS also reported that over the 12 months ending in April, hires totaled 69.6 million and job separations totaled 66.8 million, yielding a net employment gain of 2.8 million.

Campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized Sen. Cory Booker for saying during the Democratic debate that small businesses are suffering under the Trump administration:

"Another lie at the #DemDebate! Cory Booker says small businesses are suffering. Meanwhile, small business confidence has hit a RECORD HIGH under @realDonaldTrump!"

Reality check: Optimism from small businesses has been up since the new year and has continued to rise according to data by the right-leaning National Federation of Independent Business.

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U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.