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Election 2016: Fact checking the final presidential debate

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — During the third a final presidential debate before next month’s general election, Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made a number of claims, and as always, both candidates were — at least to some extent — less than entirely honest with the facts.

Diya TV dug into some of the more sensational things that were said during the debate, which was held in none other than Sin City Las Vegas. Here are the results:

Donald Trump

State Department Funds

“Just like when you ran the State Department, $6 billion was missing. How do you miss $6 billion? You ran the State Department, $6 billion was either stolen — they don’t know. It’s gone, $6 billion. If you become president, this country is going to be in some mess. Believe me.”

Rating: False

EXPLANATION: According to the Washington Post, paperwork went missing at the State Department — not the money itself. In 2014, an alert was issued by the State Department about “contracts with a total value of more than $6 billion in which contract files were incomplete or could not be located at all.”

Additionally, many of the documents in question predated Clinton’s swearing-in and tenure at the State Department.

NAFTA & Jobs

“Our jobs are being taken out by the deal that her husband signed. NAFTA. One of the worst deals ever. The jobs are being sucked out of our economy.”

Rating: Questionable

EXPLANATION: Considering the multitude of factors involved, this has been one of the most hotly debated topics in several of the past few election cycles. According to Forbes, “The record shows that trade agreements like NAFTA were launched with an explicit promise of creating jobs. Instead hundreds of thousands of jobs evaporated.”

However, PolitFact — pushing back against former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ claim that NAFTA has cost 800,000 U.S. jobs — contends that “many other nonpartisan reports found that the trade deal produced neither significant job losses nor job gains.” For this reason, this claim is rated as questionable.

Deportation numbers in Obama Administration

“President Obama has moved millions of people out. Nobody knows about it, nobody talks about it, but under Obama, millions of people have been moved out of this country, they’ve been deported. She doesn’t want to say that, but that’s what happened.”

Rating: True

EXPLANATION: The pace of deportation in the United States has, in fact, increased rather rapidly since Obama was sworn in in 2008. By the close of 2015, Obama had deported more people (about 2.5 million) than any other president in U.S. history, according to DHS statistics. The Obama administration has drastically decreased the pace of deportations this year, in a move that some have claimed is a political gambit designed to help Hillary Clinton; however, it seems likely that close to 3 million people will end up being deported during Obama’s presidency. For this reason, Trump’s claim is rated true.

Trump Foundation finances

“I’d like to mention one thing. Trump Foundation, small foundation. People contribute, I contribute. The money goes 100 percent — 100 percent goes to different charities, including a lot of military. I don’t get anything. I don’t buy boats. I don’t buy planes. What happens — the money goes to them.”

Rating: Mostly false

EXPLANATION: As previously reported by the Washington Post earlier this year, Trump spent $12,000 at a charity event to purchase a Denver Broncos football helmet signed by former quarterback Tim Tebow. The Susan G. Komen Foundation, the nonprofit organization that hosted the event in Palm Beach, Florida, reportedly received payment for the helmet in the form of a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The Post also reported that at another event, Trump spent $20,000 from his charity to buy a 6-foot tall portrait of himself.

There is always the possibility that the billionaire real estate mogul moved funds for the purchases from one of his private accounts to pay the foundation for the helmet. However, since his tax records have never been released, there remains no possible way to verify this, leaving his claim mostly false.

Chicago Gun Violence

“In Chicago, which has the toughest gun laws in the United States, probably you could say by far, they have more gun violence than any other city. So we have the toughest laws, and you have tremendous gun violence.”

Rating: Mostly true

EXPLANATION: Chicago has for years been plagued by gun violence and is reportedly on pace in 2016 to sustain more than 600 homicides in a single year for the first time since 2003. Just last year, the city was reported as having the highest violent crime rating of any U.S. city, with 884.26 violent crimes per capita. Further, it is true that Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, however, many of the firearms used in crimes in the city migrate from the neighboring state of Indiana, where the ownership laws are far more lax.

According to the Chicago Police Department, 60 pecrent of guns recovered at crime scenes from 2009 to 2013 were bought outside of Illinois. For this reason, Trump’s claim is mostly true.

Hillary Clinton 

Budget deficit

“I also will not add a penny to the debt. I have costed out what I’m going to do.”

Rating: Mostly false

EXPLANATION: Nonpartisan analysts who have examined the promises made by Clinton on the campaign trail have calculated that Hillary will add to both the national deficit and the national debt. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which rates Clinton’s plan as being much closer to deficit neutral than Trump’s, still projects that Clinton’s plans would add about $200 billion to the national debt.

For this reason, her claim is rated mostly false.

Second Amendment & Heller Decision

“You mentioned the Heller decision. And what I was saying, that you referenced, Chris, was that I disagreed with the way the court applied the Second Amendment in that case, because what the District of Columbia was trying to do was to protect toddlers from guns, and so they wanted people with guns to safely store them. And the court didn’t accept that reasonable regulation, but they’ve accepted many others. So I see no conflict between saving people’s lives and defending the Second Amendment.”

Rating: Misleading

EXPLANATION: During a private fundraiser in New York last year, Clinton said the Supreme Court is “wrong on the Second Amendment,” seemingly referring to the 2008 Heller case, which upheld a citizen’s basic constitutional right to own a gun. During the same speech, she called for the reinstatement of the 1994 so-called assault weapons ban, which was signed by her husband.  President George W. Bush allowed the ban to expire in 2004.

But when asked specifically by Fox News’ Chris Wallace in July about whether she wanted to see the Heller case overturned, Clinton responded, “No, I don’t.” The two statements seem to contradict one another. For this reason, Clinton’s statements are misleading.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at 87. She was the oldest sitting member of the court. Justice Ginsburg was only the second woman named to the Supreme Court. A cultural and feminist icon, Ginsburg was appointed to the Court by President Bill Clinton, and her passing will set off a showdown in the coming weeks before the November election. In a message left this week as her health waned, Ginsburg said “my most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shortly after Ginsburg’s death was announced said the Senate will conduct a vote to replace her and President Trump is expected to put forth a nominee to fill the seat in the coming days.

An Indian American doctor filed a federal lawsuit against the Aurora, Colorado police department after one of their police officers pointed a gun at him on his own property while he was trying to park his car. The incident was captured on video. The officer, Justin Henderson, has been suspended for 40 hours without pay and will be required to attend de-escalation training. 45 year old Dr. Paramjit Parmar, who is known in Aurora for his aid to refugees, believes race affected how he was treated and said Henderson’s punishment is “terribly inadequate.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Recall efforts against Kshama Sawant moves forward

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — The recall effort against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant can move forward after a ruling by a King County judge. Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers said four of the six accusations against Sawant are legitimate. They include misuse of city resources, misuse of her position by letting protesters into City Hall, relinquishing her duties of office to an outside political organization and leading a protest to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house despite her address being protected due to threats from her time as a U.S. Attorney. 

Now, the group of residents leading the recall must get about 11,000 valid signatures before the recall gets on the ballot. Sawant in response said this battle is just the latest attempt by corporate interests and Mayor Durkan to derail her efforts to reform the city and announced she will lead a grassroots campaign to fight the charges.

Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is facing heat as well from U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who suggested prosecutors consider filing charges against her over the mass protests this summer that led some protesters to establish a police-free zone in downtown Seattle. In a tweet, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara offered his help to Durkan pro-bono.

Indian Prime Minister Modi turned 70 years old and received birthday wishes from around the globe, including from President Trump, who called Modi “a great leader and loyal friend.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indiaspora & AAPI data survey Indian American voters

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — At a virtual event featuring the former CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Seema Nanda, Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Republican Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani, non-profit Indiaspora teamed up with AAPI Data to reveal the growing political power of the Indian American diaspora. The joint report says 66% of Indian Americans currently favor Vice President Biden, and 28% favor President Trump. The study shows an enormous rise in political engagement from the community. There are 1.8 million Indian Americans in the U.S. who are eligible voters and both sides of the aisle recognize the need to further engage Indian Americans, who AAPI Data notes is now the largest part of the Asian American community, surpassing Chinese Americans.

Eric Trump, President Trump’s son, took part in an Indian Voices for Trump event in suburban Atlanta. It was an indoor rally with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Trump was on hand to win support from the community in a vital state that will be tightly contested this fall. Georgia, like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Texas are considered in play and have growing Indian American populations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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