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Did Starbucks remove the word Christmas from its cups this season? We looked back over 10 years and couldn't find that it was ever there. Plus, we found the word and the phrase Merry Christmas in the store. http://tbtim.es/rl7
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Sean Hannity appears to have fallen for a hoax, which was then repeated by Donald Trump, that the U.S. is taking in 250,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Pants on Fire! http://ow.ly/TS4z9 

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No, Internet, CNN did not delete its poll showing Bernie Sanders won the Democratic debate http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2015/oct/19/nowthis/no-internet-cnn-did-not-delete-its-poll-showing-be/

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Steve Deace said pollsters are warning people not to trust their results and that Gallup doesn’t trust its methodology. The articles he cited actually were more specific than he suggested. Pollsters did say that surveys can’t be used with surgical precision to separate the wheat from the chaff in the crowded Republican field. But that’s in response to broadcasters who have counted on polls to decide who should appear in debates.

As for Gallup, a news article implied that concerns over methodology drove its decision to stop tracking the primaries, but the editor-in-chief at Gallup didn’t say that and in fact, he expressed confidence in the firm’s techniques.

It’s costing more and more to do polling well, and state-level polls, which are the ones Deace had in mind, face the biggest challenges. But overall, Deace exaggerated what pollsters have said.

We rate this claim Half True. http://tbtim.es/pwx
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On "Meet the Press", ChuckTodd said that Bernie Sanders was "there" 20 years ago on the issue of same-sex marriage. What we found specific to same-sex marriage is that Sanders opposed defining marriage exclusively as between a man and a woman. He expressed that opinion through his votes, and in conversations with activists in his state.

By opposing a restrictive definition of marriage, it seems only logical that he supported a broader one. Todd’s claim is accurate.  

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Matthew Dowd said that Pope Francis’ namesake, St. Francis, reached out to Muslims. The historical record tells us that indeed, in 1219 St. Francis, likely at great personal risk, left the safety of a crusaders’ camp and spent a few days with the Sultan of Egypt.

No one actually knows what the two men said to each other. From all that we read and heard from historians, the presumption is that St. Francis tried to convert the sultan. 

http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2015/sep/22/matthew-dowd/did-popes-namesake-st-francis-reach-out-muslims/
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Karl Rove said the leader in the race for the Republican nomination changed seven times between September 2011 and the end of February 2012. Using the polling average numbers, that is a fair summary, and some might argue that the lead moved around even more. We found that five individual candidates -- Perry, Romney, Cain, Gingrich and Santorum -- handed the lead back and forth during that time period.

Looking at individual polls, the lead might shift less often, but the window on the race those polls offer is not as detailed as the method Rove used.

There might be minor quibbles about the exact tally, but Rove was in the ballpark. We rate this claim Mostly True.

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Matthew Dowd said that any Republican who has led in the polls for two months running at both the state and national levels had gone on to win the nomination. Dowd did not provide the polling data he used, and the historical record is thin across all the states he had in mind. Going back to the 1980 election, there does not seem to be two consecutive months of polling in the spring and summer even in the states with the most polls, Iowa and New Hampshire. But the record does show the sort of early polling dominance leading to nomination success that Dowd described.

Our principle is that it’s up to the speaker to prove his claim. There’s some substance to the statement, but not enough to fully back it up. We rate this claim Half True.

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"In countries where there are higher, more strict gun laws, there is more gun violence," says Eric Bolling. False. http://bit.ly/1JwtwBI 
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