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Chelsea Clinton said Sanders’ health care plan would "empower" governors "to take away health insurance for low-income and middle-income working Americans."

Under Sanders’ plan, Americans would lose their current health insurance. However, his proposal would replace their health insurance and cover the currently uninsured. The program would auto-enroll every citizen and legal resident, all of whom would be entitled to benefits. While the plan would give governors authority to administer health insurance within their states, it includes provisions to allow federal authorities to take over if the governors refuse to implement it.

It’s impossible to predict with certainty how Sanders’ plan would play out in real life. But Clinton’s statement makes it sound like Sanders’ plan would leave many people uninsured, which is antithetical to the goal of Sanders’ proposal: universal health care.

We rate her claim Mostly False.

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On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address. We’ll be fact-checking and annotating the speech. Here are some of the topics from our archives that we think Obama might mention.

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Obama said, "A violent felon can buy (a gun) over the Internet with no background check, no questions asked."

The kind of transaction Obama described is possible, though illegal, and more complicated than his comment suggests. Federal law prohibits felons from buying guns. But with some effort, they can purchase guns from private sellers over the Internet without getting caught, because private sellers are not required to run background checks. That seller would have to be in the same state as the buyer.

We rate Obama’s claim Mostly True.

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Steve Hayes said, Guantanamo has "never been a key component of ISIS or al-Qaida propaganda."

Experts told us that Hayes’ point has merit. Analyses of jihadist propaganda materials show that Guantanamo is rarely mentioned, especially compared to other grievances against the United States, like military airstrikes. Al-Qaida uses Guantanamo less frequently now than it used to, though it was never a primary focus of their propaganda.

Because he specified that Guantanamo is not a "key component" of jihadist propaganda, we rate Hayes’ statement True.

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We have a winner! PolitiFact's 2015 ‪#‎LieoftheYear‬ is the campaign falsehoods of Donald J. Trump http://bit.ly/trump2015

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See the Truth-O-Meter scorecards of the GOPers running for president and sign up for our Tuesday debate coverage http://bit.ly/VegasDebate 

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Donald Trump refuses to budge on his wrong claim that he "watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering" as the World Trade Center collapsed.

Since PolitiFact and other fact-checkers debunked his statement, Trump and his campaign team have suggested that the media is trying to cover it all up, and he’s found supporters who tell him he’s right.  

New information, primarily from media reports at the time, support the notion that there were rumors of a handful of people celebrating in New Jersey on 9/11. However, none of those rumors have been proven true, and there is still zero visual evidence of these celebrations. Further, none of these rumors suggest there were more than a dozen people purported to be seen cheering, as opposed to Trump’s claim that he saw "thousands and thousands."

In other words, Trump’s claim is still Pants on Fire. 
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