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Welcome to PolitiFact’s live coverage of the first Democratic presidential debate. We’ll be with you until the debate ends at 11 p.m. ET, analyzing the statements made by the five candidates on stage.
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Martin O’Malley has said that “70 percent of us are earning the same or less than we were 12 years ago, and this is the first time that that has happened this side of World War II." He’s basically right on the nature of the income decline, but it’s not as unprecedented as he says. We rated the claim Half True.
Clinton says that her secretary of state emails are now public because of her decision to be transparent. In a related fact-check, we found that’s far from the whole story. There were multiple sources pressing her to release her emails.
EMAILS: WERE THEY CLASSIFIED?
Clinton has said over and over again that there was no classified material on the private email server she used while secretary of state. Is that true? It’s hard to tell definitively, but so far we can’t prove Clinton wrong.
RECORD ON FINANCIAL REGULATIONS
Clinton touts her support for financial regulations. In a previous fact-check, we looked into her record and found she called for various measures to rein in risky Wall Street behavior early on in the financial crisis.
LINK BETWEEN CLIMATE CHANGE AND ISIS
O’Malley has said there’s a link between climate change and the rise of ISIS. A credible study found that a drought in Syria in the 2000s displaced millions of refugees and added to discontent that eventually erupted into war. This was hardly the only factor in the rise of ISIS, but it was one, experts say. We rated the claim Mostly True.