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President Trump’s willingness to constantly repeat false claims has posed a unique challenge to fact-checkers. In many cases, the president keeps going long after the facts are clear, in what appears to be a deliberate effort to replace the truth with his own, far more favorable, version of it. He is not merely making gaffes or misstating things, he is purposely injecting false information into the national conversation. To accurately reflect this phenomenon, our Fact Checker team is introducing a new category of — the Bottomless Pinocchio. That dubious distinction will be awarded to politicians who repeat a false claim so many times that they are, in effect, engaging in campaigns of disinformation. The bar for the Bottomless Pinocchio is high: The claims must have received three or four Pinocchios from The Fact Checker, and they must have been repeated at least 20 times. Read more by clicking the link in our bio.

A years' worth of snowfall has swept through parts of North Carolina in a little more than a day, causing hundreds of crashes, thousands of power outages and at least two confirmed deaths, officials said Monday. In one county, five families were stranded while 20 inches of snow buried the area. A decent portion of the snow has dissipated, but the state — which is still recovering from the damage wrought by Hurricane Florence in the summer — is not out of the woods yet. A deadly mix of ice and rain will keep roads treacherous, and many could turn into ice rinks overnight. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)

Minerva Cisneros believed her abusive situation would change and didn’t want to cooperate with authorities because she thought it could hurt her partner and cause her to lose custody of her children. She arrived at a hospital in August 2014 with a bloody nose, busted lip, strangulation marks on her neck and blood in her eyes. Her husband, Arturo Sigala, allegedly tried to strangle her until she lost consciousness. She was eight months pregnant with the couple’s third child. The hospital contacted authorities, but the case stalled because the Fort Worth police detective assigned to it could not reach Cisneros.

On Christmas Day 2015 — just more than a year after the attempted strangulation — Sigala called 911: “Something happened; my wife needs help,” he told the operator. “I sat down and the gun went off.” Sigala then jumped in the couple’s car and fled to Mexico. He was later arrested at the U.S. border and was put on trial, where he was convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

A Post investigation found that nearly half of the women who were murdered during the past decade were, like Cisneros, killed by a current or former intimate partner. In a close analysis of five cities, about a third of the male killers were known to be a potential threat ahead of the attack. Cisneros's surviving children (photographed above) now live with their grandparents in Fort Worth. Read more of The Post's investigation by clicking the link in our bio. (Photos by Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Washington Post)

Millions of people were rapt by “A Quiet Place,” which became one of the first bona fide phenoms of 2018. A $17 million passion project that went on to earn more than $340 million, making it not just a hit with audiences but an unexpected commercial bonanza. At the forefront of the effort was John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski), who directed, and starred along with his wife, Emily Blunt, in the thriller. Originally, they weren’t sure audiences would accept a genre film that harked back to cinema’s silent roots more than its special effects-driven present. But in an era when studios are putting their chips on remakes and sequels, madly mining their archives for intellectual property they can exploit, this bold exercise in pure cinema proves that an original movie, with no “presold” audience or built-in franchising potential, can still lure filmgoers into theaters. And now, Krasinski, 39, is hoping that “A Quiet Place” can prove another concept, namely that a genre film can still be awards-worthy. Read more by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by Andre Chung for The Washington Post)

Via @coveringpotus: Nick Ayers, President Trump’s once-likely replacement for chief of staff John Kelly, announced Sunday that he is leaving the White House and he won’t take the job. Four other candidates are now in the running to succeed Kelly as Trump eyes a decision by the end of the year. Ayers, a longtime operative who is currently Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, said in a tweet that he will leave his position at the end of the year but “will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause.” Ayers was skeptical of taking the top administration job based on the challenges that Kelly and his predecessor, Reince Priebus, faced in the position, an administration official with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Post. He will instead probably move back to Georgia and work with a super PAC set up to assist the president’s reelection, the official said. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

#2018yearinphotos: While not as active as “the hurricane season from hell” the year before, the 2018 season spawned two terrible storms in Hurricanes Florence and Michael, which will be long remembered for their devastating toll in the Carolinas and the Florida Panhandle. Hurricane Florence and its destructive rains, measured in feet, engulfed eastern North Carolina, turning interstates into rivers and communities into lakes. Fifty-three fatalities were blamed on the disaster. Hurricane Michael, with its violent 155 mph winds and storm surge over 15 feet tall, decimated the zone from Panama City to Mexico Beach. The region is still recovering and has a long rebuilding road ahead. The storm has been linked to 60 deaths. Counting Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017, Michael in 2018, and Typhoon Yutu last month, which smashed into the Northern Marianas (a U.S. territory), five Category 4 or stronger tropical cyclones have struck U.S. soil in the last two years, which is possibly unprecedented. In this photo, flooding and wind damage from Florence is seen near Loris, South Carolina on September 17, 2018. See more photos by clicking the link in our bio. (Photo by @vanhoutenphoto/The Washington Post)

A major winter storm has blanketed some areas south of Washington, disrupting road, air and rail travel. As of Sunday morning, airports in the storm’s path were experiencing reduced operations, while some intercity rail riders faced disruptions in service through Tuesday. Areas from southwestern Virginia through western and central North Carolina and into northwestern South Carolina received significant snowfall. The storm is likely to have a ma­jor im­pact on road­ways, as well as air and rail trav­el through the start of the workweek. In this photo, Josie, an English Retriever plays in the snow as her owners walk a snow-covered road in Morganton, N.C. Over a foot of snow fell in the area. #verygoodboy (Photo by Kathy Kmonicek/AP Photo)

When Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said last week that she would not only pay her interns, but also pay them more than the minimum wage, the news had an immediate impact, as the progressive ideals of the freshman lawmaker collided with the disparities that have long persisted on Capitol Hill. But Ocasio-Cortez is not alone. With its historic diversity and public following, the incoming class of House Democrats is already exerting power on an institution that for years has defied reform on matters concerning the thousands of staff and interns who carry out its work. Congress performs terribly on metrics related to staff diversity, workplace protections and employee pay and benefits. Advocates warn that the system is built to accept only the most privileged young people — often white, moneyed and with connections — who later fill the pipeline for Washington’s political and business establishment. The system has gone unchallenged for years. But scrutiny by Ocasio-Cortez and her peers after the recent midterm elections is stirring hopes that Capitol Hill might be ready for change. Read more on washingtonpost.com. (Photo by Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

Via @coveringpotus: A growing number of Republicans fear that a battery of new revelations in the Russia investigation has dramatically heightened the legal and political danger to President Trump’s time in office — and threatens to consume the rest of the party, as well, The Post reports, citing interviews with 14 administration officials, presidential confidants and allies. Adding to the tumult, Trump announced on Saturday the abrupt exit of his chief of staff, John Kelly, whom he sees as lacking the political judgment and finesse to steer the White House through the treacherous months to come. Trump remains headstrong in his belief that he can outsmart adversaries and weather any threats, according to advisers. In the Russia probe, he continues to fire off denials, dubiously proclaiming that the latest allegations of wrongdoing by his former associates “totally clear” him. But anxiety is spiking among Republican allies, who complain that Trump and the White House have no real plan for dealing with the Russia crisis while confronting a host of other troubles at home and abroad. The White House is adopting what one official termed a “shrugged shoulders” strategy for the Mueller findings, calculating that most GOP base voters will believe whatever the president tells them to believe. Read more at washingtonpost.com. (Photo taken on Dec. 7 by @jabinbotsford/The Washington Post)

For the fourth week in a row, “yellow vest” protests unfolded Saturday in Paris amid a now-familiar backdrop of tear gas and chants. What began as opposition to a carbon tax designed to curb climate change has morphed into a working-class revolt against French President Emmanuel Macron, who now faces the first major test of his presidency and whose approval ratings have plummeted to all-time lows. The crowds on Saturday — several thousand demonstrators — appeared smaller than in past weeks. But the increased focus on Macron and his elitist image point to deeper divisions in France that reach beyond the protests and could become defining features of the opposition as Macron’s popularity slumps. Some of those in the crowd had backed Macron’s improbable campaign in 2017. But they say they feel betrayed by an agenda that they see as merely concerned with protecting the economic interests of the elite. Read more on washingtonpost.com. (Photos by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images for The Washington Post)

Breaking news via @coveringpotus: President Trump confirmed Saturday that White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly will leave by the end of the year, capping the retired Marine general’s rocky tenure as the president’s top aide. Trump had previously said Kelly would serve as his chief of staff through 2020, but their clashes were an open secret. Nick Ayers, who currently serves as Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, is widely expected to be Kelly’s replacement. (Video by The Washington Post)

#2018yearinphotos: Haunting images of children wounded or killed in the Syrian war spread rapidly online throughout 2018, as they have been bombed, starved and neglected. Since the start of the war in 2011, more than 350,000 Syrians have been killed, including thousands of children. More than 1 million people have been injured and 12 million — more than half the country's population — have been forced to flee their homes. In this photo, a Syrian girl receives treatment as victims of reported regime air strikes on Hamouria, Saqba and Kafr Batna are brought to a make-shift hospital in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta on March 7, 2018. (Photo by Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images)

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