A team of New York Times journalists is fact-checking President Trump and Joe Biden’s dueling town halls tonight.

Follow along live, and find more context and analysis here. nyti.ms/3j2h1WV
While it is true that people are leaving New York City amid the pandemic, President Trump's assertion that it can't be built up again lacks evidence.

We're following both town halls tonight. See all of our fact checks here. nyti.ms/3j2h1WV
President Trump said he denounced white supremacy in the first debate, but this is misleading. He said he was willing to, but did not say it.

We're following both town halls tonight. See all of our fact checks here. nyti.ms/3j2h1WV
Joe Biden said he would eliminate President Trump's corporate tax cuts, saying the president has reduced the corporate tax rate.

We're following both town halls tonight. See all of our fact checks here. nyti.ms/3j2h1WV
President Trump's assertion that 85% of mask-wearers get coronavirus is false. The CDC said this interpretation of a recent report is incorrect.

We followed both town halls tonight. See all of our fact checks here. nyti.ms/3j2h1WV
Joe Biden falsely said there were more American troops in Afghanistan now than at the end of the Obama administration.

We followed both town halls tonight. See all of our fact checks here. nyti.ms/3j2h1WV
President Trump has frequently, baselessly said that no president has done more for Black people than him, and repeated the claim in Thursday's town hall. Historians disagree.

We followed both town halls tonight. See all of our fact checks here. nyti.ms/3j2h1WV
President Trump defended his administration's response to the coronavirus in Thursday's town hall. But across the U.S., case numbers continue to rise.

We followed both town halls tonight. See all of our fact checks here. nyti.ms/3j2h1WV
We published a number of fact checks during tonight's town halls. Find them all, with more analysis and context, here. nyti.ms/31aRFQx

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