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San Diego’s Share of Veterans

“San Diego is the 17th largest city in America but we have the third largest concentration of veterans in the country,” said Phil Landis, the president and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego. Is that correct?

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Checking the cost of renewable energy

Would skewing Arizona's energy profile more toward renewables cause costs to increase?

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Did a quarter of politician's contributions come from bar district?

A closer look at a claim in a Scottsdale, Ariz., city council race.

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Fact checking the new Web site, ‘RedskinsFacts.com’

Checking the claim that “on the inaugural Redskins team in 1933, four players and then-head coach William Henry ‘Lone Star’ Dietz identified themselves as Native Americans.”

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Checking Joni Ernst's minimum wage stance

Did Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst say she wants no federal minimum wage?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Did Arizona lawmaker spend tax dollars on illegal immigrants?

Did Arizona state Sen. Bob Worsley vote to spend "our tax dollars on college scholarships for illegal aliens"?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Tom Wolf's company and the 'Delaware loophole'

A closer look at the "Delaware loophole," a legal maneuver through which corporations can avoid paying Pennsylvania state corporate income taxes by incorporating in Delaware.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Was George W. Bush recently arrested for cocaine?

Of course not -- just another piece of "satire" passed off as news.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

NPR

Ghost Cats And Musket Balls: (False) Stories Told By Capitol Interns

Every summer thousands of interns flood the offices of Capitol Hill. One of their primary duties is to give constituents tours of the famous buildings. But some of the stories they tell are completely wrong.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Would boosting the eligibility age for Medicare save it from ‘bankruptcy’?

We’ve explained to readers before about the error—by politicians in both parties—of saying Medicare is going “bust” or into “bankruptcy.” Let’s have a refresher course on that, and also explore the suggestion that boosting the eligibility age would save the program “for future generations.”

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Is Obama creating a ‘national school board’?

A closer look at federal and state education policy.

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Attack Ad on Ernst and Social Security

With a recent NBC/Marist poll showing Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst is a 43%-43% deadlock for the open U.S. Senate seat in Iowa, more and more attack ads are flowing into the state.

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Parsing McConnell’s Job Description

A laid off coal miner in an Alison Lundergan Grimes TV ad poses a question to Sen. Mitch McConnell: “Why’d you say it’s not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?” McConnell doesn’t dispute saying it, but he claims that he misunderstood a reporter's question and his words have been misinterpreted.

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The Walsh campaign’s claim that the senator’s plagiarism was merely incorrect citations

There’s a huge hole in Walsh's explanation. Let’s explore.

Friday, July 25th, 2014

More Carbon Tax Distortions

Crossroads GPS claims that Colorado Sen. Mark Udall "voted to enact a carbon tax." Udall did no such thing. Republican Thom Tillis claims that Sen. Kay Hagan "supported a carbon tax" that would destroy "up to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina over the next ten years." That's not accurate, either.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Do 10,000 baby boomers retire every day?

Yes: a rare Geppetto checkmark.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Debunking a George H.W. Bush death hoax

As of late July 2014, former President George H.W. Bush is still very much alive.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

President Obama and expiring bullets?

A rumor says that President Barack Obama has required that ammunition cartridges use primer that expires after one year. It's bogus.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Wisconsin Trek-ery

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker claims his Democratic opponent is "sending jobs overseas." But Mary Burke says the family company makes "more bikes in the U.S. than anyone." Neither is telling the whole story.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Exemptions for congressional staff in ‘Obamacare,’ or hyprocisy?

In this ad, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., decries a special “exemption” from Obamacare for staff members in Congress. But is he engaging in a bit of hypocrisy?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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