Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Sanders’ Support for Syrian Refugees

Businessman Donald Trump claimed that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he wants to bring 65,000 Syrian refugees to the United States. Trump is wrong. Sanders didn't say that.

Ruben Gallego's claim on ‘bad apple’ gun dealers

Is it true that 90 percent of the guns used in crimes in the United States can be traced to 5 percent of gun dealers?

Fake quotes on race attributed to Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama did not say that "white folks are what's wrong with America" during a commencement speech at Tuskegee University.

Trump's nonexistent swastika logo

Donald Trump's campaign did not unveil a new logo that resembles a swastika.

Essay on Trump misattributed to Bill Bennett

It was written by someone else.

No, refugees aren't going to be sent to Indian country

President Obama isn't sending 250,000 "Muslim refugees" to Navajo lands in Arizona and North Dakota.

Armed Syrian orphan refugees?

No, the photograph is mislabeled.

Ben Carson’s claim that the federal government should ‘return’ public land to states

Carson’s use of the word “returning” here reflects rhetoric used by some land transfer advocates and highlights a key policy issue at the heart of the debate — so we explored the facts underlying his answer.

Hillary Clinton’s often-told story that NASA rejected her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut

Given what we know now, we don’t have a reason to doubt her story. But we are leaving this fact-check with a Verdict Pending rating throughout the election in case we find more information.

Saudi Arabia's huge tent city?

It's for pilgrims on the Hajj.

How refugees are screened

What sort of screening do refugees go through before entering the United States?

Marco Rubio on defense spending's impact on debt

Checking the claim that "the sequester is not doing a thing about balancing our budget because defense spending is not the reason why we have a debt."

Trent Franks on Planned Parenthood services

Do abortions account for a steadily increasing share of the medical services provided by Planned Parenthood?

Bogus Meme Targets Trump

Q: Did Donald Trump tell People magazine in 1998 that if he ever ran for president, he’d do it as a Republican because “they’re the dumbest group of voters in the country” and that he “could lie and they’d still eat it up”? A: No, that’s a bogus meme.

A Definitive Debunking of Donald Trump’s 9/11 Claims

How alarmed were New Jersey officials by reports of Muslims dancing in the streets of Jersey City and Paterson on Sept. 11, 2001, to celebrate the destruction of the World Trade Center? They feared riots would break out and were ready to send in the National Guard and the State Police to preserve order. But John J. Farmer Jr., then the New Jersey attorney general and the state’s chief law enforcement officer, said on Tuesday that he ordered an investigation that very day and found the reports to be bogus, more wild stories born in the stricken hours after the attacks.

Video of UPS smuggling in refugees on a parcel flight?

No, Obama is not smuggling refugees into the United States in UPS cargo planes.

Chris Christie’s claim he vetoed more tax hikes than ‘any governor in American history’

We at The Fact Checker place the burden of proof on the speaker, and in this case, the speaker is directly citing the designation by Americans for Tax Reform. Yet Americans for Tax Reform did not provide specific data points supporting the claim that Christie has “vetoed more tax increases than any other governor in modern American history.”

Trump, Carson on 9/11 ‘Celebrations’

Donald Trump's discredited claim that Muslims in New Jersey were seen on TV cheering the 9/11 terrorist attacks -- and Ben Carson’s initial support of Trump’s remarks -- has resulted in more false claims, as both candidates try to explain their statements.

Checking Bernie Sanders on childhood poverty

Does the United States have the highest childhood poverty rate of any developed nation?

No, Obama didn't lower the age of consent for sex to 13

More fake news passed off as real.