Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Trump Exaggerates ‘Small Business’ Tax Cuts

President Donald Trump exaggerates when he describes a reduction in the top marginal rate for pass-through business income as a boost to small businesses and truckers.

San Juan Mayor Wasn’t Impeached

Q: Has Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, been impeached? A: No.

Trump’s still-wrong claim that the U.S. is the world’s highest-taxed developed nation

The president’s response is rather Trumpian. And his amended explanation is false.

Is Ireland Lowering Its Corporate Tax Rate?

An Irish government official refutes U.S. President Donald Trump's claim, whose source is entirely unclear.

Trump’s claim that Obama ‘didn’t make calls’ to families of the fallen

Did President Obama place calls to the families of troops who died in combat?

Does a city with the ‘toughest gun laws’ end up with ‘worst gun violence’?

This is Part 1 of two fact checks examining rhetoric on both sides of the gun debate.

Do tougher gun laws lead to ‘dramatically lower rates of gun violence’?

This is Part 2 of two fact checks examining rhetoric on both sides of the gun debate.

McCaskill’s false claim that she ‘wasn’t here’ when the DEA bill was passed

In the wake of The Washington Post/“60 minutes” investigation detailing how 2016 legislation passed by Congress weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after drug distributors, even as opioid-related deaths continue to rise, Sen. McCaskill has led the charge for repealing the law.

Seahawks Players Didn’t Burn Flag

Q: Did players for the Seattle Seahawks burn the American flag? A: No.

Fact-checking Trump's claims on corporate tax rates, Asia trip

During his remarks at a last-minute Rose Garden press conference on Monday, President Trump said that he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed overhauling the nation's tax code over lunch, complaining that the U.S. corporate rate of 35 percent puts the country at a competitive disadvantage with other countries, which charge a lower rate.

Trump's tax plan is far from the biggest ever

President Donald Trump presented a distorted picture of his tax plan this past week and claimed he was trying to keep the Obama health law's insurance markets afloat even as he took steps that could well sink them.

Is Trump Spending More Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Travel than Obama Did?

Despite preliminary indications that the Trump family's government-paid travel expenses are higher than the Obamas', Internet rumors exaggerate the disparity.

Is the Mandalay Bay Security Guard 'Missing'?

Police told us that despite widespread rumors and speculation, Jesus Campos is not missing.

In the Virginia’s governor’s race, four-Pinocchio attack ads on both sides

As the election nears, both Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam have escalated their attack ads.

Trump Misleadingly Blames Bob Corker for Iran Deal

Corker, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, repeatedly spoke out against the accord to limit Tehran’s nuclear program before it was brokered by world powers in 2015.

Illegal Border Crossings Are Down, But Trump Still Exaggerates the Numbers

Since taking office, President Trump has frequently claimed to have achieved large declines in illegal immigration across the Southwest border with Mexico, and the drop appear to grow with each mention. Mr. Trump has a point: Border crossings have gone down more during his administration. Yet he continues to exaggerate.

Assessing Trump’s Criticisms of Iran and the Nuclear Deal

President Trump declared his intention not to recertify the Iran nuclear deal in a forceful speech on Friday. But the rationale he provided includes several misleading or incomplete statements about the terms of the deal, what he considers a violation of the agreement and Iran itself. Here is an assessment.

Fact-checking President Trump’s speech on the Iran deal

In his speech on the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Trump made a number of factual assertions. The deal was negotiated by Iran, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France and China), Germany and the European Union. Here’s a guide to some of his rhetoric, in the order in which he made these statements.

Trump on Iran’s ‘Multiple Violations’

In refusing to certify the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump said Iran "has committed multiple violations of the agreement." But that's not the finding of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Trump Muddles Economic Indicators

In a news interview and a speech in Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump misleadingly suggested that rising stock value could reduce the national debt.