Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Did the U.S. Government Pay for Mitch McConnell's Polio Care in the 1940s?

Partisan web sites misrepresent the source of funding for the Republican senator's care as an infant in Alabama.

In One Rally, 12 Inaccurate Claims From Trump

President Trump returned to familiar rhetorical territory during a raucous campaign-style rally in Iowa on Wednesday night, repeating exaggerations and falsehoods about health care, jobs, taxes, foreign policy and his own record. Here’s an assessment.

Trump's solar-power brainwave was borrowed

President Donald Trump is crediting himself with the idea of building a Mexico border wall of solar panels. But that looks to be a borrowed brainwave.

Trump’s Private Lawyer Won’t Cost Taxpayers

Q: Is President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, "costing taxpayers $10,000 per hour" for his services during the Russia investigation? A: No.

Trump’s claim about the ‘catastrophe’ of Obamacare premiums increasing 204 percent in Alaska

President Trump likes to talk about premium increases under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. As Trump says, he used to point out Arizona as the extreme example of premium increases. But he is now using Alaska as a new example, where premiums soared more than 200 percent. Is that really the case?

FactChecking Trump’s Iowa Rally

The 2020 presidential campaign is more than 1,200 days away, but President Donald Trump held yet another Make America Great Again rally -- this time in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. And, as he did in past campaign speeches, Trump spoke for a long time and reeled off numerous false and misleading claims.

Trump on Jeh Johnson testimony

President Donald Trump says congressional testimony from the former Homeland Security Secretary backs up his claim that his campaign did not collude with Russian officials. But that's not what Johnson said.

Trump on solar, taxes, welfare

President Donald Trump says the idea of putting solar panels on the wall he wants to build along the Mexico border sprang from his imagination. Actually, others proposed it, back when he was criticizing solar power as too expensive. Trump’s speech in Iowa on Wednesday night was rife with misstatements. He claimed beneficial effects to the economy from actions he has not yet taken. He declared that the “time has come” for a welfare moratorium for immigrants that has been in place for two decades. He juiced up the tax burden on Americans beyond the reality. Here’s a look at some of his claims.

Pelosi’s Partisan Pick on Jobs Analysis

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cites research from two partisan groups to claim that the Republican health care bill would result in the loss of 1.8 million jobs by 2022. But a recent independent study put the expected job loss at 413,000 by that year.

Did Hillary Clinton Tell FBI's Mueller to Deliver Uranium to Russians in 2009 'Secret Tarmac Meeting'?

Hyperpartisan web sites mischaracterized a State Department cable alerting the U.S. Embassy in Russia of a transfer of criminal evidence obtained in a sting operation.

Fact-checking the speech: Trump's mixed results on facts

President Donald Trump’s stops in Cedar Rapids Wednesday touched on many important Iowa issues, from wind power to wrestling. The Gazette’s Fact Checker will review six statements for accuracy.

History Lesson: How the Democrats pushed Obamacare through the Senate

The key work on creating the Senate version of the ACA was done in secret. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

Fact Check: Is Karen Handel Georgia’s First Female Representative?

If a conservative makes history, asked Donald Trump Jr., does she make a sound?

Trump Official Wrong About Warming, Again

In an interview on CNBC, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said carbon dioxide is not “the primary control knob” for the Earth’s temperature and climate. But scientists say it’s “extremely likely” that human activity — primarily CO2 emissions — is the main cause of global warming.

A Bogus Kellyanne Conway Quote

Q: Did Kellyanne Conway say liberal women hate her because of her “striking beauty and intellect”? A: There’s no evidence she did. That claim comes from a website that warns readers to rely on its information “at your own risk.”

Was Obama Silent on Shooting of Republicans, Reemerging Only to Praise a Drug Dealer?

The former president called Republican Sen. Jeff Flake to give his best wishes to those targeted in the Virginia shooting, and also recorded a speech honoring musician Jay Z's induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Did Mike Pence Say That 'Only Guilty People' Hire Criminal Defense Attorneys?

We found no record of the Vice President's saying that "only guilty people need to hire a criminal defense attorney."

Justice Alito’s misleading claim about sex offender rearrests

The topic of sex offender recidivism is worth clarifying because it is often misconstrued, so we found Alito’s claim newsworthy.

False Maxine Waters ‘Meetings’ Statistic

Q: Has Rep. Maxine Waters attended only “10 percent of congressional meetings for 35 years”?  A: No.

Did Robert Mueller Say He Supported a 'One-World Government'?

The falsely-attributed quote may have been written by a former UN official with a similar name.