Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Thune’s Estate Tax Distortions

In making his pitch to repeal the estate tax, Sen. John Thune grossly inflated an out-of-date statistic about the percentage of businesses forced to liquidate because of the tax.

Is the controversial Indiana law ‘the same’ as a law backed by Obama?

Numerous readers tweeted and e-mailed The Fact Checker asking for a ruling on whether the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law in Indiana was the same as a bill supported by then-State Sen. Barack Obama in 1998.

A court ruling on students' American flag clothing?

The claim is basically true.

You can’t trust the numbers on the new fracking regs

The day the Department of Interior released its regulations on oil and gas “fracking” operations on public lands, a $97,000-per-well figure circulated widely in news reports as the cost of the rule.

Setting the record straight: The real story of a pivotal climate-change hearing

We are happy to finally set the record straight. But Pinocchios to all concerned — including The Fact Checker.

Barto's ACA funding claim not supported

Does the Affordable Care Act prohibit insurance providers from using public funds to cover elective abortion services?

Did Arizona lawmaker say church attendance should be mandatory?

A look at what Arizona state senator Sylvia Allen said.

Was Marcus Bachmann refused service at an Indiana dress boutique?

Nope, more fake news passed off as real.

Cruz on the Global Cooling Myth and Galileo

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, cited a 1975 Newsweek article on "global cooling" to question the evidence of global warming, and in the process made several incorrect and unsubstantiated claims.

Inhofe on Fracking, Water Contamination

Sen. James Inhofe says there has never been "an instance of ground water contamination" caused by hydraulic fracturing -- fracking -- for oil and natural gas. But drilling operations that involve fracking include other actions that have caused contamination.

Does GOP Rep. John Katko have a Democratic voting record

Has a Republican congressman consistently voted with House Democrats?

Myths in the political roar over Common Core

In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact.

Ted Cruz hit by fake quote

Comments stem from a satirical Facebook page, not Cruz.

Did Obama bar Cruz from coverage under ACA?

Nope--just satire from Andy Borowitz.

Here’s why the Senate stalemate over the human-trafficking bill is so complex

Both sides have a point, apparently.

FactChecking Ted Cruz, Part II

In announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Ted Cruz painted a bleak picture of "economic stagnation" and "record numbers" of small-business failures. He's off base on both counts.

Ted Cruz’s claim that there has been ‘zero’ global warming in 17 years

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been taking some heat — pun intended — lately over his global warming comments.

New anti-Prop 1 ad repeats same claims

The ad is correct. If Michigan's sales tax is increased from 6 percent to 7 percent, it will be lower only than California's and tied for second-highest with Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Tennessee, according to the Sales Tax Institute.

Did Michelle Obama shave her head for a Jeopardy appearance?

No, her hair was just pulled tightly back when she appeared on the TV quiz show.

Does the FBI consider all motorcycle owners gang members?

Nope, more fake news passed off as truth.