Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Obama’s Actions ‘Same’ as Past Presidents?

President Obama repeatedly claimed that there is presidential precedent for the executive actions he took on immigration. But are the actions Obama announced really the "same kinds of actions" taken by past presidents?

The ACA-Gruber Connection

President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi downplayed the contribution of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber to the Affordable Care Act, after controversial comments by Gruber came to light, while Republicans exaggerated his role.

Checking Obama on immigration

President Barack Obama made some notable omissions in his remarks about the unilateral actions he's taking on immigration. Here's a look at his statements Thursday and how they compare with the facts.

Has the medical device tax shipped jobs overseas and stunted innovation?

One could certainly argue that the tax, or anticipation of its impact, played a role in some business decisions.But there is no direct proof that the tax is the sole cause of their actions, or that it has fragmented the ability of the U.S. medical device industry to come up with innovative technology.

Would Hillary Clinton ban beards?

No, just more fake news presented as true.

Obama’s claim that Keystone crude would go ‘everywhere else’ but the United States

Twice during his recent overseas trip, President Obama asserted that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline was designed to take Canadian crude oil to the world markets. The implication of the president’s words is that the United States would be simply a conveyor belt for the oil.

The Great Premium Debate Continues

Rep. Michele Bachmann wrongly claims that we're seeing "huge increases" in employer-sponsored plans, while President Obama touts historically low health care inflation, which experts say is mainly due to the slow economy, not the health care law.

Orly Taitz's "discovery" about Loretta Lynch

Did birther Orly Taitz discover a hidden connection between Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch and former Attorney General Eric Holder? No, it was already covered by major newspapers.

Global Factcheckathon: G20 summit fact-checked by 9 fact-checking organizations

As world leaders gathered in Brisbane, Australia, to discuss the world economy, fact-checking organizations held their own virtual summit — to check the claims made by those leaders.

Did Obama meet with Ferguson protesters?

Did President Barack Obama secretly meet with Ferguson protesters and urge them to "stay on course"?

A new tax on Christmas trees?

Well, sort of.

Explainer: What Gruber meant when he said ‘if CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies’

What did Gruber mean when he uttered these words in a now-infamous video that has inflamed hostility to the Affordable Care Act?

Obama’s Immigration Amnesia

President Barack Obama tried to rewrite history by claiming that his position had not changed regarding legal authority for executive orders on immigration that he is now considering.

Fact Check: DiCiccio on Phoenix pension spending

Is Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio correct that the city spends an additional $18 million-plus a year on pensions and whether this has hurt funding for parks, police and fire?

Starbucks, Monsanto, Vermont and GMO labeling

Has Starbucks joined Monsanto in a lawsuit against Vermont to avoid the implementation of GMO labeling regulations?

Obama’s G20 claim of the ‘longest stretch of uninterrupted private sector job growth in history’

The president gets a rare Geppetto checkmark.

Biden’s Boasts

Vice President Joe Biden went too far in boasts about job growth and deficit reduction.

Obama’s flip-flop on using executive action on illegal immigration

The president has certainly been consistent on this issue—until he saw that the path through Congress was blocked.

The NRA’s claim of a ‘Obama/Bloomberg/Landrieu gun control agenda’

During the campaign season, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has become quite the boogeyman in conservative districts. He’s been attacked for his stance on the environment (even by Democrats) and guns. In this flier, aimed at voters in the coming runoff election, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), in a very unflattering photograph, is sandwiched between a smirking Bloomberg and a serious-looking Obama. The message is clear — Landrieu is part of a cabal that “poses a serious threat to your freedoms.”

Are Muslims taking part in a bloody ritual in Atlanta?

Widely shared images depict a "bloody" Muslim ritual that took place in Atlanta, Ga. Or did it?