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Iowa GOP claims Braley missed most of Veterans’ Affairs hearings

The Iowa GOP says that in the 112th Congress, while serving on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley missed 74 percent of the hearings. Is that correct?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Does Hagan want a carbon tax?

If only the ad had stopped on its first line. "We all know politicians don't always tell the truth," begins a commercial from the American Energy Alliance that has been airing in North Carolina. Amen.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Fighting Drunk Driving in San Diego

“Our office prosecuted more than 5,500 DUI cases last year with a conviction rate of higher than 99 percent,” San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said in a June 26 press release. Is that correct.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A mislabeled "video" of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

A video purports to show Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashing. It's actually a different crash.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A bogus image of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

A photograph purporting to show debris from the shot-down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is actually a manipulated still from the filming of "Lost."

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Were the signers of the Declaration of Independence not 'born American'?

Did Michelle Obama say the signers of the Declaration of Independence were not "born American"? She did -- and she's right.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

4 Pinocchios for a rocker’s off-base claims about taxes and the ’1 percent’

Gene Simmons, stick to rock and roll rather than tax policy.

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Surge of ‘Unaccompanied Children’

Did the Obama administration advertise in January to transport 65,000 foreign children apprehended at the border? Did it expect a surge of illegal immigration?

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Kingston’s False ‘Amnesty’ Connection

In the Georgia Republican Senate runoff, Rep. Jack Kingston is falsely claiming that his opponent, David Perdue, "sat on a board promoting amnesty for illegal immigrants."

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The claim that sanctions on Iran have cost the U.S. $175 billion in lost exports

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a group that aims to foster better ties between the United States and Iran, has garnered a fair amount of publicity for a report titled, “Losing Billions: The Cost of Iran Sanctions to the U.S. Economy.” The cover of the report shows U.S. dollars disappearing in a black hole. But how accurate are its claims?

Friday, July 18th, 2014

President Obama, his ring, and Ramadan

Has President Barack Obama stopped wearing his wedding ring and wristwatch in observance of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Cherry-Picking Season in Illinois

Republican Bruce Rauner falsely claims in a TV ad that Illinois leads the Midwest in "job losses" under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. In fact, Illinois has experienced job growth -- albeit small -- since Quinn took office.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Fact-checking a new anti-Nikki Haley ad

A new ad out Wednesday from the Democratic Governors Association is going after Gov. Nikki Haley and the Department of Social Services.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Van De Putte at the Democratic Convention

We are using The Washington Post’s Truth Teller fact-checking technology to analyze the speeches given by Texas’ candidates for governor and lieutenant governor at their respective state conventions. Here, we focus on some of Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte’s remarks at her state party convention, held in June in Dallas.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Dan Patrick at the Republican Convention

With help from the Washington Post’s fact-checking platform Truth Teller, we’re analyzing the speeches that Texas’ candidates for governor and lieutenant governor gave at their respective state political party conventions. Here, we focus on some of Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick’s remarks at his state party convention in June.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The Cheneys’ claim of a ‘deep, longstanding, far-reaching relationship’ between al-Qaeda and Saddam

Dick Cheney: Out of office, but back in the news with a questionable claim.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Mead, Haynes stumble on some topics, numbers

Gov. Matt Mead and Taylor Haynes, both Republicans, dropped numbers and facts during the 2014 Wyoming GOP Primary Gubernatorial Debate, as they argued their cases for why each should be the next Wyoming governor.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Who Supports Obamacare in Georgia Race?

Both candidates seeking the Republican nomination in a Georgia House race have repeatedly called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But you wouldn't know it from the competing ads from Bob Johnson and Buddy Carter.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Legal Immigration Down, Not Up

Rick Santorum said that the United States is "accepting more legal immigrants than we ever have." Actually, the number of people being granted lawful permanent resident status has decreased consecutively for two fiscal years.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Checking Greg Abbott at the State GOP Convention

Analyzing the speeches that Texas’ candidates for governor and lieutenant governor gave at their respective state political party conventions.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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