Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Hillary Clinton’s often-told story that NASA rejected her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut

Given what we know now, we don’t have a reason to doubt her story. But we are leaving this fact-check with a Verdict Pending rating throughout the election in case we find more information.

Saudi Arabia's huge tent city?

It's for pilgrims on the Hajj.

How refugees are screened

What sort of screening do refugees go through before entering the United States?

Marco Rubio on defense spending's impact on debt

Checking the claim that "the sequester is not doing a thing about balancing our budget because defense spending is not the reason why we have a debt."

Trent Franks on Planned Parenthood services

Do abortions account for a steadily increasing share of the medical services provided by Planned Parenthood?

Bogus Meme Targets Trump

Q: Did Donald Trump tell People magazine in 1998 that if he ever ran for president, he’d do it as a Republican because “they’re the dumbest group of voters in the country” and that he “could lie and they’d still eat it up”? A: No, that’s a bogus meme.

A Definitive Debunking of Donald Trump’s 9/11 Claims

How alarmed were New Jersey officials by reports of Muslims dancing in the streets of Jersey City and Paterson on Sept. 11, 2001, to celebrate the destruction of the World Trade Center? They feared riots would break out and were ready to send in the National Guard and the State Police to preserve order. But John J. Farmer Jr., then the New Jersey attorney general and the state’s chief law enforcement officer, said on Tuesday that he ordered an investigation that very day and found the reports to be bogus, more wild stories born in the stricken hours after the attacks.

Video of UPS smuggling in refugees on a parcel flight?

No, Obama is not smuggling refugees into the United States in UPS cargo planes.

Chris Christie’s claim he vetoed more tax hikes than ‘any governor in American history’

We at The Fact Checker place the burden of proof on the speaker, and in this case, the speaker is directly citing the designation by Americans for Tax Reform. Yet Americans for Tax Reform did not provide specific data points supporting the claim that Christie has “vetoed more tax increases than any other governor in modern American history.”

Trump, Carson on 9/11 ‘Celebrations’

Donald Trump's discredited claim that Muslims in New Jersey were seen on TV cheering the 9/11 terrorist attacks -- and Ben Carson’s initial support of Trump’s remarks -- has resulted in more false claims, as both candidates try to explain their statements.

Checking Bernie Sanders on childhood poverty

Does the United States have the highest childhood poverty rate of any developed nation?

No, Obama didn't lower the age of consent for sex to 13

More fake news passed off as real.

Did the U.S. drop leaflets before airstrike on ISIS?

There's a grain of truth, but no portion of the extensive media coverage of those strikes remotely indicated that the leaflets were dropped with the idea of aiding with ISIS in mind.

Loretta Lynch’s false claim on sex trafficking arrests

This is a story about how the language regarding the crime of sex trafficking has become so fuzzy that even the nation’s top law enforcement officer can speak before an international audience and utter wildly inflated statistics.

College students protesting Abe Lincoln?

A photograph showing a protester holding a sign reading "Lincoln Was Racist" is fake.

Ethanol: Higher Emissions or Lower?

In dueling TV ads, foes of the federal ethanol mandate claim that it "doubles greenhouse gas emissions," while the ethanol lobby says that "the oil industry is lying" and the mandate will lead to lower emissions.

Trump Retweets Bogus Crime Graphic

Trump retweeted a bogus graphic purporting to show the percentage of whites killed by blacks and other homicide data delineated by race. Almost every figure in the graphic is wrong.

Facts about the Syrian Refugees

The Paris bombings and other recent terrorist attacks have given rise to a political debate within the United States about the Obama administration's plan to admit Syrian refugees. But the facts about refugees are being distorted in some instances.

Ben Carson, author of book about the Constitution, incorrectly states that Thomas Jefferson crafted it

It’s not the first time Carson has abused Jefferson’s history.

Donald Trump's memory of celebrations on 9/11

Donald Trump insisted he witnessed television footage "thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey "cheering" the 9/11 attacks, despite the fact that claim was long since debunked.