Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Have 13 GOP-backed laws been struck down in N.C.?

The entire state AG debate is worth watching, but a couple of lines caught our attention here on the fact-checking desk.

Donald Trump’s Week of Misrepresentations, Exaggerations and Half-Truths

POLITICO fact-checked both candidates for a week. This is what we found.

Trump’s week reveals bleak view, dubious statements in ‘alternative universe’

Donald Trump’s week began in the wake of explosions in New Jersey and New York. It ended in the aftermath of shootings and riots. For a candidate whose strategy relies on painting a dystopian view of the nation — often based on inaccurate and questionable claims — the tragedies yielded a trove of political opportunities.

A Week of Whoppers From Donald Trump

All politicians bend the truth to fit their purposes, including Hillary Clinton. But Donald J. Trump has unleashed a blizzard of falsehoods, exaggerations and outright lies in the general election, peppering his speeches, interviews and Twitter posts with untruths so frequent that they can seem flighty or random — even compulsive.

Wisconsin to Eliminate All Food Assistance Programs Through 2019

An existing hoax news site used a new domain to spread a false rumor about a freeze on government assistance in Wisconsin.

Did Michael Bloomberg Say Donald Trump Is a 'Con Artist' and a 'Cheat'?

Michael Bloomberg did call Donald Trump's candidacy a "con," but he didn't refer to Trump as a "con artist" and a "cheat."

Charlotte Tells Rioters Anyone Caught Looting Will Lose Welfare and Food Stamps Permanently?

A fake news site played to racially charged rhetoric by claiming that Keith Lamont Scott protest 'rioters' in Charlotte would lose all government benefits if caught looting.

Rob Portman's real record on guns

A new advertisement from former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland hits Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, for not doing enough on gun control.

Do Police Kill More Whites Than Blacks?

More whites are killed in American police shootings than blacks, but overall whites are statistically less likely to be killed by police than blacks.

Trump vs. Clinton: A debate fact-check cheat sheet

Presidential candidates rarely come to the debates with fresh facts. Instead, they rely on claims that have been scattered in their stump speeches for many months — claims that The Fact Checker has already put to the Pinocchio Test. So here’s a quick guide to old favorites viewers will likely hear during the presidential debates that start on Sept. 26.

No, Obama Is Not Giving Mexico $75 Million to Build a Southern Border Wall

The U.S. State Department is providing Mexico with assistance to help secure southern borders, but they didn't give Mexico $75 million to build a physical wall.

Syria's Assad on Aleppo, siege and airstrikes

During an interview with The Associated Press, Syrian President Bashar Assad made several denials, insisting that the city of Aleppo is not under siege and that Syrian and Russian aircraft did not carry out a strike on an aid convoy. He also said a U.S.-led coalition airstrike that killed more than 60 Syrian troops in the eastern Deir el-Zour province was "not an accident." Here's a closer look at his statements and the facts surrounding them.

Is US Giving Away the Internet?

Donald Trump's campaign says a government plan to give up managing key operations of the internet poses a threat of outside censorship of online information. But such an outcome is highly unlikely.

Trump's claim that 'we're not allowed to profile' potential terrorists

Trump says no profiling is allowed, but in reality it is permitted to combat terrorist threats.

Fatima Noor Appointed to Homeland Security?

Fatima Noor, a foreign-born Muslim woman, worked for the DHS but wasn't appointed by President Obama to be Assistant Director for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration.

Palestinian Terrorist’s Wife to Address Clinton Foundation?

Critics contend the Clinton Foundation "honored" the wife of a "bomb-making terrorist" by inviting award-winning Palestinian educator Hanan al-Hroub to speak at a dinner event.

New Federal Gun Law Prevents Open Carry in All 50 States?

A fake news article reported that the ATF is implementing a new law banning the practice of "open carry" throughout the U.S.

Hillary Clinton Calls for Americans to Respect and Empathize with ISIS?

A 10-second clip from a 2014 speech by Hillary Clinton has been misrepresented as an instance of her calling on Americans to "respect and empathize with" terrorists.

Cruz's claim that ICANN's transition will empower foes to censor the Internet

There's more smoke than fire in the confusing debate over whether control of the Internet is at stake.

Pence’s Obsolete Poverty Point

Old talking points die hard. Mike Pence is still claiming that the number of people living in poverty has gone up by 7 million under President Obama, nearly a week after the news came out that 3.5 million escaped poverty last year alone.