Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

O'Malley lays claim to an ambitious record in Md.

A closer look at one of Hillary Clinton's Democratic presidential challengers.

The truth about the Clintons' Secret Service detail

Did the Clintons charge the Secret Service rent to house the security detail protecting their home in Chappaqua, N.Y.?

Does Pepsi use aborted fetuses in its products?

Another look at a recurring rumor.

Obama’s claim that every dollar spent on pre-kindergarten education earns ‘$7 back’

To cite this 1-to-7 ratio as a definitive impact of the White House’s proposal on early education programs is a stretch, and lacks significant context.

Questionable quotes "link" Hillary Clinton, Adolf Hitler

Did Hillary Clinton and Adolf Hitler both say the needs of society should come before the needs of individuals?

Santorum and the EPA’s Mercury Rule

Rick Santorum misrepresented the Environmental Protection Agency’s impact analysis of a new agency rule that would reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other toxins.

Obama’s fishy claim on the House GOP tax plan

The president’s statistic is worthy of Two Pinocchios.

Is Obama to blame for terrorist catch-and-release?

No, the case in question occurred under President George W. Bush.

Will the Lee-Rubio proposal cut taxes for 90 percent of Americans?

A lot of vague promises are made on the presidential campaign trail. This is one of them.

Has New York passed a law to allow gruesome abortion procedure?

Did the New York Assembly passed a law making it expressly legal to shoot babies in the heart with poison?

Clinton’s claim that CEOs make 300 times more than American workers

Checking Hillary Clinton's claim that “there’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker.”

ISIS recruiting kids in Indiana?

Has ISIS been recruiting children in Indiana to join a group called "Daesh"?

Estate Tax Hits Fewer Than 1 Percent of Estates

The federal estate tax inspires a lot of heated political rhetoric for a tax that very few people actually pay.

Rubio Draws From Past Despite Future Focus

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio launched a Republican presidential campaign this week with a promise to reject "the leaders and ideas of the past."

Is ISIS on the Texas border?

No credible evidence for dramatic claim.

Does President Obama limit church to twice a month?

No, more fake news passed off as real.

Warren’s claim that 99.6 percent of all job categories pay men more than women because of discrimination

A number of readers asked us about this tweet by Senate Democrats on “Equal Pay Day” — April 14, 2015 — which symbolizes how far a woman must work into the next year to make as much as a man.

Wasserman Schultz’s out-of-context claims about Rubio

The Fact Checker takes no position on Marco Rubio’s policy ideas or whether he is, in fact, a tinsel-packaged prune. But since Rubio is now a presidential candidate, it is worth exploring what he did say about raising the minimum wage and equal pay, and what his tax plan entails.

Rand Paul, abortion and the Holocaust

The quote attributed to Rand Paul follows a format popular among satirical Facebook pages devoted to lampooning the political positions of conservative lawmakers and pundits.

Was Hillary Clinton fired during Watergate investigation?

The man at the center of this claim "quite obviously shifted his recollections of events from the 1973-74 timeframe to conform to his current point of view rather than the other way around."