Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Would Trump nuke Mexico?

No, Donald Trump didn't suggest dropping nuclear bombs on Mexico if they refused to build the wall.

Prayer Day Still Not Cancelled

Year after year, we see some of the same false viral claims circulating on social media and via email with little about them changing but the dates. Claims that President Barack Obama has cancelled the National Day of Prayer are a perfect example.

Club Flub in PA Senate Race

An ad attacking the Democrats' nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania claims she "gave millions in grants to her husband's company" while working for the state, and that the couple "pocketed thousands." That twists the facts.

Sanders’ False Income Claim

Sen. Bernie Sanders falsely claimed that "Mom is working, Dad is working, and the kids are working, and yet together they’re bringing in less disposable income today than a family did with one breadwinner 40 years ago."

Bringing Coal Jobs Back to Appalachia

Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer. Trump, however, has yet to explain exactly how he will revitalize Appalachia's coal industry. To pull it off, he will have to overcome market forces and a push for cleaner fuels that have pummeled coal.

Hillary Clinton Wasn’t a ‘Birther’

Donald Trump again has repeated the false claim that Hillary Clinton "started" the so-called "birther" movement against Barack Obama in 2008.

The Sanders campaign’s phony math on superdelegates

Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said 120 superdelegates switched from Clinton to Obama in the contested 2008 campaign. How accurate is this number?

Trump’s Education Exaggeration

Donald Trump claimed in an Indiana speech that the U.S. ranks "last in education" and "first in terms of spending per pupil" among 30 countries. He's wrong on both counts, as measured by federal and international organizations.

Newt Gingrich's altered essay about Donald Trump

An essay written by Newt Gingrich in January 2016 was altered before it recirculated in April 2016.

No, Obama isn't getting rid of the bald eagle as the nation's symbol

While the bison is set to become the United States' national mammal, this will have no effect on the status of the bald eagle.

House Speakers and sex scandals

A tweet claiming that all Republican Speakers of the House involved with Bill Clinton's impeachment experienced sex scandals was mostly accurate.

Trump’s false claim that the National Enquirer story on Cruz’s father was not denied

Never mind that Cruz himself denounced Trump’s claim, calling the businessman a “pathological liar.” Never mind that the Cruz campaign dismissed the story as garbage when the Miami Herald published an article on it on April 22 — 11 days before Trump gave it national currency on Fox News.

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick campaign’s misleading attack on Sen. John McCain’s support for the Dream Act

Has Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., been "on every side of immigration"?

Hillary Clinton And Coal Jobs

Hillary Clinton was accused of saying she was going to "put a lot of coal miners out of jobs." Did Clinton really say that?

Did President Obama free a terrorist?

President Obama didn't free a terrorist behind the October 2000 USS Cole bombing.

Trump’s Tall Tabloid Tale

Trump used a thinly sourced story from the tabloid National Enquirer to make the baseless claim that Ted Cruz's father "was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being — you know, shot."

Fact-checking pro-Proposition 1 ads

As the May 7th election approaches, ads for Prop1 are spreading across the city. Homes are littered with flyers, people are getting inundated with text messages and ads online. Uber and Lyft have spent more than $2 million on the election.

No, Putin did not call Donald Trump ‘a genius’

It shouldn’t surprise us that Trump has exaggerated “bright” into “genius.”

Did a Klan leader endorse Donald Trump?

Yes. The endorsement came during a wide-ranging interview with a Richmond, Virginia news outlet.

Cruz Distorts Trump’s Position

Sen. Ted Cruz mischaracterized Donald Trump's position on Planned Parenthood, claiming that both Trump and Hillary Clinton "support taxpayer funding for it."