Monday, November 24th, 2014

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Behind the Rising Deportations of ‘Criminals’

President Obama said "deportations of criminals are up 80 percent." But an independent analysis found that increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals "whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation."

Has North Dakota named a landfill after President Obama?

Nope, more fake news.

Did Sarah Palin say President Obama should put immigrants on a boat back to Mexico?

Nope, just more fake news passed off as real.

Was a Marine forced to remove car decals while Obama stickers were allowed to stay?

There's no mention that this five-year-old standoff was resolved quickly, and that Obama stickers weren't the only ones at issue.

Did George H.W. Bush really shield 1.5 million illegal immigrants? Nope.

Who knew that an article that appeared on Page 3 of the metro section of the New York Times nearly a quarter-century ago could have such resonance in today’s policy debates?

Obama and Cruz Clash on Immigration

President Obama and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made seemingly conflicting statements about public opinion on the president's plan to address immigration issues in the U.S.

Bachmann’s Immigration Exaggerations

Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann wrongly suggested that Obama is granting citizenship and voting privileges to immigrants who are in the country illegally. His executive actions do neither of those.

Obama’s Actions ‘Same’ as Past Presidents?

President Obama repeatedly claimed that there is presidential precedent for the executive actions he took on immigration. But are the actions Obama announced really the "same kinds of actions" taken by past presidents?

The ACA-Gruber Connection

President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi downplayed the contribution of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber to the Affordable Care Act, after controversial comments by Gruber came to light, while Republicans exaggerated his role.

Checking Obama on immigration

President Barack Obama made some notable omissions in his remarks about the unilateral actions he's taking on immigration. Here's a look at his statements Thursday and how they compare with the facts.

Has the medical device tax shipped jobs overseas and stunted innovation?

One could certainly argue that the tax, or anticipation of its impact, played a role in some business decisions.But there is no direct proof that the tax is the sole cause of their actions, or that it has fragmented the ability of the U.S. medical device industry to come up with innovative technology.

Would Hillary Clinton ban beards?

No, just more fake news presented as true.

Obama’s claim that Keystone crude would go ‘everywhere else’ but the United States

Twice during his recent overseas trip, President Obama asserted that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline was designed to take Canadian crude oil to the world markets. The implication of the president’s words is that the United States would be simply a conveyor belt for the oil.

The Great Premium Debate Continues

Rep. Michele Bachmann wrongly claims that we're seeing "huge increases" in employer-sponsored plans, while President Obama touts historically low health care inflation, which experts say is mainly due to the slow economy, not the health care law.

Orly Taitz's "discovery" about Loretta Lynch

Did birther Orly Taitz discover a hidden connection between Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch and former Attorney General Eric Holder? No, it was already covered by major newspapers.

Global Factcheckathon: G20 summit fact-checked by 9 fact-checking organizations

As world leaders gathered in Brisbane, Australia, to discuss the world economy, fact-checking organizations held their own virtual summit — to check the claims made by those leaders.

Did Obama meet with Ferguson protesters?

Did President Barack Obama secretly meet with Ferguson protesters and urge them to "stay on course"?

A new tax on Christmas trees?

Well, sort of.

Explainer: What Gruber meant when he said ‘if CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies’

What did Gruber mean when he uttered these words in a now-infamous video that has inflamed hostility to the Affordable Care Act?

Obama’s Immigration Amnesia

President Barack Obama tried to rewrite history by claiming that his position had not changed regarding legal authority for executive orders on immigration that he is now considering.