Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Cruz Misquotes Clapper on Refugees

Ted Cruz misrepresented the words of the U.S. national intelligence director, claiming that James Clapper "said among those [Syrian] refugees are no doubt a significant number of ISIS terrorists." Clapper didn't say that.

Fact check from Illuzzi/McMahon D.A. debate

During Tuesday evening's district attorney debate, Democrat Michael McMahon and Republican Joan Illuzzi sparred over various topics, each making statements in the heat of the moment to back up their arguments. While many claims were made, here we take a look at some of those statements that can be verified and shed light on whether they were accurate.

Trump’s repeated claim that Obama is accepting 200,000 Syrian refugees

Like a broken record, businessman Donald J. Trump keeps repeating a statistic with little basis in fact — that the Obama administration wants to accept 200,000 refugees from Syria.

A problematic gun-related viral graphic

The statistics are off.

Are Trump hats made in China?

Not the official ones.

Mike Huckabee’s 1998 Book Is Full Of Fake Quotes From America’s Founders

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary to make sure the sources in your book are not an Internet quotations page.

Clinton and the Benghazi Reports

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said all of the government investigations into the terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi concluded that "nobody did anything wrong." That's not exactly accurate.

Jeb Bush’s misleading claim that ‘I cut taxes’ by $19 billion over eight years (Fact Checker biography)

This is one of Bush’s favorite claims about his record cutting taxes as governor of Florida. But is it accurate?

The case of Dontray Mills

The plea deal was not negotiated by President Obama.

Fact check: Immigrants do pay taxes

After researching this issue with several sources, here’s what we learned: Immigrants pay property taxes and sales taxes, as well as payroll taxes if they are legally employed.

Carly Fiorina's claim about border security unsupported

Checking her claim that "we've had an insecure border for 25 years. We've had an illegal-immigration system that's been broken for 25 years."

Are Gun-Makers 'Totally Free Of Liability For Their Behavior'?

Hillary Clinton seemed to be barely holding back tears at a town hall in New Hampshire on Monday. Speaking in the aftermath of another tragic mass shooting, this time at an Oregon community college, the Democratic presidential candidate pitched her gun control proposals. In the middle of her remarks, she made a big claim: She said that gun-makers and sellers are "the only business in America that is totally free of liability for their behavior." We decided to see what she was talking about — and whether she's right. Let's Break It Down.

GOP Candidates Take Aim at Chicago Gun Laws

The mass shooting at an Oregon community college last week thrust the debate over the nation's gun laws to the center of the presidential race. At least some of the Republicans who are running have pointed to Chicago as proof that gun control doesn't work.

Fiorina and Planned Parenthood

Jake Tapper this week discusses Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's insistence that she has “seen the footage” of an abortion she vividly described during the second GOP debate.

NRSC tars senatorial candidate with supporting Iran’s ‘path to a nuclear bomb’

This is an ad designed to frighten voters into thinking a candidate has made a tragic foreign-policy blunder that will lead to nuclear conflict. But the images would be justified only if the case were as compelling as the NRSC suggests.

Trump Attacks Bush on Sanctuary Cities

Donald Trump says that "the state of Florida had sanctuary cities while Jeb Bush was governor," and "nobody said anything." But we could find no evidence that any Florida city or county fit the bill of a sanctuary city at that time, at least not officially.

Did CNN use a race-altered version of Oregon shooter's photo?

No, it was taken from elsewhere.

Another fake quote attributed to Ben Carson

Once again, satire passed off as truth.

Obama’s claim that ‘states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths’

Many readers requested a fact check of this statement, believing it to be untrue.

Fairbanks mayoral candidates’ budget votes

The News-Miner is researching some campaign statements and advertisements in the final days before Tuesday’s local election.