Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

The zombie statistic about women’s share of income and property

This is a bogus, Four-Pinocchio statistic unworthy of citation.

Michelle Obama's 'Hug-a-Muslim Day'?

Did First Lady Michelle Obama propose a "Hug A Muslim" day to replace Columbus Day? Nope, more fake news.

More Keystone Spin

With a showdown vote approaching on the Keystone XL pipeline, both sides continue to spin the facts about exports and safety.

Iowa Democrats mislead with statements on school funding

Democrats in the Iowa Legislature say a Republican plan to increase state aid for K-12 schools by 1.25 percent is insufficient because Iowa already underfunds schools on a per-student basis. They say the state will drop from 35th in per-pupil spending to 40th under the Republican plan. We rate these statements misleading.

Obama’s claim that Keystone XL oil ‘bypasses the U.S.’ earns Four Pinocchios

President Obama, seeking to explain his veto of a bill that would have leapfrogged the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline, in an interview with a North Dakota station repeated some false claims that had previously earned him Pinocchios. Yet he managed to make his statement even more misleading than before, suggesting the pipeline would have no benefit for American producers at all.

FactChecking CPAC

A parade of potential Republican presidential candidates took turns at delivering speeches and answering questions at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that started on Feb. 26. Along the way there were some distortions of facts.

Will Power Plant Rules Cause Blackouts?

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress her agency's proposed rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will not affect the reliability of electricity service. That's debatable.

A misleading swipe at Michelle Obama's school-lunch initiative

An international comparison of school lunches is taken out of context.

Sarah Palin’s inaccurate claim about suicides of veterans of the ‘war on terror’

Sarah Palin took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference to a standing ovation and delivered an impassioned speech about taking care of veterans. But one of the statistics she cited was problematic.

Ben Carson Features Fake Alexis de Tocqueville Quote

Ben Carson’s supporters are distributing a leaflet on him at CPAC that includes a quote falsely attributed to the French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville.

Biden Resurrects Bogus Talking Points

Vice President Joe Biden resurrected years-old, Democratic talking points on the Affordable Care Act and U.S. oil production during a recent speech in New Hampshire.

Is Obama banning 'green tip' bullets?

Does the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms plan to ban "green tip" ammunition due to executive action by President Obama?

Did Rand Paul really ‘return’ money to the Treasury?

Actually, the money in question doesn’t go back to the Treasury—or to taxpayers.

Can Eric Holder change the federal drug classification of marijuana?

A pair of quotes underscore the gaps in federal drug scheduling policies and rulemaking.

Rep. Joe Barton and wind energy

Did Rep. Joe Barton say that "wind is a finite resource and harnessing it would slow the winds down, which would cause the temperature to go up"?

Rep. Jim Jordan says President Obama lied about Obamacare

Like most Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Jim Jordan of Champaign County is no fan of the Affordable Care Act. And like most Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, he has voted dozens of times to repeal provisions of the health insurance law he calls "Obamacare."

Talking Heads Skew 'Net Neutrality' Debate

Is President Barack Obama taking over the Internet? Not by a long stretch, but that's not stopping political banter in the "net neutrality" debate.

Were Obama and Clinton charged in Egyptian terrorism case?

Checking the claim that President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were criminally charged by Egyptian courts with aiding and abetting terrorists.

Montana senator twice gets his facts wrong on timber sales and litigation

Our inbox started flowing with e-mails from outraged residents of Montana shortly after Montana Public Radio ran an interview in which Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) asserted that “every logging sale” in the state was “under litigation.”

What exactly would happen during a DHS shutdown?

The debate over funding the Department of Homeland Security is ramping up as lawmakers near a deadline to work through the gridlock.