Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Did Trump Sign An Order Barring Undocumented Immigrants From Receiving Welfare?

Claims that welfare recipients without documentation would be "sent home" came from hoax news stories.

Spicer’s claim there are ’12, 14, 15 million’ people in the U.S. illegally

In response to questions about President Trump’s expansion of immigration enforcement priorities, White House press secretary Sean Spicer claimed three times that there are somewhere between 12 million and 15 million — “potentially more” — people living illegally in the United States. Is that correct?

Trump Official’s Misplaced Gitmo Blame

Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, botched two facts when speaking on Fox News about a released Guantanamo Bay detainee responsible for a recent suicide bombing in Iraq.

Did Pat Robertson Say 'Staring' at Melania Trump 'Can Heal Gays'?

A 'hybrid' fake news site built on real comments made by Pat Robertson to assert the televangelist said looking at Melania Trump could 'cure gays.'

Did President Trump Sign a Law Restricting Welfare for 'Deadbeats'?

President Trump did not sign an executive order cutting off welfare to "deadbeats, drug addicts and scam artists."

Did immigration agents have hands tied by Obama?

Assertions from the White House that immigration-enforcement agents had their hands tied in the last administration are difficult to square with the massive deportations of Barack Obama's presidency.

Democrats persist with the slippery claim of a ’60-vote standard’ for Supreme Court nominees

A repeat of the misleading Democratic talking point in the battle over President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Chain email on the cost of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles

Statistics about the number and costs of illegal aliens in Los Angeles County long circulated as an e-mail forward titled "the Largest Insane Asylum in the World."

Elizabeth Warren, wealthy native American?

Memes assert Elizabeth Warren lives in a multi-million-dollar mansion and relied on scant Native American heritage claims to land a job at Harvard.

Bogus Visa Waiver Stories

Q: Did President Trump sign an executive order allowing foreign nationals from various countries to enter the U.S. without a visa? A: No.

Did Congress Legalize Gun Purchases for People With Mental Impairments?

More accurately, Congress passed the repeal of an Obama-era measure that would have made it easier to enforce existing restrictions on gun sales.

Is Obama 'Commanding' an Army of 30,000 Anti-Trump Activists From His Home?

We found no credible evidence of an "army" or "shadow government" being formed by the former president.

Checking the claim about Hillary Clinton's "deal" with Russia on uranium

Allegations of a "quid pro quo" deal giving Russia ownership of one-fifth of U.S. uranium deposits in exchange for $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation are unsubstantiated.

100 days of Trump claims

The Fact Checker has launched a new interactive graphic that will track every suspect claim made by the president in his first 100 days in office.

Were 'tens of thousands' of 2016 voters not verified?

During a discussion of voter fraud during this week's episode of WRAL News' "On the Record," Francis De Luca of the conservative Civitas Institute cited a statistic to highlight the potential that some number of people in North Carolina may have wrongfully voted.

Trump's view at odds with events of the week

In the Washington week that wasn't, President Donald Trump's new administration whirred like a "fine-tuned machine," piling on big-league accomplishments at a pace never before seen.

What Trump Got Wrong at His Rally

Much seemed familiar on Saturday as President Trump held his first campaign rally as president — the hats, the chants, and even some of the misstatements and exaggerations made by Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump compared himself to Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, presidents who “fought with the media and called them out.” “We are here today to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” he said. But he then offered several misleading claims.

The White House claim that Obama-era regulations have cost $890 billion

This seems like a rather specific number, so we wanted to explore how valid it might be.

Fact-Checking President Trump’s rally in Florida

President Trump’s speech at a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Fla., was filled with a number of dubious claims. Here’s a quick round-up of his rhetoric — and the facts.

Has Autism Prevalence Increased?

Checking President Donald Trump on autism.