Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Is the CIA director a secret Muslim?

Did CIA Director John Brennan convert to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia?

Arizona House Dems wrong on college graduation rate

It's not correct that, "right now, only seven out of 100 kids who enter Arizona's public high-school system graduate from college."

Ted Cruz’s claim that one of Obama’s ‘very first acts’ was returning a bust of Churchill

Making a mountain out of a molehill earns this claim Two Pinocchios.

Gov. Kasich repeats a Lincoln whopper

Somehow, Gov. John Kasich, a potential 2016 candidate for the presidency, fell for one of the oldest hoaxes around, repeating faux Abraham Lincoln quotes that keep popping up from time to time, no matter how many times they have been debunked.

Romney’s Poverty Points

Mitt Romney said that under President Obama "there are more people in poverty in America than ever before." That's true, but the poverty rate -- which accounts for population changes -- was higher under several former presidents than it is currently.

Did Sarah Palin pose with a "Fuc_ You Michael Moore" poster?

This one actually happened.

Does Obamacare provide federal subsidies for elective abortions?

The argument that the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, provides federal subsidies for abortions came up several times during the House debate on an anti-abortion bill. How accurate is that claim?

Is San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman a Politician?

Of course he is, even if he says he isn't.

Rand Paul’s claim that ‘over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts’

We’re a little late to the controversy over Sen. Rand Paul’s remarks on the Social Security disability insurance (DI) program — that “over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurt” — but it’s an important issue that will have a central role in the political debates this year as the program faces a serious funding crunch.

San Diego Mayor’s Response to Emergency Response

Checking a claim from Mayor Kevin Faulconer's State of the City address.

Buffalo Wild Wings' Obamacare surcharge?

Only one franchise owner did it, and it was quickly rescinded.

Joni Ernst and farm subsidies

The connection to federal funds is greatly exaggerated.

A Democratic "plant" at the State of the Union?

The connection to a Democratic senator is greatly exaggerated.

What Obama didn’t say about crime and incarceration

State of the Union speeches are difficult to check because they are carefully crafted over time, and rarely contain major inaccuracies. But there often is context missing, and this claim was another example of a seemingly simple figure lifted from a complex issue.

Obama’s claim that Iran’s nuclear program has been ‘halted’ and its nuclear stock pile ‘reduced’

This was a bold statement by the president regarding the interim “Joint Plan of Action” governing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

State of the Union 2015 Fact Check

What the president left out on energy, Obamacare, and the economy.

FactChecking the GOP Responses

There were multiple official and unofficial Republican responses to President Obama's State of the Union address, but only a few instances of the president's critics stretching the facts.

Fact-checking Obama's State of the Union address

NPR journalists dissect the speech.

FactChecking Obama’s State of the Union

In his sixth annual address, the president stretched some facts on his record.

Obama Claims Credit for an Incomplete Recovery

The U.S. may not have "risen from recession" quite as rousingly as President Barack Obama suggested in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Seven years after that severe downturn began, household income hasn't recovered and healthy job growth is complicated by the poor quality, and pay, of many of those jobs.