Monday, August 31st, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Why you shouldn’t retweet Sanders’s claim that Hitler ‘won an election’

There was an election in 1932 — but Hitler lost.

FactChecking Trump’s Press Conference

Donald Trump's recent press conference garnered a lot of media attention for his put downs of two high-profile journalists, but he didn't treat the facts much better.

Rubio’s Shaky ACA Hypothetical

Sen. Marco Rubio described a hypothetical Detroit business owner with 10 employees as facing higher costs under the Affordable Care Act, saying the man was considering moving one employee to part time to "save ... a significant amount under Obamacare."

Clinton’s claims about receiving or sending ‘classified material’ on her private e-mail system

Clinton’s very careful and legalistic phrasing raises suspicions.

Chris Christie, teachers and the minimum wage

Did Chris Christie say that teachers should make only minimum wage plus bonuses?

Did Florida legalize nudity at public beaches?

More fake news.

Chelsea Clinton's post-partum deletion?

Did Chelsea Clinton say that she erased her mother Hillary Clinton’s e-mails due to postpartum depression?

Huckabee’s Spin on Iran

In arguing against the Iran nuclear deal, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spins the facts.

Cruz & Crosses

Sen. Ted Cruz set up a false bogeyman when he said the Supreme Court is "one justice away" from ordering that crosses on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery be torn down.

Jeb Bush’s false claim that Planned Parenthood is ‘not actually doing women’s health issues’

How accurate is his description of “women’s health issues” offered by Planned Parenthood and supported through federal funds?

Is the U.S. debt as drastic as Ben Carson claims?

Carson gives two specific numbers while explaining he wants to run as a Republican for president to address the nation’s debt and spending.

Jeb Bush Attacks Planned Parenthood

Jeb Bush claims Planned Parenthood should not receive federal funding because "they’re not actually doing women’s health issues." That's simply false.

Trump on Birthright Citizenship

Donald Trump was off base with his claim that Mexico does not have a birthright citizenship policy like the U.S. Although the two countries use different terminology, the two policies are actually very similar.

‘Birth tourists’ and ‘anchor babies:’ What Trump and Bush got right

Amid the rhetoric, there are some grains of truth.

Ad misleads on gas reduction law

Oil interests exploit ambiguity in proposed law, but claims are overblown.

Michelle Obama wearing a Black Panthers shirt?

Nope, more photo fakery.

Is a Ramadan Unity Dinner in Michigan scheduled for 9/11?

It was, until it was rescheduled.

Kasich’s claims about his budget and economic record in Ohio

Most of Kasich’s figures check out.

Phoenix transit tax isn't tied to specific projects

A closer look at details of a transit proposal in Phoenix.

Is Refinancing Student Debt Really Good Policy?

Student loans have become an issue in the presidential campaign, especially on the Democratic side. And it's no wonder. There are more than 40 million Americans with some $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loan debt. But people who study education finance say one widely popular proposal to help lessen the debt load may not be as good as it seems.