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Checking Nikki Haley's ads on jobs and economic development

Gov. Nikki Haley just started airing two new television ads in her reelection campaign for governor, both focused on jobs and economic development.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Car Allowances for San Diego council members

Is Lorie Zapf the only person on the city council to take a $800-a-month car allowance?

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Four new Americans for Prosperity ads take on Obamacare

Americans for Prosperity, the limited-government group that has spent $35 million attacking Democrats over the Affordable Care Act, released four ads on Tuesday—in New Hampshire, Louisiana, Colorado and Michigan. Here’s a roundup of fact checks of these ads.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

GOP Senate candidates in North Carolina make some questionable claims

WRAL News hosted a debate among the four leading Republican candidates for U.S. Senate: Cary doctor Greg Brannon, Wilkesboro nurse Heather Grant, Charlotte pastor Mark Harris and state House Speaker Thom Tillis Wednesday night. During the 30-minute debate, WRAL anchor David Crabtree pushed each of the candidates for specific answers. And in some of their specific replies, the candidates made some questionable claims. Here are quick fact checks.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

McConnell’s Bloated Tax Boast

A new ad from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell grossly oversells the percentage of Kentuckians that McConnell "saved" from income tax hikes last year.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Inventing a ‘Pelosi Republican’ in N.Y.

There may be nothing more damning in a Republican primary than labeling your opponent a "Pelosi Republican." That's what Lee Zeldin does in a TV ad attacking his opponent, George Demos, in New York's 1st Congressional District. But this is a case of mislabeling.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Has inflation eroded Delaware's gas tax?

Checking Delaware Gov. Jack Markell's claim about a proposal to raise the state's gas tax.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

A claim of ‘false’ when the ad is basically true

An ad complaining about another ad's accuracy is actually pretty wrong itself.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Land records search casts doubt on Bundy claim in BLM dispute

The I-Team dug into century-old records to examine Bundy's claims.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Tillis Response Ad Cries ‘False’

A TV ad from GOP Senate candidate Thom Tillis says that a recent attack ad about him from the Senate Majority PAC is "false." We don’t think so.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Must vets warn their neighbors about combat service?

Has Congress has introduced a bill requiring military veterans to inform their neighbors about their combat service?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Have Jews been ordered to register in Ukraine?

Have Jews in eastern Ukraine been ordered to register with the government or else face loss of citizenship and deportation?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

A closer look at San Diego's rainy day fund

Has the city’s reserve account grown over the last decade?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Are 17 percent of Americans on food stamps?

Checking an Iowa congressional candidate's claim that “under President Obama, 17 percent of Americans are now on food stamps. Some are truly in need, but it seems that far too many are taking advantage of taxpayers.”

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Checking an ad against Vincent Sheheen

The Republican Governors Association is going after South Carolina Democratic candidate Vincent Sheheen with a new TV ad that criticizes his work as a lawyer.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Did ACA kill families’ health plans?

Are advertised claims that real people facing serious health-care challenges have had their health insurance canceled true?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Spinning Obamacare success: The president highlights a less relevant number

We were struck by a headline in the TV ticker that amplified the president’s message that 35 percent of the enrollees were younger than 35.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Playing Politics with the Pay Gap

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn took a page from Democrats when she wrongly claimed that “the White House [is] paying women 88 cents for every dollar that a guy earns in comparable positions." That's not a comparison of "comparable positions."

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

More Weak Claims on Cotton’s Insurance Ties

Another liberal group is attacking Republican Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas by saying Cotton has experience in the insurance industry and is attempting to undermine Medicare. Cotton's insurance experience is limited to consulting work for a federal agency.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Rand Paul’s Supply-side Distortion

Sen. Paul claimed that 20 million jobs were created after Ronald Reagan's dramatic tax cuts in the 1980s, and that this was the "last time" such job growth took place. Paul is wrong on both counts.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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