Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Does The Republican Tax Bill Include a Loophole Benefitting Golf Course Owners?

The "conservation easement" deduction is part of the GOP's current tax legislation -- but it is not a recent addition.

The Facts on Human-Animal Chimeras

Q: Does the National Institutes of Health fund research on human-animal chimeras, or organisms that are part-human, part-other animal? 

The Democrats’ Inaccurate Talking Point

An estimated 13 million fewer Americans would have health insurance by 2025 if the health care law’s individual mandate is repealed. But that doesn't mean that all 13 million would be kicked off their insurance plans, as some Democrats claim.

The GOP claim that half of the people paying the Obamacare penalty make less than $25,000

Cornyn claims the individual mandate is tax on poor Americans, claiming that “about half” who pay it make $25,000 or less. But that’s an incomplete statistic that lacks significant context.

FactChecking Trump’s Business Boasts

As President Donald Trump listed the accomplishments of his trip to Asia, one example remains a mystery.

Tax Cut Ad Lacks Context

A TV ad by a coalition of liberal groups leaves the false impression that 47 million "middle-class" households would be "stuck with the tab" for Republican tax cuts that benefit the wealthy. The 47 million figure refers to all households -- not just the "middle class."

Trump Didn’t Cut Canine Program

Q: Did President Donald Trump shut down a service dog training program for veterans? A: No.

Do 'Illegal' Refugees in Canada Get $3,874 Each Per Month From the Government?

A viral Facebook post of an apparently authentic document showing refugee benefits grossly misrepresents the document's contents.

Did California Legislators Vote to Exempt Themselves from State's Gun Laws?

Hyperpartisan web sites persist in recycling false reports about California legislators' exempting themselves from the state's gun control regulations.

Trump’s ‘Tremendous Success’ Abroad Is Overstated

President Trump marked his return from a five-country tour of Asia by recounting on Wednesday its “tremendous success” and that of his other trips abroad.

Schumer’s claim that the GOP is ‘kicking 13 million people off health insurance’

CBO, in estimating the impact of repealing the individual mandate, is mostly describing a voluntary action of people choosing not to buy health insurance. That’s not the same as “kicking off” 13 million people.

Examining Trump’s Asia Deals That He Says Are Worth Billions

President Trump advertised his deal-making prowess during his Asia trip this week, claiming to have struck economic, energy and military trade agreements with Japan, South Korea and China worth billions of dollars. Whatever bill of goods Mr. Trump is selling, his claims require more context.

Trump’s bizarre claim that Obama ‘never got to land’ in the Philippines

Why does President Trump believe that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte refuse to let Barack Obama land his plane in Manila? He’s said it not once, not twice, but three times.

Trump’s Bizarre Plane Story

President Donald Trump left a false impression that a plane carrying former President Barack Obama "came close but it didn't land" in the Philippines due to poor relations between the countries.

Hoboken Christmas Hoax

Q: Is the newly elected mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, a Muslim and did he cancel "government involvement" in Christmas? A: No.

Did a Woman Say the Washington Post Offered Her $1,000 to Accuse Roy Moore of Sexual Abuse?

A conspiratorial web site shared a story based solely on unsourced tweets claiming the venerable newspaper paid off sources.

Governor Rauner exaggerates job growth

"I could say that we have added 150,000 new jobs since I became governor," Rauner said of his first three years in office. That figure doesn't match seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which list new jobs in Illinois at 119,000 since January of 2014.

President Trump has made 1,628 false or misleading claims over 298 days

For some reason, our year-long project analyzing, categorizing and tracking every false or misleading claim by President Trump had seemed like quite a burden in the past month. Well, the numbers are in and now we know why: In the past 35 days, Trump has averaged an astonishing nine claims a day.

All the known times the Trump campaign met with Russians

Since the information about members of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians has come out in dribs and drabs, as a public service, we compiled a comprehensive timeline of what we now know from media reports and court documents detailing which members of the campaign met with Russians during the campaign as well as internal discussions about those meetings.

Is Most Homelessness Tied to Drugs and Alcohol?

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells claimed nearly all homelessness is linked to drug or alcohol abuse.