Friday, March 6th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Lawmaker claims illegal immigrants released by Obama are committing a murder a day

One can debate the merits of the administration’s immigration policies without resorting to nonsense facts. This lawmaker is a committee chairman, and he should know better.

McSally's data wrong on 'level on danger'

Checking the claim that "although the numbers (of apprehensions for illegal entry to the United States) have gone down, the level of danger of the types of people that are coming across has gone up."

Lindsey Graham is wrong on oil prices

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham tested a foreign policy-focused message on Iowans during his first visit to the first-in-the-nation caucus state as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

Perry Misses Point on Texas CO2 Cuts

Rick Perry said carbon dioxide emissions in Texas were down because of "incentive-based regulation" during his time as governor. But the evidence shows a decline in manufacturing jobs and federal policies are more likely to be the cause of the reduction.

Did Netanyahu go too far in U.S. speech?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overstated Iran’s domination of the Middle East and understated the timespan of the nuclear deal taking shape with Tehran, while neglecting the role of Congress in lifting Iranian sanctions, in his speech to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday.

Netanyahu speech: Fact-checking 5 key claims

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a sharp case against a deal in the works to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions during a speech to Congress Tuesday, instead pushing for a tougher approach. Here's a look at five of the key claims he made.

Sarah Palin’s odd description of Iraq and Afghanistan deployment trends

Palin said that during World War II, the average deployment in the combat theater was six months, in the Korean War it was nine months, in Vietnam it was 13, and for Iraq and Afghanistan, "initial enlistment" was 45 months. Is that correct?

Scott Walker’s exaggerated education claims

Are Walker’s claims on improved education records accurate?

Netanyahu Takes Kerry Out of Context

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's highly anticipated speech to Congress contained a curious statement. He claimed Secretary of State John Kerry "confirmed last week that Iran could legitimately possess" 190,000 centrifuges enriching uranium by the end of a long-term nuclear agreement.

Another fake Sarah Palin quote

Satire site publishes fake comment.

The zombie statistic about women’s share of income and property

This is a bogus, Four-Pinocchio statistic unworthy of citation.

Michelle Obama's 'Hug-a-Muslim Day'?

Did First Lady Michelle Obama propose a "Hug A Muslim" day to replace Columbus Day? Nope, more fake news.

More Keystone Spin

With a showdown vote approaching on the Keystone XL pipeline, both sides continue to spin the facts about exports and safety.

Iowa Democrats mislead with statements on school funding

Democrats in the Iowa Legislature say a Republican plan to increase state aid for K-12 schools by 1.25 percent is insufficient because Iowa already underfunds schools on a per-student basis. They say the state will drop from 35th in per-pupil spending to 40th under the Republican plan. We rate these statements misleading.

Obama’s claim that Keystone XL oil ‘bypasses the U.S.’ earns Four Pinocchios

President Obama, seeking to explain his veto of a bill that would have leapfrogged the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline, in an interview with a North Dakota station repeated some false claims that had previously earned him Pinocchios. Yet he managed to make his statement even more misleading than before, suggesting the pipeline would have no benefit for American producers at all.

FactChecking CPAC

A parade of potential Republican presidential candidates took turns at delivering speeches and answering questions at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that started on Feb. 26. Along the way there were some distortions of facts.

Will Power Plant Rules Cause Blackouts?

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress her agency's proposed rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will not affect the reliability of electricity service. That's debatable.

A misleading swipe at Michelle Obama's school-lunch initiative

An international comparison of school lunches is taken out of context.

Sarah Palin’s inaccurate claim about suicides of veterans of the ‘war on terror’

Sarah Palin took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference to a standing ovation and delivered an impassioned speech about taking care of veterans. But one of the statistics she cited was problematic.

Ben Carson Features Fake Alexis de Tocqueville Quote

Ben Carson’s supporters are distributing a leaflet on him at CPAC that includes a quote falsely attributed to the French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville.