Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Insufficient data for Gov. Doug Ducey's MVD wait-time claim

Looking at how Arizona tracks wait times at Motor Vehicle Division locations, and whether the wait time on average has declined by 20 minutes.

Trump tweets vs. FBI testimony on Russia

President Donald Trump produced a running commentary on FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to Congress. Thanks to the length of the hearing and the immediacy of Twitter, Comey was able to comment on the president’s commentary without leaving his seat. It was a nearly real-time exchange Monday that circled back on itself, like a cat chasing its tail.

Trump's claim of fleeing doctors rings false

Making the case for a Republican repeal and replacement of his predecessor's health care law, President Donald Trump reached for a dire-sounding argument that's unsupported by the data.

Jobs "pour back" in the US? No evidence after-school programs help kids?

President Donald Trump's first spending plan for the government and a report by the Congressional Budget Office on Republican health care kicked up quite a fuss in Washington over the past week. Bold claims flew on those developments and more. Many don't hold up to scrutiny.

Democrats’ Critiques of the Republican Health Bill

With the House vote on the Republican health care bill looming on Thursday, Democrats are unified in their opposition. Lawmakers have echoed the same talking points, exaggerating the bill’s effect on insurance pools, employment and income inequality. Here is an assessment of their claims.

Trump’s biggest Obamacare bloopers

President Trump is like a broken record of Pinocchios, incessantly repeating false and misleading claims that have been debunked.

Spinning the Intel Hearing

The White House posted a series of misleading tweets on the investigation into Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 campaign.

Did Tom Price Say It Is 'Better for Our Budget If Cancer Patients Die More Quickly'?

A statement attributed to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price about the budget benefits of cancer patients' dying quickly is apocryphal.

Do New York, New Jersey natives dominate Supreme Court?

Have five of the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court been born in New York or New Jersey?

Trump tweets vs. FBI testimony on Russia

President Donald Trump produced a running commentary on FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to Congress. Thanks to the length of the hearing and the immediacy of Twitter, Comey was able to comment on the president’s commentary without leaving his seat. It was a nearly real-time exchange Monday that circled back on itself, like a cat chasing its tail.

Are 80 percent or 0.1 percent of the 9th Circuit Court’s decisions overturned?

Although the reversal rate is one way to measure a court’s record, using figures such as 80 percent or one-tenth of 1 percent does not add much to the debate.

President Trump’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Twitter day

With the House Intelligence Committee on Monday prepared to hold hearings on Russian influence in the 2016 election, the president issued tweets that did not hold up well as the testimony unfolded.

Land Loss in Louisiana

Q: Is Louisiana losing a football field of land to the ocean every hour? A: Yes.

Is Springfield the 11th most dangerous city in the country?

While it might seem dramatic to imply criminals are running amok in a city with 8 total homicides in all of 2016, there is some data (albeit controversial) to back up the claim.

Fukushima radiation not cause for alarm in US

Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster in Japan has reached North American shores, but — despite a number of reports shared on social media— scientists say the levels of radiation are so low that it poses no risk to public health.

Budget Director’s Claims That Programs Don’t Work

Facing criticism over proposed spending cuts in arts, education and antipoverty efforts, President Trump’s budget director repeatedly argued Thursday that at-risk programs neither help nor work. “I can’t go to the autoworker in Ohio and say please give me some of your money so that I can do this program over here someplace else that really isn’t helping anybody,” Mick Mulvaney said on MSNBC. Later that day, Mr. Mulvaney reiterated this point in a news briefing, adding that effectively spending the tax dollars of “the coal miner in West Virginia” or “the single mom in Detroit” is “as compassionate as you can get.” Here’s an assessment of his claims.

A Washington week of bluster

President Donald Trump's first spending plan for the government and a report by the Congressional Budget Office on Republican health care kicked up quite a fuss in Washington over the past week. Bold claims flew on those developments and more. Many don't hold up to scrutiny.

Are firearms with a silencer ‘quiet’?

There is little that’s quiet about a firearm with a silencer, unless one also thinks a jackhammer is quiet.

For the Record: WH budget director did not say Meals on Wheels did not show results

There has been a lot of media criticism of Mick Mulvaney for suggesting that the popular Meals and Wheels program does not work or is “just not showing results.” But, because of tweets and snippets posted on the Web, it appears his comments have been misinterpreted. He was not talking about Meals on Wheels, but about a program in the Housing and Urban Development Department known as CDBG, or community development block grants.

Trump’s Tennessee Tale

In making his case to replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump falsely claimed that in Tennessee "half of the state has no insurance company" on the ACA marketplace. In fact, all eight of the state's rating areas have at least one carrier and three of them have two carriers.