Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Most GOP Candidates Flunk Climate Science

When it comes to climate science, two of the three Democratic presidential candidates are A students, while most of the Republican contenders are flunking, according to a panel of scientists who reviewed candidates' comments.

Do IRS agents really outnumber G-men and spies?

A closer look at government employee numbers.

Donald Trump’s outrageous claim that ‘thousands’ of New Jersey Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks

He cannot simply assert something so damning; he must provide some real evidence or else issue an apology.

Obama, the VA and Christmas

No, President Obama didn't ban Christmas trees or the phrase "Merry Christmas" from VA facilities.

Was the Fort Hood shooter a refugee?

No, Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan was not a "vetted refugee." He was an American citizen born in the United States.

Global Factcheckathon: G-20 summit fact-checked by 12 fact-checking organizations

As world leaders gathered in Antalya, Turkey, to discuss economic policies at the G-20 summit on Nov. 15 and 16, The Fact Checker and our counterparts around the world held our own global collaboration — the second G-20 Factcheckathon.

Rand Paul’s claim that cities and states led by Democrats have the worst income inequality

Paul is correct that the cities and states with the highest income inequality are led by Democrats. But this is a misleading claim.

SANDAG’s Transit Progress, or Lack Thereof

In San Diego, 75 percent of transportation funding in the next five years will go to transit, up from 50 percent in the last five years,” said Councilman Todd Gloria, in a statement touting his support of the San Diego Association of Government’s 30-year transportation plan. Is that correct?

Trump Claims 100M People Looking for Work

Here's a look at Trump's claim, and what federal labor statistics say about how many people are out of work.

Did Trump suggest badges for Muslims?

About Trump’s Oreo Boycott

Donald Trump says he's "never eating another Oreo again" because its parent company is "closing a factory in Chicago and they're moving to Mexico." Some Oreo production is moving to Mexico, but a downsized Chicago plant will remain.

The viral claim that ‘not one’ refugee resettled since 9/11 has been ‘arrested on domestic terrorism charges’

In calling for immigration reform, the House Democratic Caucus chairman cited a claim that has been circulated widely on social media in the wake of the Paris attacks: no resettled refugee has been arrested on “domestic terrorism” charges. As the debate unfolds over whether the refugee resettlement program poses a domestic threat, critics of the program have disputed this claim — noting initial reports that the Tsarnaev brothers in the Boston Marathon bombing entered the United States as refugees, and pointing to reports of other refugees who were arrested on terrorism charges. This is a complex web of semantics and technical differences, so we will untangle it here.

A mislabeled photo doesn't show death in Paris attack

The children in the photo died in Syria in 2013, not Paris in 2015.

Hillary Clinton on Gun Deaths

Q: Have 3,000 people been killed by guns in the U.S. in one month, from Oct. 13 to Nov. 14, 2015? A: Comprehensive data aren't available yet.

A misleading video about Muslim refugees

The "With Gates Wide Open" video features glimpses of violence in cities across the world. While the video is edited to make it seem as though all of the incidents involve refugees in Europe, that is simply not the case.

Muslim women's protest is incorrectly described

A photograph of protesting "Muslim women" was taken in Tehran in 2013, not the United States in 2015.

Incorrect graphic about Muslims in Japan

Contrary to popular meme, Japan has not been able to "keep Islam at bay" by enforcing strict laws on Muslims.

Were the Tsarnayev brothers refugees?

Not exactly.

No Christmas stamps from the Postal Service this year?

Repeat after me: Obama is not admitting 100,000, 200,000 or 250,000 Syrian refugees

There is no excuse for repeated, false statements that have no basis in fact – and have been proven wrong. These candidates each earn Four Pinocchios.