Monday, March 30th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Setting the record straight on a net neutrality fact check

Since our fact check published, some net neutrality proponents misquoted it on social media. Even FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler misused the fact check during a House Appropriations Committee budget hearing on March 24, 2015.

Chicago School Fight

Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,” in fact, are publicly funded charter schools -- open to all students tuition-free.

Did Santorum ‘invent’ health savings accounts?

The claim goes too far.

Here’s why lawmakers should not speak without notes

Sometimes a lawmaker will wander on the floor of the House or Senate and begin speaking without any notes. That’s a big mistake, especially for someone like Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, who is chairman of the House Rules Committee and was speaking about the federal budget. Let’s do some simple math.

Williams mayor race ad fact-check

A look at the Wichita mayoral race.

Is Michelle Obama requiring day care kids to be weighed?

No, it's just a limited study.

Does Ted Cruz's father support rounding up atheists in camps?

He's said lots of provocative things, but not this.

Ted Cruz’s Presidential Eligibility

Q: Is Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, eligible to be the U.S. president? A: Most likely.

Rubio’s claim that Obama would not comment on Iran’s ‘Green Revolution’

Sen. Marco Rubio appears to have created a cartoon version of the White House reaction to the Green Revolution.

Checking Scott Walker's stump speech

As he campaigned last week in three cities in this state, a crucial one in the GOP primary, Scott Walker repeated the same anecdotes, sometimes word-for-word, to reinforce those ideas. Walker has a very clear, well-defined story he is telling about himself. But should Republicans and other Americans believe it?

The Plume Makes a Plum Red Herring

The San Diego Chargers have thrown out lots of claims about roadblocks to building a new stadium in Mission Valley since the mayor’s task force recommended that location last week.

Dems mostly right on lower crime rates

Is Arizona's crime rate at its lowest point since the 1970s?

FactChecking Ted Cruz

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major Republican candidate to declare himself officially in the 2016 presidential race. In announcing his presidential ambition, Cruz repeated a number of dubious claims we have heard before, and a few we haven't.

No, Tom Cotton did not say this fake quote

There is a lot being attributed lately to Sen. Tom Cotton, Republican freshman senator from Arkansas. But not all if it is accurate.

Frank Marshall Davis: Obama’s ‘Communist mentor’?

What was Frank Marshall Davis’s Communist influence on Obama?

Purported quote on guns by Vermont lawmaker isn't real

Did Vermont state Sen. Mary Ann Carlson once say that people who own guns "are pretty likely to commit a crime"?

The New York high school and the Arabic-language pledge

Did a New York high school force students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic?

A look at how Gardner is doing on her 100-day checklist

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner’s first 100 days in office have been packed with everything but sleep.

Jeb Bush is right on visa overstays

When potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush in a visit to Iowa this month called for policies addressing undocumented immigrants who overstay legal visas as well as those who cross the southern border, he cited a very specific statistic to make his point.

GOP budgets rely on higher taxes to balance

The new House and Senate Republican budgets make a big boast: They both balance the federal budget within 10 years, without raising taxes. Their own numbers, however, say millions of American families and businesses would have to pay more in taxes to make the math work — about $900 billion more over the next decade.