Friday, March 6th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

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.

Biden Resurrects Bogus Talking Points

Vice President Joe Biden resurrected years-old, Democratic talking points on the Affordable Care Act and U.S. oil production during a recent speech in New Hampshire.

Is Obama banning 'green tip' bullets?

Does the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms plan to ban "green tip" ammunition due to executive action by President Obama?

Did Rand Paul really ‘return’ money to the Treasury?

Actually, the money in question doesn’t go back to the Treasury—or to taxpayers.

Can Eric Holder change the federal drug classification of marijuana?

A pair of quotes underscore the gaps in federal drug scheduling policies and rulemaking.

Rep. Joe Barton and wind energy

Did Rep. Joe Barton say that "wind is a finite resource and harnessing it would slow the winds down, which would cause the temperature to go up"?

Rep. Jim Jordan says President Obama lied about Obamacare

Like most Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Jim Jordan of Champaign County is no fan of the Affordable Care Act. And like most Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, he has voted dozens of times to repeal provisions of the health insurance law he calls "Obamacare."

Talking Heads Skew 'Net Neutrality' Debate

Is President Barack Obama taking over the Internet? Not by a long stretch, but that's not stopping political banter in the "net neutrality" debate.

Were Obama and Clinton charged in Egyptian terrorism case?

Checking the claim that President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were criminally charged by Egyptian courts with aiding and abetting terrorists.

Montana senator twice gets his facts wrong on timber sales and litigation

Our inbox started flowing with e-mails from outraged residents of Montana shortly after Montana Public Radio ran an interview in which Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) asserted that “every logging sale” in the state was “under litigation.”

What exactly would happen during a DHS shutdown?

The debate over funding the Department of Homeland Security is ramping up as lawmakers near a deadline to work through the gridlock.

Key report in battle over car dealer sales is bizarrely outdated

This may seem like an old quote but it’s one that continues to resonate, as this paper (written by a one-time economist at the Justice Department) is frequently cited by advocates of direct sales of automobiles to consumers.

Diane Douglas wrong; ed board staff didn't vow to block repeal of Common Core

A look at Common Core in Arizona.

Did Oregon legalize the drug Molly?

Nope, just more fake news.

Rep. Coffman really is a ‘combat veteran’

Did a lawmaker actually fight in combat? And what are the criteria to qualify as a “combat veteran”?

Giuliani’s false claims about Obama’s speeches

Does former Mayor Giuliani not listen to Obama’s speeches?

Is Obama lowering the drinking age to 18?

No, just more fake news passed off as real.

Free national park admissions for kids?

On Feb.19, 2015, President Barack Obama announced an initiative enabling American schoolchildren to visit National Parks for free.