Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

False Story Ties Clintons to Doctor’s Death

Q: Did the late surgeon Dean Lorich expose "Clinton Foundation corruption in Haiti? A: No. Lorich co-authored an article criticizing the medical response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, not the Clinton Foundation.

Deadly ‘Pot’ Not Approved by The FDA

Did an FDA-approved form of synthetic marijuana lead to recent deaths in Illinois? A: No. The drugs that have killed four people in the last two months are unregulated and illegal.

The Context Behind Trump’s ‘Animals’ Comment

President Trump said his description of some immigrants as ‘animals’ referred to MS-13 members. But his remarks came during a discussion on how to prosecute immigrants in sanctuary cities, which don’t protect gang members who committed horrific crimes.

What was Walker Stapleton's involvement in Colorado PERA fix discussions?

Colorado’s two-term Republican treasurer, Walker Stapleton, released his first campaign ad this week, in which he touts himself as “a conservative who gets things done” but does not mention PERA — the state pension system that he has made a focal point of discussions during his time in office and his gubernatorial campaign.

Trump’s Hollow Complaint

A report issued by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service indicates that while the average time for confirmation is historically high, federal judges appointed by President Trump were confirmed faster than in President Obama's first year.

Here’s how big a rock you’d have to drop into the ocean to see the rise in sea level happening now

During a hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Wednesday, Rep Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) pressed Philip Duffy, president of Woods Hole Research Center, to identify reasons that sea levels might be rising.

Will Louisiana Evict Nursing Home Patients Because Medicaid Ran Out?

Although the state has passed an operating budget without evicting elderly people, Louisiana's fiscal woes continue.

Tesla safety claims aren't quite right

For years, Tesla has boasted that its cars and SUVs are safer than other vehicles on the roads, and CEO Elon Musk doubled down on the claims in a series of tweets this week.

Comey’s claim he didn’t tell Congress that FBI agents thought Flynn was not intentionally lying

We’re going to explore a curiosity about the investigation in the Trump campaign’s possible ties with Russia.

Trump Stretches Facts by Claiming Record Successes During ‘Greatest Witch Hunt’ in U.S. History

A historian says comparing the Russia investigation to the Salem witch trials is “hot air.” And among the past 10 presidents, Mr. Trump has signed the second-fewest bills to become law at this point in his term.

Trump Falsely Claims a 40% Decrease in Illegal Border Crossings

Such crossings actually increased in April, compared with March and the previous three Aprils.

DA Candidate’s Campaign Claims Supporting Opponent A ‘Threat’ To Public Safety

Threattosandiego.com — that’s the website from the campaign for candidate and interim San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan. It says "San Diego’s public safety is under attack" and points to a billionaire-backed committee’s large financial support for Stephan’s opponent: Deputy Public Defender Geneviéve Jones-Wright.

EPA’s Pruitt and his bargain condo deal

Pruitt misstated the record on multiple occasions Wednesday in lengthy testimony to a Senate committee that looked into the ethical and policy questions swirling around his tenure at EPA. Here’s a sampling.

No Arrests of ‘Sanctuary City’ Leaders

Did President Donald Trump have the leaders of so-called "sanctuary cities" arrested? No. Federal officials have discussed reviewing whether charges can be brought, but there have been no such arrests.

Schiff Shanks Trump Golf Cart Story

Rep. Adam Schiff mistakenly claimed that the Secret Service has paid the Trump Organization "over $150,000 ... for the privilege of renting Donald Trump golf carts to protect Donald Trump on his rounds." In fact, the federal agency rents golf carts from other companies.

The Supreme Court and Sharia law: How a fake-news story spreads

A bogus account began as a typo-ridden parody, but came to be embraced by millions.

Paul Ryan Didn’t Violate Campaign Finance Laws

Did House Speaker Paul Ryan break campaign finance laws in a meeting with donor Sheldon Adelson? No. He met with Adelson (which is legal), but there's no evidence he solicited a $30 million donation for a Republican super PAC (which would be illegal).

Trump’s claim that U.S. is only country with ‘thousands’ of immigration judges

Trump often complains about “catch and release,” the practice of releasing children and people seeking asylum or refugee status into the United States while they await immigration hearings. But these comments include a new twist.

Trade or Enforcement? Trump and Aides Give Conflicting Statements on ZTE

President Trump on Wednesday characterized his decision to review restrictions on a Chinese telecommunication company as part of “the larger trade deal.” But his commerce secretary and press aides have said differently.

Trump misplaces blame for family splits

President Donald Trump is wrongly blaming Democrats for a law that he says is forcing migrant children to be taken from their parents at the border. The decision to separate families was made by the Trump administration.