Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

The Nevada cattle-grazing fight, Harry Reid and the Chinese solar company

Are Sen. Harry Reid and a Chinese company building a solar plant behind a standoff between federal agents and a Nevada rancher?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Ad targets GOP leadership in Alabama

A political advertisement that's made the rounds on statewide television over the past month comes from the Foundation for Limited Government. The group was founded by former lawmaker John Rice, a former Democrat and Republican. Here's a closer look at its accuracy.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Hobby Lobby and the Divorcing Employee

Did the Hobby Lobby chain fire an employee for divorcing her husband without company approval? Nope, just another case of satire passed off as truth.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Obamacare Ad Onslaught

It has been a campaign tradition: Election cycles filled with ads about the Affordable Care Act -- and overwhelmingly ads attacking the law and those who support it. The 2014 midterm election could be even more intense.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Disconnecting the Dots in Arkansas

A TV ad says Rep. Tom Cotton was "paid handsomely working for insurance companies" and wants to transform Medicare in ways that would benefit the industry at the expense of seniors. But there's no evidence Cotton did work for insurers.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Do 72 percent of for-profit programs have graduates making less than high school dropouts?

Checking a surprising statistic uttered from the podium in the White House briefing room by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Blocking the TV show 'COSMOS' in Kansas?

Are Kansas legislators considering a bill that would force the Fox science show 'COSMOS' off the air in that state?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

How Not To Use a Survey

Republicans cite a new survey to claim health insurance premiums are up 90 percent in New Hampshire because of the Affordable Care Act. But there are problems with this argument.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Guilt By Association in Louisiana

In a classic case of misdirection, the Senate Majority PAC claims the "out-of-state billionaire Koch brothers" are spending millions to elect Republican Bill Cassidy so that he will "fight for them" on issues such as their "fight to let flood insurance premiums soar."

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Did Obama warn about …Obamacare?

A look back at Obama's much-aired 2008 "ball of yarn" ad.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Fact checks in the race to succeed Trey Radel

An interactive feature on attacks in the Florida special congressional election.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

A new Pinocchio rating for President Obama’s ’77-cent’ claim on the wage gap

A reconsideration of what had been a One Pinocchio rating.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Abortion Distortion in Mississippi Primary

The Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi has what the Mississippi Right to Life calls "two really good pro-life candidates." Yet, the candidates are engaged in a spirited -- and deceptive -- fight over abortion.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Senate Majority PAC’s nonsensical attack ad in Louisiana

Four Pinocchios for an ad by a pro-Democratic group.

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Do the Koch brothers spend more than unions?

Looking into the claim that pro-Democratic unions have outspent the pro-Republican Koch brothers on political causes.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Spiking San Diego’s Water Supply With Recycled Water?

"The San Diego Bay Council points to the city of San Diego’s water reuse project that could supply up to 40 percent of San Diego’s water needs,” the San Diego Bay Council wrote in a March 26 press release. Is that correct?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Clearing Up 7 Common Core Claims

Some context for a few of the most commonly heard criticisms about Common Core.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Kreegel's critics target PAC collusion, paternity suit

In the mudslinging battle that the 19th Congressional District race has become, Paige Kreegel has yet to get involved via negative ads, at least with his name on them. Though a PAC supporting him has spent hundreds of thousands on ads and mailers, Kreegel just released his first ad this week, featuring his wife (and no negative claims). But he has been the subject of claims via ads, mailers and press releases sent out by opponents. Here's a closer look.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

McConnell’s stale, inflated claim about health plan cancellations

An assertion by the Senate minority leader is a textbook case of the type of comparison that opponents of the Affordable Care Act have been making for months. But such claims can be misleading.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Rauner's ad says wife is a Democrat, but donations show otherwise

Pivoting from a primary campaign geared to his party's conservative base, Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner is now seeking to expand his appeal with a TV spot featuring playful banter with his wife, who proclaims herself to be a Democrat. But that on-screen declaration of political allegiance doesn't line up with Diana Rauner's history of campaign donations, which skews heavily Republican.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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