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Dan Patrick at the Republican Convention

With help from the Washington Post’s fact-checking platform Truth Teller, we’re analyzing the speeches that Texas’ candidates for governor and lieutenant governor gave at their respective state political party conventions. Here, we focus on some of Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick’s remarks at his state party convention in June.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The Cheneys’ claim of a ‘deep, longstanding, far-reaching relationship’ between al-Qaeda and Saddam

Dick Cheney: Out of office, but back in the news with a questionable claim.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Mead, Haynes stumble on some topics, numbers

Gov. Matt Mead and Taylor Haynes, both Republicans, dropped numbers and facts during the 2014 Wyoming GOP Primary Gubernatorial Debate, as they argued their cases for why each should be the next Wyoming governor.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Who Supports Obamacare in Georgia Race?

Both candidates seeking the Republican nomination in a Georgia House race have repeatedly called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. But you wouldn't know it from the competing ads from Bob Johnson and Buddy Carter.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Legal Immigration Down, Not Up

Rick Santorum said that the United States is "accepting more legal immigrants than we ever have." Actually, the number of people being granted lawful permanent resident status has decreased consecutively for two fiscal years.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Checking Greg Abbott at the State GOP Convention

Analyzing the speeches that Texas’ candidates for governor and lieutenant governor gave at their respective state political party conventions.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Checking Wendy Davis at the Democratic Convention

Analyzing the speeches that Texas’ candidates for governor and lieutenant governor gave at their respective state political party conventions.

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Obama’s claim that 700,000 jobs are ‘at risk’ over highway funding

“If Congress fails to fund (the Highway Trust Fund), it runs out of money," President Barack Obama said. "That could put nearly 700,000 jobs at risk.” Is that correct?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Tiahrt ad attacks Pompeo on Obamacare

From Obamacare to immigration, the race for the Kansas 4th District Congressional seat isn't shying away from controversial topics. In the latest ad to hit the airwaves, former Congressman Todd Tiahrt attacks incumbent Representative Mike Pompeo.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Babeu claims only Jones takes on border

Is it correct that "Christine Jones is the only candidate for governor (of Arizona) that has a real plan that will address" border security?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Gov. Corbett’s line-item veto and a billion-dollar debt deal

A Democratic state lawmaker's claims that one of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's line-item vetoes in the state budget threatens a costly public debt settlement in the city of Harrisburg. That is not exactly accurate.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Obama’s claim that the GOP has ‘blocked every serious idea’

This has become a standard line in the president’s oratory, as part of making his case that he’s “acted this year to help working Americans on my own– when Congress won’t act.” Is it accurate?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

How densely populated is Gaza?

The Gaza Strip is often referred to as one of most densely populated places on earth. This observation is often disputed. In many ways, both the original observation and the criticisms of it miss the point.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

David Pepper hits Mike DeWine on rape kit 'backlog'

Democratic attorney general candidate David Pepper claims Attorney General Mike DeWine isn't doing enough to test thousands of rape kits left untouched by local law enforcement agencies around the state. Is that accurate?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Democrats on Hobby Lobby: ‘Misspeaks,’ ‘opinion’ and overheated rhetoric

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 ruling that, as a closely held company, Hobby Lobby was not required to pay for all of the birth-control procedures mandated by the Affordable Care Act, Democrats have rushed to condemn the court. But in some cases the rhetoric has gotten way ahead of the facts.

Monday, July 14th, 2014

More Senior Scare in Montana

A new ad from Republican Montana Senate candidate Steve Daines falsely accuses his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Walsh, of wanting to privatize Social Security. And both candidates trade jabs in competing TV ads on Medicare.

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Exaggerated Claims of ‘Corporate Welfare’

Rep. Justin Amash and Club for Growth Action make false and distorted claims in TV ads that attack Amash's Republican primary opponent, Brian Ellis, for wasting taxpayer money on "corporate welfare."

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Was Jan Brewer accurate on deferred-action migrants, border crisis?

Checking whether the deferred-action program directly led to the rise in undocumented immigrants coming to the U.S.

Friday, July 11th, 2014

A Kentucky shootout over stale Medicare claims

How many times have The Fact Checker, PolitiFact and FactCheck.org explained that these claims are wrong?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Did health insurance premiums jump 50 percent because of Obamacare?

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., mixes up so many apples and oranges in this ad that it's a virtual fruit basket.

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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