Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Does a city with the ‘toughest gun laws’ end up with ‘worst gun violence’?

This is Part 1 of two fact checks examining rhetoric on both sides of the gun debate.

Do tougher gun laws lead to ‘dramatically lower rates of gun violence’?

This is Part 2 of two fact checks examining rhetoric on both sides of the gun debate.

McCaskill’s false claim that she ‘wasn’t here’ when the DEA bill was passed

In the wake of The Washington Post/“60 minutes” investigation detailing how 2016 legislation passed by Congress weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after drug distributors, even as opioid-related deaths continue to rise, Sen. McCaskill has led the charge for repealing the law.

Seahawks Players Didn’t Burn Flag

Q: Did players for the Seattle Seahawks burn the American flag? A: No.

Fact-checking Trump's claims on corporate tax rates, Asia trip

During his remarks at a last-minute Rose Garden press conference on Monday, President Trump said that he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed overhauling the nation's tax code over lunch, complaining that the U.S. corporate rate of 35 percent puts the country at a competitive disadvantage with other countries, which charge a lower rate.

Trump's tax plan is far from the biggest ever

President Donald Trump presented a distorted picture of his tax plan this past week and claimed he was trying to keep the Obama health law's insurance markets afloat even as he took steps that could well sink them.

Is Trump Spending More Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Travel than Obama Did?

Despite preliminary indications that the Trump family's government-paid travel expenses are higher than the Obamas', Internet rumors exaggerate the disparity.

Is the Mandalay Bay Security Guard 'Missing'?

Police told us that despite widespread rumors and speculation, Jesus Campos is not missing.

In the Virginia’s governor’s race, four-Pinocchio attack ads on both sides

As the election nears, both Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam have escalated their attack ads.

Trump Misleadingly Blames Bob Corker for Iran Deal

Corker, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, repeatedly spoke out against the accord to limit Tehran’s nuclear program before it was brokered by world powers in 2015.

Illegal Border Crossings Are Down, But Trump Still Exaggerates the Numbers

Since taking office, President Trump has frequently claimed to have achieved large declines in illegal immigration across the Southwest border with Mexico, and the drop appear to grow with each mention. Mr. Trump has a point: Border crossings have gone down more during his administration. Yet he continues to exaggerate.

Assessing Trump’s Criticisms of Iran and the Nuclear Deal

President Trump declared his intention not to recertify the Iran nuclear deal in a forceful speech on Friday. But the rationale he provided includes several misleading or incomplete statements about the terms of the deal, what he considers a violation of the agreement and Iran itself. Here is an assessment.

Fact-checking President Trump’s speech on the Iran deal

In his speech on the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Trump made a number of factual assertions. The deal was negotiated by Iran, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France and China), Germany and the European Union. Here’s a guide to some of his rhetoric, in the order in which he made these statements.

Trump on Iran’s ‘Multiple Violations’

In refusing to certify the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump said Iran "has committed multiple violations of the agreement." But that's not the finding of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Trump Muddles Economic Indicators

In a news interview and a speech in Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump misleadingly suggested that rising stock value could reduce the national debt.

Trump vs. Grassley on tax cuts in history

President Donald Trump is going around mischaracterizing his tax plan as the largest tax cut in U.S. history and a Republican senator is calling him out on it. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted Thursday, as if speaking to Trump, "Ur tax cut will not be 'largest in history of country,'" and proceeded to offer a fact check "my own self." Grassley then laid out Bush-era tax cuts that were worth more, using nearly incomprehensible Twitterese. A look at the matter.

Is Trump International Hotel Handing Out Anti-CNN Petitions?

A woman posted an image of a petition that she says an anonymous individual gave her at the hotel bar, prompting a rumor that guests were receiving it upon check-in.

Trump’s claim that U.S. interceptors can knock out ICMBs ’97 percent of the time’

In discussing the threat posed by North Korea and its rush to perfect an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), President Trump offered a reassuring image: a missile defense so robust that a single interceptor had a 97-percent success rate — and two interceptors would assuredly knock the ICBM out of the sky. Is this anything close to reality?

Trump Didn’t Change NFL Tax Status

Q: Did President Donald Trump revoke the National Football League’s status as a nonprofit organization? A: No.

A Tax Hike or Benefit for the ‘Middle Class’?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed that the Republican tax cut plan "raises taxes on middle class," while President Donald Trump claimed that "everybody’s gonna benefit" from a plan that "is for the middle class."