Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Trump’s claim veterans received ’42 percent more’ approvals to get non-VA health care

This statistic jumped out at The Fact Checker, as it seemed to be a significant jump in the number of veterans getting authorized to get their health care outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs health-care system.

Translating McMaster’s rhetoric on the Russia-leak story

When a White House is confronted with a negative news story, officials face a difficult challenge if the story is largely correct. A common PR technique is to deny things that are not in the story or to make sweeping declarations while ignoring the specifics. The Trump White House is playing this game in its response to several key points from a May 15 Washington Post article.

Fact-Checking a Mogul’s Claims About Avocado Toast, Millennials and Home Buying

Millennials have enough problems as it is. Must they give up their avocado toast, too?

Do Rep. Stefanik's claims on healthcare hold up?

An in-depth look at Elise Stefanik's statements on Medicaid, pre-existing conditions, and how the Republican bill will affect access to care.

Has a 'Sealed Indictment' Been Issued Against President Trump?

The sourcing of a story reporting a sealed indictment has been issued against the president is too vague to corroborate.

President Trump’s evolving claims about when China stopped manipulating its currency

In recent weeks, he has begun to claim that China stopped manipulating the currency because he was elected — or even because he raised the issue during the campaign. Is that correct?

Did the U.S. Government Purposely Poison 10,000 Americans During Prohibition?

An Internet meme claims that government agencies tried to curb consumption of illegal liquor by adding poison.

It’s far from case closed on Trump, Russia

President Donald Trump is decidedly premature in claiming everyone’s convinced his presidential campaign and Russia did not collude before the election. Investigations into contacts between Russians and people with the Trump campaign are still going on, so there’s no exoneration to be found. Over the past week, Trump stretched a variety of facts on trade, taxes and economic theory. But his firing of FBI Director James Comey was far and away the source of the most tumult. Contradictions cascaded from the White House. Here are some statements by the president and his spokespeople on the FBI, Russia, economics and more.

Health insurance premiums will keep going up, under either ACA or AHCA

Advocates for the House Republicans’ health-care overhaul plan frequently say or suggest that premiums would go down under the proposal. There is, in fact, a line in the Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act that, at first glance, might suggest premiums will decline by 10 percent. But, as we have frequently explained, the reference in the report is compared to current law — the Affordable Care Act. What CBO does is measure the impact of a proposed law against a current law baseline. So average premiums by 2026 are projected to be rougher 10 percent lower than the baseline for the Affordable Care Act — but they still would go up.

Did taxpayers fund anti-Trump billboard in Phoenix?

Was an anti-Trump billboard in downtown Phoenix funded by taxpayers?

US-China trade deal is big, but not that big

An AP Fact Check finds that the new American trade deal with China isn't as ground-breaking at the Trump administration would like to believe.

This News Is Not Real

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media.

Searching for truth in Trump-FBI tumult

Riding a maelstrom over his firing of the FBI chief, President Donald Trump says the White House people who speak for him cannot be counted on to get facts straight. Nor, it must be said, can he.

Obama on Childhood Obesity Rates

Former President Barack Obama falsely claimed that Let's Move, an initiative of former First Lady Michelle Obama, "helped bring down America’s obesity rates for our youngest kids for the first time in 30 years."

GOP Bill and Sexual Assault

Q: Are sexual assault and rape preexisting conditions under the GOP health bill? A: No. The bill doesn’t identify any preexisting conditions, and it says insurers can't deny coverage to individuals.

All of the White House’s conflicting explanations for Comey’s firing: A timeline

On May 9, Donald Trump became the second United States president to fire the director of the FBI. Naturally, Americans wanted to know: Why?

Why Did Trump Fire Comey?

Why did President Donald Trump fire FBI Director James Comey? The president and top administration officials have offered contradictory accounts in recent days.

Fact Checking Donald Trump’s Interview With NBC’s Lester Holt

In an exclusive interview with NBC News' Lester Holt Thursday, President Donald Trump discussed at length his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. We fact checked the president's claims.

Is Gov. Jerry Brown 'Caught in the Middle' of a Corruption Investigation?

A conservative-leaning website strained to connect Brown to a probe he personally ordered.

Looking closer at Stefanik's health care answers

A recent forum was dominated by health care-related questions. The following analysis takes a closer look at issues raised in the forum