Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

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

Medicare Ghost Stories

Ghost stories are fanciful, frightening tales told to children. But political claims about Medicare cuts are stories used to scare senior citizens. Such distortions are currently on display in the high-profile Kentucky Senate race.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Did Arizona lawmaker vote to raise taxes?

The Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee last month erected signs on corners in Legislative District 15 stating that Rep. Heather Carter (R) voted to raise taxes. The signs do not specify which taxes the group is referring to.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Grimes releases first negative TV ad

Shaky claims about Medicare were common in the 2012 campaign, from President Barack Obama on down. Now they've surfaced in this year's midterm elections, in one of the hottest Senate races in the country.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Costco and Dinesh D'Souza's book

Has Costco pulled copies of Dinesh D'Souza's book 'America: Imagine a World Without Her' from their stores?

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Can Nevada's margin tax be used for 'anything'?

The proposed business tax initiative on Nevada's ballot in November says it will fund education. But will the money be able to fund anything?

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Parsing school funding claims in Minnesota

The legislative session is over, and DFLers are back in their districts talking up their accomplishments, including efforts to reduce the funding gap between urban and rural school districts.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Have John Kasich's tax cuts really helped poorer Ohioans?

One of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald's main attack lines against Gov. John Kasich has been that he's helped out Ohio's rich at the expense of everyone else. But a recent Twitter post by the Ohio Republican Party seeks to refute that accusation, arguing that the governor's tax reforms also put real money in the pockets of working-class Ohioans – such as a single mom trying to raise her child on a modest income. Single parents, the tweet claims, would be "hurt" by FitzGerald's "tax increases."

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Does FitzGerald's attack on latest budget bill hold water?

Democrat Ed FitzGerald will comment on every move Gov. John Kasich makes between now and November to set him apart from the Republican incumbent in this year's gubernatorial race. So when Kasich signed an off-year budget bill last week, the FitzGerald campaign quickly released a statement alleging Kasich has "misplaced priorities."

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Undocumented immigrants and Phoenix's murder rate

A look at Phoenix's murder rate and whether there is evidence to suggest a certain percentage of homicides were committed by undocumented immigrants.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Are kids being implanted with RFID chips to curb gun violence?

Are U.S. schools requiring children to be implanted with RFID chips in order to curb gun violence?

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Michigan lawmaker inflates his conservative cred

The intramural fight between Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and his challenger Brian Ellis has turned into a battle over who is more conservative, with much of fight centering on abortion issues.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The national debt and the U.S. economy

The claim: "Our national debt is larger than our entire economy. Today, our debt is over $17 trillion and it grows by over $3.5 billion each day." Is it correct?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Arizona's looming retirement wave

Is it correct that 27 percent of Arizona's workforce is eligible for retirement over the next four years?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Hobby Lobby and the gay employee

Did a Hobby Lobby store manager executed a gay employee by stoning. Of course not. More "satire" passed of as truth.

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Lawnmower registration in New York State?

Is the state of New York requiring residents to take in their lawnmowers for annual safety inspections?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Fact-checking America's founding

In celebration of July 4, we've put together a collection of legends associated with the founding of the United States of America.

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Obama’s Numbers, July 2014 Update

Our Regular Update of the Statistical Record During President Obama's Tenure.

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Obama and Executive Overreach

The issue of executive overreach from President Obama was debated on "Fox News Sunday," but on two issues, the rhetoric outpaced the facts.

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Jack Kingston’s Summer Re-Run

Rep. Jack Kingston repackages several deceptive claims about his opponent's business record in a new TV ad that has all the charm of a summer re-run.

Monday, July 7th, 2014

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