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Ad attacks politician Miller's 'High Life'

The attorney general and the Playboy "playmate"?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Misleading Anti-Obamacare Ad in Michigan

Americans for Prosperity’s latest anecdotal TV ad attacking the Affordable Care Act features a Michigan mom who says her family’s “new plan is not affordable at all” and that the law is “destroying the middle class.”

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Do 60 percent of women use ‘birth control’ for something other than family planning?

Checking the claim that “99 percent of women used birth control in their lifetime and 60 percent use it for something other than family planning."

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Benacquisto has voted to raise taxes, fees, but ...

To try to stop state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto’s rise to the national level, opponents and PACs supporting her opponents have turned to her past.

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Critics question Clawson's actions at Hayes Lemmerz

Curt Clawson has been the topic of more attacks than his opponents in the race for Florida's 19th Congressional District seat. Here's a look at some of them.

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Do Police Cameras Decrease Police Complaints?

“In the discussions that we’re having with other police agencies, those that have the cameras are finding that in some cases complaints against officers have dropped by 80 percent,” Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego police chief, said in an interview March 19. Is that correct?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Stretching the Facts in Pennsylvania

Competing ads in a Republican congressional primary in Pennsylvania go too far in their attacks related to federal farm subsidies and a vehicle mileage tax.

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The GOP claim that Obama scrapped a missile defense system as ‘a gift’ to Putin

Republicans say President Barack Obama canceled a planned missile defense system to “appease Putin” or “placate Putin.” Let’s look back at this supposed gift.

Friday, March 28th, 2014

A False Claim of a Medicare Change

Q: Does the Affordable Care Act require Medicare beneficiaries over age 75 to be admitted to the hospital by their primary care physician? A. No. There is no such requirement.

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Presidential lies … and consequences

Here, in chronological order, are the most significant misstatements—okay, lies—made by U.S. presidents in the past 55 years.

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The Congressional Candidate and the Koch Brothers

“My opponent Carl DeMaio talks a good game on the environment, but his background working for climate-denying financiers, Charles and David Koch, proves his words are all empty rhetoric,” Rep. Scott Peters wrote in March 21 fundraising email. Is that true?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

New ad takes aim at Alabama Education Association

A new political ad that hit the airwaves this week takes aim at the Alabama Education Association -- the teacher's union that touts an association of more than 90,000 members.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Big claims, few details in anti-Obamacare ad alleging soaring costs

The Fact Checker can barely keep up with the torrent of ads attacking the Affordable Care Act from the pro-GOP group Americans for Prosperity.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

North Carolina's 'Fracking Crew'

A coalition of environmental groups has labeled state Sens. Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, Wesley Meredith, R-Cumberland, and Ronald Rabin, R-Harnett, as "The Fracking Crew" in a commercial that has been running on WRAL and other area stations throughout this week.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

How Many ‘Lost Jobs’ in Illinois?

Republican Bruce Rauner claims in a new Spanish-language TV ad that Illinois has lost 90,000 jobs in five years under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Illinois has lost 3,400 jobs in five years -- not 90,000 -- by the standard definition of "jobs."

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

A closer look at Medicare Advantage changes

Does President Barack Obama want to "eliminate" Medicare Advantage so Americans "have to sign up for his health care system"?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

New anti-Obamacare ad makes misleading claims

This 30-second ad from the pro-GOP group Americans for Prosperity claims it’s not about politics. But it’s really all about making life difficult for Democrats. In fact, the ad goes by so quickly that viewers may have little time to process the information offered in the ad—except that the Affordable Care Act is really bad for Americans.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Romney’s Reach on World Opinion of U.S.

Mitt Romney said he couldn't think of a single "major country" that "has greater respect and admiration for America today than it did five years ago when Barack Obama became president."

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Club for Growth’s attack on a GOP lawmaker

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Does Gov. McCrory "have coal ash on his hands?"

NCCapitol's fact-checking staff has had a pair of ads aimed at Gov. Pat McCrory by the Natural Resources Defense Council on our "to-do" list for so long that neither is still on our air. However, we're still getting reader questions about our take on the ads – which cost about $400,000 to air according to ad tracking firms and Federal Election Commission documents – so this is a belated fact check on the pair.

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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