Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

GOP budgets rely on higher taxes to balance

The new House and Senate Republican budgets make a big boast: They both balance the federal budget within 10 years, without raising taxes. Their own numbers, however, say millions of American families and businesses would have to pay more in taxes to make the math work — about $900 billion more over the next decade.

Obama’s Exaggerated Health Care Claims

President Obama made some exaggerated claims during a recent speech in Cleveland about the Affordable Care Act and the House Republican proposal for Medicare.

Perry ‘Never’ Raised Taxes?

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he "never raised taxes" in his 14 years as governor of the state. That's not the case. During his tenure, he increased taxes on businesses, cigarettes, fireworks, diesel equipment and insurance.

Checking a viral meme about adoption of technology

Not really an apples-to-apples comparison.

Netanyahu’s claim that ‘tens of millions’ in foreign money was aimed against him

Tallying up outside funding in the Israeli election.

Kerry, Cotton Spar Over Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. Tom Cotton each claimed the other distorted the facts regarding the role of Congress in a possible international deal on Iran's nuclear program.

Hillary Clinton and the Gold Star Mothers

Did Hillary Clinton refuse to meet with a contingent of Gold Star mothers?

President Obama and mandatory voting

Has President Barack Obama proposed a constitutional amendment to make voting mandatory in the U.S.?

Obama's 'false flag' nuclear attack on Charleston, S.C.

Did President Barack Obama fire several military officers for disobeying his order to destroy Charleston as part of a "false flag" attack? Oh please.

Largest gas tax in state history?

Politicians love to exaggerate.

Thissen’s tax claim mostly true

A report this week from the Minnesota Department of Revenue has given Democrats new ammunition in their battle against Republicans over taxes.

Super Bowl, gem show don't draw traffickers

Checking the claim that "widely attended events like the Super Bowl coming up in Glendale, Ariz., or the annual gem show in Tucson act like a magnet for traffickers, and unfortunately, their victims."

Cruz Inflates IRS ‘Agents’

Sen. Ted Cruz has repeatedly gotten basic facts about the Internal Revenue Service wrong when delivering one of his favorite applause lines, calling for its abolition.

‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ did not happen in Ferguson

Setting the record straight on recent findings, especially after Washington Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart wrote that the Ferguson chant was “built on a lie.”

Fact checking President Obama's Cleveland speech

A look at what the president said at the City Club of Cleveland.

When Hillary Clinton failed the bar

Hillary Rodham failed her 1973 attempt to pass the Washington, D.C., bar exam.

Was Hillary Clinton named after Sir Edmund Hillary?

It seems extremely unlikely, given the timing.

Cruz Distorts NASA’s Mission, Budget

During his critique of NASA's spending on earth and atmospheric sciences at a recent committee hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz made some misleading claims regarding the agency's budgets and the science that it conducts.

Is $15 wage dooming Seattle restaurants? Owners say no

Conservative pundits say recent Seattle restaurant closures may have been linked to the city’s new $15 minimum wage. We find that claim to be false.

Kerry’s claim that he organized the ‘very first’ hearings on climate change

Does Secretary Kerry have a Brian Williams problem?