Monday, April 27th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Trading Lincoln for the Obamas' pet dogs?

Is it true that a portrait of Abraham Lincoln was removed from the White House to make way for a picture of the Obamas' pet dogs?

Coach K's nonexistent slur on Obama

Krzyzewski's comment was taken out of context.

Presidents and Vice Presidents from the same party

It's more complicated than one might think.

Harry Truman and Political Correctness

Checking the claim that President Harry S. Truman in 1945 described political correctness as "a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority."

Photo of Scott Walker on a Nazi flag?

In April 2015, a photograph purportedly showing Scott Walker posing in women's lingerie atop a Nazi rug began circulating via social media along with the claim that the picture had been snapped during the Wisconsin governor's college days at Marquette University. While the exact origins of the above-displayed photograph are unknown, there are several aspects of this rumor that ring false.

Ramadan Easter Eggs at the White House?

No, the White House did not use passages from the Koran during its annual Easter egg hunt.

Is the estate tax killing small farms and businesses?

Here we are with objections still raised about the impact on farms and small businesses. As in the past, the concerns are bipartisan, with some Democrats joining the anti-estate-tax bandwagon. What does the data show?

FactChecking Marco Rubio

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has joined what promises to be a crowded field of Republican candidates for president. Rubio informed his top donors of his decision on April 13.

Who wrote the ‘IRS code’? Hint: It wasn’t the Internal Revenue Service

tax law experts across the country took issue with Sen. Ted Cruz’s reference to the “IRS code.”

FactChecking Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has made it official: She will run for president in the 2016 race. Here's a look back at some of the claims from Clinton that we've fact-checked over the years.

Immigration Ad Distorts ‘Tax Implications’

A new TV spot claims Americans will be "stuck with the tax bill" for President Obama's order giving legal status to millions of immigrants. But those immigrants will produce more in taxes than they will consume, according to the very authority cited by the ad's sponsor.

Does the Export-Import Bank ‘prop’ foreign corporations to compete unfairly with the U.S.?

Opponents of the Export-Import Bank have begun rolling out mailers, phone calls and ads against the federal agency that is now facing its fate. This particular claim is a common one among critics.

Rand Paul’s claim that Reagan’s tax cuts produced ‘more revenue’ and ‘tens of millions of jobs’

Rand Paul’s quote is emblematic of some of the mythology that has sprung up around Reagan’s tax policies — specifically what he did and its impact.

Rand Paul Revises History of Cheney Criticism

Sen. Rand Paul dismissed comments he once made about Dick Cheney's motives for invading Iraq by claiming they were made "before I was involved in politics for myself.” That’s false.

Tom Cotton’s four-day war against Iran

Cotton is largely correct that four days of intensive bombing would likely deal a blow to Iran’s nuclear program. But his analogy minimizes the potential for retaliation and regional blow-back far different from the muted reaction of a beleaguered Iraqi regime. Iran would almost certainly strike back, in potentially deadly ways, against U.S. aircraft, personnel and allies.

Does the Export-Import Bank cost taxpayers $0?

Ad Links Rand Paul to Obama on Iran

A conservative group welcomed Sen. Rand Paul into the presidential race with a TV ad that says he “supports Obama's negotiations with Iran.” That’s misleading. Paul does support negotiating a nuclear deal, but he wants Congress to approve it.

Fact checking Rand Paul’s announcement speech

It is often difficult to fact check presidential announcement speeches, as the candidates emphasize biography and utter a long series of platitudes. The speech on April 7 by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was no exception. But he did repeat some claims that we have previously fact checked – or made assertions that are worth parsing.

FactChecking Rand Paul

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is now the second major Republican candidate to officially declare he will run for president. We present a sampling of some past claims from Paul that we have reviewed on our site.

Public Citizen’s misleading math on the Korea Free Trade Agreement

Checking the claim that “the post-Korea (free trade agreement) decline in U.S. exports to Korea and a new flood of imports from Korea have resulted in a major surge in the U.S. trade deficit with Korea that equates to nearly 85,000 lost U.S. jobs.”