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Babeu claims only Jones takes on border

Is it correct that "Christine Jones is the only candidate for governor (of Arizona) that has a real plan that will address" border security?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Gov. Corbett’s line-item veto and a billion-dollar debt deal

A Democratic state lawmaker's claims that one of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's line-item vetoes in the state budget threatens a costly public debt settlement in the city of Harrisburg. That is not exactly accurate.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Obama’s claim that the GOP has ‘blocked every serious idea’

This has become a standard line in the president’s oratory, as part of making his case that he’s “acted this year to help working Americans on my own– when Congress won’t act.” Is it accurate?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

How densely populated is Gaza?

The Gaza Strip is often referred to as one of most densely populated places on earth. This observation is often disputed. In many ways, both the original observation and the criticisms of it miss the point.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

David Pepper hits Mike DeWine on rape kit 'backlog'

Democratic attorney general candidate David Pepper claims Attorney General Mike DeWine isn't doing enough to test thousands of rape kits left untouched by local law enforcement agencies around the state. Is that accurate?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Democrats on Hobby Lobby: ‘Misspeaks,’ ‘opinion’ and overheated rhetoric

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 ruling that, as a closely held company, Hobby Lobby was not required to pay for all of the birth-control procedures mandated by the Affordable Care Act, Democrats have rushed to condemn the court. But in some cases the rhetoric has gotten way ahead of the facts.

Monday, July 14th, 2014

More Senior Scare in Montana

A new ad from Republican Montana Senate candidate Steve Daines falsely accuses his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Walsh, of wanting to privatize Social Security. And both candidates trade jabs in competing TV ads on Medicare.

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Exaggerated Claims of ‘Corporate Welfare’

Rep. Justin Amash and Club for Growth Action make false and distorted claims in TV ads that attack Amash's Republican primary opponent, Brian Ellis, for wasting taxpayer money on "corporate welfare."

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Was Jan Brewer accurate on deferred-action migrants, border crisis?

Checking whether the deferred-action program directly led to the rise in undocumented immigrants coming to the U.S.

Friday, July 11th, 2014

A Kentucky shootout over stale Medicare claims

How many times have The Fact Checker, PolitiFact and explained that these claims are wrong?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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

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