Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Rand Paul’s claim — twice in one day — that he has a biology degree

Parsing a claim about undergraduate and medical degrees.

Huckabee’s False Witnessing

Mike Huckabee made a number of twisted claims about President Obama's recent reference to the Crusades and the Inquisition at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Nothing False About Temperature Data

Rep. Gary Palmer falsely claimed on a radio show that temperature data used to measure global climate change have been "falsified" and manipulated.

Obama and ‘American Exceptionalism’

Bobby Jindal revived an old criticism about President Obama’s penchant for multilateralism, but he went too far when he said Obama “won’t proudly proclaim American exceptionalism.”

Fact-checking compensation for law enforcement officers in San Diego

San Diego’s police union is doubling down on arguments that officers need pay raises amid reports that turnover is on the rise.

Obama’s claim that one in five American women have been raped

A number of readers have questioned this statistic asserted by President Obama in a public service announcement that is part of the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign, which aims to end sexual assaults on college campuses.

Jindal’s claim that Louisiana’s higher education budget is ‘slightly higher’

Is Gov. Bobby Jindal correct that Louisiana’s total higher education budget actually is higher now than it was when he took office in 2008?

Valerie Jarrett and Islam

Neither Jarrett nor her parents are Iranian, nor are any of them Muslim.

Overstating Impact of Funding Stalemate

Some Democrats overstated the potential impacts of a congressional stalemate that threatens to leave the Department of Homeland Security without funding after Feb. 27.

Ducey, Dems both right on school funds

How does Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's proposed state budget affect K-12 funding, specifically operating funding?

Is Jeb Bush right about Hispanic students’ achievement in Florida?

During a speech at the Detroit Economic Club last week, Jeb Bush veered from topics strictly fiscal. He touted his record improving Florida’s schools during his time in the governor’s office, including claiming that Hispanics in the state were “two grade levels ahead of the average.” Is that correct?

Rick Perry’s claim that one-third of all new American jobs were created in Texas

The claim is likely to come up again as Rick Perry gears up for a 2016 presidential run, so we dug into it.

Talking about Medicaid 'On the Record'

Reps. Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake, and Grier Martin, D-Wake, debated proposals from Gov. Pat McCrory's State of the State speech during this week's episode of "On the Record."

What Are Risks If Homeland Security Shuts Down?

Spending for the Department of Homeland Security hangs in the balance as Congress fights over immigration matters in the agency's annual funding bill. Without action by Feb. 27, the department's budget will shut off. To hear Democrats and many Republicans tell it, the result would be unacceptable risks to U.S. security at a time of grave threats worldwide. In reality, though, most people will see little change if the department's money flow is halted, and some of the warnings of doom are as exaggerated as they are striking.

Why did Obama’s budget proposal cut federal immunization funding?

The president’s proposal to cut funding for the federal immunization program came into focus amid the measles outbreak and vaccine controversy.

Is Florida's Solar Power Ability Limited By 'Quite Low' Sunshine?

Jacksonville City Councilman and Republican mayoral candidate Bill Bishop was on WJCT's "First Coast Connect" call-in show this week. When a listener asked Bishop why there's not more solar power in Florida, he said a low amount of sunshine is a big factor. But research shows Florida actually has above-average solar potential and production.

Conflating Costs of the ACA

Q: Did the CBO say Obamacare will cost $50,000 for every person who is insured? A: No.

Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted 9/11 co-conspirator, says members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family helped finance al Qaeda prior to the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Saudi government says that “there’s no evidence to support Moussaoui’s claim." Who's right?

Slower Premium Growth Under Obama

Republicans say the average family health insurance premium has increased by $4,154 under President Obama. That's right -- and it's a much slower rate of growth than under President George W. Bush.

Is there a link between the measles outbreak and illegal immigration?

One of our colleagues noticed that virtually every Washington Post article concerning the measles outbreak is followed by comments that link the outbreak to illegal immigration. Is that accurate?