Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Ethics checks move along despite Trump beefs

There's no sign of foot-dragging at the Office of Government Ethics despite President Donald Trump's complaint that it has "become very difficult to deal with" as he tries to fill vacancies on his team. It's actually moving faster on Trump's nominations than it did under President Barack Obama, data from the office show.

These Statements by Trump’s Cabinet Don’t Match Policy

Members of the White House cabinet took turns praising President Trump at a gathering on Monday, adopting the commander in chief’s evaluations of himself. Their mimicry was not limited to a day of flattery; several have also adopted Mr. Trump’s rhetorical style of doubling down on false claims and pushing so-called alternative facts. At least four Trump administration cabinet secretaries have defended austere budget cuts and policy shifts at their departments with misleading statements in congressional testimony and other official settings. Here’s an assessment.

Obamacare 'death spiral' is a half-told tale

The Trump administration is leaving out half the equation when it argues President Barack Obama's health care law is in a "death spiral."

Trump’s claim that Americans ‘built the Golden Gate Bridge in four years and the Hoover Dam in five’

Trump claimed that regulations and permitting for infrastructure takes “as much as a decade” now, compared to the four or five years it took to build the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hoover Dam. But what he didn’t say is that, it actually took many more years to plan for those projects. We dug in.

Clinton Foundation Not Shutting Down

Q: Was the Clinton Foundation ordered to cease operations and Chelsea Clinton charged with fraud? A: No.

President Trump’s claim his nominees faced ‘record-setting long’ delays

Here is something he said that’s correct.

The record behind Trump's Cabinet preening

President Donald Trump preened before his Cabinet and the cameras on Monday, making claims that are unsupported by the record.

Trump’s Coal Spin

President Donald Trump touted the opening of a new coal mine in Pennsylvania as evidence that his administration is "putting the miners back to work." But construction of the mine in question began before the 2016 election. And experts say it’s not evidence of a resurgence in coal mining.

Trump Says He Passed More Bills Than Most Presidents

He’s had little legislative action on the slew of vague plans he’s released on issues like infrastructure and tax reform.

James who? Trump paints Comey as a stranger

James who? President Donald Trump contended in recent days that he didn’t know his FBI chief, James Comey, well enough to lean on him for his loyalty. That was one of a number of claims by the president that called for scrutiny in the fierce backwash of Comey’s accusations in Senate testimony that Trump exerted improper pressure on him to back off an FBI investigation. A review of some statements from the president and his people on the Russia investigation, NATO, health care and more.

Planned Parenthood’s claim about birth control access for ’99 percent of sexually active women’

It’s worth noting that Planned Parenthood’s wording for this statistic includes the caveat “sexually active,” which other organizations don’t always do. Still, it needs more context, especially when juxtaposed against Obamacare’s birth control mandate.

John McCain Still a Republican

Q: Has Sen. John McCain “renounced any affiliation with the Republican Party”? A: No

Maxine Waters Has Shown Up to Only a Tenth of Congressional Meetings for 35 Years?

A self-debunking Reddit claim that Maxine Waters missed 90 percent of "Congressional meetings" was repeated by a blog as a credible statistic.

Trump says Comey cleared him. He didn't.

President Donald Trump claimed Friday that James Comey cleared him of wrongdoing in his testimony to Congress. That's not what the fired FBI chief did.

Donald Trump's claims about infrastructure

President Trump devoted three speeches to the nation’s ailing roads and bridges — and made misleading attacks on his predecessor’s efforts to fix them during a week his administration had wanted to focus on infrastructure but was derailed by the public testimony of James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director. Mr. Trump announced plans to turn over the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control responsibilities to a private nonprofit organization on Monday, a broad push for a $1 trillion infrastructure investment on Wednesday, and the creation of a council to cut red tape on Friday. Here is an assessment.

No Obama Statue in the White House

Q: Did President Barack Obama commission a life-size bronze statue of himself to leave in the White House. A: No. That fake news story was “intended for entertainment purposes only.”

President Trump’s misleading claims about new mines and ‘clean coal’

Trump said the Paris agreement is hurting the development of the coal industry in America, where “mines are starting to open up,” and where the agreement is blocking the development of “clean coal.” Is that really the case?

Did 58 Scientific Papers Published in 2017 Say Global Warming is a Myth?

An article on Breitbart News used flawed interpretations from a climate skeptic blog to amplify a grossly inaccurate understanding of climatological research.

The Comey Hearing

After former FBI Director James Comey testified about his private conversations with President Donald Trump regarding the agency’s Russia investigation, the president’s lawyer gave a brief statement that contained inaccurate and disputed claims.

Did Ted Cruz Say Southern States Should Build Nuclear Weapons to Protect Their Beliefs?

A site with a disclaimer warning that its quotes are "total baloney" published the false story.