Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Beer, a Cure for Gin Addiction?

Sen. Bill Cassidy said William Wilberforce, a late 18th century British politician, "pushed the sale of beer" to successfully combat "drunkenness related to gin" in England. But Wilberforce wasn’t born until after the so-called gin epidemic had ended in the early 1750s, and its conclusion wasn't due to beer.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s claim that China and India have ‘no obligations’ until 2030 under the Paris Accord

His objection is based on a misunderstanding of the agreement: China and India are already hard at work at meeting goals set for 2030.

Trump Says He Didn't Know Bannon Until Campaign, but They Met in 2011

Withink 24 hours, President Donald Trump offered several inaccurate statements.

Donald Trump forgets tense time in U.S.-Russia history

In a news conference and a pair of interviews, President Donald Trump gave skewed accounts of U.S. relations over time with Russia, auto jobs and health care under his watch.

President Trump, king of flip-flops (continued)

When you’re running for president, or when you’re watching politics on the sidelines as a reality TV star or businessman, it’s easy to lob baseless rhetoric. Many of Trump’s recent flip-flops appeared to result from being confronted with facts he needs to accept to conduct diplomacy, or make decisions as commander in chief. As in the words of “Hamilton” the musical: “Winning was easy … governing is harder.”

Trump Takes More Undue Credit

President Donald Trump wrongly boasted that Toyota's plan to invest over $1 billion in its largest manufacturing plant in Kentucky would "not have been made if we didn't win the election." A Toyota spokesman told us the car company had long been planning to make the investment.

Did Jeff Sessions Refer To Immigrants as ‘Filth’?

Prepared remarks by the Attorney General during an appearance in Arizona were misinterpreted online.

Do Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips cost $3 million?

With President Donald Trump making his seventh presidential trip this weekend to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, government watchdogs and Democrats are once again seeing dollar signs: namely, $3 million.

Steve who? Trump shortchanges a relationship

In a pair of interviews, President Donald Trump gave a skewed account of auto jobs and health care under his watch and flatly contradicted himself on how long he's known his right-hand strategist, Steve Bannon.

President Trump’s bushel of false claims in his Fox Business interview

In an interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business News, President Trump made a number of factually inaccurate and dubious claims. Here’s a roundup of the lowlights.

Hitler and Chemical Weapons

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has apologized profusely for his much-criticized comparison of Syria's Bashar Assad to Adolf Hitler, but his clarification that he meant Hitler did not drop chemical bombs from airplanes requires some historical context.

Now, Democrats attack Republicans for failing to protect Obamacare

Seven vulnerable Republican lawmakers are being targeted with $1 million in television spots by a liberal group backed by labor and progressive interests. The ads generally focus on the lawmakers’ apparent support for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the failed House bill that was designed to replace the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. The ad tries to capitalize on the interesting shift in public sentiment about Obamacare, suddenly more popular as it has come under legislative assault by the Trump administration.

Trump again out of his lane on auto jobs

President Donald Trump claimed direct credit Tuesday for Toyota's new investment in a Kentucky plant, calling it new evidence of economic improvement in a White House discussion with CEOs. The company says the move was planned long before Trump even announced he was running for president.

Doubts persisted on Syria chemical weapons

In defending President Barack Obama's decision not to enforce his chemical weapons "red line" against Syria in 2013, Obama and other former officials repeatedly pointed to a U.S.-Russia agreement to remove Syrian stockpiles as proof that the president got results without resorting to a military response. While it's true that some 1,300 tons of Syria's declared chemical weapons and precursors were removed under the agreement, serious concerns always existed that not all such armaments or production facilities were declared and destroyed or otherwise made unusable.

Is President Trump Filming A White House Reality Show?

A satirical post about the First Family had readers doing a double-take.

President Trump’s claim that illegal immigration is down 64 percent because of his administration

The figure is correct, but it requires some caveats. Here’s what we found.

What Trump and lawmakers are saying about Syria, jobs, Supreme Court

Before the U.S. attack on a Syrian air base, President Donald Trump accused his predecessor of doing nothing when Syria’s government used chemical weapons against its population in 2013. Trump is right that President Barack Obama issued what amounted to an empty threat of military action. The circumstances, though, were more complicated than Trump described. A look at statements on a selection of subjects over the past week by Trump and lawmakers.

CDC backs breast-feeding, despite false story

A widely shared story that U.S. health officials are recommending a delay in breast-feeding to improve vaccine effectiveness is false.

Trump Didn’t Increase Social Security

Q: Did President Trump increase monthly payments to Social Security beneficiaries? A: No.

Did Ben Carson Discover $500 Billion in Accounting Errors at HUD?

An audit of Housing and Urban Development's books was carried out by the Office of the Inspector General and found an aggregate of billions in accounting errors.