Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Checking Dick Morris on Hillary Clinton

Former Clinton White House advisor Dick Morris made several assertions about Hillary Clinton in a column that was subsequently circulated as an e-mail forward.

Fact-checking Trump’s new anti-Common Core video

In the race for the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump has said little about education except to occasionally bash Common Core, the new academic standards that have been adopted by more than 40 states. Now Trump has released a new 45-second video that reiterates his disgust with Common Core, a favorite target for many conservative politicians, but sheds little additional light on his ideas for how to improve American public schools.

Did the 15 richest Americans gain as much wealth as the bottom 100 million?

Some caveats may be difficult to insert in a 30-second political ad, but it’s important to keep them in mind.

Cruz’s Misleading Ad on Military Cuts

A Ted Cruz TV ad in South Carolina blames President Obama for "threatening 3,000 jobs at Fort Jackson." Actually, only 180 jobs were cut. The potential for deeper cuts was avoided by a bill signed last year by Obama -- and opposed by Cruz.

Fact-checking Chris Christie on the storm

Was Governor Christie truthful when he downplayed the extent of the flooding in New Jersey over the weekend? A fact check by Kane In Your Corner finds pictures and video from Saturday dispute the Governor’s contention that flooding was limited to just one county.

Jeb Bush’s claims about too few Friday college classes and workload of tenured professors

Bush has a point that there needs to be more incentive for schools and students to graduate on time. Yet he makes the point by generalizing two trends that apply to some schools and don’t apply to others — obscuring the context necessary to understand the issue.

No, Canada hasn't banned Donald Trump

A fake news article claimed that Canadian prime minister justin Trudeau had banned Donald Trump from entering Canada.

Rubio, Cruz on Reagan and Hostages

Sens. Rubio and Cruz have implied that Iran released U.S. hostages in 1981 on the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated because Reagan ushered in a new foreign policy. But several experts on the crisis told us the timing was a final insult to President Jimmy Carter, whom the hostage-takers despised.

Democratic Town Hall: CNN's Reality Check team vets the claims

The Democratic candidates for president gathered in Iowa for CNN's Democratic Town Hall on Monday, and CNN's Reality Check team spent the night putting their statements and assertions to the test.

Everything you wanted to know about Bernie Sanders’s record on guns

With the Iowa caucuses quickly approaching, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton are both focused on Sanders’s gun record.

600 ‘requests’ from Benghazi for better security: What this statistic really means

For now, reporters or lawmakers who fail to note that this is not simply a list of unfilled requests, but a more subjective accounting of requests and concerns, will earn Two Pinocchios.

Widow’s Home Wasn’t Bulldozed

A Ted Cruz TV ad says Donald Trump "colluded with Atlantic City insiders to bulldoze the home of an elderly widow” for a casino parking lot. The ad leaves the false impression that the widow lost her home, and she didn't.

Trump Overstates Cruz Challenges

Donald Trump claims Illinois is “very seriously” looking at Sen. Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for president and “may not even let him run.” That's misleading.

What Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson put on Twitter

Donald Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson previously made some racially charged remarks about President Obama on Twitter.

No, U.S. students weren't forced to pray to Allah by Common Core

A photograph purportedly showing U.S. students praying at a mosque as part of the Common Core curriculum was actually taken in the Netherlands.

Bernie Sanders talks income divide

In Sanders’s “Working Families” TV ad, which started airing in Eastern Iowa earlier this month, he says the median family income today is $4,000 less than in 1999. Is that correct?

Trump and the Sanders-gas chamber tweet

A social media game of telephone led to the mistaken belief Donald Trump tweeted an image of himself sending Bernie Sanders to a gas chamber.

Ted Cruz on constitutional clarity of 'natural-born citizen'

Checking the claim that "the facts and the law here are really quite clear. Under longstanding U.S. law, the child of a U.S. citizen born abroad is a natural-born citizen.”

Gutted? Disaster? GOP Hyperbole on Military

It's become a staple for the Republican candidates to trash Obama and argue that he has failed to spend enough on defense. At the debates and campaign stops, they've cast him as a feckless commander in chief, standing idly by while the world's finest military withers away. What's lost in the din: Money spent on weapons modernization is on par with the Republican George W. Bush administration.

Ted Cruz’s claim that sexual assaults rate ‘went up significantly’ after Australian gun control laws

The rate of sexual assaults in Australia has increased slightly between 1996 and 2014, but there was no significant spike or drop after the 1996 legislative changes or buyback program. The increase likely is affected by the increase in reporting, and there wasn’t prevalent use of handguns for self-defense before 1996, as Cruz suggests.