Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

'Lost decade' commentary lacking year-by-year precision

Gov. Sam Brownback, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and former state Rep. Richard Carlson make similar appeals when arguing the administration’s tax policies work to pull Kansas away from a “lost decade.”

Barack Obama's 'family photo'

Identifying members of the president's extended family.

Cruz misleads on Obama's ISIS statement

During a speech to evangelical pastors at a conference in Des Moines last week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz accused President Barack Obama of omitting a key detail about brutal murders carried about by the Islamic State. Is that correct?

Cotton’s misguided history lesson on the North Korean nuclear deal

A closer look at a claim by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that “it only took North Korea 12 years to get a nuclear weapon from the time we reached the Agreed Framework in 1994 to the time they tested their first weapon in 2006.”

Inhofe’s misleading statements on carbon emissions rule

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said 32 states oppose an EPA proposal on carbon emissions, and that it will result in double-digit electricity price hikes in 43 states. Is he correct on these two points?

Did Oklahoma ban civil marriage?

Not yet, but it's thinking about it.

The truth about the Dick Act

Does a law passed in 1903 invalidate "all gun control laws" in the U.S.? No.

Clinton’s Email and the Privacy ‘Privilege’

Hillary Clinton says neither the federal government nor an independent third party has the right to review emails she sent as secretary of state if she deems them personal. That's inaccurate.

Obama’s odd series of exaggerated gun claims

These are an interesting set of remarks to fact check, because some of the analysis in part turns on what the listener believes the president was trying to say. We will look at each of these in turn.

King v. Burwell Fallout

How many people would become uninsured if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the administration in King v. Burwell?

Declining Labor Participation Rates

Republicans have tried to temper the latest jobs report by noting that the labor force participation rate has continued to decline. But in at least two instances, the claims have gone too far.

Ted Cruz’s claim that the IRS tax code has more words than the Bible

Checking the claim that “we, right now, have more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible — not a one of them as good.”

Hillary Clinton's use of personal email

A look at how Hillary Clinton's statements about her exclusive use of private email instead of a government account as secretary of state compare with the known facts.

Obama on Clinton’s Emails

President Obama said he first learned “through news reports” that Hillary Clinton used a private email system when she was his secretary of state. But it turns out he did know she used a private email address, at least for some official business.

The misleading Democratic spin on Hillary Clinton’s e-mails

Two Democratic lawmakers defended former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday talk shows after a week of scrutiny over her use of private e-mails. But how accurate is their case?

Hillary Clinton’s e-mails: a timeline of actions and regulations

The Fact Checker has compiled an extensive timeline concerning government rules and regulations on the use of private e-mail accounts and the actions of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Reviewing 'anachronisms' in Obama's 2007 Selma speech

Did an editorial identify anachronisms in Barack Obama's 2007 Selma speech?

Lots and lots of fake Sarah Palin photos

Photoshop has been working overtime.

Ducey mostly right on 'empty desks' in Arizona schools

Are there are 400,000 empty seats in Arizona's public-school system, and are there vacant schools?

International Women’s Day factcheckathon: fact checks from around the world

Members of the International Fact Checkers Association joined together to publish fact checks related to women’s issues on International Women’s Day 2015.