Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

No Clear Evidence That Clinton Aided Birthers

When GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump doubled down Wednesday on his previous claim that rival Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton played a key role in sparking "birther" critics who insist President Barack Obama is not a native-born American, his charge was based on little more than a vague Clinton comment from 2008 and old political rumors.

Clinton’s Email Narrative, Interrupted

Hillary Clinton's campaign and the State Department have provided incomplete and misleading accounts of when and why the department requested copies of work-related emails that she maintained on a private server.

Bernie Sanders' controversial old writings

A dumb idea then, a dumb idea now, his staff says.

Chris Christie’s claim that he ‘supported and implemented’ New Jersey’s medical marijuana laws

He did not support the medical marijuana that he inherited from his predecessor, but he did carry it out.

Fiorina Misleads on HP and Iran

Carly Fiorina made several false, misleading and unsubstantiated claims in responding to questions about Hewlett-Packard's involvement with a foreign subsidiary that sold products to Iran.

Fiorina’s Unsupported Claim about VA Deaths

Carly Fiorina has said 307,000 veterans have died while waiting for care from the Veterans Health Administration. In one instance, she said all of those veterans "died in the last year," citing a recent inspector general’s report. But that's not what the report says.

Doubling Down on Falsehoods

Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump were challenged on false claims they made during the second Republican debate, and both doubled down with more misinformation.

Ben Carson’s claim that ‘taqiyya’ encourages Muslims ‘to lie to achieve your goals’

An inaccurate interpretation of a small section of the Koran.

Are 4.500 Syrian refugees headed to a small Michigan town?

No, it's just another case of fake news.

Education council co-chair Jim Swanson on higher-ed stats

Is it true that 45.7 percent of Arizona high schools send five or fewer graduates to higher education?

Bernie Sanders the dog rescuer?

Nope, just more satire passed off as news.

Fake Fiorina quote on rape

Did Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina say that half of reported rapes were women regretting something they did while high or drunk? No, it's a fake meme.

Carly Fiorina’s claim that 307,000 veterans ‘died waiting for health care’

It's much more nuanced than the way Fiorina made it sound during the debate.

Scott Walker’s claims about Wisconsin budget deficit and tax cuts (Fact Checker biography)

Fixing the budget deficit while cutting taxes — what taxpayer doesn’t like to hear that? These are some of Scott Walker’s favorite lines that he has repeated over and over for years.

President Obama's "behavioral experiments"

Did President Obama order that “behavioral experiments” be carried out upon the American people?

Marco Rubio’s claim that North Korea has ‘dozens’ of nukes and can strike California

Does North Korea have a rocket that can hit California? And does it have “dozens” of nuclear weapons?

GOP debate fact check: Claims about vaccines and autism

Health organizations were quick to respond and try to correct the record, after statements made Wednesday night during the second Republican primary debate regarding vaccines and autism.

GOP hopefuls err on Iran nukes, immigration

Eleven leading Republican presidential candidates squared off Wednesday in the second nationally televised GOP debate, challenging each other and sometimes challenging the truth with their answers and statements.

Donald Trump says Mexico doesn't have birthright citizenship

"Mexico and almost every other country anywhere in the world doesn't have that. We're the only ones dumb enough, stupid enough to have it," he said. This is simply not true.

Fact-checking Carly Fiorina's debate claims

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina made a strong showing at Wednesday's debate, but she appears to have exaggerated or twisted some facts.