Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s claim that a violent crime wave is sweeping the nation

Claims about crime across the country are a distortion of the facts.

FactChecking Trump’s Tax Speech

In a speech on changing the tax code, President Donald Trump offered some political spin on the facts.

Melania Trump Wore Heels to Visit Texas After a Hurricane?

Melania Trump wore high heels while boarding Air Force One, but the First Lady wore sneakers while meeting with officials in Texas.

Was Barack Obama President During Hurricane Katrina?

Twitter users tried to pin the blame for Katrina relief issues on Obama, though he wasn't even president when it hit New Orleans.

Fact-checking President Trump’s speech on his tax plan

President Trump on Wednesday delivered an address on his “principles” for a tax plan in Springfield, Mo., though he provided few details. He also shifted from extolling how well the economy is doing to language that suggested the United States was suffering terribly. As usual, some of the president’s facts and figures were a bit fishy, so here’s a roundup of 10 of his claims.

Texas GOP misstates Sandy aid package

Texas Republicans now clamoring for federal money to aid their flood-stricken state overwhelmingly opposed a disaster relief package after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012. They insisted then — and have repeated in recent days — that the legislation was packed with wasteful spending.

Fact-checking Trump's claims at his tax reform event

In pitching his administration's tax reform plan Wednesday, President Trump made a misleading statement about the Obama administration and did not mention his prior position on an earlier tax overhaul.

4 Claims From Trump's Tax Speech

In his speech in Springfield, Mo., Trump said a few things that were misleading or could use more context. Here are four fact checks.

Cruz Wrong on Sandy Relief

Sen. Ted Cruz wrongly claimed that a 2013 Hurricane Sandy relief bill was "filled with pork and unrelated spending," estimating that "two-thirds of what was spent in that bill had little or nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy."

Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change

Hurricane Harvey has brought with it both a record amount of rain and questions about how much climate change can be blamed for the storm. Climate change did not cause Harvey, or any other storm, but it makes intense storms like Harvey more likely to occur, scientists say.

Will Trump’s Wall Stop Drug Smuggling?

President Donald Trump says that his proposed wall along the Mexico border "will stop much of the drugs from pouring into this country." We cannot predict the future, but the fact is that most illicit drugs pass undetected through legal ports of entry.

Joel Osteen Sails Luxury Yacht Through Flooded Houston to Pass out Copies of His Book?

A Christian satire site's claim about the popular televangelist using a luxury yacht to promote "Your Best Life Now" in Hurricane Harvey's aftermath was mistaken for real news.

Trump Gets a Spray Tan Before Appearing on Television?

A photograph purportedly showing President Donald Trump getting a spray tan before a television appearance actually features a wax replica of him.

Hillary Clinton Caught on Hot Mic Trash-Talking Obama?

Reports that Hillary Clinton was ejected from an interview with Katie Couric after using a racist slur to describe President Obama are fake news.

Trump Didn’t Fire 14 Muslim Judges

Q: Did President Donald Trump fire 14 Muslim federal judges? A: No.

Was former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal conviction an Obama ‘political witch hunt’?

Trump and Arpaio continue to make false claims about his conviction. But there are no presidential pardons for Pinocchios.

Did Kate Brown really sign a gun confiscation bill?

This month, Gov. Kate Brown signed gun control legislation to allow “extreme risk protection orders.” The orders temporarily forbid a person from possessing or purchasing deadly weapons if they’re deemed an imminent threat to themselves or others.

Ted Cruz’s claim that two-thirds of the Hurricane Sandy bill ‘had nothing to do with Sandy’

Did the bill for Sandy have so much pork in it that two-thirds was unrelated to the disaster at hand?

Does Glyphosate Cause Cancer?

Q: Does the herbicide glyphosate cause cancer?  A: There is evidence to suggest it may cause cancer at very high doses, but not at the low doses typically found in foods.

Misleading ‘Chemtrail Kelli’ Ad

A GOP super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a digital campaign ad about "Chemtrail Kelli" that could leave Arizona voters with a false impression about Republican Sen. Jeff Flake's 2018 primary opponent.