Friday, April 17th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Does GOP Rep. John Katko have a Democratic voting record

Has a Republican congressman consistently voted with House Democrats?

Myths in the political roar over Common Core

In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact.

Ted Cruz hit by fake quote

Comments stem from a satirical Facebook page, not Cruz.

Did Obama bar Cruz from coverage under ACA?

Nope--just satire from Andy Borowitz.

Here’s why the Senate stalemate over the human-trafficking bill is so complex

Both sides have a point, apparently.

FactChecking Ted Cruz, Part II

In announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Ted Cruz painted a bleak picture of "economic stagnation" and "record numbers" of small-business failures. He's off base on both counts.

Ted Cruz’s claim that there has been ‘zero’ global warming in 17 years

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been taking some heat — pun intended — lately over his global warming comments.

New anti-Prop 1 ad repeats same claims

The ad is correct. If Michigan's sales tax is increased from 6 percent to 7 percent, it will be lower only than California's and tied for second-highest with Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Tennessee, according to the Sales Tax Institute.

Did Michelle Obama shave her head for a Jeopardy appearance?

No, her hair was just pulled tightly back when she appeared on the TV quiz show.

Does the FBI consider all motorcycle owners gang members?

Nope, more fake news passed off as truth.

Were Liberty U. students fined for missing Cruz speech?

Yes, but that's true for any of the university's convocation events.

Can Ted Cruz serve as president?

Yes, the consensus is that he qualifies.

Rubio’s claim that Obama sent his ‘political machine’ to Israel to defeat Netanyahu

Is there any basis to the claim that President Barack Obama sent his “entire political machine” to Israel in an effort to defeat the sitting prime minister?

Setting the record straight on a net neutrality fact check

Since our fact check published, some net neutrality proponents misquoted it on social media. Even FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler misused the fact check during a House Appropriations Committee budget hearing on March 24, 2015.

Chicago School Fight

Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,” in fact, are publicly funded charter schools -- open to all students tuition-free.

Did Santorum ‘invent’ health savings accounts?

The claim goes too far.

Here’s why lawmakers should not speak without notes

Sometimes a lawmaker will wander on the floor of the House or Senate and begin speaking without any notes. That’s a big mistake, especially for someone like Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, who is chairman of the House Rules Committee and was speaking about the federal budget. Let’s do some simple math.

Williams mayor race ad fact-check

A look at the Wichita mayoral race.

Is Michelle Obama requiring day care kids to be weighed?

No, it's just a limited study.

Does Ted Cruz's father support rounding up atheists in camps?

He's said lots of provocative things, but not this.