Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Did Steve Bannon Describe Himself as a 'Leninist' Who Wants to Destroy the State?

After reports about the quote emerged, President Donald Trump's chief strategist told journalists that he did not recall the conversation.

Reality in Washington Took a Beating

Reality took a beating from the Washington blame game this past week. Americans heard about a Kentucky massacre that never happened, a travel ban that was a ban despite it being called something else, and a dark plot to help Russian intelligence that was nothing of the sort. A look at some of the ways political figures strayed into fiction.

Was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed ‘waterboarded’ 183 times?

A reader asked about this comment by Feinstein, believing it to be exaggerated.

FactChecking Science Claims in 2017

We're happy to announce that SciCheck is now entering its third year with the continued support of the Stanton Foundation.

Trump Vs. Pelosi on Russia Sanctions

Democrats didn't wait to assemble the facts before they accused President Donald Trump of rewarding "thugs" in the Russian intelligence service by lifting certain sanctions. The facts don't support them.

Bowling Green Massacre? Top Trump Aide Says She Misspoke

A top aide to President Donald Trump said Friday she misspoke when she cited a 2011 "massacre" in Kentucky that never happened.

White House Not Selling Jewelry

Q: Did the White House website feature a “QVC ad” for jewelry sold by Melania Trump? A: No.

Kellyanne Conway’s claim of a ‘Bowling Green Massacre’

In defending President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees, immigrants and citizens from Iraq and six other Muslim-majority countries, Conway referred to something that didn’t happen — the “Bowling Green massacre.” (She also incorrectly said that Obama “banned” Iraqi refugees, which we have previously fact-checked as false.) Conway was on her way to a Four-Pinocchio rating when, about an hour and a half after The Fact Checker sent her a query about her remarks, she tweeted that she meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists.”

Sanders and Pruitt Rumble Over Earthquakes

Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed that "the cause of" the spike in earthquakes in Oklahoma "is fracking." But it's more complicated than that.

What Trump got wrong on Twitter this week (#4)

Welcome to the fourth installment of Fact Checker’s series highlighting what President Trump got wrong on Twitter in a given week.

Planned Parenthood and the Democrats

The president of Planned Parenthood says the group is willing to talk to Republicans about their threats to cut off federal funding “because [at] Planned Parenthood, we’re nonpartisan.” In fact, the group’s PAC gave 98 percent of its contributions in the 2016 election to Democrats.

Ted Cruz on SCOTUS Vacancies

Sen. Ted Cruz said that "it has been 80 years since the Senate confirmed any judicial vacancy for the Supreme Court that occurred during a presidential election." He's (almost) right, but his claim lacks context.

Alabama congressman’s unsupported claim that Democrats rigged voting machines in his election

While expressing support for the Trump administration’s plans to investigate potential voter fraud in the 2016 election, an Alabama congressman offered a stunning claim: Democrats rigged 11 of 45 voting machine in his first election to the state legislature in 1982.

Did President Donald Trump Sign an Executive Order on Climate Change?

A story appearing to report that Trump planned a 20 percent cut in U.S. carbon emissions by 2022 was completely fabricated.

Did a Study Show That Hillary Clinton Received More Than 800,000 Votes from Non-Citizens in the 2016 Election?

Trump supporters claim an academic study shows proof of hundreds of thousands of illegitimate votes for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Fact Check: Hogan's State of the State

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan noted numerous achievements in his State of the State address on Wednesday. Was it all true?

Pelosi’s False ‘Wall Street’ Denial

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a nationally televised town meeting on Jan. 31: "No, we [Democrats] don't get much support from Wall Street." That's not so.

Senate Democrats’ misleading language on a 60-vote ‘standard’ for Supreme Court nominees

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gets kudos for quickly correcting a whopper of a claim, but the “standard” language is still misleading.

Facts on Trump’s Immigration Order

We answer some questions about President Trump's immigration order and its impact, and review the available data on foreign-born individuals convicted in terrorist cases in the U.S.

Did President Trump's Immigration Executive Order Lead to the Capture of an Islamic State Leader?

No, President Trump's immigration order did not result in the capture of "Rasheed Muhammed" at John F. Kennedy Airport.