Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Cruz Distorts NASA’s Mission, Budget

During his critique of NASA's spending on earth and atmospheric sciences at a recent committee hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz made some misleading claims regarding the agency's budgets and the science that it conducts.

Is $15 wage dooming Seattle restaurants? Owners say no

Conservative pundits say recent Seattle restaurant closures may have been linked to the city’s new $15 minimum wage. We find that claim to be false.

Kerry’s claim that he organized the ‘very first’ hearings on climate change

Does Secretary Kerry have a Brian Williams problem?

Does Sarah Palin back Netanyahu for U.S. president in 2016?

Nope, just another fake quote.

New claims that the government is microchipping babies

These aren't any more credible than the previous ones.

58,000 children ‘abducted’ a year: yet another fishy statistic

Sometimes reporters need to be hit over the heads with a two-by-four in order to take nuances into account.

Barto's abortion-funding claim unsupported

Do insurance plans on the federal health exchange use taxpayer subsidies to cover elective abortions?

Michael Brown's family's 'comments' on the shooting of police officers in Ferguson

Did Michael Brown's mother post comments on social media celebrating the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson, Mo.?

Fact checking Hillary Clinton’s news conference

“I fully complied with every rule that I was governed by,” Hillary Clinton said. But is that correct?

'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.