Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Rubio, Cruz on Reagan and Hostages

Sens. Rubio and Cruz have implied that Iran released U.S. hostages in 1981 on the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated because Reagan ushered in a new foreign policy. But several experts on the crisis told us the timing was a final insult to President Jimmy Carter, whom the hostage-takers despised.

Democratic Town Hall: CNN's Reality Check team vets the claims

The Democratic candidates for president gathered in Iowa for CNN's Democratic Town Hall on Monday, and CNN's Reality Check team spent the night putting their statements and assertions to the test.

Everything you wanted to know about Bernie Sanders’s record on guns

With the Iowa caucuses quickly approaching, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton are both focused on Sanders’s gun record.

600 ‘requests’ from Benghazi for better security: What this statistic really means

For now, reporters or lawmakers who fail to note that this is not simply a list of unfilled requests, but a more subjective accounting of requests and concerns, will earn Two Pinocchios.

Widow’s Home Wasn’t Bulldozed

A Ted Cruz TV ad says Donald Trump "colluded with Atlantic City insiders to bulldoze the home of an elderly widow” for a casino parking lot. The ad leaves the false impression that the widow lost her home, and she didn't.

Trump Overstates Cruz Challenges

Donald Trump claims Illinois is “very seriously” looking at Sen. Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for president and “may not even let him run.” That's misleading.

What Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson put on Twitter

Donald Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson previously made some racially charged remarks about President Obama on Twitter.

No, U.S. students weren't forced to pray to Allah by Common Core

A photograph purportedly showing U.S. students praying at a mosque as part of the Common Core curriculum was actually taken in the Netherlands.

Bernie Sanders talks income divide

In Sanders’s “Working Families” TV ad, which started airing in Eastern Iowa earlier this month, he says the median family income today is $4,000 less than in 1999. Is that correct?

Trump and the Sanders-gas chamber tweet

A social media game of telephone led to the mistaken belief Donald Trump tweeted an image of himself sending Bernie Sanders to a gas chamber.

Ted Cruz on constitutional clarity of 'natural-born citizen'

Checking the claim that "the facts and the law here are really quite clear. Under longstanding U.S. law, the child of a U.S. citizen born abroad is a natural-born citizen.”

Gutted? Disaster? GOP Hyperbole on Military

It's become a staple for the Republican candidates to trash Obama and argue that he has failed to spend enough on defense. At the debates and campaign stops, they've cast him as a feckless commander in chief, standing idly by while the world's finest military withers away. What's lost in the din: Money spent on weapons modernization is on par with the Republican George W. Bush administration.

Ted Cruz’s claim that sexual assaults rate ‘went up significantly’ after Australian gun control laws

The rate of sexual assaults in Australia has increased slightly between 1996 and 2014, but there was no significant spike or drop after the 1996 legislative changes or buyback program. The increase likely is affected by the increase in reporting, and there wasn’t prevalent use of handguns for self-defense before 1996, as Cruz suggests.

No, Obama didn't permit a Satanist ceremony in Michigan

A "Satanic ceremony" held by a group in Lansing in December 2015 was neither literally Satanic nor in any way sanctioned by President Obama.

Did Bernie Sanders march in Selma?

A photograph probably doesn't show Bernie Sanders marching in Selma with Martin Luther King Jr.

The zombie claim that 300,000 children are used as child soldiers

The Fact Checker always appreciates responses to our queries that results in quick action. But this is another example of how a very stale factoid gets in circulation and then never quite disappears.

Cruz’s Conservative Credentials

A pro-Rand Paul super PAC cherry picks two fiscal votes to label Sen. Ted Cruz as a "phony" conservative. In fact, fiscal conservative groups that score congressional votes rank both presidential candidates as among the most conservative in the Senate.

Ted Cruz at Odds With Climate Change Science

A look at some of the Republican presidential contender's claims on the subject in New Hampshire this week and how they compare with the facts.

Did Iran’s parliament approve a ‘different’ Iranian nuclear deal?

While government actions in Iran can be opaque and confusing, there appears to be little basis for Santorum’s claim that the Iranian Parliament approved a “different” agreement. He earns Four Pinocchios.

Sanders’s suggestion he lost ’88 race because he opposed assault weapons

We’ve been hearing this defense a lot more lately, as former secretary of state Hillary Clinton ramps up her attacks on Sanders’s gun record.