Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Bernie Sanders’ misleading characterization of a controversial gun law

Sanders’ statement is misleading, and a simplification of a complex case.

Checking Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush on immigration

Pouncing on controversial comments about Mexican immigrants by Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday that the ideological space between Trump and Jeb Bush on the issue of immigration was small.

Was George W. Bush Paid $100,000 to Speak at Veterans Event?

Credible reports confirm it.

Obama's ISIL mis-speak

His claim to be "training ISIL" was a slip of the tongue, nothing more.

Cruz Off on Hispanic Unemployment

Sen. Ted Cruz claims that Hispanic unemployment and Hispanic teen unemployment have gone up under President Obama. But Hispanic unemployment is lower now than when Obama took office.

The EPA Will Not Regulate Your Barbecue

A Republican congressman says the Environmental Protection Agency wants "to stop you and I from grilling," and he has proposed legislation that would prohibit federal regulation of backyard barbecues.

Hillary Clinton’s claim that ‘everything I did [on e-mails] was permitted’

With her very careful language, Clinton skirts some of the important issues concerning her private e-mail account.

Rick Perry's Texas education claims: Do they mess with the facts?

Rick Perry, who was Texas governor from 2000-2015, said the nation's second-best graduation rates bolstered Texas's work force, which in turn attracted new businesses and fueled a vibrant economy.

A Fact-Check of Hillary Clinton’s CNN Interview on Her Personal Email

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her use of a personal email server and her larger record on transparency while running the department between 2009 and 2013. Here is how her statements to CNN’s Brianna Keilar comport with the known facts about her use of a personal email address.

Donald Trump's Obamacare attack?

The rant originated elsewhere.

Clinton Spins Immigration, Emails

In her first national interview of the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton falsely claimed that "all" Republican presidential candidates "don't want to provide a path to citizenship," and she distorted the facts on her use of private email as secretary of state.

36 Percent Or Not? Inside Jeb Bush's Tax Math

Jeb Bush released more tax returns than any presidential candidate in history. Over 33 years, the former Florida governor's campaign said he paid an average effective tax rate of 36 percent ... depending on how you calculate it.

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton accuse each other of flip-flopping on immigration — and they’re both right

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton on Tuesday accused each other of flip-flopping on immigration. Both of them are right.

Donald Trump’s false comments connecting Mexican immigrants and crime

Several readers asked us to fact-check Trump’s comment, which has drawn outrage from Latino groups and led to breakups with his corporate partners distancing themselves from the inflammatory remarks.

Hillary Clinton and the Confederate Battle Flag

The photograph has been digitally manipulated.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and PTSD

Did Sen. Dianne Feinstein say that if “individuals are having nightmares and panic attacks about the atrocities they have committed overseas while following orders from a war criminal like former President George Bush, then quite honestly they deserve it”?

Obama’s Numbers (July 2015 Update)

As we do every three months, we offer here a fresh update of selected statistical indicators of what has happened since Barack Obama first took the oath of office in January 2009.

Yes, U.S. locks people up at a higher rate than any other country

This was a seemingly unbelievable figure that turned out to be correct.

IUDs and kids in Seattle

Can Seattle sixth graders obtain IUDs without parental consent even though they cannot buy soda at school?

Is there a rise in Southern black churches burning?

No, it's just confirmation bias.