Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Ted Cruz’s Presidential Eligibility

Q: Is Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, eligible to be the U.S. president? A: Most likely.

Rubio’s claim that Obama would not comment on Iran’s ‘Green Revolution’

Sen. Marco Rubio appears to have created a cartoon version of the White House reaction to the Green Revolution.

Checking Scott Walker's stump speech

As he campaigned last week in three cities in this state, a crucial one in the GOP primary, Scott Walker repeated the same anecdotes, sometimes word-for-word, to reinforce those ideas. Walker has a very clear, well-defined story he is telling about himself. But should Republicans and other Americans believe it?

The Plume Makes a Plum Red Herring

The San Diego Chargers have thrown out lots of claims about roadblocks to building a new stadium in Mission Valley since the mayor’s task force recommended that location last week.

Dems mostly right on lower crime rates

Is Arizona's crime rate at its lowest point since the 1970s?

FactChecking Ted Cruz

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major Republican candidate to declare himself officially in the 2016 presidential race. In announcing his presidential ambition, Cruz repeated a number of dubious claims we have heard before, and a few we haven't.

No, Tom Cotton did not say this fake quote

There is a lot being attributed lately to Sen. Tom Cotton, Republican freshman senator from Arkansas. But not all if it is accurate.

Frank Marshall Davis: Obama’s ‘Communist mentor’?

What was Frank Marshall Davis’s Communist influence on Obama?

Purported quote on guns by Vermont lawmaker isn't real

Did Vermont state Sen. Mary Ann Carlson once say that people who own guns "are pretty likely to commit a crime"?

The New York high school and the Arabic-language pledge

Did a New York high school force students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic?

A look at how Gardner is doing on her 100-day checklist

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner’s first 100 days in office have been packed with everything but sleep.

Jeb Bush is right on visa overstays

When potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush in a visit to Iowa this month called for policies addressing undocumented immigrants who overstay legal visas as well as those who cross the southern border, he cited a very specific statistic to make his point.

GOP budgets rely on higher taxes to balance

The new House and Senate Republican budgets make a big boast: They both balance the federal budget within 10 years, without raising taxes. Their own numbers, however, say millions of American families and businesses would have to pay more in taxes to make the math work — about $900 billion more over the next decade.

Obama’s Exaggerated Health Care Claims

President Obama made some exaggerated claims during a recent speech in Cleveland about the Affordable Care Act and the House Republican proposal for Medicare.

Perry ‘Never’ Raised Taxes?

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he "never raised taxes" in his 14 years as governor of the state. That's not the case. During his tenure, he increased taxes on businesses, cigarettes, fireworks, diesel equipment and insurance.

Checking a viral meme about adoption of technology

Not really an apples-to-apples comparison.

Netanyahu’s claim that ‘tens of millions’ in foreign money was aimed against him

Tallying up outside funding in the Israeli election.

Kerry, Cotton Spar Over Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. Tom Cotton each claimed the other distorted the facts regarding the role of Congress in a possible international deal on Iran's nuclear program.

Hillary Clinton and the Gold Star Mothers

Did Hillary Clinton refuse to meet with a contingent of Gold Star mothers?

President Obama and mandatory voting

Has President Barack Obama proposed a constitutional amendment to make voting mandatory in the U.S.?