Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Decoding HHS Secretary Price’s spin on the American Health Care Act

Price defended the American Health Care Act, the House GOP plan to overhaul health-care system, in an interview with CNN. We’re going to focus on two statements in particular because they are rather misleading.

No, the GOP health bill doesn’t classify rape or sexual assault as a preexisting condition

One of the viral claims about the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the new Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), was this claim that the AHCA “made being rape survivor a pre-existing condition,” or that it “classified rape as a pre-existing condition." Is that correct?

Is Congress Exempt from GOP Health Bill?

Does the new GOP health care bill apply to members of Congress and their families?

Trump on the Paris Agreement

Trump made two claims about the Paris Agreement, a global accord aimed at addressing climate change, that require context.

A look at what didn't happen this week

A roundup of some of the most wildly popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. AP checked these out; here are the real facts.

Is Congress Exempt from the GOP Health Care Bill?

Yes -- but the House quickly acted to pass a fix.

Kevin McCarthy’s claim that ‘nobody on Medicaid is going to be taken away’

Before the House narrowly approved the Republican bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, McCarthy defended it in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash after she noted that Democrats paid a price at the polls for passing Obamacare. She wondered whether Republicans are “going to face that very same buzz saw for taking a benefit away.” McCarthy responded, “We’re not taking a benefit away. Nobody on Medicaid is going to be taken away.” Considering that the American Health Care Act would reduce anticipated Medicaid outlays by $880 billion, or 25 percent, over the next 10 years, what is he talking about?

Did Mike Pence Say Americans Need More 'Jesus Care,' Not Health Care? No

A quote attributed to the Vice President of the United States claiming that churches heal more people than doctors is a fabrication.

Trump and his Bible-ban story

Pitching religious free expression, President Donald Trump accused the former Obama administration Thursday of banning patients at a military hospital from receiving religious items from visitors. That episode is not quite as the president described it.

The Preexisting Conditions Debate

Democrats and Republicans have made competing claims on whether the latest version of the GOP health care bill maintains protections for people with preexisting medical conditions. We'll go through what the legislation now proposes on this issue.

Pre-Existing Conditions: Evaluating Competing Claims

In the debate over how the effort to replace the Affordable Care Act would affect those with pre-existing health conditions, opponents and supporters alike have offered misleading talking points. Faced with polling indicating public support for protections, and after an emotional appeal by the television host Jimmy Kimmel that has gone viral, Republicans are making a dubious case that their updated bill provides similar coverage for those who are less healthy, while Democrats are overstating claims about how many are affected. Here’s an assessment.

Are Prosecutors Too Quick To Let The Police Off?

The Justice Department decided not to charge the officers involved last July in the fatal shooting of a black man, Alton Sterling. The decision is being met with anger by activists who say prosecutors are too deferential toward cops — and are too quick to let them off. That notion has been front and center since the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Mo., that followed the death of Michael Brown. Here are four questions and answers you should know about whether that complaint is true.

Here’s what you need to know about preexisting conditions in the GOP health plan

When it comes to health care, readers should be wary about claims that important changes in health-care coverage are without consequences and that people are “protected” – or that the changes will result in massive dislocation and turmoil. There are always winners and losers in a bill of this size.

Did a Car Run Over Trump Protesters on a Highway?

A video showing a car driving through a demonstration is real, but it took place in Brazil and has nothing to do with the Trump administration.

Woman Prosecuted for Laughing During Jeff Sessions Confirmation Hearing?

Desiree Fairooz, a member of the protest group Code Pink, was charged with disorderly conduct after laughing during the introduction of Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.

Did Melania Trump 'Like' a Tweet Lampooning Her Relationship With President Trump?

The personal Twitter account for Melania Trump "liked" (then quickly "unliked") a post speculating about her relationship with her husband.

Does Donald Trump Own a Civil War Monument for a Fictional Battle on a Golf Course?

A New York Times story about a historically inaccurate plaque on a Trump golf course has drawn new attention after the president's controversial comments on the Civil War.

Budget not a down-payment on new border wall

The Trump administration says its budget compromise with Congress includes hundreds of millions of dollars in border wall funding. Those funds might be for the border, but they're not to build the new "big beautiful wall" that President Donald Trump has promised.

Russia’s Ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses

Q: Did President Trump urge Jehovah’s Witnesses to seek asylum in the U.S. after the religious group was banned in Russia? A: No.

Clinton Wrong on Debate Claim

Hillary Clinton, who declared that she is "now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance," falsely claimed that no debate moderator ever asked Donald Trump, "so exactly how are you going to create more jobs"? It was asked in two of the three presidential debates.