Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Trump’s Mixed Claims on His First 500 Days

President Trump again took to Twitter to promote what he called his accomplishments in office so far on immigration, the economy and North Korea.

Trump blames Dems for border separations

President Donald Trump is falsely claiming that “bad legislation passed by the Democrats” has forced his administration to separate children from their families at the border, even though no such law exists.

Fact-Checking Bill Clinton’s meltdown on NBC’s Today Show

Two of his statements stand out as worthy of deeper fact-checking.

Is It Now Against the Law in California to Shower and Do Laundry on the Same Day?

New water conservation legislation does not penalize individual California residents for specific water use.

Is Trump right that it’s the "best economy & jobs EVER"?

American businesses are hiring, consumer confidence is high and economic growth is accelerating. But is it really the "best economy & jobs EVER," as President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday morning? That's a stretch.

Was Mueller’s Appointment ‘Unconstitutional’?

In his latest attack on the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump tweeted, "The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" This amounts to Trump's opinion, and is a matter of debate among constitutional scholars.

A Timeline of Trump Tower Meeting Responses

In a recently disclosed letter, President Donald Trump's attorneys said the president "dictated" his son's statement to the New York Times about a June 2016 meeting between top Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer. That contradicts earlier claims by Trump's representatives.

Fact-checking President Trump’s attacks on the cost of Mueller’s investigation

Trump has seized on the cost of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation, tweeting that the government has spent “over $17 million” or “soon to be” $20 million. But those numbers don’t tell the whole story.

Obama and the FBI — Connect the Dots?

A photograph of President Obama with current and future FBI directors is neither ominous nor revealing.

Did Martha Stewart Say She’d Refuse to Accept a Pardon from President Trump?

A satirical Twitter account added its own "update" to a report saying that President Trump was considering a pardon for Martha Stewart.

Fabrications of Trump and his critics

Iowa governor's tax cut boast is mostly true

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law this week state tax cuts of $2.8 billion over six years, touting the benefits for the middle class. Most changes in personal income tax rates go into effect in tax year 2019, including lower rates for all income brackets. The tax savings would show up as reduced withholdings from paychecks in 2019 and larger refund checks issued in spring 2020. Additional tax cuts are planned in future years. A look at Reynolds' statement during a bill signing event in Hiawatha on Wednesday and the more complex reality behind it.

‘Roseanne,’ Fox and a Satire Story

Q: Is Fox picking up the ‘Roseanne’ TV series? A: No. The story making that claim was intended as satire.

Did 4,645 people die in Hurricane Maria? Nope.

There’s a problem: This is not a verified number, unlike body counts in wars. The Harvard study offers only an estimate – a midpoint along a broad range of possibilities. It is not based on death records, only estimates of deaths from people who were interviewed in a survey.

Navajo Didn’t Support Shrinking Bears Ears

Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claimed the Navajo people who "live close" to Bears Ears National Monument "were all in support" of President Donald Trump's decision to shrink the protected land. But tribe representatives told us that's false.

Are Rosaries Being Taken From Immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border?

Rosaries are among personal belongings confiscated from immigrants when they are arrested at the southern border of the United States.

Trump didn’t fire Muslim federal judge

A story circulating on social media falsely claims President Donald Trump has removed a Muslim federal judge for trying to implement Sharia law in the United States.

President Trump has made 3,251 false or misleading claims in 497 days

In the 497 days since he took the oath of office, President Trump has made 3,251 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. That’s an average of more than 6.5 claims a day.

Is State Farm Denying Insurance to Gun Owners?

Both the company and an insurance expert refuted online anecdotes painting the company as hostile toward firearm owners.

A Lobbyist in Congress? Not Exactly.

Has someone "been a lobbyist" if the person was registered as such but never had any clients? What if that registration was later retroactively deactivated? Those are the questions in a dispute in the Ohio Senate race.