Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Disbarred for Misconduct?

Hyperpartisan web sites spread the false claim that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be disbarred thanks to a letter of complaint signed by 2,000 U.S. lawyers.

Is minimum-wage hike causing business closures in Flagstaff?

Checking this claim: As a direct result of Flagstaff's minimum-wage increase, “Businesses are closing and workers are losing their jobs.”

Trump didn't get luxury-model Air Force One, despite reports

A widely shared story that claims to include photos of a recently delivered plane that will serve as Air Force One for President Donald Trump is false. The pictures included in the story do not show the presidential plane and are conceptual renderings from a Kirkland-based outfitter of luxury aircraft.

Medicaid’s Doctor Participation Rates

It's a common criticism of the Medicaid program -- that the doctor participation rate is lower than the rate for Medicare or private insurance. The implication is that Medicaid patients cannot access care, and it has gotten worse under the ACA. But experts say that's misleading.

Did the IRS 'Fast Track' Tax Exempt Status for After School Satan Clubs?

The Internal Revenue Service granted nonprofit status in 2014 to an organization that now sponsors "After School Satan" clubs, two years before they were created.

Trump’s Misleading Words on Energy and Jobs

In his first major move to undo President Barack Obama’s climate change policies, President Trump declared Tuesday the beginning of a “new era in American energy and production and job creation.” Here is an assessment of his claims about energy production and jobs.

Sanders’s convoluted claim that Democrats are not trying to filibuster Gorsuch

Sanders is using the technical language of arcane Senate procedures to an absurd extreme.

Pruitt on the Paris Accord

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt made two false claims about the Paris Accord, a global agreement aimed at addressing climate change.

Misrepresenting Stone’s Prescience

Rep. Adam Schiff laid out a series of "coincidences" to build a circumstantial case that President Trump's campaign associates may have colluded with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. But one of his “coincidences” is not an established fact.

Did Devin Nunes Meet with Michael Flynn and Turkey's Foreign Minister?

The House Intelligence Committee chair was a speaker at an event for public figures and officials held at Donald Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C.

Did Donald Trump Give Angela Merkel a NATO Bill?

Both German and U.S. government officials deny a media report that President Trump presented German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a multi-billion dollar NATO bill.

Spicer says case closed on Russia. It’s not

The question of collusion between Russian interests and Donald Trump’s campaign is far from answered, despite repeated assertions by the president’s spokesman that it’s case closed.

Trump no factor in Social Security increase

Widely circulated online reports crediting President Donald Trump for 2017 increases in retirees’ Social Security checks don’t accurately portray how the system works.

Did Democrats Tweet an Altered Version of a Socialist Party Poster?

A DNC tweet celebrating a Republican setback featured an altered version of a message from the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Do 80 percent of Americans oppose sanctuary cities?

On March 20, the Department of Homeland Security began publishing a weekly report of noncitizens released from local custody after facing criminal charges. The reports are required under President Trump’s executive order cracking down on cities, counties and states that adopted such “sanctuary” policies. Opponents of sanctuary jurisdictions say local and state officials should turn such individuals over to federal immigration officials to figure out whether they should be deported, and cite a poll to say that 80 percent of Americans don’t support sanctuary cities. That seemed quite high, so we looked into this figure.

No, all eight Supreme Court Justices did not stand in solidarity against Gorsuch

Supreme Court justices did not pen a "letter" saying President Trump was "completely wrong in choosing Neil Gorsuch" to fill a vacant seat on the court.

Obama, Trump had role in Flint water relief

President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama had a hand in last week’s grant of $100 million to address the lead in the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, despite a report that seeks to give Trump credit for the funding. The report also says Obama refused to give money to Flint, which is false.

Trump overlooks his Obamacare promise

With the failure Friday of Republican health care legislation, President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to replace so-called Obamacare “immediately” has been broken. That promise stands at odds with his statement that “I never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days. I have a long time.”

Trump’s Misleading Claims on the Health Bill Failure

Reeling from a major blow to his legislative agenda, President Trump blamed Democrats on Friday after House Republicans rescinded their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He insisted it wasn’t an immediate priority anyway. Here is an assessment of his claims.

Trump Says Obamacare Is 'Exploding.' It's Not

President Trump is doing his best to put a good face on defeat in his party's attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.