Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Is the postal service losing a fortune to Amazon?

President Donald Trump won’t let up on Amazon. He’s been assailing the online retailer for days, zeroing in on a ‘‘scam’’ contract with the U.S. Postal Service that’s actually been judged profitable for the post office. In another tweet on Tuesday, Trump again claimed the postal service is losing “massive amounts of money.” Here's a look at those statements.

FactChecking Trump’s Immigration Tweets

President Donald Trump fired off a flurry of immigration-related tweets beginning on Easter morning, but his messages included muddled and inaccurate claims.

ATF Rulings on ‘Bump Stocks’

Q: Did the Obama administration legalize "bump stocks" for semiautomatic rifles? A: No federal law explicitly addresses "bump stocks." The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ruled 10 times between 2008 and 2017 that certain models could not be prohibited under existing gun laws.

A guide to President Trump’s latest round of fact-challenged tweets

President Trump’s tweetstorms generally require context. He often appears to be reacting in the moment to something he watched on television. If you are not a cable junkie, some of the president’s Twitter comments may appear obscure or puzzling.

Trump's Tweets On 'Caravans' Crossing The Border, Annotated

"DACA is dead," President Trump declared Monday on Twitter, after an Easter Sunday tweetstorm claiming that large caravans of migrants are heading to the border to take advantage of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He also blasted Mexico for not stopping the influx and repeated his call for a border wall. The president's tweets include some debatable claims about DACA, border security, and immigration law and policy on both sides of the Southern border. NPR reporters who follow immigration and the debate in Congress fact-checked six of his tweets.

Is Elon Musk Buying Facebook So He Can Delete It?

It's a joke, people.

Trump's angry tweets about Mexico? More fiction than fact

President Trump unleashed a flurry of tweets Sunday and Monday attacking Mexico on several fronts, including immigration and the North America Free Trade Agreement. What was true and what was false?

Trump assails Mexico, Amazon, twisting facts

President Trump won't let up on Amazon. He's been assailing the online retailer for days, zeroing in on a "scam" contract with the U.S. Postal Service that's actually been judged profitable for the post office. Here's a closer look at what was correct and incorrect.

Were Bush’s ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ derived from military training?

With President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a debate has again erupted over whether the administration of President George W. Bush allowed the torture of al-Qaeda suspects — and whether the techniques, which included waterboarding, led to the capture of Osama bin Laden. Haspel, currently deputy director, was involved with a “black site” prison in Thailand where the techniques were used and was involved in the decision to destroy tapes of the waterboarding sessions.

The conspiracy theory behind a curious Roseanne Barr tweet, explained

Roseanne Barr capped a remarkable week of new media relevance with a tweet that seemed to fly out of nowhere — unless you're a close observer of far-right media.

No Seizure of Clinton Foundation Cash

Q: Did British agents seize $400 million from the Clinton Foundation? A: No. That claim was made up by a satirical website.

Emma Stone Didn’t Commend Trump

Q: Did Emma Stone say, “America made a great choice with Donald Trump”? A: No. There is no record of the actress ever making that comment, or others attributed to her in the same story.

Viral NASA Story Gets Science Wrong

Q: Is NASA “spraying Americans with lithium and other chemicals”? No. The space agency uses such materials, which are also used in fireworks, in the upper atmosphere – way above where planes fly. Experts say it’s “extremely unlikely” even “a minute amount” would reach Earth’s surface.

Trump hails border wall start, an illusion

President Donald Trump hailed the start of his long-sought southern border wall this past week, proudly tweeting photos of the "WALL!" Actually, no new work got underway. The photos showed the continuation of an old project to replace two miles of existing barrier.

Did a Calif. Judge Rule Coffee Must Come With A Cancer Warning

Coffee companies in California must carry a cancer warning label because of a chemical produced while beans roast, a California judge tentatively ruled Wednesday.

Is President Trump Planning a Monument to the War on Christmas?

A humorous article was just a seasonal jape, but not quite in the way that many readers recognized.

No Shootings at ‘March for Our Lives’

Were 19 people shot at a "March for Our Lives" rally? No. A misleading headline, posted on dubious websites, referred to shooting victims elsewhere in Chicago over that weekend.

Politics Roiled by Royal Wedding Rumors?

Is the White House enraged because Barack Obama, and not President Trump, was invited to the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Science contradicts EPA warming memo

Climate scientists say an internal U.S. Environmental Protection Agency memo on how officials should talk to the public about global warming doesn't reflect reality.

Trump’s bundle of faulty claims about Amazon’s cost to taxpayers

Trump is no fan of Amazon, and he often broadcasts this on Twitter.