Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Rubio’s fantasy figure on bank closures due to Dodd-Frank

Has the Dodd-Frank law, which was passed in 2010, resulted in the closure of hundreds of banks?

Politico fact-checks the presidential debate

Seventeen Republican presidential candidates. Two debates. Talk about fertile ground for playing loose with the facts. And then there's Donald Trump.

Was Prescott Bush one of Planned Parenthood’s founders?

Maybe, though the significance of this fact seven decades later is unclear.

FactChecking the GOP Debate, Late Edition

The candidates made misleading claims on banking, jobs, education and more.

Fact Checking the first GOP presidential debates

Welcome to our first edition of fact checks of the debates for the 2016 presidential election cycle.

Debate Fact-Check: Republicans’ Tax Plans Not So Simple After All

Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson proposed simple-sounding tax plans during Thursday’s debate in Cleveland. How do their proposals square with the facts?

CNN fact checks the 2016 Republican debates

The CNN Fact-Checking Team worked through Thursday night to check some of the most notable claims made by all 17 Republican presidential candidates at the two debates hosted by Fox News.

The 2016 Republican Presidential Debate—a Fact Check

Was Marco Rubio or Megyn Kelly right about the candidate’s record on abortion? Did Rick Perry catch Donald Trump in a healthcare flip flop? And is Trump (gasp) overstating his own importance?

GOP Candidates Veer From the Truth in 1st Debate

Republicans seeking their party's 2016 presidential nomination have the challenging task of trying to stand out among the 17 candidates in the race, and Thursday's televised debate was the first opportunity for the party to start whittling down its choices. So it's no surprise that the candidates had a vested interest in puffing up their own records as governors, senators and public figures. And some of them just got the facts wrong.

FactChecking the GOP Debate, Early Edition

The Republican presidential candidates who failed to make the cut for the Aug. 6 prime-time debate repeated a number of past false and misleading claims, while adding some new ones that we hadn't heard before.

Bush gets it right on VA wait-time manipulation firing figures

Trying to pin down the exact number of people fired for manipulating wait times in the 2014 Department of Veterans Affairs scandal has been like trying to solve a puzzle without all the pieces.

How does Planned Parenthood spend that government money?

Jeb Bush is again in damage-control mode, this time over an offhand remark he made about Planned Parenthood. He said at an event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention that Planned Parenthood should be defunded, and he highlighted that he did so as governor of Florida. He then added as an aside, "I'm not sure we need half-a-billion dollars for women's health issues" — a statement Hillary Clinton and other Democrats pounced on, portraying it as a gaffe that reveals that Bush doesn't care about women's health. He has since said he "misspoke." But Bush's comments raise questions about just how much money Planned Parenthood actually gets, what the group does with it, and whether defunding it would actually save taxpayers money.

Reid Wrong on Planned Parenthood

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid claimed in a floor speech that 30 percent of U.S. women get their health care from Planned Parenthood. That's false. By one measure, the number is less than 3 percent.

Economists dump on Trump boast to bring jobs back from China

Donald Trump vows to bring back the millions of American jobs lost to China and other foreign competitors if voters put him in the White House. Economists say he wouldn't stand a chance: Trump's boundless self-confidence is no match for the global economic forces that took those jobs away.

Harry Reid’s incorrect claim that 30 percent of women rely on Planned Parenthood for health care

Senate minority leader blows a talking point.

Fact checking Hillary Clinton's latest ads

Hillary Clinton released two TV ads this week, both of them 60-second spots highlighting her support of children and families.

New law passed to jail unemployed mothers?

Did Congress pass a law stipulating that all mothers must prove they are employed or face jail time? No, it's fake news.

Video of an Iranian negotiator gloating?

Nope, it's just for laughs.

FactChecking the GOP Candidate Forum

Several Republican presidential candidates made false and exaggerated claims at a candidate forum in New Hampshire on Aug. 3.

Does religious freedom bill shield businesses from same-sex marriage rules?

Checking U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, a first-term Republican congressman from Dubuque, as quoted in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.