Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Trump on ‘Zombie’ Spending

Trump says he could "stop funding programs that are not authorized in law" to help pay for more spending on the military. But unauthorized spending isn't necessarily wasteful spending.

More Bogus Trumponomics

Donald Trump mangled his economic facts -- again -- when he said many people are working two jobs largely "because of this horrible Obamacare."

What's in Hillary Clinton's Pants?

Yet another Hillary Clinton health-related conspiracy theory focuses on a metallic object that seemingly fell out of her pants leg as she left a 9/11 memorial due to a medical event.

Trump says Clinton lacks policies. Seriously?

Republican Donald Trump has rolled out a new attack line against Hillary Clinton as they enter the final stretch of the presidential race, and it's a head-turner. His claim: that his Democratic rival has been running a policy-free campaign, lacking specific proposals. It's actually Trump who's the newcomer to policy specifics.

Fact-checking Trump's Asheville speech

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made the following remarks during his rally Sept. 12 at the U.S. Cellular Center, and the Citizen-Times checked them for accuracy.

Clinton Misrepresents Trump Quote

Hillary Clinton has turned a Democratic talking point into a TV ad that misrepresents a quote from Donald Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention.

Trump’s ridiculous claim that veterans are ‘treated worse’ than undocumented immigrants

Our friends at and PolitiFact wrote about this claim, and there’s no sign Trump will stop saying it. So we decided to take a look at what he means, and whether it holds any water.

President Obama Didn't Say 'We Deserved 9/11'

A fake news article reported that President Obama said the United States 'deserved 9/11' for not respecting Islam.

Donald Trump's deleted 9/11 tweet

In 2013, Donald Trump extended his best wishes to 'haters and losers' via Twitter on the anniversary of 9/11.

Hillary Clinton's body double?

#HillarysBodyDouble took over Twitter with claims that lookalike Teresa Barnwell had appeared in New York to impersonate Hillary Clinton after the candidate left a 9/11 event following a medical incident.

Trump’s thin case for ‘pay-for-play’ regarding Clinton and Ericsson

As part of what he describes as Hillary Clinton’s corruption, Donald Trump has highlighted incidents involving Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson, the world’s largest mobile network equipment maker.

No, Clinton hasn't been diagnosed with Parkinson's

A montage of photos and video clips of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton purportedly demonstrates she has symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Clinton's unsupported "quote" from Seventeen magazine

There's no evidence (beyond a meme) that Hillary Clinton said she would be disappointed if her daughter married a black man during an interview with "Seventeen" magazine.

Trump's false claim of opposing the Iraq War

Over and over again, Donald Trump says he opposed the Iraq War before it started. But no matter how many times the Republican candidate for president says it, the facts are clear: He did not.

Obama’s War Stance, Revisited

Donald Trump's campaign manager falsely stated that "everybody just took [then Senator Barack Obama] at his word" in 2008 when he said he would have voted against invading Iraq. In fact, Obama publicly spoke out against the war in October 2002.

Wisconsin Senior Scare

A Wisconsin Democrat's ad falsely accuses his opponent of proposing to cut Social Security benefits for two-thirds of seniors. Actually, benefits would go up for the poorest one-third of current beneficiaries, and would be unchanged for most others.

Was Cooper 'stripped of his responsibility' over crime lab?

There may be no bigger liability on Attorney General Roy Cooper's political ledger than his office's management of the North Carolina State Crime Lab, so it's no surprise the Republican Governors Association seeks to exploit that history in a campaign ad that started running in August.

Is it true that Roy Cooper 'fixed the problems' at the crime lab?

Attorney General Roy Cooper wasted little time last month in responding to an attack on his record managing the North Carolina State Crime Lab, which was plagued by scandal during the first half of his tenure and still experiences long processing times for certain cases.

Multiple missteps mark Trump, Clinton forum

Republican Donald Trump repeated a bevy of previous misstatements in a forum on national security issues, while his Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton continued to gloss over her lax treatment of classified information when she used a private email system as secretary of state. A look at some missteps in the candidates’ back-to-back appearances.

Does wife of Florida Gov. Rick Scott own a mosquito-spraying business?

Ann Scott doesn't own a mosquito spraying business, but she does have a large financial stake in a Gulf Coast company.