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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Tom Feran

Says the State Department spent $630,000 to get 2 million Facebook "Likes."

"Every major religion is opposed to same-sex marriage."

"About 95 percent of (Ohio’s) electricity comes from burning coal."

Says abortion increases the risk of breast cancer.

A hidden provision in Obamacare taxes sporting goods as medical devices.

"47 - New provisions ObamaCare charges the IRS with implementing, according to the Government Accountability Office."

Cuyahoga County "passed a program to guarantee a college savings account for every single child who enters kindergarten in this county -- the first county in the United States to do so."

Ken Lanci is a lifelong Clevelander

Employees in "workplace freedom" states make more money

"Six out of 10 of the highest unemployment rates are also in so-called right to work states."

Recent stories from Tom Feran
The year in social media claims, from True to Pants on Fire

Many claims went viral this year. Only a few of them were entirely accurate.

Top 16 myths about the health care law

Because a Top 10 can't capture all the exaggerations.

Top 16 myths about the health care law

Because a Top 10 can't capture all the exaggerations.

When the Truth-O-Meter combusts

We've fact-checked several claims recently that have received our worst rating -- Pants on Fire! Here's a quick rundown of the inaccuracies on topics from abortion to the federal income tax.

Cuyahoga County budget claim leads to confusion for Ed FitzGerald's gubernatorial campaign

PolitiFact Ohio discovered an erroneous statement when we were asked to check a claim on Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald's gubernatorial campaign website. It turned out to be a mistake that was quickly corrected, but it led to further confusion about a similar statement FitzGerald made in a speech. We try to clear things up.

'It's on page 107 of the health care bill!'

Chain emails about the health care law are zooming to an inbox near you. Are they accurate? Not so much.

Do protection orders really protect? The answer isn’t clear

Is it a myth that protection orders work? PolitiFact Ohio was interested. We found several studies that suggest protection orders can be effective in deterring further violence, but we also found there are pitfalls in trying to prove whether they provide actual protection. So we’re reporting our findings here, but not making a ruling on the Truth-O-Meter.

Is Ted Cruz constitutionally eligible to be president?

Rising Republican star Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, is being looked at as a potential presidential contender. But some question whether Cruz, who was born in Canada, could become the chief executive because of the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a "natural born citizen." PolitiFact Ohio dug in.

Is Ted Cruz eligible under the Constitution to become president?

Rising Republican star Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, is being looked at as a potential presidential contender. But some question whether Cruz, who was born in Canada, could become the chief executive because of the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a "natural born citizen." We look at the legal issues.

PolitiFact Ohio marks two years of the Truth-O-Meter

Observers decrying a decline in the quality of political discourse used to cite 30-second sound bites as a symptom or cause. 

Thirty seconds is practically a filibuster now.
 
The typical statement in broadcast news stories today is closer to nine seconds. Just enough time to recite a talking point. Just enough words to fill a 140-character Tweet. 
 
Long enough to grab our interest, to enlighten, mislead or enrage. Enough to make PolitiFact Ohio say "Really?"
 
PolitiFact Ohio is celebrating two years of checking these sound bites, and looking forward to more.

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