Articles from April, 2015

Martial law in Texas? Hold that thought

Chatter fanned by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones about federal troops imposing martial law in Texas isn't substantiated, news reports indicate.   Read a wide-ranging rundown of the situation from reporter Jonathan Tilove of the Austin American-Statesman, here.   BONUS: See our 2014 fact check of a claim rooted in a stunt undertaken by a Jones-backed operation that University of Texas students signed a petition supportive of killing babies after birth.

Bernie Sanders says half of Americans have less than $10,000 in savings accounts

Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont mulling a run for president, told an Austin crowd a lot of Americans have very little saved for a rainy day.   MOSTLY TRUE.

ISIS camp near El Paso? FALSE

If ISIS has a camp near El Paso, no government officials admitted it to us. Nor did anyone hint there's something to that declaration by Judicial Watch.   Truth-O-Meter says: FALSE.  

Sid Miller says West Texas towns 'out of water'

A first-year statewide elected official caught our attention by saying West Texas towns are so drought-struck, they're lately trucking in water.   But Sid Miller, the Texas agriculture commissioner sworn in this January, had no current-day examples.

Jon Hamm, documents say, hazed, hurt UT student in 1990

Actor Jon Hamm, who stars in the "Mad Men" TV series, allegedly hazed and physically abused a fellow University of Texas student in fall 1990, according to documents brought to light this week.   Prompted by a tabloid’s story, we checked into what officials and records confirm.

Ted Cruz did not say 'no place for gays, atheists' in his America

A reader asked us to check a Facebook post showing Ted Cruz saying there's no place for gays or atheists in "my America."   PANTS ON FIRE!

Texas-reared Rand Paul and the Truth-O-Meter

Rand Paul, who just declared for president, has met the Truth-O-Meter--35 times.   He's also the second Texan seeking the Republican nomination. Former Gov. Rick Perry has said he'll reveal his desires in May or June.   OK, Paul is from Kentucky. And he was born in Pennsylvania. But he grew up in Texas; his father, former presidential hopeful Ron Paul, was a Lake Jackson congressman.   As shown below, Sen. Paul has a wide-ranging Truth-O-Meter record. MORE:  

Pants on Fire for Facebook meme about Ted Cruz, Barack Obama, citizenship an online hit

 A Facebook meme suggests Canada-born Ted Cruz conveniently flip-flopping on needing to be born in the U.S. to run for president.   Pants on Fire! The comments attributed to Cruz don't reflect any actual remarks that we could find.   Our look at the meme turned out to be