Articles from July, 2015

A closer look at an anti-Hillary Clinton meme

A reader asked us to check out a social-media meme critical of Hillary Clinton, so we did. Most of what it says isn't very accurate.

Four pressing questions about Hillary Clinton’s State Department email

Did Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account put national security information at risk? Here, we’ll review new evidence and what it tells us -- and doesn’t tell us -- about Clinton’s email habits as secretary of state.  

President Obama on Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show'

President Barack Obama and Jon Stewart discussed the economy, veteran homelessness and complicated relations with Iran in the president's last interview on The Daily Show.

Rand Paul attacks Hillary Clinton's use of personal email on Fox News Sunday

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., goes after Hillary Clinton's personal email scandal as other GOP contenders attack Donald Trump.

A closer look at an old Bernie Sanders talking point

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently revived one of his old talking points about middle-class income stagnation. Sanders doesn't make the claim anymore, but it was interesting enough for us to take a deeper look at whether it's accurate.

Are illegal immigrants bringing ‘tremendous’ disease across the border, as Trump says? Unlikely

Donald Trump claimed that "tremendous infectious disease" is coming across the border. Experts said it’s a dubious claim.

Half-truths in the White House half-staff flag controversy

Outraged memes and headlines suggest President Barack Obama flew the White House flag at half-mast to mourn Whitney Houston but didn't do the same for the five servicemen murdered in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Was Trump a 'draft dodger'?

The Republican presidential candidate's disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have renewed questions about Trump's Vietnam draft record.

Fact-checking John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the latest Republican to throw his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race. Here, we take a look at some of the claims by Kasich that we've checked over the years.

PunditFact: Fact-checking the July 19 Sunday shows

Donald Trump tried to explain his comments about Sen. John McCain, while Republicans criticized the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

The Planned Parenthood video in context

An anti-abortion activist group released a video that they say proves Planned Parenthood "sells the body parts of aborted fetuses." Is it misleading?

How do Barack Obama's criminal justice claims stack up?

As part of his agenda to reform the U.S. criminal justice system, President Barack Obama made some data-driven claims in a speech at the NAACP's national convention.

PolitiFact Sheet: The Gender Pay Gap

The 77-cent wage gap statistic has been one of the consistent cries, mainly of Democrats, over the last seven years. But critics say the wage gap is more fiction than anything. What are the facts? Our PolitiFact Sheet on the gender wage gap explains.   • What is Jade Helm 15?  • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Scott Walker on the Truth-O-Meter

What is Jade Helm 15?

Jade Helm is one of the largest military training exercises on U.S. soil. It's also the subject of many conspiracy theories.   • PunditFact: When did Hillary Clinton wipe her email server clean?  • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Scott Walker on the Truth-O-Meter  

Ultraviolet attacks Chris Christie on women's issues

A Facebook meme from a political group argues that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is bad on women’s issues -- but it gets some of the details wrong.   • PunditFact: When did Hillary Clinton wipe her email server clean?  • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Scott Walker on the Truth-O-Meter

PunditFact: When did Hillary Clinton wipe her email server clean?

A CNN correspondent says the Clinton campaign hasn't provided a clear answer.   • Scott Walker on the Truth-O-Meter

Hillary Clinton and the House Republicans battle over Benghazi subpoena

Both Hillary Clinton and House Republicans are spinning when it comes how Clinton handled emails related to the Benghazi controversy. We lay out the timeline.   • Scott Walker on the Truth-O-Meter • Fact-checking Alan Grayson, candidate for U.S. Senate • PolitiFact's Top 5 for June 2015

Another look at Abraham Lincoln and the colonization of ex-slaves

Three historians commented on our fact-check of a neo-Confederate claim about Abraham Lincoln and resettling former slaves in Central America after the Civil War. Here's what they had to say.   • Fact-checking Alan Grayson, candidate for U.S. Senate • PolitiFact's Top 5 for June 2015 • International fact-checkers focus on fake photos • Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter

PolitiFact's Top 5 for June 2015

We fact-checked statements about the Confederate flag debate in South Carolina, Caitlyn Jenner, and Hillary Clinton.   • International fact-checkers focus on fake photos • Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter • Were the founding fathers 'ordinary people'?

International fact-checkers focus on fake photos

At a recent meeting in Sarajevo, fact-checkers from around the world compared notes on how to debunk manipulated or misattributed photos.   • Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter • Were the founding fathers 'ordinary people'? • 5 myths about immigration

Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter

Donald Trump is climbing in the polls in the race for the Republican nomination for president. We've fact-checked several of his statements.    • Were the founding fathers 'ordinary people'? • 5 myths about immigration • Ted Cruz critiques PolitiFact, gets things wrong 

Mailbag: 'What complete and utter nonsense'

Here's a selection of recent reader emails about such topics as voting rights, income inequality and the metric system.   • Were the founding fathers 'ordinary people'? • 5 myths about immigration • Jim Webb on the Truth-O-Meter • Ted Cruz critiques PolitiFact, gets things wrong 

Were the Founding Fathers 'ordinary people'?

As Independence Day approaches, PolitiFact Wisconsin examines a statement often made by Gov. Scott Walker on the campaign trail that the founders were "ordinary people."   • 5 myths about immigration • Jim Webb on the Truth-O-Meter • Ted Cruz critiques PolitiFact, gets things wrong  • Is health insurance through work $1,800 less because of the Affordable Care Act?