Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Trump's FBI claims on Schiff and Warner don't hold up

This is untrue. Both Schiff and Warner say they did call the FBI about the contacts Trump is likely referring to, and their communications at the time back that up.

Does Pelosi stick to the ‘principle’ of not talking about the president overseas?

How well did Pelosi hold up to her own standard? She often struggled with it.

Meme Mangles Constitutional Rights

A meme making the bogus claim that the U.S. Constitution confers rights only to citizens is circulating online. Actually, many of the rights granted in the Constitution apply to noncitizens, too.

Trump overstates benefits from Mexico tariffs

President Donald Trump is overstating the benefits of his threatened tariffs on automobiles and parts imported from Mexico while glossing over the likely harm to American consumers of substantially higher prices for new cars.

Fact-checking Bernie Sanders' criticism of JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon

While it's true that JPMorgan took $25 billion in bailout money, the government made the bailouts mandatory, wanting to avoid singling out weaker institutions, which it feared would lead to runs on those particular banks.

Falsehood Swirls About Biden, SEALs

Viral posts on Facebook claim, falsely, that former Vice President Joe Biden “leaked the names of SEAL Team 6 family’s to Al Qaeda.” Biden publicly credited the SEALs with killing Osama Bin Laden, but did not disclose the team or team members responsible.

Foreign Interference And 'Opposition Research' Are Not The Same

Oppo research is part of politics. But the law prohibits American political campaigns from taking "a contribution or donation of money or any other thing of value" from foreigners. The ban isn't limited to money, as Justice Department investigators wrote.

Fact Checking Trump’s Pitch to Farmers

In his much publicized visit to Iowa, President Donald Trump made a few false and misleading statements about agricultural exports.

Trump’s Dubious Claims About China

In remarks to the press in Iowa and before departing for Iowa, President Donald Trump talked about ongoing trade negotiations with China, and the possibility of enacting further tariffs. But Trump distorted the facts on several points.

Fact-checking President Trump’s swing-state spin

In Trump’s telling, several swing states that could decide the 2020 presidential election are seeing a resurgence of blue-collar jobs in the coal-mining, steel and automotive industries.

Meme Mangles Constitutional Rights

A meme making the bogus claim that the U.S. Constitution confers rights only to citizens is circulating online. Actually, many of the rights granted in the Constitution apply to noncitizens, too.

Separating fact from fiction in abortion talking points

The abortion debate is fraught with rhetoric, as advocates on both sides of the issue spin facts to support their side of the debate. Here’s a short tour of four talking points that just don’t seem to fade.

Did U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar Say “We Are Here to Take Over America”?

Not only is the quote made up, it runs counter to several public statements Omar has made on the topic of being both Muslim and American.

Did U.S. Taxpayers Pay Over $90 Billion More Under Trump’s Tax Law?

The IRS collected $93 billion more from taxpayers in fiscal year 2018 than 2017, but that doesn't mean it's a harbinger of things to come.

Trump overstates benefits from Mexico tariffs

President Donald Trump is overstating the benefits of his threatened tariffs on automobiles and parts imported from Mexico while glossing over the likely harm to American consumers of substantially higher prices for new cars.

Was Malia Obama ‘Arrested Again’ Amid a Media Blackout?

Junk news websites continue to be obsessed with the Obama family.

Here's what Trump got wrong in CNBC interview

During his Monday morning interview with CNBC, President Donald Trump claimed that China has "lost 15 to 20 trillion dollars in value since the day I was elected." That's not even close to true.

Did Bernie Sanders ‘consistently’ vote against the Hyde Amendment?

The Hyde Amendment has sharply limited federal funding for abortions since 1976. But it’s back in the news again after former vice president Joe Biden suddenly reversed his position and said he now supports taxpayer funding for abortions.

Are migrants at the southern border 'renting babies' to pose as families?

While discussing his frustration over President Donald Trump's plan to impose tariffs on imports from Mexico, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley on Thursday also addressed the border crisis, claiming that migrants are "renting babies" to game the US immigration system.

Trump and the credit and blame game

The apportioning of credit and blame went awry in President Donald Trump's remarks over the past week.