Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Missouri debate claims cite Trump, wages

Party control of the U.S. Senate could hinge on Missouri in the midterm elections, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is locked in a tight race with first-time challenger Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. McCaskill, is a longtime Missouri politician who's seeking her third Senate term. Hawley is a rising star in the Republican Party who's running for his first national office. The two met for their first one-on-one debate Thursday in St. Louis. A look at their claims.

Hey, attack-ad honchos, stop stealing our Pinocchios!

Yet another attack ad features Washington Post Pinocchios even though we never fact-checked a rival's ad

No Evidence Ginsburg Vowed to Resign Over Kavanaugh

Did Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg say she would resign if Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court? No.

Trump Wrong on Climate Change, Again

In two recent interviews, President Donald Trump said he is not convinced that climate change is due to human activity, and he suggested that any changes will reverse themselves -- two ideas that lack scientific backing.

Trump’s Inaccurate Claims From His A.P. Interview

In his wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, President Trump made inaccurate statements about Russia, the deficit and his former lawyer.

Fact check: Former mayor promotes campus expansion in SDSU West TV ad

The people behind the SDSU West ballot initiative have tapped former Mayor Jerry Sanders to help make their case for a Mission Valley campus expansion in a broadcast and cable television ad that began airing last week.

Did Georgia’s Secretary of State ‘Block’ the Registrations of 53,000 Voters, Most of Them African-American?

Left-wing Facebook pages weighed into Georgia's gubernatorial race with widely shared memes about alleged voter suppression in that state.

Is Barron Trump a Chess Grandmaster?

Barron Trump was once photographed with a chess set, but that doesn't make him a Grandmaster.

Just about everything you’ve read on the Warren DNA test is wrong

Reporters and politicians rushed to say the test shows she was only 1/1024th Native American. But that's a huge misinterpretation of the data.

Donnelly’s Hearings Attendance Record

Several Republican TV ads attacking Sen. Joe Donnelly have claimed the Indiana Democrat has “missed 1 in 5 committee hearings” since he took office in 2013. Actually, Donnelly attended nearly 95 percent of public committee and subcommittee hearings during that time.

Trump misses on storms, science, clean air

President Donald Trump in his interview with The Associated Press said he has "a natural instinct for science." But what he said about hurricanes, clean air and climate doesn't quite get the science right. More than a dozen scientists, economists and climate negotiators pointed out where his comments didn't fit with the reality of human-caused climate change, hurricanes and air pollution. A look at his statements Tuesday.

Trump distorts migrant policy, Russia probe

President Donald Trump mischaracterized his immigration-law achievements, the plight of children taken from parents at the Mexico border and what's known about Russia's interference in the 2016 election in his wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press. A look at his comments on those subjects Tuesday.

Fact-checking Mike Braun and pre-existing conditions

In an RTV6 fact check from September, we evaluated a claim from Sen. Joe Donnelly (D), where he claimed his Republican opponent, Mike Braun did not support health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. Now that it's nearly a month later, let's revisit that claim, and that rating from September.

Rape Wasn’t Part of Roe Decision

Was the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade made because Jane Roe said she was raped? No. “Jane Roe” falsely claimed she was gang raped, but that accusation was not a factor in the court ruling.

Anti-Polis attack ad omits key details

A pro-Republican independent expenditure committee says in a TV ad that U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado's Democratic candidate for governor, had a restraining order placed against him after pushing a female employee in 1999 — then got "big gun lawyers" to blame the woman.

Fact checking five applause lines the president trots out on the campaign trail

President Donald Trump has stepped up his presence on the campaign trail ahead of next month's election, taking his freewheeling stump speech on the road to help Republicans keep their majorities in Congress.

Ads flying in Arizona's Secretary of State race

With Republican Michele Reagan's defeat by Steve Gaynor in the primary, there is an open election for Arizona's next Secretary of State. Gaynor is being challenged by Democrat Katie Hobbs, and the race has seen a variety of claims flying in political ads.

Beto O’Rourke vs. Ted Cruz: Fact-checking their debate

Democrat Beto O’Rourke abandoned his usual message of unity and optimism and laid into Ted Cruz, hoping to reverse polls that show him fading against the Republican incumbent during the second debate of a Texas Senate race that’s become one of the nation’s most closely watched.

Fact-checking Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke’s second debate

During their second U.S. Senate debate in San Antonio, Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz went back and forth on a number of issues. But how much of what each candidate said is true?

Did Senator Menendez Hire Underage Prostitutes?

The most recent ad from Bob Hugin, Robert Menendez’s Republican rival in the New Jersey race, focuses on unproven allegations by an anonymous tipster.