Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

What Trump said during Utica speech

The Observer-Dispatch fact-checked some of the statements made by Trump during his speech.

Fact-checking the bipartisan spinfest on Brett Kavanaugh’s time at the White House

Republicans say millions of pages of Kavanaugh's White House records are irrelevant. Democrats say he gave incomplete testimony to Congress in 2006. We dug into their claims.

Trump Goes for Broke on Claim Military Received No Money Before His Watch. (He’s Still Wrong.)

While signing the annual funding bill, President Trump inaccurately claimed that the amount was “historic” and the military had “never” previously received funding.

Did the Supreme Court Rule in 1943 That No One Can Be Forced to Participate in Patriotic Rituals?

The Supreme Court's 1943 ruling applied to school board officials and other government entities, not private sector enterprises such as the NFL.

Nancy Pelosi twists an old McConnell quote into a ‘racist statement’

The House minority leader made an incendiary charge as she misquoted the top Republican in the Senate.

Did Astronaut Mark Kelly Say the ‘Space Force’ Was a ‘Dumb Idea?’

A man who flew on several NASA Space Shuttle missions is not a supporter of the proposed Space Force.

Does This Graphic Accurately Show ‘Trump and Obama by the Numbers’?

Donald Trump, Jr. shared a doctored graphic which falsely showed his father with a higher job approval rating than his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Both sides of the aisle stretch the truth in the soybean debate

The agricultural commodities market is a complicated balance of supply and demand that politicians seem intent on glossing over.

Trump’s approval hits 50 percent — in a doctored poll graphic shared by his son

Donald Trump Jr. shared a doctored image that makes his father's Gallup presidential approval rating look 10 points higher than it actually is — surprising even people who have otherwise become numb to factual distortions from Trump's inner circle.

President's pants-on-fire claims about California blazes and tariffs

President Trump has been on a working vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., holding only two public events this week -- one of his quietest stretches in a long time. But his thumbs don't take time off. This week we'll check three fact-challenged tweets that really stood out.

Walker right on Wisconsin prison population

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spent much of the week before Tuesday's primary election protesting some of his Democratic opponents' hopes to reduce the state's prison population.

Trump's economic mirage; Sanders on Medicare

President Donald Trump is pulling numbers out of thin air when it comes to the economy, jobs and the deficit.

The Cost of ‘Medicare-for-All’

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez say a "Koch brothers-funded study" shows "Medicare-for-all" would save money. But the study's author say they are misrepresenting his work.

Facts Don’t Support GOP Corruption Claim

A Republican TV ad accuses Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri of profiting from “a corrupt Washington subsidy.” But the claims are not supported by the facts.

Putting France’s Consent Issue Into Context

Did France pass "a law saying having sex with a child is okay. No. The country already didn't have a legal consent age. The new law makes it easier to file rape charges against adults who have sex with those 15 or younger.

Did Major News Networks Ignore a Story About Korean War Remains Returning to the U.S.?

A widely shared meme suggested that mainstream American news outlets largely ignored North Korea's return of the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the 1950-53 war.

Fact-checking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s media blitz

The self-described “democratic socialist” keeps making statements that are false, misleading or incorrect.

Do Trump’s Endorsed Candidates Always Win?

President Trump claimed that Senate and House candidates he endorses will always win. But four candidates he has backed have lost their races.

Stefanik ad exaggerates tax increase claims

An Elise Stefanik TV ad her campaign dubbed “Clear Choice” leads with the assertion that “Tedra Cobb voted to raise taxes 20 times. Taxing everything from candy to water to gas.”

Did Major News Networks Ignore a Story About Korean War Remains Returning to the U.S.?

A widely shared meme suggested that mainstream American news outlets largely ignored North Korea's return of the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the 1950-53 war.