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Fact-checking the Trump impeachment hearings: Vindman, Volker, Morrison and Williams

Americans, for the first time, heard sworn public testimony Nov. 19 from two officials who listened in on the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Who is Kurt Volker? What to listen for in his impeachment testimony

Kurt Volker, the former special representative to Ukraine, is scheduled to testify publicly as part of the House’s impeachment inquiry on the afternoon of Nov. 19. Here's what to listen for.

Who is Alexander Vindman? What to watch for in Tuesday impeachment testimony

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman managed Ukraine policy for the White House National Security Council. What he saw doesn't line up with the Republican version of events.

PolitiFact’s guide to understanding tariffs and international trade

Breaking with decades of United States policy favoring free trade, President Donald Trump has pursued an agenda favoring tariffs as weapons in a widening trade war. How did we get here? Let’s take a closer look.

5 key moments during Marie Yovanovitch's impeachment testimony

Former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch might have been the only witness in Friday’s impeachment hearing, but she was upstaged by a tweet from President Donald Trump.

Impeachment and bribery: What you need to know

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., attracted wide notice when she used the word "bribery" to refer to the allegations against President Donald Trump after the first day of public impeachment hearings.

Who is Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine removed by Trump?

Yovanovich ended up crosswise with Trump and Giuliani. She told the impeachment inquiry committees how it unfolded for her.

Obama’s hot mic moment with Russian president in 2012 was unrelated to Ukrainian aid in 2014

During the first public impeachment hearing, Republicans revisited Obama’s hot mic moment with the Russian president in 2012. But it had nothing to do with Obama denying lethal aid to Ukraine two years later.

What is Congress doing besides impeachment?

With impeachment grabbing the headlines, we decided to look at what else has been passing in Congress this fall. The short answer is not much, not even on bipartisan priorities.

Fact-checking Trump, Ukraine impeachment hearings, day 1

The Democrats called on American diplomats in Ukraine to offer public testimony about the Trump administration's pressure on Ukraine to investigate Burisma and the Bidens. The Republicans called it another attempt to undermine the 2016 election.

Who is George Kent?

George Kent’s extensive background as a career diplomat, his specialist in Ukrainian and Russian issues, and his expertise in anti-corruption work made him a closely watched witness in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

Who is Ambassador William Taylor?

The House impeachment inquiry went public Nov. 13 with testimony from Ambassador William Taylor Jr., whose position as the top American diplomat in Ukraine gave him a clear view of the Trump administration’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate the president’s political rivals.

The impeachment inquiry: What to expect from public hearings and beyond

The House impeachment inquiry begins heating up this week, with several key observers of President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukraine scheduled to speak publicly under oath for the first time. That makes it a good moment to recap the House impeachment process -- where we are now, and what lies ahead.

5 ways Warren’s Medicare for All math could fall short

Warren's plan to fund Medicare for All costs trillions and spans a decade. Precision is hard to achieve.

Could Donald Trump be impeached, removed and run for re-election? It’s possible

Could President Donald Trump be impeached, removed from office -- and then run again for president in 2020?

Space litter is a huge risk to satellites, and there's no way yet to clean it up

Odds of space debris falling and hitting someone on Earth? Trillion to 1. But the threat to other satellites is real.

What you need to know about Medicare for All

Medicare for All would replace private insurance with public insurance. Its backers promise better coverage at a much lower cost for the great majority of people, but there are many skeptics.

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We’re excited to share an opportunity where today, through the end of the year, you can triple any donation you make to PolitiFact. We have once again been selected to participate in NewsMatch, a national matching-gift campaign that drives donations to nonprofit newsrooms (like us!) around the country. Thanks to NewsMatch and the support of other donors, if you donate to PolitiFact today, your support goes three times as far!

5 facts about vaccines

The scientific consensus is that vaccines prevent illness and save lives. But vaccinations have been subject to misinformation and confusion that’s having real-world consequences.

Who is Alexander Vindman?

President Donald Trump tweeted about a "Never Trumper" witness in the impeachment inquiry. He was talking about Lt. Col. Vindman, and there's no evidence he opposes Trump.

Did George Washington run businesses as president?

President Donald Trump said a precedent exists for an active businessman like himself serving as president -- his legendary first predecessor, George Washington.

No evidence photo of Trump watching Baghdadi raid was staged

PolitiFact investigated the context of the viral image of Trump watching the Baghdadi raid.

The Earth has rapidly warmed over the past century. Can politics slow it?

How much warmer has the Earth really gotten over the past few decades? And what effect would American policy ideas like the Green New Deal actually have?

Elizabeth Warren's plans: $7 trillion in new spending over 10 years, before Medicare for All

Elizabeth Warren has over 50 plans. We added up their costs, and how she plans to cover them.

In Context: Hillary Clinton on Tulsi Gabbard, the Trump campaign and Russia

Clinton’s remarks prompted news headlines saying Clinton suggested that U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, was being groomed by Russians and was a Russian asset. Here's the context of the Oct. 17 interview, so that readers can decide for themselves whether Clinton said it was Republicans or Russians who were grooming Gabbard, and whether she said that Gabbard is a Russian asset.

Fact-checking Trump on ‘phony’ emoluments, Adam Schiff and Miami airport

President Donald Trump spent more than an hour speaking to reporters in the White House on Oct. 21, addressing many topics, from impeachment to Syria to his decision to scrap the G-7 summit he’d proposed to host at the Trump Doral property in Florida.

Is vaping safer than smoking?

E-cigarette manufacturers originally marketed vaping devices as a safer alternative to cigarette smoking. Now government regulators are cracking down on the multibillion dollar industry amid a spike in vaping-related injuries and death.

In context: Mick Mulvaney on quid pro quo

White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Ukraine aid hinged, in part, on seeking the DNC server. Then he said he didn't say that. Read what he said in his own words.

No, Mark Zuckerberg did not endorse Donald Trump, as Elizabeth Warren said in stunt ad

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said she took out ads with this made-up assertion to prove her point that Facebook accepts political ads with false claims in them.

Why Tulsi Gabbard calls the war in Syria a ‘regime change war’

Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard said repeatedly during the recent Democratic debate that the United States sent troops to Syria to engage in a "regime change war." Gabbard’s description of the war in Syria needs more context. Calling it only a "regime change" war doesn’t fully describe a complicated and evolving situation. 

What’s the manufacturing job killer, automation or trade?

Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang sparred over which does more damage to jobs –– trade or technology? The latest studies point to trade, but the real answer is the two factors are hard to separate, and for workers, caught short the real, real answer is having options to adapt to new demands.

Fact-checking the Ohio Democratic presidential debate

Twelve presidential candidates assembled in Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on Oct. 15 for the fourth and largest Democratic primary debate so far.

Live fact-checking the Ohio Democratic presidential debate

We're live fact-checking the Ohio Democratic presidential debate. Follow along with our Twitter feed below.

Opioid epidemic shifts from prescription painkillers to street drugs

Prescription painkillers launched an opioid addiction crisis. That problem remains as the death toll from more deadly street drugs rises.

Trump lawyer claims lack of due process in House impeachment. 3 reasons the law doesn’t back him up

The top White House lawyer argues that the House has denied Donald Trump his legal due process rights. Constitutional scholars say that's wrong.

Did Elizabeth Warren lose a teaching job because she was pregnant?

Sorting out changes in the Democratic presidential candidate's story

Johnson, Nixon, Clinton, Trump: 9 questions about impeachment

As the House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump grinds forward, we decided to answer some basic questions about the impeachment process both today and in American history. Here are 10 questions and answers.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s claims about Syria and US troop withdrawal

President Donald Trump shocked lawmakers when he announced the United States would be withdrawing troops from the Syrian border with Turkey. We fact-checked related claims he made on Twitter and at an Oct. 7 press conference.

Ask PolitiFact: Answers to reader questions about the Trump impeachment inquiry, Hunter Biden

Our reporters investigated questions from readers about the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, as well as Joe and Hunter Biden and the whistleblower who set the investigation into motion. ​

Impeach a member of Congress? Over 200 years of history say no

The one and only time the Senate had a chance to deliver a clear ruling, it didn't.

The U.S. aid to Ukraine that Donald Trump froze, in one chart

While U.S. aid to Ukraine that President Donald Trump froze has since been released, the nearly $400 million package is likely to remain central to House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump’s possible abuse of power for political gain.

Read: Text messages between US diplomats about Ukraine aid, Trump phone call

Text messages detail a top U.S. diplomat's concerns about a White House strategy aimed at pressuring Ukraine to investigate President Donald Trump's election rival, Joe Biden, in exchange for foreign aid. 

Who is the ‘Ukraine gas exec’ playing golf with the Bidens in Trump’s Nickelback post?

We wanted to investigate the identity of the "Ukrainian gas exec" referenced in a picture Trump tweeted.

Timeline: The Trump impeachment inquiry

House Democrats have launched an impeachment inquiry to investigate President Donald Trump and whether he abused his presidential power. Trump is accused of pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential challenger in the 2020 election.

Donald Trump calls impeachment a coup. It's not

As the pressures of impeachment have risen, President Donald Trump has heightened his use of the word "coup."

The inaccurate or unproven things Rudy Giuliani said about Ukraine on 'This Week'

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, showed up to a TV interview with documents that he said proved collusion between Ukraine and Democrats in the 2016 presidential election. He leveled a series of accusations about Ukraine, Joe and Hunter Biden, and the whistleblower at the center of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. We found they were unproven, inaccurate, or need context.

9 things Donald Trump got wrong today on Ukraine, a whistleblower and the media

We fact-checked multiple falsehoods by President Donald Trump during an Oct. 2 press conference in which he spoke about his phone call with the president of Ukraine.

Donald Trump's accusations about Hunter Biden and a payout from China: A closer look

President Donald Trump has spent months criticizing business activities by Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, who could face Trump in the 2020 presidential election. The first activities Trump and his allies spotlighted — the younger Biden’s ties to a Ukrainian energy company — have already led to a House impeachment inquiry against Trump. We  previously found no evidence that Joe Biden used his official activities to benefit his son. More recently, as pressure for impeachment has grown, Trump and his allies have been spotlighting another story involving Hunter Biden — his business dealings in China.

FEMA money taken for immigration enforcement: What you need to know

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is the agency in charge of helping Americans before, during and after disaster strikes. So when Homeland Security, the department that oversees the agency, notified Congress of its intent to take about $160 million from FEMA’s coffers and use it for immigration enforcement, Democratic lawmakers came out against the move. The decision raises several questions — what are the FEMA funds going toward, and what does that mean for disaster preparedness? Here’s a rundown of what we learned. 

Adam Schiff's retelling of Donald Trump's Ukraine phone call isn't treason

Even in today’s atmosphere of heightened political rhetoric, the word "treason" stands out.

In context: Adam Schiff’s dramatized version of the Trump-Zelensky call

President Donald Trump has been railing against Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for the way Schiff described Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. We look at Schiff’s comments in context.

Why Ukraine? How an Eastern European country triggered tumult in American politics

What happened in Ukraine didn't stay in Ukraine. Nothing is inevitable, but we trace how the past two decades set the table for the president's phone call with Ukraine that led to an impeachment inquiry.

Trump said Democratic senators threatened Ukraine. That’s misleading

President Donald Trump said that it was Democratic senators who threatened Ukraine leaders. We explain why that’s misleading.

PolitiFact's Trump-Ukraine-Biden coverage in one place

Here's a collection of PolitiFact’s ongoing coverage, which we will update as we research and report. ​

Trump mentioned the ‘Crowdstrike’ conspiracy during his call with Ukraine. Here’s what that means

President Trump is rehashing a conspiracy theory about the 2016 election and Hillary Clinton's emails.

What are your questions about the Trump-Ukraine-Biden phone call?

PolitiFact would like to know what you're seeing that needs some verification or a fact-check. What question do you have about Ukraine, the whistleblower, or an impeachment inquiry?

Rudy Giuliani's role in Ukraine's investigation of Joe Biden

The whistleblower complaint at the heart of Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Donald Trump alleges that Trump urged Ukraine to revive an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential challenger in the 2020 presidential election.  One name that figures prominently in the complaint: Rudy Giuliani. PolitiFact reviewed the complaint, news reports, and Giuliani’s public statements to piece together the lawyer’s role.

Read the declassified whistleblower complaint on Ukraine, Biden and Trump

Until now, the Trump administration has withheld a complaint filed by an intelligence community whistleblower who did go through the appropriate channels. 

Read the Inspector General's letter on the Ukraine whistleblower complaint

The Intelligence Community Inspector General letter regarding the Ukraine whistleblower complaint has been published. 

What the whistleblower law says about sharing complaints with Congress

Democrats have argued that the Trump administration is violating federal laws by blocking the release of a recent whistleblower complaint. We checked out what the law says about sharing whistleblower complaints with Congress.

Here's the readout of Donald Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

The White House has released a declassified summary of a July 25 telephone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The leaders discussed reviving a dormant Ukrainian government investigation into Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, over his role in a Ukrainian energy company while his father was vice president.

How would an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump work?

Here’s a primer on how the impeachment process works, what acts Trump took that might be considered impeachable, and what history can teach us as this story unfolds.

Trump’s Ukraine call, a whistleblower and the Bidens: What we know, what we don’t

A look at the actions taken by President Donald Trump and the underlying allegations against Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.

By the numbers: How common are data breaches — and what can you do about them?

Over the past decade, the exposure of personal information has become a routine part of American consumerism. But how common really are data breaches — and what kinds of records are exposed?

No, the New York Times has not admitted to peddling ‘fake news’ about most recent Kavanaugh claim

The conservative publication PJ Media says in a headline spreading virally on Facebook that the New York Times admitted a new allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh is "fake news," but that is misleading.

Donald Trump’s complaints about light bulbs, fact-checked

Newest light bulbs are less expensive and not as dangerous as the president says.

Sen. Ted Cruz targets PolitiFact; here's our response

Sen. Ted Cruz took a minute after the third Democratic debate to criticize PolitiFact on Twitter for our previous fact-checking of Cruz's 2018 attacks on Beto O’Rourke. We thought it important to address his criticism.

The cost of Medicare for All: Sticker shock or bill relief?

Medicare for All, Sen. Bernie Sanders' signature single-payer health care plan, dominated the start of the Democratic debate in Houston. Here's what we know about the cost and who will cover it.

Despite repeated calls for unity, Democrats throw some debate punches on health plans

When it came to health plans, there were big ideas and big numbers, even though fewer candidates were on the stage.

Cory Booker’s claim that 17,000 people are ‘unjustly incarcerated,’ explained

Cory Booker challenged other candidates to promise clemency for people who are "unjustly incarcerated," saying there were 17,000 such people in the United States. We looked at his numbers.

Fact-checking the Democratic presidential debate in Houston

Democrats debated in Houston on the campus of Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, 2019. 

Live fact-checking the Houston Democratic presidential debate

PolitiFact is live fact-checking the Houston Democratic presidential debate. Follow along below.

Revisions to jobs data: What you need to know

During the dog days of August -- as commentators were already wondering whether the nearly decade-long economic recovery was on its last legs -- the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that it was revising downward its employment estimate for the previous year by 501,000 jobs.

Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren: A short guide to big differences

Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren take to the debate stage for the first time. Here's where the two Democrats part ways.

The latest on US health insurance coverage, income and poverty

Every year in September, the U.S. Census Bureau releases new annual figures for health coverage, poverty and income. The new numbers show worrisome trends for health insurance, but modest progress on poverty and income.

Fact-check: Bahamas evacuees without visas ordered off US-bound ferry

A TV news report about Bahamians without visas being asked to leave a U.S.-bound ferry prompted attacks on the Trump administration. But Customs and Border Protection said that it never ordered anyone off the boat.    

Democrats target Republicans, Donald Trump on military money used for wall: A rundown of projects

The Defense Department took $3.6 billion from military construction projects to harden the southern border.  Democrats point out what military families and the armed forces had to give up.

By the numbers: Is college worth the cost?

With mounting student debt and rising tuition costs, is college still worth it? PolitiFact crunched the numbers for bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and interviewed education experts.

Ask PolitiFact: Are there communities in the US under Sharia law? No

A reader asked, are there communities in the United States which are under Sharia Law? Some Muslims take personal disputes to religious tribunals, but at the end of the day, U.S. law rules.

Donald Trump’s border wall: how much has been built?

President Donald Trump continues to claim that his signature promise from 2016 — to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall — is well on its way, and that hundreds of miles will be completed by the end of 2020, when it’s time for voters to decide whether to re-elect him as president. Chants at his rallies have gone from "build the wall" to "finish the wall." But despite the chants and Trump’s repeated assurances that a border wall is under construction, what’s been achieved so far doesn’t reflect his campaign promise.

Where 2020 Democrats stand on carbon tax, other climate change policies (updated)

Many candidates have plans, some lengthy and detailed, some brief and vague, to address climate change. We review the latest plans.

Viral video of voting machine malfunction in Mississippi governor runoff, explained

The biggest social media story out of Mississippi’s Republican gubernatorial primary race was not Tate Reeves’ win. It was a viral video of an electronic voting machine that appeared to block a Mississippi man from voting for his chosen candidate.

In context: Democrats’ TV ads from the month of August

As the third round of Democratic primary debates approaches, a handful of presidential hopefuls have taken their messages to the airwaves, running TV ads on cable networks and in bellwether states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. We give the TV ads Democrats aired in August some additional context.

Could Donald Trump force US firms out of China? Pretty much

Donald Trump briefly threatened and then pulled back from ordering American companies out of China. But he insisted he had the legal power to do it. He's largely right.

In the weeks after El Paso and Dayton, mass shooting rumors spread on Snapchat and iMessage

Hoaxes aimed at flaming fears of more mass shootings have been shared far and wide on social media.

Donald Trump’s shifts on gun background checks after mass shootings

A video by Joe Biden said that Trump broke promises on gun safety reform and focuses on his statements about gun background checks following mass shootings.

How do the Democrats running for president really live? A look at their homes, wealth

On the campaign trail, Sen. Cory Booker often name-drops his Newark, N.J., neighborhood, noting that he "lives in a community that is below the poverty line." Pete Buttigieg, now mayor of South Bend where he grew up, has touted his "middle-class lifestyle, in a middle-class neighborhood." Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Boston-area transplant, claims family roots in the Oklahoma plains.

Celebrate with us. PolitiFact turns 12!

Twelve years ago, PolitiFact started as a one-of-a-kind idea that no one was sure would work. Full-time fact checkers covering the presidential election through an online, database-driven website. 

Why would Trump want to buy Greenland?

The world's largest island is three times the size of Texas and about 80% covered in ice. But Donald Trump wanted to buy it. We look at how ocean warming has changed the geo-political stakes.

What job could be next for the Democratic presidential candidates?

Running for president isn’t easy. And it’s especially tricky if you have to decide in the middle of the campaign whether it’s better to stay in or quit the race to run for another office.

What’s behind the dubious claim that psychiatric drugs fuel mass shootings?

One question hangs over every mass shooting: How could a person plot and execute such horrific violence? In the search for answers, psychiatric drugs have emerged as a culprit.

The death of Michael Brown, legal facts and Democratic messaging

Two Democratic presidential candidates recently observed the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown’s death by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. -- a case that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement as well as days of unrest locally.

The Fredo flap and the nuances of an insult

CNN host Chris Cuomo stirred up a tweetstorm when he exploded at a man who called him Fredo. Cuomo called it slur on Italian Americans. Language has more twists than that would suggest.

Andrew Yang’s universal basic income proposal, explained

Andrew Yang says the next president needs to do almost the opposite of Donald Trump, and "the opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math." Yang, a 44-year-old entrepreneur running for the Democratic nomination, also has a big idea that has become the central element of his campaign: giving every American $1,000 a month.

Fact-checking claims about the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton

In the days since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we’ve heard a lot from people seeking to shape the gun debate with their own theories, facts and figures.  With so much going on, it might be hard to keep all of it straight. We recapped our fact-checking of politicians, pundits and social media here.

Why do some people think mass shootings are staged every time?

False flag conspiracies have been spread after nearly every mass shooting in recent memory.

Despite Trump remarks on El Paso and Dayton, it's a weak link between video games, mass shootings

Studies contradict Trump assertion that partly blames gaming for motivating killers behind mass shootings.

No proof prescription drugs fuel mass shootings

Psychiatric drugs are a common culprit as people search for answers following horrific violence. But experts say there is no credible research linking medications to mass shootings.

That viral tweet about mass shootings by country? It needs additional context

A tweet said the US has had 249 mass shootings this year, while Mexico had just three, and many other countries even fewer. Two problems: There's no standard defiintion of these events, and no hard data globally.

Trump did not scrub tweets that likened U.S.-bound migrants to invaders in wake of El Paso shooting

Following the El Paso attack, a false rumor began circulating online that President Donald Trump had scrubbed his Twitter archive of tweets that mention migrant invasions.

Donald Trump said he's done more for African Americans than any president. Historians disagree

President Donald Trump has often claimed credit for African-American economic success, such as touting the African-American unemployment rate on his watch. But amid swirling controversies over his tweets attacking Rep. Elijah Cummings and his heavily African-American district in Maryland, he took it to a new level during July 30 remarks to reporters at the White House.

Biden-Harris debate rematch highlights health plan differences

The Wednesday night event marked the second night in a row for Democratic presidential hopefuls to stake claims on how to fix the health care system. 

Live fact-checking night 2 of the Detroit Democratic presidential debate

We're live fact-checking the second Detroit Democratic presidential debate. Follow along.

Fact-checking the Democratic debate in Detroit, night two

The second crew of Democrats included Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who had sparred in the first debate in Miami over school integration. 

Fact-checking night one of the 2020 Democratic debates in Detroit

CNN hosts challenged the first round of Democratic presidential candidates to answer questions about their plans for the U.S.  health care system and the crush of immigrants at the southern border with Mexico. We fact-checked their responses.   

In a messy Democratic presidential debate, facts about Medicare for All get tossed about

Candidates used their varying degrees on how to achieve universal coverage — whether through Medicare for All or more incremental steps — as a means to differentiate themselves from the field.

Live fact-checking Day 1 of the Detroit Democratic presidential debate

We're live fact-checking Day 1 of the Detroit Democratic presidential debate. Follow our coverage.

Donald Trump says he spent a lot time with 9/11 responders. Here are the facts

At a Rose Garden event, President Donald Trump said after Sept. 11, "I was down there also, but I’m not considering myself a first responder. But I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you." We take a look at the facts.  

The Democratic 2020 presidential field, by the numbers

As the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates prepare for their second round of debates, we decided to take a closer look at the 23-candidate field’s underlying demographics.

Fact-checking night one of the 2020 Democratic presidential debates in Detroit

CNN hosts challenged the first round of Democratic presidential candidates to answer questions about their plans for the U.S.  health care system and the crush of immigrants at the southern border with Mexico. We fact-checked their responses. 

In Context: Ilhan Omar’s “our country should be more fearful of white men” comment

A resurfaced video of Ilhan Omar’s comments that "our country should be more fearful of white men" was edited and does not reflect her full comments

PolitiFact’s Mueller Report Book Club, Volume 2

PolitiFact has been hosting the Muller Report book club via PolitiFact’s weekly email newsletter; read the book club’s final two weeks of material.

Where 2020 Democrats stand on carbon tax, other climate change policies

Many candidates have plans, some lengthy and detailed, some brief and vague, to address climate change. Generally, the candidates support recommitting to the Paris climate agreement and implementing a Green New Deal, at least in some form. But there are some exceptions.   

Fact-check: How House members exaggerated facts in questioning Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller appeared publicly to repeat findings from his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump’s reaction to the investigation.

The ‘Storm Area 51’ trend, explained

If you’ve been on social media in the past week, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a meme about Area 51.

Did Ilhan Omar marry her brother? Her hometown newspaper investigated and told us what they found

For years, critics of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., have raised questions about her marriages and made the explosive claim that she had married her brother. 

Fact-checking Trump’s misleading attacks on Omar, Ocasio-Cortez in North Carolina

In a North Carolina rally, President Donald Trump misled about statements by Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Fifty years after Apollo 11, moon landing hoaxes still thrive online

50 years after Apollo 11, moon landing hoaxes still thrive online

"If you like your plan, you can keep it." Biden’s health pitch invokes Obama's troubled claim

Joe Biden says under his healthcare plan, people can keep the plans they have now. That sidesteps the ways that their plans could change.

Thinking small: Why Bernie Sanders and other 2020 candidates seek low-dollar campaign contributions

One reason: Small donors can give more often.

Does the U.S. women’s soccer team bring in more revenue but get paid less than the men?

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team recently won the Women’s World Cup for the fourth time. But the team’s compensation remains the subject of considerable controversy.

PolitiFact’s Mueller Report Book Club, Volume 1

PolitiFact has been hosting the Muller Report book club via PolitiFact’s weekly email newsletter; read the book club’s first four weeks of material. 

The facts behind the detention of immigrants

More children and families arriving at the southwest border is leading to overcrowding at border processing facilities and prompting Democratic lawmakers to scrutinize how the Trump administration is handling the surge. ​ A delegation of Democratic members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., went down to the border to visit facilities where apprehended migrants are processed. They said conditions were condemnable.

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The Democratic debate resurrected controversy over busing. But is it an issue today?

Perhaps the biggest moment of the recent Democratic debate in Miami came when California Sen. Kamala Harris attacked former Vice President Joe Biden on a controversial policy from decades ago: integrating segregated schools by busing.

Is the U.S. economy working for everyone? What the data shows

During the recent Democratic presidential debates, most of the candidates at one point or another rejected the notion that the economy is going gangbusters, taking issue with one of President Donald Trump’s most frequent talking points.

The facts behind Kirsten Gillibrand’s comments on Al Franken and sexual misconduct

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was asked during a Fox News town hall about the resignation of former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.

Who is Joe Sestak? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Joe Sestak spent 31 years in the Navy, retiring as an admiral. He then ousted a Republican U.S. House incumbent from Pennsylvania. But after winning re-election once, Sestak twice failed in U.S. Senate bids, in 2010 and 2016. In late June 2019, Sestak joined roughly two dozen other Democrats running for president.

Fact-checking the 2nd night of the Democratic debate in Miami

The Democrats who want to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency took the stage for the second night first debate of the presidential primary of the 2020 election cycle.

Health care gets heated on night 2 of the Democratic presidential debate

Though the candidates tended to agree on the end goal of universal coverage, differences emerged over how to get there.

Fact-checking Julián Castro’s claim that asylum ‘metering’ caused drowning of father, daughter

The photo of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his toddler daughter who drowned prompted a discussion about asylum policy at the first Democratic presidential debate. 

Live fact-checking day 2 of the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate

PolitiFact is live fact-checking the first Democratic presidential debate. 

‘Medicare for All' emerges as early divide in first Democratic presidential primary debate

Only two candidates went all-in for single-payer. 

Fact-checking the Democratic debate in Miami, night 1

The Democrats who want to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency took the stage for the first debate of the presidential primary of the 2020 election cycle.

Do you know your Democrats? A PolitiFact presidential quiz

Do you know your Democrats? Test your knowledge with this PolitiFact presidential quiz.

Who is Eric Swalwell? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California has focused on ending gun violence during his 2020 bid for president.

Who is John Hickenlooper? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

In a crowded primary field that’s pushing the Democratic party farther to the left, John Hickenlooper has branded himself as an "extreme moderate."

Live fact-checking the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate

PolitiFact is live fact-checking the first Democratic presidential debate. 

What to expect at the first Democratic debates

The week of the first Democratic presidential debates has arrived, and 20 candidates will get a chance to formally showcase their policy ideas for 2020.

Who is John Delaney? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Today’s large 2020 Democratic presidential field was born when businessman and then-Rep. John Delaney declared his candidacy way back in July 2017.

Who is Tim Ryan? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan says he’s running for president because the economy is not working and the American Dream is out of reach. It’s a familiar message in his blue collar district.

Who is Kirsten Gillibrand? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Under her campaign’s "Brave Wins" mantra, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York pitches herself as a candidate willing to "stand up for what’s right and repair what’s been broken." Gillibrand says that health care should be a right and not a privilege, that Americans should have better public schools, and anyone who wants to work hard enough should have the ability to transition into the middle class.

Who is Seth Moulton? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Seth Moulton served four tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine, then won election three times to a U.S. House seat in Massachusetts, representing the district where he grew up.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the U.S. is running concentration camps. Many historians are skeptical

Recent assertions by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., that U.S.-run detention centers for migrants are "concentration camps" drew immediate rebukes from some Republican politicians, Jewish groups, and social media users.

Who is Cory Booker? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Cory Booker, a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, has emphasized gun control and reducing poverty.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's 2020 campaign kick-off in Florida

President Donald Trump launched his re-election bid in the key state of Florida. We fact-checked his claims about the economy, the wall with Mexico and abortion.

Who is Steve Bullock? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

With an approval rating of 66%, Bullock was ranked the most popular Democratic governor in 2016. When it came time for the 2016 election, he and only one other Democrat in Montana won statewide offices – when Trump won by more than 20 points.

Who is Michael Bennet? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado surprised the public when he gave a fiery speech in January 2019 during the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history, accusing Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas of not showing genuine empathy for government workers.

Who is Amy Klobuchar? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Three times, Amy Klobuchar has won U.S. Senate elections by wide margins in the politically competitive state of Minnesota. She is running for the presidency in 2020 by positioning herself as ideologically and rhetorically more moderate than most other members of the large candidate field.

Who is Pete Buttigieg? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Unlike most presidential candidates in recent history, Pete Buttigieg has not served in Congress, as a governor or as a vice president. Rather, since 2012, he’s been the mayor of South Bend, Ind., a city of just under 102,000 people. Buttigieg has broken the mold in other ways, too: He’s just 37 years old, and he’s the first major openly gay presidential candidate. Yet his outlook is something of a throwback: Buttigieg has styled himself as a plainspoken, pragmatic candidate from the Midwest.

Who is Andrew Yang? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s signature policy idea is to give every American a guaranteed $1,000 a month. Formally, the policy is a universal basic income, but Yang calls it the "Freedom Dividend," and it has distinguished him as a candidate who was recently unknown in the political sphere.

Bios of the Democratic presidential candidates

As part of part of PolitiFact’s ongoing coverage of the 2020 campaign, we have written profiles of the major candidates.

What Mexico has done to curb illegal immigration to United States, a look beyond Trump’s tweets

Given all the discussion and dispute about a U.S.-Mexico immigration deal, we wanted to take a step back and revisit what we know about Mexico’s recent history regarding migrants seeking new homes in the United States.      

Who is Jay Inslee? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Most Democrats say that climate change is a key issue, but Jay Inslee has gone further and made it the central issue of his campaign.

Who is Elizabeth Warren? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Bankruptcy law, not the most engaging topic, put Warren on the public scene when she linked it to sky high medical costs. The former law school teacher and researcher now pushes policies that she says will fix the flaws of capitalism. Our profile pulls together the key strands in her life.

Who is Bernie Sanders? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Sanders defined the insurgent wing of the Democratic party in the 2016 primaries. He did that by pushing for policies he has advanced for decades. Here's the gist of his political roots.

Who is Tulsi Gabbard? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard served two tours of duty in the Middle East and promises to keep the United States out of "regime change wars."    

Who is Marianne Williamson? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Democratic candidate Marianne Williamson says she’s running for president to heal the country’s soul.

Who is Joe Biden? A bio of the Democratic presidential candidate

Former Vice President Joe Biden, in his third bid for the presidency, has the longest political resume of anyone in the Democratic field.

Donald Trump says Mexico agreed to start buying more from American farmers. Mexico says it didn’t.

Trump said a side agreement in the immigration deal meant Mexico would start buying massive amounts from American farmers. It already does. And Mexico says it agreed to nothing new.

Nancy Pelosi cites principle of not talking about Donald Trump when overseas. We looked into it

In Normandy, France, the House Speaker demurred when asked about Trump and tariffs. She deosn't talk about him when she's overseas. But she isn't shy about laying out her policy disagreements with him.

Introducing PolitiFact’s Mueller Report book club

Robert Mueller suggested that the 448-page report is the best way to find out what the Russian government did to interfere with the 2016 election and how President Donald Trump reacted when American investigators started digging.

In Context: What Donald Trump said about Meghan Markle

The president said his "nasty" comment about Meghan Markle was fake news. Here's what the audio shows.

Mueller spoke. Trump reacted. We fact-checked.

As he closed the Special Counsel office, Robert Mueller's final remarks were brief, but drew a rebuke from the president.

Critics say Georgia’s abortion law could land women in prison. Here's what we know

Alyssa Milano and others are claiming that new abortion law in Georgia states that women will be subject to prosecution, but we will have to wait to see how prosecutors and courts interpret the law.    

Trump says 400 miles of wall are coming soon. But most projects replace existing barriers

The U.S.-Mexico border wall is getting built, President Donald Trump often claims. Construction is happening, he says, in spite of reluctance from Congress. And lately, Trump has attached a recurring figure to illustrate how far along he’s come on his big promise.

Kamala Harris says voter suppression kept Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum out of office. Really?

Many factors contributed to losses by Democrats in the races for governor in Georgia and Florida.

What you need to know about executive privilege

Inaugurating yet another phase in the battle over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, the Trump White House on May 8 officially asserted executive privilege over the report’s unreleased and underlying materials. Let’s use this opportunity to take a closer look at what executive privilege is.

How often should Trump be fact-checked? Readers weigh in

We asked readers to share their thoughts on how often President Donald Trump should be fact-checked. They shared their thoughts in this installment of mailbag.

The record-setting 2020 Democratic primary field: What you need to know

The calendar may say 2019, but the 2020 Democratic primary is already in full swing. The party currently has 25 candidates officially running, with others possibly in the wings — a field that’s enormous by historical standards. Why is the field so big? What does it mean for the Democrats’ chances of winning the presidency? In this article, we’ll answer these questions and more.

Senate Democrats accuse William Barr of lying to Congress about Mueller’s reaction. Did he?

We now know Attorney General William Barr’s earlier testimony didn’t tell the whole story: Barr knew of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s frustration with the summary, and he didn’t share it when asked.

The money and politics of prescription drugs: What you need to know

America spends about as much on prescription drugs as all the revenues of the three big car makers combined. Tracking where the money goes is hard. We have some charts to help.

In Context: Donald Trump’s ‘very fine people on both sides’ remarks (transcript)

On Aug. 15, 2017, President Donald Trump held a press conference to discuss an executive order he had signed on infrastructure permitting. Reporters shortly began asking questions about Trump’s initial response to violent protests in Charlottesville, Va. It was at this press conference that Trump said that "you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides."

A guide to possible paths to impeachment (or not) in the House

Democrats in Congress are debating how to respond to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which cleared the Trump campaign of criminally conspiring with Russia, but also detailed President Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict and even shut down the probe.

Elizabeth Warren: Does her wealth tax pay for her child care and higher education plans?

People with net worth over $50 million would face Warren's wealth tax. She counts on the revenues to pay for her child care and higher education plans. We asked education and tax economists what might throw off her predictions. They had a few ideas.

Sarah Sanders and the history of press secretary falsehoods

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told special counsel Robert Mueller’s team that she gave false information during a press briefing. Now, some are calling for her removal.

8 times the Mueller report shows Trump, White House spread false or misleading claims

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report provides a behind-the-scenes reconstruction of key events in the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency. The redacted version of the report, released April 18 by Attorney General William Barr, verifies and supports media reports about events that Trump dismissed as "fake news." And it highlights several instances where Trump aides told the press false information, including about the firing of former FBI director James Comey. Here’s an overview of some notable claims from Trump and his administration that turned out to be false.

The Mueller report: What you need to know

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report presents a sweeping narrative of Russia’s 2016 election interference and clears the Trump campaign of criminally conspiring with the Kremlin. It also details the president’s efforts to curtail the nearly two-year probe, though Mueller declined to say whether or not Trump’s conduct amounted to illegal obstruction.

Mueller report aims to squash WikiLeaks Seth Rich conspiracy theory

Conspiracy theoryists, Fox News' Sean Hannity among them, linked the murder of a Democratic staffer to the emails that ended up at WikiLeaks. The Special Counsel report notes how WikiLeakes chief Julian Assange fueled that rumor.

In Context: Comparing Bill Barr’s summary of Mueller's findings to the publicly released report

U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr issued a four-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s key findings nearly a month before publicly releasing a nearly 400-page redacted version of Mueller’s report. Now that the report is public, here’s broader context surrounding the quotes that Barr included in his summary.

Read the redacted Mueller report

Attorney General Bill Barr released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report about Russian interference and the Trump campaign to Congress and the American people April 18, 2019. 

The redacted Mueller report: The fight over what we won’t see

Attorney General William Barr is poised to release the findings from the special counsel’s nearly two-year investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated in Russia’s 2016 election meddling, and if the president obstructed the probe.

Fact-checking the Bernie Sanders town hall on Fox News

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his message of single-payer health care, higher taxes on the super-rich, and free college tuition to the conservative audience of Fox News.

What does it mean when Democrats say they support reparations?

Slavery is sometimes referred to as America’s original sin. As the 2020 presidential race ramps up, Democratic candidates are talking about setting the country on a course of atonement through reparations.

In context: ‘Some people did something’

Omar was speaking about discrimination faced by Muslims and their responsibility to stand up for their own rights. She spoke on March 23, 2019, at the Council of American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles' fourth annual Valley Banquet in Woodland Hills, California. 

How unusual is the turnover among top Trump administration officials?

Even by the atypical standards of the Trump administration, recent days have featured an unusually large upheaval in key administration personnel.

Medicare for All defines one end of the Democratic presidential debate

Seeing who co-sponsored Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill is interesting. More interesting are the other health care bills they signed on to.

Donald Trump’s tax returns: How Congress might — or might not — get them

On Fox News Sunday, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Democrats would "never" see President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Mulvaney was responding to House Democrats, who on April 3 sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service commissioner asking for Trump’s returns. So the irresistible force has met the immovable object -- and observers expect that the courts will be asked to hash it all out. Let’s take a closer look at the key issues surrounding the Democratic efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns.

Mailbag: ‘I am now starting to question your perspective’

It’s spring. The flowers are blooming, and so is the PolitiFact email inbox. Here’s a rundown of recent comments, complaints and compliments from readers.

Explaining the numbers behind the rise in reported hate crimes

FBI data suggests that hate crimes have been on the rise since 2014. However, that only captures the reported hate crimes identified by law enforcement. Results from the National Crime Victimization Survey estimate a higher number of hate crime victimizations, but they are not going up. 

PolitiFact announces health news fact-checking partnership with Kaiser Health News

The partnership will be a resource to health care consumers and other newsrooms as they decipher claims made by politicians. 

Happy International Fact-Checking Day!

Don’t be fooled: The third annual International Fact-Checking Day empowers citizens around the world to sort fact from fiction. 

2020 Census citizenship question awaits Supreme Court review

Getting an accurate count of the U.S. population is a massive undertaking each decade. The 2020 Census is all the more complicated because of a national controversy tied to a single question that’s been elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s an overview of why a citizenship question in the census is a controversial issue, how the proposed question for 2020 compares to the one in the census of 1950 (the last time all American households were posed a citizenship question), and the extent of the information provided by the Trump administration.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s Grand Rapids rally after the Mueller probe

In his first rally since being cleared of criminally conspiring in Russia’s 2016 election interference, President Donald Trump in Grand Rapids, Mich., opined on everything from the end of the special counsel probe to immigration to health care.

No, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez probably didn't say that

There are fake photos, like a doctored image of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez holding her legs open or the picture of a woman in a Facebook post that claims Ocasio-Cortez was fired from Hot Dog on a Stick for incompetence. Other posts falsely claim Ocasio-Cortez disparaged socialism or celebrated the American woman who joined ISIS. One post spread a fake rumor that she had a credit score of 430 and was evicted twice. They’re all false. And they all seem designed to discredit the youngest U.S. House representative, or to make her look stupid.

Here’s what we know about the cost of the Mueller investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller ended his investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential and whether the Trump campaign assisted those efforts— and he did not accuse President Donald Trump or his campaign of conspiring or coordinating with the Russian government. Given that outcome, Republicans are renewing attention on the cost of the investigation that went on for nearly two years.  Here’s what we know about the costs of Mueller's probe.

Without full Mueller report, Trump obstruction questions leave legal experts wondering

Less than 48 hours after receiving the special counsel’s report, Attorney General William Barr distilled Robert Mueller’s investigative findings into a four-page letter. In a controversial move, Barr supplied a key legal judgment where Mueller declined to reach one.

What Democrats said about Trump, collusion before Mueller report

We don’t know what Mueller's team found and why he decided it fell short of a tacit or express agreement between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. With that in mind, we wanted to review what Democrats said before Barr’s memo came out.  

Martha Stewart to Donald Trump: Can there be obstruction of justice with no underlying crime?

In the 24 hours after William Barr's letter on the Mueller report was released, some commentators took issue with the implication that someone can’t be tried for obstructing justice if there is no underlying crime. We decided to take a closer look.

All of the people facing charges from Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling

A look back at who has already been indicted or convicted stemming from Robert Mueller’s investigation

Fact-checking Donald Trump's claim of no collusion, no obstruction from Mueller report

President Donald Trump is claiming victory after his attorney general published a summary of the special counsel’s nearly two-year investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and whether the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow.

A summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is now public. Here’s what it says—and doesn’t

After a nearly two-year investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered to the attorney general his findings on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow. Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report is now public.

Read Attorney General William Barr's summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report

After a nearly two-year investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered to the attorney general his findings on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow. Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report is now public. 

PolitiFact partners with Noticias Telemundo to bring fact-checking in Spanish for 2020 election

PolitiFact reporters and editors will be made available to Telemundo for on-air interviews, and Noticias Telemundo will be able to send statements for PolitiFact to fact-check for Spanish-language audiences. 

Donald Trump doesn’t think white nationalism is on the rise. Data show otherwise

Data show a rise in far-right extremism in recent years

Is WikiLeaks Russia’s ‘useful idiot,’ its ‘agent of influence,’ or something else?

After WikiLeaks amplified Russia’s 2016 election interference, it fueled suspicions that the group — which holds itself out as an equal opportunity, no-holds-barred anti-secrecy outfit — had acted as the Kremlin’s co-conspirator.

Donald Trump says Jews are leaving the Democratic Party, but there’s no proof

Amid the fallout over comments by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Trump said Jews are abandoning the Democratic party. But Jews have voted overwhelmingly Democratic for decades.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's two-hour speech at CPAC

President Donald Trump spoke to an enthusiastic audience at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Washington over the weekend. During his 2-hour-plus speech, Trump revisited many of the points from his political rallies.

Did Michael Cohen want a White House gig?

During Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress, Democrats zeroed in on his claims that Donald Trump engaged in crime before and even into his presidency. But Republicans seemed less interested in Cohen’s message than the messenger himself.

In context: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions Michael Cohen during the House Oversight Committee

In recent years, members of Congress have been criticized for grandstanding during hearings instead of eliciting new information. After Cohen’s hearing, one of the newest Democrats was widely praised for using her time ask pointed questions about Trump’s financial statements: freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

What the 2019 Oscar movies get right, wrong

Have you ever wondered if the movie you just saw — that claimed to be based on a real story or historical events — was really accurate? So have we. With this year’s Oscars featuring historically based movies up for Best Picture honors, we wanted to help you sort out the facts from the dramatic liberties. 

Medicare for All: What it is, what it isn't

Medicare for All gets a lot of play in coverage of the Democratic primary, but it's meaning can get fuzzy around the edges. Our Q&A walks you throught what it is, the potential costs, and the competing plans that play off of the idea of expanding Medicare.

Was the U.S. on the brink of war with North Korea before Trump? A review of the evidence

Was the United States on the verge of war against North Korea during the presidency of Barack Obama? Donald Trump has said he thinks so.

Trump rests national emergency declaration on border ‘invasion.’ Here are the facts

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to move forward with his campaign promise of building a border wall with Mexico. Trump said he expected to be sued over his declaration, even though declarations are often signed. National emergency declarations are signed relatively frequently by presidents, but Trump downplays the political implications of his move and the fact that many immigration experts and lawmakers question the existence of the crisis Trump says justifies his declaration.

Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s claims about a national emergency

President Donald Trump announced his plan to declare a national emergency at the southwest border to secure funds for his border wall. Many aspects of his argument were misleading or wrong.

Roses are red, violets are blue, PolitiFact loves truth, what about you?

If you start or re-up your commitment to PolitiFact this Valentine's Day, we'll send you an "I love facts" sticker. What better way to show your love for truth in politics?

Donald Trump vs. Beto O’Rourke on immigration messaging

President Donald Trump and former congressman Beto O’Rourke described the impact of immigrants and border walls in such starkly different terms that it sounded as if they were on different worlds. Yet they were rallying their supporters less than a mile away from each other. Here’s a rundown of what they said, in context.

7 questions about the Green New Deal

You may have heard a lot recently about the "Green New Deal," championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and co-sponsored by more than 60 Democratic members of the U.S. House. But what’s it all about? Let’s take a closer look.

Vice: What the movie gets right and wrong about Dick Cheney

The Oscar-nominated movie Vice blends the real and the surreal to tell the story of Vice President Dick Cheney and the run-up to the Iraq War. We sort it out for you.

House Democrats and HR 1: Voting rights expansion or federal power grab?

HR 1 has drawn strong reactions from those on opposite sides of battles over laws about voting rights

Fact-check: How true is Green Book?

The movie snatching hearts and Oscar nominations feels especially good when audiences learn it’s based on a true story. But how accurate is Green Book?

Why it feels like wages aren't outpacing inflation, even though they are

Democrats like to talk about struggling families who find wages aren’t keeping up with the cost of living. But our fact-checking has found that the economic data clashes with their argument.

Fact-checking the State of the Union for 2019

PolitiFact is fact-checking the State of the Union on Feb. 5, 2019. 

Trump disagrees with his own intelligence team. We catalog the differences

During testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, several intelligence officials testified about security threats to the United States in a way that was sometimes at odds with what President Donald Trump has said. It didn’t take long for Trump to push back against them on Twitter.

Fact-checking Michael Bennet’s speech about the government shutdown

When it became Sen. Michael Bennet's turn to speak on the Senate floor about the record-long government shutdown, the Colorado Democrat said he had had enough of criticism from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Bennet made several pointed claims about Cruz and his voting record, the deficit, China’s accomplishments in space, and the dim view most Americans have of Congress. Here's a fact-checked recap of Bennet's claims.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s false and misleading claims about immigration, the border wall

President Donald Trump's arguments for a border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border generally center on two themes: the dangers and costs of immigrants. Often the facts behind those claims are either inaccurate or unsubstantiated. Here’s a rundown of Trump’s repeated mischaracterizations of immigration issues.

The Republican proposal to change the U.S. asylum system, explained

A proposal from Senate Republicans to end the partial government shutdown includes not only the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump seeks for a border barrier with Mexico, but also landmark changes to the U.S. asylum system. Here’s what the proposal entails and how it would impact future asylum seekers.

The upcoming Senate votes to end the shutdown: A closer look

A pair of votes are scheduled in the Senate for Jan. 24 -- either of which could end the partial government shutdown after nearly five weeks. But what are in these two measures -- one from the Republicans and the other from Democrats? And is there any likelihood of passage? Here’s a rundown.

The video of high school students and the Native American drummer: When seeing isn’t believing

What are we to believe, even when we see something with our own eyes?

How much does the government shutdown cost?

A tweet from a Democratic presidential candidate about the hourly cost of the ongoing government shutdown sent us on a complicated reporting mission.

Could Donald Trump declare a national emergency for a border wall? Here's what we know

Here are the answers to questions you may have about President Donald Trump’s ability to declare a national emergency over the border wall, what it means for the shutdown, border wall construction, and what precedent it sets for future presidents.

Comparing progress on Trump, Obama campaign promises at two-year mark

President Donald Trump is not the only presidential subject of scrutiny at PolitiFact. Just like we have been tracking Trump’s promises since the 2016 campaign, we also tallied eight years’ worth of President Barack Obama’s pledges.

Your questions about the government shutdown, answered (part 2)

We recently asked readers what they wanted to know about the government shutdown. In a previous installment, we tackled questions about missed work and pay for government employees. Here, we’ll address the legislative process and how the border wall proposal prompted the shutdown.

At halfway mark, Donald Trump's campaign promises hit roadblocks

PolitiFact’s Trump-O-Meter is tracking the progress of 102 promises Trump made on the campaign trail.

Your questions about the government shutdown, answered

We recently asked readers what they wanted to know about the government shutdown. Now, we offer some answers.

Fact-checking Democrats on the shutdown's effects on food safety, hurricane prep

A look at the impact on airport safety, hurricane preparedness, food stamps and food safety inspections

Why Trump Is the most fact-checked president

Americans have never seen this level of truth-bending come out of the Oval Office.

Does Border Patrol catch 90 percent of immigrants crossing the border illegally?

A former Obama official said that there is over a 90 percent chance that someone illegally crossing the southwest border will get caught, but experts cast doubt on that figure.

Trump's real border crisis is the overwhelmed asylum system, experts say

Immigration policy experts told PolitiFact that Trump’s address included elements of truth, but it didn’t get at the heart of what they said is the actual crisis: the asylum system. Thousands of desperate people are coming to the United States because they’re fleeing violence and poverty in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Live fact-checking President Donald Trump's immigration address

PolitiFact is fact-checking President Donald Trump's immigration address.

Explaining Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 70 percent marginal tax rate idea

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., had barely been sworn in before she attracted widespread attention for floating significantly higher maximum tax rates on CBS’s 60 Minutes. Let’s take a closer look at what she said, and what it could mean.

Were migrant children who died very sick before taken into U.S. custody, as Trump claimed?

President Donald Trump defended the federal government’s actions at the U.S.-Mexico border by claiming two migrant children who died in federal custody were already sick before U.S. officials became responsible for them. The facts around the children’s deaths are still being investigated. But some information released so far contradicts Trump’s claim. While immigration officials said one father reported his child not having water for days, the child’s family disputes that narrative.

Can House Democrats release Donald Trump's tax returns?

As Democrats edge closer to taking control of the U.S. House, many of the party’s supporters are wondering what, if anything, the new House majority can do to obtain and make public President Donald Trump’s tax returns.  Here's a closer look.

A response to a recent critique of our fact-check about Citizens United

In a recebt cikynb, former Democratic official and Washington Post contributing columnist Ron Klain, criticized a PolitiFact fact-check from Jan. 27, 2010 as having been "wrongly" decided. We respond. 

PolitiFact's top 10 fact-checks of 2018

Some fact-checks draw more readers than others. See the most popular ones here.

Man behind viral border wall GoFundMe fundraiser also peddled false news

A veteran from Florida started a now-viral GoFundMe fundraiser to help fund Trump's border wall, but his past includes running conspiracy theory news sites often cited for promoting false and inflammatory content. 

What can we expect during a government shutdown?

A government shutdown looms, as President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress skirmish over how much funding to allocate to a border wall between the United States and Mexico. If a shutdown occurs, it would be the third in the span of a year, following two brief shutdowns in January 2018 that stemmed from a dispute over immigration policy. Here’s what could happen if the government shuts down in the coming days.

The VA’s private care program gave companies billions and vets longer waits

An exclusive PolitiFact-ProPublica investigation: Private sector care was supposed to make care better for veterans. They still met long waits while the private program administrators got $1.9 billion, a quarter of the money that went through the program. 

Veterans Choice: How we reported this story

The taxpayer dollars spent on fees to private Veterans Choice administrators was lumped in with medical care spending. The answer came from bringing together a handful of separate federal data sources.

Donald Trump says tariffs will make America rich again. Economists disagree

For years before he became president, Donald Trump has been intrigued by the idea of tariffs.

How much is the Mueller investigation costing? (updated)

President Donald Trump has periodically taken shots at the cost of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s impact on the 2016 presidential election. A new document released by the Justice Department details just how much it has cost -- and it isn’t as high as the $40 million that Trump has alleged. Here’s a rundown.

PolitiFact’s 2018 Lie of the Year coverage

We summarize several stories about Lie of the Year. 

Why PolitiFact doesn’t use the word ‘lie’ — except once a year

We usually avoid the word 'lie'.' That’s because of the tricky issue of claiming to know a person’s intention. 

Fact-checking Trump, Pelosi and Schumer’s White House fight over the border wall, shutdown

President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer sparred before news cameras over the need and effectiveness of a southern border wall, at times fact-checking and speaking over one another. Here’s a recap of what was said, fact-checked and with added context.

2018 Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll results

Readers weigh in on the most significant falsehood of 2018.

The Trump file: Trump's 10 top falsehoods of 2018

President Donald Trump is the only two-time winner of PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year, and he would hold the trophy for a third time if readers had their way. PolitiFact editors went in a different direction by singling out 10 of his worst statements that offered strong competition for the year's worst claim.

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Online smear machine tries to take down Parkland students

Together, the lies against the Parkland students in the wake of unspeakable tragedy were the most significant falsehoods of 2018. We name them PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year.

A look back at Lie of the Year, 2009 to 2017

PolitiFact awards the Lie of the Year to the most significant falsehood or exaggeration of the past 12 months. Here’s a look back at the past nine years of "winners."

A fact-checking milestone: Factcheck.org turns 15

FactCheck.org turns 15 years old this week, so it’s a good moment to salute Brooks and his co-founder Kathleen Hall Jamieson for the important role they’ve played as pioneers in our movement.

Timeline of Michael Flynn's turn, from Trump aide to Mueller witness

How to make sense of Michael Flynn's contradictions? He was one of the most distinguished military intelligence officers in a generation. Now he’s the shortest-lived national security adviser in American history after loose-lipped talk with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Is the new NAFTA the biggest trade deal ever, as Donald Trump said?

Trump touted the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement as the biggest trade deal ever. Here are the facts.

How much does the Mueller investigation cost?

In one of his many tweets critical of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, President Donald Trump took aim — again — at the probe’s purported cost to the taxpayers. We checked out the numbers.

Lie of the Year 2018: Readers' Choice Poll

PolitiFact will soon announce our Lie of the Year -- the most significant falsehood of 2018, as chosen by our editors and reporters. We're also inviting PolitiFact readers to vote for the Readers' Choice award. 

How much has been spent so far on Donald Trump's border wall?

President Donald Trump says he’s already begun to fulfill one of his key campaign promises -- building a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico. But how much has money actually been allocated for that task?

Fact-checking Donald Trump's statement on Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi murder

President Donald Trump cast doubt over the CIA’s conclusion that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Here's a fact-check of the statement on Saudi Arabia that Trump released on Nov. 20.

It's #GivingNewsDay! Every dollar you donate to PolitiFact is now tripled

This is big. Thanks to a generous donation from one of our supporters, every dollar you donate to PolitiFact now through Dec. 31 is tripled.  

Is it legal for tear gas to be used against migrants?

U.S. Border Patrol agents fired tear gas at migrants seeking entry at the southwest border, claiming the migrants were throwing rocks and bottles. Many users on social media debated whether tear gas is a chemical weapon, and if it is, why was it used against migrants? Tear gas is allowed to be used in domestic law enforcement to control riots. But it’s considered a chemical weapon if used as a method of warfare. It’s banned on the battlefield.

A closer look at Donald Trump’s record on military, veterans

In an interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump said his administration has delivered to troops and veterans. We look at the facts.

Midterm Facebook misinformation: Pipe bombs, menacing caravans and rampant voter fraud

The false claims came quickly and steadily over Facebook in the weeks before and after the midterm elections. We picked a few notable ones that we shot down.

Mailbag: Post-election edition

With the 2018 election season now complete, it’s time to go back and look at some of the reader commentary our articles have inspired. Here are a smattering of emails we received from readers -- positive, negative, and neutral. They have been edited for length and clarity.

Pumpkin pies, pilgrims and pre-existing conditions: PolitiFact’s 2018 Thanksgiving dinner guide

We’re here to help you tackle the common falsehoods circulating this holiday season. Find your place card, grab a fork and dig in.

Is Donald Trump’s pick of Matthew Whitaker for acting attorney general legal?

A day after the midterm elections, President Donald Trump replaced outgoing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Justice Department lawyer Matthew Whitaker. Critics say Trump acted unlawfully because Whitaker hasn’t received Senate confirmation for the role.

Donald Trump and Rick Scott allege fraud in Broward, Palm Beach vote counting without any evidence

While there have been lots of problems in the vote counting, no judge or state office has proven fraud.

Fact-checking distorted video Sarah Sanders used to bar a CNN White House reporter

The clash between President Donald Trump and the media was summed up in a viral, misleading tweet. Here's what it shows and whether it was doctored.

So the Democrats won the House. What legislation might follow?

The election’s over, with the Democrats winning the House and losing a few seats in the Senate. Now what?

Is the migrant caravan an invasion?

In the days leading to Election Day, President Donald Trump cast a caravan of Central American migrants walking to the United States as a national threat and as a force that required military intervention.  Here’s a recap of Trump’s "invasion" claims and the military’s role at the southwest border.

PolitiFact is not biased -- here’s why

We explain our mission and methods, both to answer those who make the charge against us, and for our supporters when confronted by naysayers.

What's at stake in the midterms: A primer on 8 key issues for 2018

Campaign coverage often devolves into horse-race coverage -- who’s up and who’s down. But the way the voters cast their ballots on Nov. 6 will have potentially huge implications on public policy. To help our readers better understand what’s at stake in the substantive policy choices this election season, we’ve put together a series of eight articles that explain the issues by visualizing data through charts and graphs.

The 2018 midterms: 16 senate races we’ve been tracking

PolitiFact has been fact-checking races in 16 states this year. Here is our summary of where the races stand in the final days before elections.

Donald Trump on the campaign stump: His most glaring falsehoods

It's been 2016 all over again, as President Donald Trump went into campaign mode and held rallies across the country to rev up his base. When he spoke, accuracy was optional. Here's a running list of some of his worst excesses.

Here’s the latest on the migrant caravans

Just days before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump is talking about illegal immigration and the migrant caravan in southern Mexico planning to come to the United States. Trump claims the caravan is a threat to national security, and he’s made the issue a key talking point at campaign rallies. PolitiFact has been fact-checking the mounting misinformation about it. As the conversation continues, here’s the latest you need to know.

PolitiFact readers' election questions answered

Ahead of Election Day, we asked our readers what claims they would like to see checked. Dozens responded to us, from coast to coast, with questions and requests, so we got to work on finding answers.

U.S. deficits and the debt in 5 charts: A 2018 midterm report

As the midterm election campaign approaches its climax, the federal deficit has pushed its way back into the political discussion.

Introducing PolitiFact Vermont from VTDigger

With Election Day fast approaching, PolitiFact is happy to announce its latest state affiliate: PolitiFact Vermont, a partnership of PolitiFact and VTDigger.org.

Fact-checking Trump's campaign rallies: the final stretch

We're fact-checking President Donald Trump at the final stretch of campaign rallies for the 2018 midterms. 

The top 10 storylines of the 2018 midterms

PolitiFact has been monitoring and fact-checking the midterm campaigns of 2018 in races across the country. Here’s a look at what we’ve found to be the top 10 storylines of the 2018 contests.

Can Donald Trump end birthright citizenship with an executive order? Probably not

Just a week before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump emphasized his hard-line stance on restricting immigration. In an interview, he not only took aim at birthright citizenship -- the longstanding policy that virtually anyone born on U.S. soil has citizenship -- but also said he could use an executive order to do it.

How large is the migrant caravan? Estimates vary

We review reports of how many people are on the journey.

Marijuana legalization in 5 charts: A 2018 midterm report

About two in three Americans now favor marijuana legalization, a record-high measure of public support for a drug the federal government still puts in the same category as LSD and heroin.

Fact-checking misinformation about the migrant caravan

Misinformation about a migrant caravan heading to the United States is spreading on Facebook and other social media platforms as users share completely false or misleading memes and posts that paint a skewed version of the facts. Here’s what’s not true or lacks corroborating evidence.

PolitiFact Sheet: What we know about the caravan heading to the United States

President Donald Trump said the United States was under assault by some Central American countries because many of their citizens were trekking north in a caravan and seeking entry into the United States. Here’s what we know about this new caravan.

The facts on taxes in 5 charts: a 2018 midterm report

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 -- the large tax bill passed by the Republican Congress and signed by President Donald Trump -- is not getting mentioned much on the midterm campaign trail, perhaps because the public seems to be lukewarm on whether it was a good idea. But taxes, like death, are among the few certainties in life. So we decided to take a graphical look at both the new tax law and the broader landscape of taxation in the United States.  

Did New York's John Faso break his promise to a woman with cancer?

Congressman John Faso promised to protect a woman's health care. Whether he kept the promise is a source of political attacks.

Pre-existing conditions: Does any GOP proposal match the ACA?

Guarantees for pre-existing conditions are the most popular feature of Obamacare. From Donald Trump on down, Republicans say their plans provide the same protections. Health policy researchers say they might help, but they fall short.

How Congress could force Donald Trump’s hand on Saudi Arabia and Jamal Khashoggi

Lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with President Donald Trump’s mixed messaging over the disappearance and suspected murder by Saudi agents of Washington Post columnist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi. But they have ways to force Trump into action.

In context: Donald Trump's $1 million offer to Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., punched back at President Donald Trump on Oct. 15 when she released DNA test results showing that she has a Native American ancestor. Trump and Warren had sparred ever since Trump began calling her "Pocahontas" for saying on law school faculty forms that she had Native American ancestry, citing family lore from Oklahoma.

Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test: What it can and can’t tell us

Since 2016, President Donald Trump has ridiculed Sen. Elizabeth Warren for having invented a family tree with Native American roots. He challenged her to take a DNA test. She did and it showed Native American ancestry. We asked four experts to review the results. They found them credible.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's interview on 60 Minutes

In an Oct. 14, 2018, interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes, President Donald Trump addressed a wide range of topics. Here’s a rundown of some of the assertions Trump made during the interview with Lesley Stahl.

Health care in 5 charts: A 2018 midterm report

Health care, particularly protections for pre-existing conditions, has become a key piece of the Democratic strategy to retake Congress. As the ads come fast and furious, here are five charts about health care to help to sort fact from hype.

Donald Trump's USA Today op-ed, annotated

President Donald Trump penned an op-ed in the USA Today attacking Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. With the help of experts, we annotated his claims.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's op-ed against Medicare for All in USA Today

President Donald Trump brought his battle with Democrats onto politically sacred ground, accusing them of forcing the death of Medicare. Trump moved from 280-character tweets to a 4,900 character op-ed in USA Today to paint a doomsday picture if Medicare for All became the law of the land. With the help of experts, we fact-checked some of his claims.

Donald Trump on the campaign trail: His three reasons to fear Democrats, fact-checked

Donald Trump rallies his base in four states, saying Democrats are the party of crime and aim to gut Medicare to fuel their socialist agenda. We dissect his super-charged language.

Immigration in 5 charts: a 2018 midterm report

Immigration is one of the biggest issues of the midterm elections in the wake of President Donald Trump’s actions restricting immigration over the past two years. The political rhetoric on immigration often ignores facts and important nuances about this complex issue. Amid the campaign ads and rallies, here’s an overview of key topics.

In Context: Brett Kavanaugh and 'what goes around comes around'

In his historic testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh defiantly accused Democrats and the Clintons of orchestrating a political "hit" to keep Kavanaugh off the country’s highest court. The statement was controversial enough. But some heard Kavanaugh go even further, saying that if confirmed to bench, "what goes around comes around."

Donald Trump's new NAFTA: A fact-checker's guide to the trade deal

President Donald Trump hailed the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement as an even-handed substitute for the North American Free Trade Agreement he has long criticized.

The facts on guns in 6 charts: A 2018 midterm report

In our politically polarized era, few issues are as polarized as gun policy. As part of our effort to analyze key issues in the 2018 midterm elections through a handful of graphics, here are some of the factors shaping the gun policy debate today.

A week to investigate: What a Kavanaugh probe might look like

The Senate Judiciary Committee requested a supplemental check for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh a day after hearing hours of dueling testimony from him and Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges the would-be justice sexually assaulted her in their youth.  

Your Kavanaugh-Ford hearing questions answered

In the course of four hours, Ford talked about an assault in a bedroom some 36 years ago before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It’s an account that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh later vehemently denied. ​

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s press conference on eve of Kavanaugh, Ford hearings

Trump defended his Supreme Court nominee as a good man of the highest caliber hours after a third woman accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Ahead of Kavanaugh hearing, some hear echoes of Anita Hill testimony

As senators weigh the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh amid allegations of sexual misconduct, many Americans are thinking back to a previous example of accusations against a Supreme Court nominee.

Fact-checking internet rumors about Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford

As Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford's authenticity is under attack across social media. Here’s a rundown of the most prominent claims about Ford on the internet, fact-checked.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s United Nations speech

President Donald Trump delivered a wide-ranging speech before world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, touching on North Korea, the U.S. economy and Iran.

Trade and tariffs in 5 charts: A 2018 midterm report

As tariffs and counter-tariffs hitting the agriculture and manufacturing industries mount ahead of the midterm elections, we decided to revisit some trade basics using five charts.

Medicare in 5 charts: A 2018 midterm report

Republicans used to talk a lot about reining in Medicare spending. Now, not so much. We look at the shift and help you sort out the wrinkles on Washington's very, very big health insurance program for the elderly and the disabled.

Fact-checking Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings

Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is facing a tough confirmation hearing in the Senate. Here is the factual context behind the most contentious moments.

PolitiFact adding coverage of pivotal U.S. House races

PolitiFact is bolstering its coverage of pivotal 2018 U.S. House races to help sort out fact from fiction on the campaign trail.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally for Mike Braun in Evansville, Indiana

President Donald Trump presented a familiar array of falsehoods in his rally in Evansville, Ind., for Mike Braun, a Republican state senator and businessman running for U.S. Senate.

Sen. John McCain fought to clean up money in politics. Are we better off today?

John McCain made campaign finance reform one of his signature issues as he ran for president in 2000, promising to restore faith in public politics. His years-long crusade led to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, championed alongside his Democratic colleague, former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin.

Fact-checking Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s latest film, tells the tale of a black detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan between 1978 and 1979. We fact-checked what's real and what's not.

The 2018 midterms: Here are key Senate races we're covering

PolitiFact identified key races in 16 states to monitor ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

How many people have lost health insurance under Donald Trump?

Democratic pundits and groups have cited a staggering statistic on the state of health care under the Trump administration to attack Republicans on a key issue to voters.  

McCain, Trump and the White House flag: From half-staff, to full-staff, to half-staff

Not even the American flag was exempt from the tense relations between Donald Trump and recently deceased Sen. John McCain.

Remembering John McCain

PolitiFact regularly rated John McCain on the Truth-O-Meter since 2008.

Donald Trump’s shifting explanations for the Stormy Daniels payment (updated)

President Donald Trump and his team have repeatedly denied that Trump had a relationship with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, and have left unclear Trump’s role in furnishing hush money to silence the porn star about their alleged 2006 affair.

Donald Trump and hush money: Is it legal? Is it any worse than jaywalking?

Legal questions swirl around Donald Trump and payments to two women to keep them silent before the 2016 election. Some experts say they weren't campaign related. Some say they were, but were legal. Others say what really matters was the cover-up.

What Michael Cohen's guilty plea means for Donald Trump

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty in federal court to a series of criminal charges, including a campaign finance law violation that implicated the president.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in Charleston, W.Va.

Just hours after courtroom setbacks for two once-close allies, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump held a rally in Charleston, W.Va., a state he won by 42 points in the 2016 election.

PolitiFact turns 11. We've rated 15,000 claims, and the truth still matters

Our editor reflects on eleven years of fact-checking.

Back to school: Is the United States falling behind on education?

The United States spends big on education. But what is the return on that investment compared with the rest of the world? The answer is not amazing, but not terrible, either.

Trump directed the Pentagon to create a Space Force. What would it look like?

The idea of a galactic military branch certainly has been a topic of much speculation, so we took a closer look. Experts told us the space force is probably not as exciting or likely to exist as the Trump team makes it sound.

Was the Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer ‘totally legal,’ as Trump said?

How often do American political campaigns seek damaging information from a foreign government? According to President Donald Trump, attempting to weaponize this kind of dirt against political opponents is common practice — and perfectly legal.

Why Infowars’ Alex Jones was banned from Apple, Facebook, Youtube and Spotify

Over the course of 24 hours, most social media giants kicked one of the most infamous conspiracy theory peddlers off their platforms. Here's why.

QAnon and Donald Trump rallies: What's that about?

Here’s a closer look at the QAnon phenomenon making its way from online forums to Trump rallies.

PolitiFact's guide to key 2018 midterm races

Here are the 16 states with races we're fact-checking in the 2018 midterm elections.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in Tampa with Ron DeSantis

President Donald Trump flew to Tampa, Fla., to make his endorsement of GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis for Florida governor official. Trump's rally revisited the biggest of his highlights of his first year and a half in office, and was punctuated by exaggerations and falsehoods.

The effects of Donald Trump's trade war

With President Donald Trump's tariffs and retaliatory tariffs in place, we took a close look at their effects on the economy.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's talking points about the economy

President Donald Trump campaigned hard on a promise to kick the economy into high gear and with the latest economic numbers, he had something to crow about. The economy grew at an annualized rate of 4.1 percent between April and June. Trump said the country was seeing proof of the power of his tax- and regulation-cutting agenda. Let’s take a look at some of his assertions and see whether they hold up.

6 questions about the timing of the Mueller investigation

Americans of all political stripes are waiting to see what happens with the special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller. How might the midterm elections -- and the desire not to put a thumb on the political scales -- affect the timing of Mueller’s public moves?

Shadow banning: Did Twitter try to boost Dems and hurt GOP?

Donald Trump accused Twitter of illegal discrimination against Republicans after the RNC chair's account failed to show up in a search. To some, it was proof of political bias. Technologists have a different explanation.

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and the case of the missing question

Putin answered a very interesting question during the news conference in Helsinki, but the White House transcript doesn't have it. And even after much reporting, it's still missing.

A closer look at claims of treason after Trump's meeting with Russian President Putin

President Donald Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin drew sharp rebukes from critics. Some of them went so far as to call it "treason," or "treasonous." We took a closer look at what that high-voltage word actually means.

Trump and Russia: Shifting answers on key questions

It was a week when the president said he said would when he meant wouldn't. When first he gave equal weight to Putin's denials and the findings of his intelligence chiefs, and then said he agreed with them completely.

Chris Wallace asked why Vladimir Putin’s critics end up dead. Here are the details

Fox News host Chris Wallace pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin on the subjects President Donald Trump failed to bring up in an interview following the press conference. We wanted to know: Do people who oppose Putin end up dead, or close to it?

Did 'zero-tolerance' policy reduce illegal immigration?

The Donald Trump administration billed its "zero-tolerance" immigration policy as an escalated effort needed to address a "crisis" at the border, even though apprehensions were at their lowest point in decades.  In its release of June border data, the Department of Homeland Security credited the policy for a dip in migration numbers. But immigration experts said the success of one policy change is unclear with just a month’s worth of data.

The facts behind the court case Vladimir Putin said 'falls apart'

Russian President Vladimir Putin mocked Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s charges of Russian election interference. We looked into his claims.

A walk in the woulds: Donald Trump reverses Helsinki comments on Russian election interference

Back on U.S. soil, President Donald Trump reversed his head-turning Helsinki remarks about Russian meddling.

Fact-checking Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin in Helsinki

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met one-on-one in Helsinki just days after the special counsel indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for meddling in the 2016 election. In a joint press conference, each leader made puzzling, inaccurate claims.

Did Vladimir Putin know Donald Trump was in Moscow in 2013?

At a joint press conference with President Donald Trump, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said, "When President Trump was at Moscow back then (for the Miss Universe pageant), I didn't even know that he was in Moscow." Is that credible?

The Russia investigation and Donald Trump: a timeline from on-the-record sources (updated)

This timeline documents everything we know thus far about the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. The sources are either verified events, court filings, public statements, or on-the-record media reports.

Fact-checking President Trump’s NATO summit news conference in Brussels

President Donald Trump fielded questions about the United States’ strained relationship with NATO and other topics at the conclusion of the NATO summit in Brussels.

The latest on reunification of families separated at the border, Trump immigration policy

The Trump administration’s process for reuniting immigrant families separated at the border hasn’t been easy. Pressured by a court order, officials have been working overtime to reconnect parents and children separated this summer as a result of the administration’s "zero-tolerance" policy

A look at White House turnover under Trump, Obama following Scott Pruitt's exit

Scott Pruitt’s resignation marks the latest in a series of speedy departures from President Donald Trump’s White House. Inching toward the year and a half mark of Trump’s presidency, we decided to check back in on the turnover rate of his administration.

President Trump's Supreme Court Pick: Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump has announced his next nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mailbag: 'Ya gotta do better'

With tensions rising with global trading partners, trade was the leading topic that motivated PolitiFact readers to write to us in recent weeks. Here is a sampling of recent emails about trade, as well as other issues.

Fact-checking an immigration meme that's been circulating for more than a decade

A viral image on social media -- one that’s critical of illegal immigration -- has been circulating for years. The list of claims first circulated in the form of a chain email in 2006, according to Snopes.com. Six years later, we checked several of the claims ourselves. With immigration in the headlines today, these claims are popular again. So we’ll take a fresh look at them here.

Democrats’ playbook for stopping Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick

As President Donald Trump moves closer to nominating a Supreme Court justice, Democrats are scrambling for a strategy to stop a nominee that would tilt the court in a more conservative direction and reverse liberal gains.

'Abolish ICE' movement is growing. Is the agency's disbanding likely?

Calls to "abolish ICE" have grown louder as the Trump administration deals with fall-out from its "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, which led to the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents. As the calls to abolish ICE persist, PolitiFact decided to take a closer look at the agency’s role, what Democrats have said, whether they want "open borders" as President Donald Trump claims, and the likelihood that ICE will be abolished.

When George Washington fought fake news

Even George Washington had to fight fake news. Here's the story.

Migrants at the southwest border: The Northern Triangle nations

Immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras lie at the center of family separation controvsey. We offer a few facts about the countries they left behind.

What Mitch McConnell said about Supreme Court confirmations in election years

We looked at what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said about Supreme Court nominations in election years in 2016 and 2018.

Does America face a refugee or an immigration problem?

The outcry over separating families at the border cast the country's border dilemma in a new light. Have humanitarian concerns redefined the problem? We look at the numbers behind the debate.

The facts behind a Texas Democrat's viral campaign ad

Mary Jennings Hegar, a veteran, mom and Democratic candidate for the Congress in a deep red Texas district, made a splash when her campaign ad went viral. We took a closer look.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in North Dakota

President Donald Trump headed back to the campaign trail on June 27, to promote the candidacy of Rep. Kevin Cramer, the Republican challenger to North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. In his rally in Fargo, N.D., Trump made a number of statements that were inaccurate or misleading. 

As Donald Trump seeks changes to immigration courts, what rights do immigrants here illegally have?

President Donald Trump has denounced the immigration court system and said immigrants arriving illegally should be deported without a court’s review. We wondered about the feasibility and legality of Trump’s vision of simply turning away people at the border, without judges reviewing their claims. Here’s what we found.

Have U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and President Donald Trump made statements that encourage violence?

We examine the language by both political figures that their critics have said was incendiary

Donald Trump's executive order ending his administration's separation of immigrant families

After falsely claiming that immigrant families were being separated at the border because of Democrats and arguing that he was unable to do anything about it, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep children and parents together in detention. Here’s an overview of what’s known and what’s uncertain after the executive order.

Photo showing Melania Trump wearing jacket saying 'I really don't care' is real

Viral photographs show first lady Melania Trump wearing a green khaki jacket that reads, in graffiti-style capital letters, "I really don’t care. Do u?"

Fact-checking Donald Trump's interviews with Fox and Friends, reporters on the White House lawn

In the span on one hour, Donald Trump had two wide-ranging interviews with reporters. He made some strong claims the FBI, North Korea, children being taken from their parents at the border, and more. We looked into the highlights.

Donald Trump's unusual North Korea video, explained

We had a lot of questions about Donald Trump's North Korea movie trailer, so we looked into who made it, why it was produced, and whether anything like this had ever happened before.

Is North Korea no longer a nuclear threat, as Donald Trump said?

Donald Trump tweeted that North Korea is longer a nuclear threat. We look at why concerns remain.

From Pyongyang to Singapore, a quick history of Dennis Rodman and North Korea

While President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un prepared for a first-of-its-kind summit to discuss nuclear weapons, one man with connections to both leaders issued a tearful, televised plea for a positive outcome.

Fact-checking Donald Trump in Singapore about North Korea

President Donald Trump detailed his discussion with Kim Jong Un during a lengthy press conference following the North Korea-United States summit. Trump touched on everything from the troops in South Korea and denuclearization, the main objective of the summit, to human rights, trade deficits and NATO.

So the Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un handshake happened. Now what?

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un adopted a conciliatory tone as they opened a new chapter in their often-tense courtship, with both leaders broadly agreeing at a historic Singapore summit to pursue a path towards more peaceful relations.   

In Context: What Justin Trudeau said that made Donald Trump angry

Justin Trudeau's comments after the G7 Summit

Fact-checking Malcolm Jenkins' posters on prisons and police shootings

Malcolm Jenkins tried to redirect the message to the fuel behind NFL player protests: inequities in the criminal justice system. Jenkins remained silent while holding up a series of placards with statements about prisons and police shootings. We fact-checked those.

What you need to know about the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy

The Trump administration has introduced a "zero-tolerance" policy calling for the prosecution of all individuals who illegally enter the United States. This policy has the effect of separating a parent from his or her child when they enter the country together, because the parent is referred for prosecution and the child is placed in the custody of a sponsor, such as a relative or foster home, or held in a shelter. Here’s a closer look at the issue.

Fact-checking the death toll estimates from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

We explain the varying estimates for the 2017 hurricane and why it's so hard pinpoint a number

PolitiFact wins two Green Eyeshade awards

PolitiFact has won first place Green Eyeshade awards for our work covering fake news and misinformation.

The facts behind Donald Trump’s pardoning Dinesh D’Souza

President Donald Trump announced he would pardon controversial conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza on May 31, 2018. Here’s a closer look at Trump’s fifth presidential pardon.

What Donald Trump got wrong in his Tennessee rally for Marsha Blackburn

President Donald Trump dropped in Nashville, Tenn., to boost the Senate campaign of Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Trump spent most of the May 29 rally telling stories about the biggest moments of his presidency, rehashing a litany of exaggerations and falsehoods in the process.

Sorting out the facts about nearly 1,500 lost children, Trump family separation policy

The hashtag #WhereAreTheChildren has been trending on Twitter, bringing attention to nearly 1,500 "lost" immigrant children and whether the Trump administration is to blame for it. Readers asked us to clarify what exactly happened with the children and how they got here. Here are the facts.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's Naval Academy commencement address

President Donald Trump addressed U.S. Naval Academy graduates on May 25, 2018, mixing inspirational words on bravery with inaccurate claims about military pay raises and the U.S. Navy size. 

Donald Trump made 8 misleading claims about immigration on Fox and Friends

President Donald Trump repeated several misleading talking points about immigration during an interview with Fox & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade. We counted at least 8 faulty claims in less than five minutes.

Elon Musk calls for accountability in media, donates to PolitiFact

Entrepreneur Elon Musk (of Tesla, SpaceX, PayPal) had an idea: He’d "create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication." That sounded familiar.

What the Republican discharge petition means for DACA, ‘Dreamers’

Here’s an overview of the uncommon approach of discharge petitions, what it means for Dreamers and what it says about the power dynamic in congress.

Informants, infiltration and spying: Some definitions in the FBI investigation of team Trump

The words informant, infiltration and spying have been thrown around freely. We talked to the people who know what they mean.

John Kerry was in Paris. But did he meet with Iranians? He says no

Republican operatives claimed to have definitive proof that the chief American architect of the Iran nuclear deal met secretly with Iranian officials in Paris just days after President Donald Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the international accord.

A look into the business practices of Indiana's Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun

A Democratic Super PAC attacked GOP Senate candidate Mike Braun's business record. We took a closer look.

What's true, what's not about Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting

Sorting fact from fiction in the May 18, 2018, Santa Fe High School shooting.

The facts on mass shootings, guns in the United States

With each tragedy, we hear arguments about gun violence, mental health, how firearms should be regulated and what’s driving the prevalence of mass shootings. PolitiFact has worked for years to research these topics to explain talking points used by all sides of the debate. Here are some answers to questions you may have.

A closer look at payments to Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen

Several corporations admitted to paying President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen in hopes of gaining access to Trump or his thinking after financial records of the transactions were released by a lawyer representing Stormy Daniels.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s misleading immigration claims in meeting with California officials

President Donald Trump hosted sheriffs and other elected officials from California to talk about immigration policies that he sees as counter to his agenda. Trump made a number of questionable statements that needed a fact-check. Here’s our roundup of his most inaccurate statements from the conversation.

In Context: Donald Trump's comments about immigrants, ‘animals’

President Donald Trump has fueled criticism from lawmakers and immigrant rights advocates after saying that some people coming into the United States are "animals." He made the comments during a roundtable discussion on immigration. Here’s the exchange for full context.

One year into Mueller probe, a review of attacks and key questions

It’s been one year to the day since Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate  "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump." So who’s on Mueller’s team? What has he done -- publicly, at least -- during his first year? What limits does Mueller face in investigating the president? And what tools can Trump use to stymie Mueller’s probe?

Do facts still matter to you?

The thought of a "post-truth world" has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. Do facts still matter? Is telling the truth still important?

Laurel or Yanny? A fact-checker’s guide

Once again, America is a nation fiercely divided. This time, it’s not about politics.  

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Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our newsroom, citizens are staying informed on the complex issues that matter to them. For instance, we recently dug into the facts of whether President Donald Trump has the power to fire FBI special counsel Robert Mueller. Answer: It’s complicated.

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Fact-checking Donald Trump CIA pick Gina Haspel’s Senate hearing

President Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director faced tough questions from lawmakers about her role in the CIA’s interrogation of detainees in U.S. custody following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Can Robert Mueller subpoena Donald Trump? A look at the legal precedents

Is being president enough to stymie a subpoena? There’s some historical precedent, but no exact fit legally.

Trump withdraws U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal. Here’s what you need to know

President Donald Trump announced the United States would exit a nuclear pact with Iran and re-impose sanctions on Tehran, saying the Obama-era deal failed to contain the regime’s nuclear ambitions and regional meddling.

A preview of Indiana’s Republican Senate primary

The Indiana Republican Senate primaries taking place on May 8 will determine who takes on Sen. Joe Donnelly, one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country, in November. We fact-checked the candidates on support for Trump, raising taxes, and trade deals.

PolitiFact fact-checks West Virginia's GOP Senate primary

Tuesday’s Republican primary for a U.S. Senate nomination has been intense -- and the veracity of the leading candidates has often been challenged. On the eve of Election Day, we’ll recap some of the biggest themes at issue in the race between three major candidates: former coal CEO Don Blankenship, U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, and state attorney general Patrick Morrisey. The winner will face the Democratic incumbent, Joe Manchin.

Donald Trump's NRA speech, fact-checked

We fact-checked his May 4, 2018, address to the NRA-ILA forum.

The $130,000 Stormy Daniels payoff: Was it a campaign expenditure?

The public disclosure that Donald Trump repaid his lawyer for the hush money given to Stormy Daniels adds another twist to a steamy narrative. Does it spell new legal troubles? We asked a number of experts.

The timeline of Donald Trump’s explanations for the Stormy Daniels payment

President Donald Trump and his team repeatedly denied that Trump had a relationship with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, and left unclear Trump’s role in furnishing hush money to silence the porn star about their alleged 2006 affair.

What you need to know ahead of Donald Trump’s Iran deal deadline

President Donald Trump has long derided the Iran nuclear deal, calling it "insane," "ridiculous" and something that "should have never, ever been made."

GOP guest column: Fact-check on Kanye, black workers rightly stuck to facts

"PolitiFact’s April 26 rating of President Donald Trump’s assertion that "black unemployment" is at a historic low under his administration reflects perfectly the important and disciplined work of fact-checkers, agnostic of political opinion and strictly adherent to the accuracy or inaccuracy of a politician’s statement."

Mailbag: ‘I rate your service as Scorched Pantyhose’

PolitiFact readers aren’t afraid to share their opinions with us. So here’s a selection of emailed comments, complaints, and compliments we’ve received since January, edited for length and clarity.

Guest column: Giffords group was right about Ryan blocking gun bills

"Giffords PAC recently claimed that Paul Ryan has 'blocked all effort to strengthen our nation’s gun laws.' PolitiFact rated the statement Mostly False. I would have rated the statement Mostly True."

Fact-checking Donald Trump's interview on Fox & Friends

Donald Trump made several comments in his interview on Fox & Friends that required more context.

Understanding felon voting rights restoration

Each state can set their own policies for restoring voting rights to felons

What the law says about James Comey’s leaked memos

President Donald Trump trained his fire on the memos of former FBI Director James Comey, claiming the written impressions of their one-on-one discussions contain classified information and that Comey broke the law by disclosing them.

Guest column: Fact-checking made easy

Sometimes fact-checking is painfully difficult, evaluating nuance and weighing the relative merit of half-truths and accurate but misleading statements. Sometimes, however, fact checking is easy, especially when the source is openly lying or the story is an outright hoax. Two recent PolitiFact columns provide excellent examples.

What the U.S. Supreme Court decision means for the deportation of criminal immigrants

President Donald Trump condemned a U.S. Supreme Court decision to invalidate part of a federal law used to deport some immigrants convicted of crimes. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the decision undermined its efforts to remove immigrants convicted of certain violent crimes, including sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary. PolitiFact decided to take a closer look at the Supreme Court decision and its impact on the removal of immigrants convicted of crimes. Immigration law experts said the administration was overhyping the consequences.

The James Comey book: 'A Higher Loyalty'

James Comey wants to explain himself. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership is Comey’s story of what he did and why

Is North Korea ready to scrap its nuclear weapons?

Multiple reports say North Korea is willing to put denuclearization on the table. But is that more than a shift in tone?

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s tweets about former FBI Director James Comey

President Donald Trump lambasted former FBI Director James Comey as a leaker, liar and slimeball, in a series of tweets that were sometimes at odds with the truth.

Can Donald Trump fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dumped gasoline on a raging debate about presidential authority when she said President Donald Trump "certainly believes he has the power to" fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Fact-checking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's congressional testimony

We asked a variety of tech watchers to assess Zuckerberg's accuracy. They noted some important omissions.

Fact-check: Donald Trump’s defense of Scott Pruitt’s rent, security, EPA record

Donald Trump defended EPA chief Scott Pruitt. He got three key facts wrong.

A closer look at attorney-client privilege after raid of Donald Trump’s lawyer

President Donald Trump lashed out after the FBI seized business records, emails and tax documents belonging to his personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Can President Donald Trump send the military to secure the border?

Lacking money for a border wall, President Donald Trump said he’s exploring using the military to stop illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Oklahoma teacher pay dispute: Does cost of living make a difference?

There's a simple way to compare teacher pay from state to state based on cost of living differences. It's misleading, economists say.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s tweets about the border, DACA

President Donald Trump tweeted Happy Easter wishes on Sunday, and shortly after followed up with tweets bashing Mexico and Democrats for immigration problems in the United States. Here’s a closer look at Trump’s tweets, fact-checked and with context.

Celebrate International Fact-checking Day: Avoid falling for fake news

PolitiFact provides several tips how to spot fake news in social media

The facts behind Trump’s jabs at Amazon on taxes, USPS and lost retail jobs

President Donald Trump returned to one of his favorite punching bags March 29: Amazon. We decided it was time to revisit Trump’s takedown of the online giant for accuracy.

What you need to know about the Census’ citizenship question

The Trump administration’s plans to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census got immediate pushback from Democratic lawmakers and immigrant rights advocates, who said the question instills fear in immigrant communities and will lead to an undercount of the national population. PolitiFact decided to explore the issue and reached out to demographers to answer key questions about the Census’ citizenship question.

Spending bill's gun research line: Does it nullify Dickey amendment?

A line that promotest gun violence research in the $1.3 trillion spending package has gotten a fair bit of press. It grants no new power or money to HHS and the CDC, leaving some to question it's impact.

Does Mike Pence call his wife ‘Mother’?

The old-fashioned quality of Vice President Mike Pence’s relationship with wife Karen has made their marriage something of an obsession.

A closer look at Patrick Morrisey's family ties to 'big pharma'

Late on a Sunday night in mid March, West Virginia Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey mixed it up on Twitter with a critic. Here's the full story.

Fact-checking the March For Our Lives

Crowds of young people marched on Washington and other cities to call for more gun restrictions and protest gun violence after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Did Donald Trump’s predecessors congratulate Vladimir Putin’s election win?

President Donald Trump has taken heat for congratulating Vladimir Putin following his successful bid in Russia’s presidential election, which critics have derided as a sham contest.

Increase in murders by immigrants in Tulsa?

In a radio interview, Tulsa's homicide chief said he'd seen an increase in murders by immigrants. We looked at the details. There were two last year and the year before that. Amounting to about 2 percent of all murders.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's tweetstorm about Mueller, Russia

Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, President Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm criticizing the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Here’s a look at where Trump had a point and where his tweets were either misleading or wrong.

An ICE spokesman resigned after Trump criticized the Oakland mayor. Here's why

What made the usual conflict between the Trump administration and a liberal mayor more noteworthy is that a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement quit over it.  PolitiFact is unable to independently confirm if hundreds of criminals missed arrest because of the mayor’s tip. But we wanted to look at the administration's claims and the spokesman’s criticism of the talking points.

Comparing unprecedented Trump White House turnover with Bush, Obama

High turnover has become synonymous with President Donald Trump’s White House. Following the recent departures of Hope Hicks, Gary Cohn, Rob Porter and Rex Tillerson, we're revisiting the shortest tenures for the most high-profile Trump staffers and comparing the number of people who filled each position in the three most recent administrations.

Understanding Poland's ‘Holocaust law’

A controversial new Polish law that criminalizes the attribution of blame for Nazi crimes to Poland is, inspiring criticism from historians, Israel and the U.S. State Department alike. Could it be used as a form of Holocaust denial? PolitiFact decided to take a closer look.

Were medics denied access to treat students inside Stoneman Douglas High School?

A story circulating around the Internet claims emergency medical workers were denied access to students during the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

PolitiFact fact-checks Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, The Post

We look at the accuracy at some of the Oscar nominees for best picture. 

Hope Hicks and the history of White House 'white lies'

According to news reports, White House communications director Hope Hicks testified to the House Intelligence Committee that she had told "white lies" as part of her job representing President Donald Trump. Within 24 hours, Hicks announced her departure from the White House.

Democrats’ memo pushes back on GOP claims about Russia probe

The House Intelligence Committee's partisan divide deepened with the Feb. 24 release of a Democratic memo fending off Republican claims that the investigation into collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is politically tainted.

Donald Trump's dubious attack on U.S.-Canada trade

Most of the time, Canada isn’t the biggest target of ire for American politicians. But in a speech to governors on Feb. 26, President Donald Trump took aim at the country’s neighbors to the north, calling out the balance of trade between the two nations.

Fact-checking the movie The Post, Oscar nominee for best picture

The Post, Steven Spielberg’s paean to the First Amendment and the free press, tells the tale of the Washington Post’s diffident publisher and ambitious editor summoning the courage to publish a top-secret study in the face of unprecedented government censorship.

Fact-check: Darkest Hour movie gets Winston Churchill mostly right

The Winston Churchill biopic stays within the guardrails of historical fact, but it does take liberties. 

Dunkirk fact-check: Movie indulges a few myths but also uses the facts

Never content to simply enjoy a good movie, we wanted to find out how closely "Dunkirk" matches what really happened on a beach in France in May 1940.

Donald Trump at CPAC gives misleading impression about immigration, MS-13

Speaking at the conservative CPAC conference in Washington, President Donald Trump took a hard line on immigration and again used the deadly Central American gang MS-13 as an example.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's 2018 speech at CPAC

The president repeated several falsehoods in a speech that covered a lot of ground at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 23, 2018.

School shooting survivor claims CNN asked him to read ‘scripted’ question

Newly released emails between CNN and a student survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting raise questions about the student’s claim that the network asked him to read a "scripted" question during a CNN town hall event.

How Russian trolls exploited Parkland mass shooting on social media

Russian-linked social media accounts exploited the tragedy at a Parkland, Fla., high school to sow discord and deepen divisions in America.

George Washington’s lessons and the future of political civility

Exactly five years ago, we published an article titled, "What Would George Do?" It stemmed from a visit to the restored colonial city of Williamsburg, Va., where we discovered a gem of a book: George Washington’s Rules of Civility. We revisited this topic to see how things have changed in the past half-decade.

How do we prevent school shootings?

Following the shooting in Parkland, Fla., experts talk about several strategies including gun control, expanding mental health services and threat assessment in an effort to reduce school shootings.

The Russia investigation and Donald Trump: a timeline from on-the-record sources

U.S. law enforcement agencies and Congress are investigating links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, as part of a broader probe into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election. 

What we know about mass shootings

With each tragedy, we hear arguments about gun violence, mental health, how firearms should be regulated and what’s driving the prevalence of mass shootings. PolitiFact has worked for years to research these topics to explain talking points used by all sides of the debate.

Timeline: Rob Porter, domestic abuse and the White House

The White House statements about the vetting of top aide Rob Porter have shifted over the past week. We break down what happened and when.

Will millennials be the largest voting bloc in 2018, as Rock the Vote predicts?

There are many factors that could influence millennial voter turnout in 2018 including how they feel about the candidates, voter mobilization efforts and state laws.

PolitiFact gains nonprofit status with move to the Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists based in St. Petersburg, Fla., has acquired direct ownership of PolitiFact.

The Principles of the Truth-O-Meter: PolitiFact’s methodology for independent fact-checking

Since our launch in 2007, we’ve received many questions about how we choose facts to check, how we stay nonpartisan, how we go about fact-checking and other topics. This document attempts to answer those questions and many more.

In Context: John Kelly’s remarks on ‘lazy’ immigrants and DACA

Here is greater context on White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's remarks on "lazy" immigrants eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The age of cherry-picking

These days, it isn’t just that Republicans are from Mars and Democrats are from Venus. Increasingly, politicians on either side are cherry-picking evidence to support their version of reality.

Fight erupts over GOP intel memo’s accuracy

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a memorandum accusing the Justice Department and FBI of abusing their authority in the early stages of an investigation into collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

How quickly will the new tax law affect the economy?

The White House would love for the tax bill President Donald Trump signed into law in December to start affecting taxpayers and the economy at large as soon as possible. How soon might that happen?

Donald Trump’s misleading claims about immigration in State of the Union address

President Donald Trump in his State of the Union speech focused on hardships he said immigrants impose on Americans, casting them as a threat to national security and economic prosperity. But many of Trump’s Jan. 30 claims were false or misleading.

Who is Donald Trump’s State of the Union guest Ji Seong-ho, who defected from North Korea?

Trump highlighted the story of the defector from North Korea who has raised the profile of human rights abuses in his former country

Fact-checking Donald Trump's 2018 State of the Union speech

PolitiFact is fact-checking President Donald Trump's 2018 State of the Union speech.

PolitiFact previews Donald Trump's State of the Union address

President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address Jan. 30. Get ready with our review of his past claims on key topics, and join us as we fact-check him live, along with the Democratic response. 

Timeline: DACA, the Trump administration and a government shutdown

Lawmakers have agreed to reopen the federal government after a shutdown due to failure to compromise on federal funding and on a deal for young immigrants at risk of deportation, so-called "Dreamers."

Could the nuclear option get rid of the filibuster entirely? Checking Trump's tweet

As lawmakers and the White House struggled to resolve the differences that produced a government shutdown, President Donald Trump revived an idea on Twitter that he had proposed in the past -- eliminating the filibuster in the Senate.  

Donald Trump’s team misleads in tying international terrorism report to immigration

President Donald Trump claims a report on international terrorism convictions bolsters the need for changes to the U.S. immigration system. But there is significant missing context, however, in both the report and its promotion by the White House.

Taking the measure of the federal workforce under Donald Trump

The size, scope and nature of the federal workforce is often misunderstood. So we dove into the data to try to provide a greater understanding.

Everything you need to know about a government shutdown

President Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate and House and the congressional Democratic minority are fighting over how to extend spending for federal operations after the current authority expired on Jan. 19. The key roadblocks are not so much differences on spending levels, but rather on separate issues, notably a renewal of legal status for "Dreamers," people who had been brought illegally to the United States as children. Here’s what happens when government funding expires.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's 'results' from his fake news awards

As part of his much-hyped "fake news awards," President Donald Trump offered 10 pieces of news he said the media was ignoring. "While the media spent 90 percent of the time focused on negative coverage or fake news, the President has been getting results," he wrote. We took a closer look at the 10 items Trump mentioned.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's fake news awards

President Donald Trump called out some of the biggest U.S. news organizations in his promised "fake news awards" Jan. 18, 2018. 

Las promesas de inmigración de Donald Trump en su primer año

Desde el primer día de su campaña, Donald Trump le garantizó a sus votantes un cambio dramático al sistema de inmigración de la nación, denunciando a Mexicanos como "asesinos" y "violadores" y prometiendo construir un muro en la frontera sur. Ampliamente, Trump está cumpliendo con sus fuertes palabras. Él hizo lo que pudo ejecutivamente, entregando cambios sustanciales a inmigrantes y sus familias, refugiados y nacionales de varios países musulmanes.

Trump backtracks on Mueller meeting, resurfaces misleading Clinton claim

Facing questions from the press, President Donald Trump on Jan. 10 appeared to backtrack on a previous commitment he made to meet face-to-face with investigators probing his campaign’s possible ties to Russia.

Donald Trump’s ‘s---hole countries’ remark and its policy history

President Donald Trump has shocked people for using disparaging language during a meeting about protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Trump asked.

What happened at the immigration meeting between Trump, bipartisan lawmakers

President Donald Trump offered a surprising look into his talks with bipartisan lawmakers on immigration policy, allowing television cameras to capture about 54 minutes of discussion at a Jan. 9 White House meeting about the fate of immigrants known as "Dreamers."

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s economic speech in Nashville

President Donald Trump likes talking about how great the economy is, a theme he expounded on when he flew to Nashville on Jan. 8 to address the American Farm Bureau Federation. He addressed many topics we have previously fact-checked and others we haven’t, with a mix of accuracy. Here’s an assessment of factual claims from his speech.

A fact-checker's guide to Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House'

A new book about President Donald Trump raises significant questions about transparency and sourcing. 

How Donald Trump, Barack Obama compare on the stock market

President Trump likes to tout the stock market’s growth on his watch. How does he compare to his predecessors?

How trustworthy are the polls, more than a year after the 2016 election?

In many people’s minds, the polls were flat wrong in 2016. Actually, it’s more complicated than that.

How closely did the tax bill resemble Trump's campaign promises?

The tax bill that President Donald Trump signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, was a large and consequential piece of legislation. It was also the culmination of no fewer than nine of Trump’s campaign promises. So how did he do?

Mailbag: ‘Please clean up your act’

It’s the holiday season, and our email inbox in recent weeks has been full of lumps of coal -- as well as the occasional treat. Here’s a rundown of recent reader critiques, edited for length and clarity.

The top 10 most viewed fact-checks of 2017

During President Donald Trump’s first year in office, nothing drew eyeballs to our site quite like the president’s words.

Russia's social media efforts in 2016 were not just false but inflammatory

Through an influence campaign that spiked during the 2016 election and continues to stretch into Trump’s first year in office, Russia has sought to deepen divisions over issues both big and small, from undermining Trump’s legitimacy to fomenting anger over a coffee machine maker’s boycott of a Fox News program.

Who wins and who loses from the tax bill?

As Congress nears passage of a Republican-backed tax bill, there’s been a lot of discussion about who will benefit and who won’t. Here is some data about the winners and losers under the bill.

Have deportations increased under Donald Trump? Here’s what the data shows

Immigration advocates once dubbed then President Barack Obama the "deporter-in-chief." Will President Donald Trump take over that title?

What's in the final version of the tax bill?

Sometime this week, the House and Senate are planning to vote on a tax bill that includes elements of the legislation passed by each chamber in recent weeks. What’s in the final version of the bill? Here’s a rundown.

Donald Trump's misleading claims in the Kate Steinle case, fact-checked

President Donald Trump has not held back in his disapproval of the verdict in Kate Steinle's case, but his overall objections to the case have not always been supported by facts, such as his characterization of the shooter’s previous offenses as "violent."

Want to be a judge? Here are the answers to the questions Trump judicial nominee flunked

A viral video shows one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees struggling with a series of legal questions lobbed his way during his Senate confirmation hearing.

We started fact-checking in partnership with Facebook a year ago today. Here's what we've learned

A year ago today, PolitiFact joined a coalition of fact-checkers who agreed to work with Facebook to try to slow the spread of misinformation in people’s news feeds. The update is we’re making progress, but at a rate that probably isn’t satisfying to anyone.

Donald Trump says he doesn’t know his accusers. Does he?

When four women came forward to talk about President Donald Trump's inappropriate sexual behavior going back to the 1980s, Trump said he hadn't even met or known them. We reviewed the record, not just for them, but for other women, too.

What you need to know about net neutrality

The Senate is poised to vote on a last-ditch effort by Democrats to rescue Obama-era Internet rules known as "net neutrality," which stops broadband providers from slowing down Internet speeds or blocking websites and apps.

A look back at Lie of the Year, 2009 to 2016

A look back at Lie of the Year, from 2009 to 2016.

2017 Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll results

We present the 2017 Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll results.

The Trump team’s falsehoods of 2017

President Donald Trump made many inaccurate statements in 2017. His White House team seems to be following in his footsteps when defending him.

Notable misstatements about Donald Trump from 2017

Here are five notable misstatements about President Donald Trump from 2017.

2017 Lie of the Year: Russian election interference is a 'made-up story'

President Trump continually asserts that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election is fake news, a hoax or a made-up story, even though there is widespread, bipartisan evidence to the contrary.

Fake news in the Alabama Senate race surges before Election Day

With Republican Roy Moore's reported history with underage girls looming large, Alabama voters have been getting more than their share of bad information.

Donald Trump rallies for Roy Moore, repeats falsehoods in Pensacola speech

Trump repeated some of his most prolific falsehoods since beating Democrat Hillary Clinton on Election Day and continued to attack the "fake news" media.

Do Jefferson, Lincoln prove Donald Trump can tell Justice Department what to do?

President Donald Trump kicked up a dust storm of punditry with a tweet that he "had to fire" former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn "because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI." Was this a key development in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

In Context: Orrin Hatch's comments about CHIP, people who 'won’t lift a finger' to help themselves

Joe Scarborough seized on a statement by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, that the MSNBC host found "cold and callous" during the final push to pass a tax bill. Scarborough accused Hatch of linking Children’s Health Insurance Program recipients to people who "won’t lift a finger" to help themselves.

From Arctic tundra to church, here's what else GOP tax bills might change

As negotiators from the House and Senate prepare to hash out the final bill to send to President Donald Trump, we decided to unpack a few of the notable non-tax provisions tucked into each bill.

Flynn’s guilty plea confirms he talked Russian sanctions, misled FBI

Flynn’s guilty plea marks an escalation of the special counsel’s probe into Trump campaign ties to Russia, and also corroborates anonymously-sourced media reports about Flynn’s contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The facts behind Elizabeth Warren, her claimed Native American ties and Trump's 'Pocahontas' insult

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has taken a lot of grief for claiming Native American roots without hard proof. President Donald Trump has mockingly called her "Pocahontas." We take a close look at exactly what she said and who she told.

Donald Trump retweets anti-Muslim videos from far-right Britain First

The veracity of the videos is dubious, and their objective as well as President Donald Trump’s retweets ignited wide condemnation.

The House and Senate tax bills, explained

A look at how the House and Senate tax bills are similar and different -- and how they could affect poorer and richer Americans.

Donald Trump claims Doug Jones is 'weak on the border.' Here's what we found

Doug Jones opposes Trump’s border wall, but there's no indication that he is against other border security measures.

Support PolitiFact on #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday — or as we like to call it around here, #GivingNewsDay — a day to celebrate and champion the causes that matter most.  

Lie of the Year 2017: Readers' Choice poll

PolitiFact will soon announce our Lie of the Year -- the most significant falsehood of 2017, as chosen by our editors and reporters. We're also inviting readers to vote for the Readers' Choice award.

Trump’s decision on Haitian immigrants: What does it mean?

Haitians benefitting from Temporary Protected Status now have 18 months to leave the United States or adjust their status. They risk deportation if they choose to stay in the country without TPS protection.

How to avoid a political food fight this Thanksgiving

Americans with hypertension should avoid pumpkin pie, red meat and salty snacks over Thanksgiving, doctors say. We here at PolitiFact would add another prescription to keep the blood pressure from spiking this holiday season: Should a political debate arise, sidestep the spin and stick to the facts.

The origins of Thanksgiving

Before gobbling turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, some of you might wonder where the Thanksgiving tradition originated.

Test yourself with our new free game: PolitiTruth

Think you can tell the difference between True and False? Do you really know what is fake news? Now you can test yourself, and see how you stack up against everyone else, with our new game PolitiTruth. PolitiTruth is a mobile app available for iPhone and Android that lets you see the statements we at PolitiFact fact-check and let you in on the action.  

House presses Jeff Sessions on Trump campaign's Russia ties, Clinton special counsel

Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced a barrage of questions from lawmakers about whether he misled Congress by claiming he was unaware of new links revealed between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian contacts. 

What you need to know about newly revealed Trump campaign-Russia ties

A year ago this week, Donald Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks issued a bold declaration just days after Trump’s electoral win: "There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign." This claim has proved demonstrably false.

Explaining the Virginia election results: The White House curse

Most political observers are explaining the losses as a backlash against President Donald Trump. That makes sense -- but it’s a result hardly unique to Trump.

The facts on mass shootings in the United States

The murder of 26 people at a rural Texas church has raised questions about gun violence, access to weapons, the role of mental illness and the prevalence of mass shootings in America. Here's some research to help you sift through the debate.

Donald Trump and the fish food dump: How early reports got it wrong

It was a story that seemed to reinforce stereotypes of President Donald Trump: On a visit to Japan, he was handed a box of food for a ritual feeding of koi, and after doling out a few spoons’ worth, he got impatient and dumped the rest of the box all at once.

Donald Trump said Donna Brazile called Democratic primary 'rigged,' but did she?

The excerpt of her new book shows the answer is a little more nuanced.

Congress urges tech giants to fortify against foreign meddling before next election

How did the most powerful tech companies in America let Russia and other malicious actors co-opt their platforms to sow discord and undermine U.S. democracy in the run up to the 2016 presidential election? Congress wants to know.

John Kelly, the Civil War and the compromise that almost was

White House chief of staff John Kelly drew a firestorm of criticism when he said an inability to compromise led to the Civil War. We found an eleventh-hour attempt that would have preserved slavery forever. And Lincoln was OK with it.

Is the diversity visa program a tool for terrorists?

President Donald Trump wants to eliminate the diversity visa program after a terrorist suspect entered the United States through the program. But it’s not clear that the diversity lottery has historically been used as a strategic entry point for terrorists.

Was George Papadopoulos just a ‘volunteer’? We review the evidence

The Donald Trump administration repeatedly denounced former campaign aide George Papadopoulos as a mere "volunteer" in the 24 hours after news broke that he had pled guilty to lying to the FBI in its Russia investigation.

Did a criminal leak land the CNN scoop on Mueller probe? Not necessarily

After CNN broke the news that special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury had approved its first charges, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., denounced the leak as criminal behavior. But a violation of the law was the only possible way to land CNN’s scoop.

We've got a treat for you, but it's just for today

Do you like to be frightened? Here’s a scary thought: Some people refer to this as the "Post Truth Era."

What you need to know about Manafort indictment, Papadopoulos guilty plea

The special counsel’s investigation into possible ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia escalated dramatically with news that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate were indicted on a dozen felony counts, including money laundering.

How important was George Papadopoulos on Donald Trump's foreign-policy team?

How important was George Papadopoulos in the foreign policy team of then-candidate Donald Trump? It depends on who you ask.

Donald Trump declares public health emergency over opioid crisis. Here’s what that means

Background on the U.S. opioid epidemic, overview of the Trump administration’s declaration, and past efforts to fight the national crisis.  

Mailbag: 'I am so very disappointed'

Taxes, guns and football dominated recent emails about our work from PolitiFact readers. Here’s a sampling of emails we received, edited for clarity and length.

Will a border wall stop drugs from coming into the United States?

President Donald Trump claims his promised border wall with Mexico will stop drugs from coming into the United States and help solve the nation’s drug epidemic.

Why you should be skeptical of the Trump White House's promised $4,000 'raise'

In its bid to sell a tax overhaul proposal, the White House has boiled down a series of complicated policy changes into an alluring talking point: The plan means a $4,000 raise for the typical family. It's hardly that simple.

What you need to know about Hillary Clinton, Russia, and uranium

Recently, a 2016 campaign attack involving former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her role in a uranium sale that involved Russia is back in the news. With new revelations, increased media attention, and reader requests, we decided to take another look.

The big picture: Niger and what we know about what happened to U.S. troops

Behind the name-calling and tweets, there are still unanswered questions regarding the ambush that sparked the political controversy.  

Fact-checking Trump and his team on taxes

Our partners at E.W. Scripps spoke to the president and quite a few of his top people about taxes. We vetted their claims for accuracy.

The media's definition of fake news vs. Donald Trump's

When PolitiFact fact-checks fake news, we are calling out fabricated content that intentionally masquerades as news coverage of actual events. When President Donald Trump talks about fake news, he means something else entirely.

Donald Trump's misleading comments on Obama's calls to fallen soldiers' families

President Donald Trump accused Barack Obama and other former presidents of insufficient outreach to fallen soldiers’ families. While we found no evidence to support the idea that other presidents did less than Trump, we won’t rate Trump’s statement on our Truth-O-Meter because presidential dealings with soldiers’ families are traditionally kept private out of respect.

Counting up how much the NRA spends on campaigns and lobbying

Since the mass shooting in Las Vegas, there has been much discussion about the National Rifle Association’s influence on gun policy.

Sinclair is targeting PolitiFact. But you need to know the facts

The Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the nation's largest owner of television stations, is attacking PolitiFact for a recent fact-check we published about federal funding related to superstorm Sandy.

Fact-checking the NRA's response to proposed gun laws after Las Vegas

We review the NRA's talking points (and one observation from Fox News host Chris Wallace) after the Las Vegas massacre.

Who plays more golf: Donald Trump or Barack Obama?

For years, President Donald Trump criticized his predecessor Barack Obama for playing golf while on the job. But since taking office, Trump has been a regular visitor at his own golf clubs in Florida and Virginia.

Donald Trump’s interview with Mike Huckabee, fact-checked

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee landed an interview with President Donald Trump on the GOP pundit’s new show on Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Congress may ban the bump stock, but what is it?

The legal device can make a semi-automatic rifle fire almost as fast and as easily as a fully automatic weapon.

Fact-checking Jimmy Kimmel, late-night hosts on gun violence after Las Vegas attack

The late-night TV hosts opened with somber calls for gun regulation instead of comedy Monday night. They offered statistics, so we fact-checked them.

The difference between automatic and semi-automatic weapons

There is no word yet on whether the Las Vegas mass shooter used an automatic rifle or some other weapon.

Hoaxes, fake news about the Las Vegas massacre

The gunfire in Las Vegas had barely stopped before the fake news began coursing through social media.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's tweets about Puerto Rico

We look into President Donald Trump's tweets about storm recovery in Puerto Rico.

What does the law say about Donald Trump’s deleted tweets?

President Donald Trump backed the wrong horse in Alabama’s special senate election — but if his recently deleted tweets are any measure, he’s trying to change the narrative.

Fact-checking Donald Trump on Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump defended his administration’s response to the crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria amid criticism that his public focus has been somewhere else.

Donald Trump tweeted about an Iranian missile test. Did it happen?

It was largely overlooked amid a flurry of tweets about pro football players kneeling for the national anthem, but President Donald Trump also claimed Iran had recently test-fired a missile capable of reaching Israel.

A short history of the national anthem, protests and the NFL

It has been hard to ignore the mixing of sports and politics recently, as President Donald Trump -- both on the stump and on Twitter -- repeatedly expressed his disgust with athletes who take a knee during the pre-game rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

What is a 'dotard'?

What is a 'dotard'? President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un traded insults recently, culminating in the use of the insult "dotard."

Estimating costs of refugee resettlement in the United States, assistance in home region

President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly that for the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, more than 10 could be assisted in their home region. We found the on-the-ground reality of aid to refugees to be so complex that it’s not possible to prove or disprove Trump’s statement.

PolitiFact Live: Parsing the Kimmel-Cassidy health care feud

PolitiFact editors talk about the news of the week. 

Fact-checking Jimmy Kimmel's reaction to the Graham-Cassidy bill

The late-night show host said one of the bill's co-sponsors, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., lied to him and the public about the protections he would build into a new health care law.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's United Nations speech

President Donald Trump spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2017, about sovereignty and how to respond to a "small group of rogue regimes." We fact-checked his remarks.

The big picture: The North Korea situation as Trump heads to the UN

President Donald Trump's administration has strongly condemned North Korea, calling it a global threat and affirming that a military option is not off the table. Ahead of Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly, here’s what you need to know about how the United States has dealt with North Korea in the past and how the Trump administration plans to forge ahead.  

How the U.S. funds disaster recovery

As vast swaths of the country reel from the one-two punch of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the focus now is on efforts to help affected states and communities recover from the devastation.

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton’s book 'What Happened'

From the health benefits of hot sauce to the scale of the Women's March, Hillary Clinton's new book is a trove of checkable claims. 

A look at the new data on income, poverty, health insurance

For data nerds, Aug. 12 was a pretty big day -- the day that the Census Bureau released its yearly statistical reports on income and poverty, and on health insurance. The newly released data covers 2016.

What's at stake in the tax debate?

With the failure over the summer to enact a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump and Congress are looking to score a major legislative accomplishment this fall that can unite the Republican Party. So all eyes have turned toward tax policy.

Mailbag: 'You look ridiculous'

Once again, President Donald Trump has been the dominant topic in reader emails to PolitiFact, though we’ve found that Hillary Clinton remains on the minds of some readers as well. Here’s a sampling of reader emails over the past few weeks, edited for space and clarity.

What did Donald Trump mean in his tweet about DACA recipients?

Just a few days after President Donald Trump’s administration announced the end to a program shielding hundreds of thousands of immigrants from deportation, in a tweet Trump said they shouldn’t worry.  Some Twitter users were quick to fault Trump’s words as misleading, because some DACA recipients would need to renew their applications within a month to remain protected. Others read it as a promise that the administration wouldn’t move against DACA recipients for six months.

So what is the debt ceiling all about anyway?

For something that could have a profound effect on the nation’s economy, the debt ceiling is a pretty arcane topic. But no longer! Here are 10 questions and answers designed to shine some light on the subject.

How do standards measure up at immigration detention centers? A special report

President Donald Trump plans to expand the number of faciliites detaining immigrants waiting for deportation or a resolution of their case.  John Kelly, who has Homeland Security secretary before becoming chief of staff, said standards may need to be lowered in order to contract with more local jails. But immigrant advocates say neglect and abuse already exists at detention facilities and that lowering standards may invite further violations of detention standards.

Fact-checking Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the DACA immigration program

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end to a program that protected some 800,000 immigrants from deportation, claiming it was created by Obama’s administration as an overreach of executive power and that it circumvented the Constitution.

What do we know about the relationship between climate change and Hurricane Harvey?

Hurricane Harvey has dumped more water on the United States than any other weather event in history, and its costs are expected to be huge. The unprecedented storm has inevitably posed the question: What impact has climate change had on producing Hurricane Harvey? We took a look at what scientists had to say.

Fact-checking Trump’s tax speech in Missouri

President Donald Trump went to Missouri to relaunch his push for a major overhaul of America’s tax code.

Trump opens new chapter in America’s longest war

In his first major policy address, Donald Trump declared he would dramatically alter American strategy in Afghanistan, marking a new chapter in the longest war in U.S. history.

More than 13,000 fact-checks later, PolitiFact celebrates 10-year mark

"When we started PolitiFact, I had the hope, and I think Bill had the hope, that we would inspire other journalists to do more fact-checking," Holan said, "and that has absolutely come true."

Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Phoenix

President Donald Trump defended his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., during a campaign rally in Phoenix, on Aug. 22, blaming the media for distorting or omitting his full comments.

Trump and pardoning Joe Arpaio: What to know about the process

President Donald Trump has said he’s considering a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz. How unusual would that be?

Tracking Donald Trump's evolving positions on Afghanistan

When Donald Trump announced a way forward for the United States in Afghanistan, his decision to keep troops in the country was a sharp contrast to what he had said as a private citizen. It wasn’t, however, all that different from what he had said as a presidential candidate. Confused?

Donald Trump's Afghanistan address, fact-checked

President Donald Trump gave his first speech about the war in Afghanistan on Aug. 21, 2017.

Were militia groups in Charlottesville better equipped than Virginia State Police?

In response to violence in Charlottesville, Va., Gov. Terry McAuliffe praised law enforcement’s work, but also said that some demonstrators were better equipped than the State Police. Here's what we know.

Trump says Lindsey Graham ‘lied’ about Trump’s Charlottesville comments. Did he?

After being widely rebuked for his response to the deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va., President Donald Trump fired back at one of his loudest critics, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

The big picture: Where Obamacare stands, August 2017

The Republican failure to repeal Obamacare leaves a window for bipartisanship. And there isn't much time for Congress to act.

Trump takes aim at Amazon in barbed tweet. What are the facts?

Donald Trump took to Twitter to once again unload on Amazon and appeared to accuse the online retail giant of avoiding taxes, killing jobs and hurting American communities.

A look at the data on domestic terrorism and who’s behind it

A deadly attack in Charlottesville, Va., during a white nationalist rally and counterprotests brought attention to far-right terrorism and how it compares with radical Islamic terrorism. In light of the attack, here's an overview of the latest data available regarding domestic terrorism and its perpetrators.

Are there white nationalists in the White House?

The "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville has brought the issue of white nationalism to the top of the nation’s agenda -- specifically, whether white nationalists are part of the White House staff.

In Context: President Donald Trump’s statement on ‘many sides’ in Charlottesville, Va.

President Donald Trump spoke on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, about violent protests between white nationalists and those opposing them in Charlottesville, Va. Subsequently, Trump was criticized for not speaking more forcefully against the white nationalists.

A Trump nuclear strike against North Korea: constitutional or not?

President Donald Trump’s threats against North Korea have raised the specter -- however small -- of nuclear war.  We looked into the legality of a first nuclear strike.

Does Mueller’s grand jury mean an indictment is imminent?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has opened a grand jury in Washington, D.C., for his investigation into Russian election meddling and possible coordination by Trump campaign associates. What's the significance of this move?

Fact-checking Trump’s News of the Week video with Kayleigh McEnany

Trump’s "News of the Week" Facebook video touted success on the economy, immigration and veterans’ affairs. But the accuracy of the talking points was mixed.

Do low-skilled immigrants negatively impact wages of Americans?

White House policy adviser Stephen Miller at an Aug. 2 press briefing said that research has found a correlation between low-skilled immigration and declining wages for people in the United States. But the impact low-skilled immigrants have on wages has been widely debated for decades, here's an overview of conflicting conclusions.

Seth Rich: Separating fact and speculation

The 2016 shooting death of young Democratic party staffer Seth Rich has spurred the unfounded story that he, not the Russians, helped feed internal DNC emails to WikiLeaks. Now, a lawsuit claims Fox News used invented facts to keep that story alive. And the White House knew about it. We sift the facts from the guesswork. 

How does Trump White House turnover compare with Bush, Obama?

In the past six months, the Trump administration has seen the firing or resignation of its chief of staff, communications director, press secretary, FBI director, ethics director, national security adviser and more. But is the Trump turnover as rapid as it seems?

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in West Virginia with Gov. Jim Justice

President Donald Trump traveled to West Virginia on Aug. 3 to hold a campaign-style rally. Having promised "big news" earlier in the day, Trump invited West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to the lectern, where Justice announced that he was changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

Watch the Aug. 3 PolitiFact Live: It's our 10th birthday!

PolitiFact Live for Aug. 3: We're celebrating a birthday. A big one.

3 times Trump team changed its story on Russia

President Donald Trump and members of his inner circle have made a number of statements to play down or outright denied his campaign’s contacts with Russia that were later proved false.

The president and the Boy Scouts: Was there really a phone call?

President Donald Trump surprised observers of the national Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia with a speech that sounded like one he’d given many times at campaign rallies.

10 years of fact-checking: It got easier -- and harder

We reflect on how fact-checking has changed over the course of a decade. 

In Context: Trump’s comments about treatment of suspects in police custody

President Donald Trump appeared to complain about suspects in police custody being handled too gently during a speech to law enforcement officials on Long Island, N.Y., on July 28.

Could Trump end health care 'bailout' for Congress?

Trump threatened to pull health care coverage for lawmakers if they don’t pass a new bill quickly in a tweet on July 29, 2017.

Donald Trump threatened insurance companies’ ‘bailouts.’ Here’s what that means

President Donald Trump warned lawmakers he would cut off billions in federal funding that insurance companies receive through Obamacare if Congress fails to pass new health care legislation.

Previewing the Alabama GOP primary

We're two weeks away from the Alabama Republican primary. Here's what you need to know about the candidates and their allegiances to President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

How Congress could pass Obamacare changes now, or change the filibuster rules

We checked with experts on congressional policy and procedure to see what the path forward on health care reforms could be.

After the health care bill failure, what's next for Congress and the Affordable Care Act?

Now that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have run aground in the Senate, what comes next? We checked with experts on health care policy to see what the path forward may be.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's Long Island speech to law enforcement

President Donald Trump spoke before an audience of law enforcement officials on Long Island, N.Y., about measures his administration is taking to crack down on illegal immigrant gang violence.

If the Senate passes a health care bill, what happens next?

Unless you’re an expert in parliamentary procedure, the process of passing a health care bill in the Senate may seem mystifying. What if the Senate manages to cobble together the 51 votes necessary to pass a bill? Where would it go from there?

Fact-checking Donald Trump's health care speech

With the future of the Senate health care bill hanging by a thread, President Donald Trump pressed all Republican senators to fulfill their party’s seven-year promise to get rid of Obamacare.

Welcome, Anthony Scaramucci! Here's some research on illegal voting

At his first briefing as White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci acknowledged that he wasn’t ready to answer every question reporters threw at him -- including one about whether there were 3 million illegal votes cast in the 2016 presidential election.

Can the president pardon himself? 4 questions about the presidential pardon

With news reports suggesting that the Trump White House and their legal advisors are taking a close look at the president’s pardon power, we decided to take a look ourselves. We’ve asked a dozen legal experts for their views on four questions related to presidential pardons.

How expensive would a single-payer system be?

During remarks at the White House to a group of Republican senators, President Donald Trump pushed the visiting lawmakers for repeal-and-replace legislation for the Affordable Care Act.

How big is coal mining compared to other occupations?

At an event to tout his "Made in America" agenda, President Donald Trump took a moment to applaud his administration’s success in stopping the coal industry long-term decline.

6 months in office, Trump’s mixed record on 6 major promises

Donald Trump won the White House six months ago after nearly 63 million voters embraced his promise to "Make America Great Again," an ethos that wove together strands of major campaign themes of law and order, economic growth and American nationalism. Here's a snapshot of Trump’s  record on 6 major promises.

4 questions on the fight over Obamacare and what happens next

The call to repeal and replace Obamacare has defined the Republican party through four elections. Now, the effort hangs by a thread, if indeed, there is any hope at all. Six experts from different backgrounds answer four questions about how we got here and what to watch for next.

PolitiFact Sheet: Understanding Ted Cruz’s health care amendment and pre-existing conditions

Senate Republicans added Sen. Ted Cruz's amendment to their health care bill. It would offer insurance companies a way to avoid most Obamacare rules, including the one that guarantees coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Our fact sheet guides helps you understand what it all means.

A timeline of the shifting accounts of Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer

Donald Trump Jr. is facing scrutiny over news that he attended a meeting during the 2016 campaign with a Russian attorney who was purportedly acting on behalf of the Russian government as part of an attempt to aid his father’s campaign.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s comments about campaign meeting with Russian lawyer

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s comments about campaign meeting with Russian lawyer.

Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s interview with Pat Robertson on 'The 700 Club'

Trump made a series of claims about the Affordable Care Act, the Paris climate agreement and the economy

Trump and Russia, Clinton and Ukraine: How do they compare?

Fox News host Sean Hannity said the press has ignored Ukrainian inteference on behalf of Hillary Clinton. We compare that episode to what's emerged in the investigation of Russia and the election.

5 questions about opposition research and Russia

This week, the White House has been grappling with revelations that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer who was described by a go-between as possessing "very high level and sensitive information" that was "part of Russia and its government’s support" for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The future of fact-checking is in digital technology, human trust

Thoughts from the fourth annual Global Fact-checking Summit. 

What legal experts say about Donald Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer

Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer raises legal questions.

In Context: How the White House Edited an AP Story About Health Coverage

On July 10, 2017, the White House press office sent a blast email titled, "New Survey Shows United States Uninsured Population Grew by 2 Million This Year."

17 intelligence organizations or 4? Either way, Russia conclusion still valid

President Donald Trump, speaking in Poland July 6, downplayed the strength of the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the election to his benefit because some news organizations recently corrected stories to clarify that four agencies, rather than 17, were directly involved in the January intelligence assessment.

Mailbag: 'You have ruined your credibility with this nonsense'

Summer is upon us, and for some readers, the temperature is rising. Here’s a rundown of recent reader emails bearing complaints, comments and a few compliments.

Fact-checking Trump's tweets this week on health care, Russia and 'Morning Joe'

The facts and important context behind some of Trump’s most provocative 140-character thoughts this week.

White House plugs anti-CNN video from undercover group

Sarah Huckabee Sanders said people should watch YouTube offering from Project Veritas, which has targeted CNN before.

Fact-checking the Senate GOP health care bill

The Senate's push for a quick vote on a health care bill drew a flurry of claims and fact-checks. We highlight the key ones.

PolitiFact Live! for June 29

PolitiFact editors discuss the week in fact-checking political news.

Trump says 'time has come' for law restricting federal assistance to immigrants. It already exists

President Donald Trump recently told supporters that he wants to put in place new rules barring immigrants from receiving government benefits for at least five years. But there's already a law addressing this, passed more than 20 years ago.

What's in the Senate health care bill? Here are five key provisions

Shortly before Senate Republicans released their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, we asked several health policy analysts for the aspects of the bill that they would be paying close attention to. They came up with five key issues to watch.

A timeline of Donald Trump’s talk about nonexistent James Comey tapes

President Donald Trump’s intimidating tweet hinting he might have recorded conversations with former FBI Director James Comey has come up empty. We rewound the tape to show the timeline of what happened after Trump made one of his most provocative tweets.

Fact-checking 9 things Trump overstated, got wrong in his Cedar Rapids speech

His June 21, 2017, rally speech in Cedar Rapids ranged from health care to jobs to immigration to the Paris climate agreement.

The Senate health care bill: What’s in it and what to watch for in the CBO report

The long awaited Senate bill retains some core elements of Obamacare, but changes and revises key pieces to reduce payments to help the less well-off while cutting taxes on the more affluent.

Senate health care bill's two-front war: Policy and process

Now that a Senate health care bill has been unveiled, senators will be jousting over its provisions to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Read the Senate GOP health care bill 'discussion draft'

It was released June 22, 2017.

Five things to watch in the Senate health care bill

Senate Republicans are soon scheduled to unveil the bill they will use to seek to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill -- drafted in secret, away from even most Senate Republicans -- has prompted intense speculation about what might be included.

7 questions about the Senate health care bill and transparency

As Senate Republicans move closer to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, Democrats have ramped up their attacks against the secrecy Republicans have used to write the bill -- and have particularly targeted the hypocrisy of Republican lawmakers who criticized Democrats in previous years for crafting legislation in secret.

Fact-checking Trump’s tweets about Russia, Hillary Clinton and the ‘witch hunt’

In between tweets about typical presidential fare — jobs, the Army, the state of Wisconsin — President Donald Trump has been ranting in 140-character spurts about the Russia investigation and his former opponent Hillary Clinton.

‘Top 10’ graphic misleads about James Comey’s testimony

A graphic circulating on right-wing websites and social media titled the "Top 10 things we learned today" claims to tell you everything you need to know about James Comey’s June 8 Senate appearance. We sort our the facts.

PolitiFact Live for June 15: Fact-checking Trump's Cabinet boast

PolitiFact editors discuss the biggest falsehoods in the week's news.

The power of fact-checking in today's world

In a world with lots of misinformation, readers, viewers, and voters are looking for places that can quickly sort facts from falsehoods.

Donald Trump: Comey's leak of memo 'totally illegal?'

President Donald Trump wondered aloud if former FBI director James Comey's decision to share his memos of their interactions with a friend to generate press coverage was "totally illegal." 

Fact-checking President Trump’s attorney after Comey's testimony

After Comey’s under oath testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz, disputed several of Comey’s statements. But there was a lot of spin in Kasowitz’s comments.

Six big moments from the June 8 James Comey hearing

In highly anticipated testimony, former FBI Director James Comey revealed he made written records of private meetings with President Donald Trump in part due to concerns the president "might lie" about their discussions.

Three times James Comey’s testimony contradicted Donald Trump

Ousted FBI Director James Comey was so concerned President Donald Trump "might lie" about their conversations that he wrote memos describing their meetings in detail. Several comments in Comey’s testimony contradicted statements by Trump and his White House staff.

In GA-6 race, fact-checking attacks about campaign cash

In the hotly contested Georgia congressional race, Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel accuse each other of relying on outside money. They're both right, but the nature of that money could not be more different.

PolitiFact Live for June 8: Comey testimony, Paris agreement falsehood

PolitiFact editors discuss the biggest falsehoods in the week's news.

James Comey testifies before Senate about Trump, Russia

We're covering former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his relationship with President Donald Trump.

The 3 things Comey’s advance testimony corroborates from press reports, Trump

Fired FBI Director James Comey corroborated several anonymous accounts published in media reports, as well as a claim by President Donald Trump, in congressional testimony he is expected to deliver at a June 8 hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

6 questions about James Comey’s upcoming Senate hearing, answered

A high-profile hearing could bring long-awaited answers about President Donald Trump's interactions with ousted FBI director James Comey. Here’s what you need to know before the hearing starts.

Read James Comey's opening remarks for the June 8 Senate hearing

The Senate Intelligence Committee released former FBI Director James Comey's opening remarks in advance of his June 8 appearance on Capitol Hill.

In Context: James Comey’s past comments on interference in FBI investigations

We wanted to clear up this viral claim before Comey returns to Capitol Hill June 8 to answer Senate Intelligence Committee questions about Trump’s potential interference in an FBI investigation.

Does Donald Trump believe in man-made climate change?

Since President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement last week, reporters have pressed the administration about whether Trump believes in man-made climate change.

Trump says it’s a travel ban, despite what his own team says

Despite what his spokesman, administration officials, lawyers, courts and others call it, President Donald Trump has made it clear that his controversial immigration executive order is definitely a "TRAVEL BAN!"

Fact-checking Donald Trump's statement withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement

President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris accord on climate change. All but two countries signed the agreement. But Trump said the deal puts the United States at a disadvantage.

PolitiFact Live for June 1

PolitiFact editors discuss the week in fact-checking political news.

What is 'covfefe'?

So there is this dumb thing the Internet did today. But if you’re like us, you probably saw it at some point and wondered what was up. PolitiFact is here for you.

Does the U.S. have a 'massive' trade deficit with Germany, as Donald Trump said?

Following tension-filled interactions at the NATO and G-7 summits, President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been engaging in something of a war of words.

Why economists are skeptical that U.S. can grow by 3 percent

When President Donald Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, released the administration’s budget proposal on May 23, he emphasized that the administration believes that three percent annual growth is a reachable goal. But economists are skeptical.

Fact-checking Montana politician Greg Gianforte's account of clash with Guardian reporter

A Montana Republican vying for an open House seat now faces assault charges for allegedly body-slamming a reporter a day before a Montana special election.

PolitiFact Live for May 25: Orb edition

Our weekly look at fact-checks of Donald Trump and fake news.

Is Iowa Obamacare’s canary in the coal mine? Not really.

Iowa’s individual market is teetering. But it’s not necessarily a sign Obamacare is collapsing.  

Russia, Trump, Turkey: Detailing Michael Flynn's fall

Michael Flynn's brief stint in the White House as Donald Trump's national security adviser has created headache after headache for the new administration. Here's a list of what he did, and when, based on reports.

Donald Trump and Islam: Then and now

In a pivotal speech on his first international trip as president, Donald Trump delivered a message on religious-based terrorism that was strikingly more nuanced than his rhetoric from the campaign trail.

PolitiFact Live! for May 18

PolitiFact staffers discuss the truth behind the week in news. The show airs live at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday on Facebook.

Who is Robert Mueller? New special counsel leading Russian investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice on May 17 named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel charged to investigate claims that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

Obstruction of justice, presidential immunity, impeachment: What you need to know

We wanted to examine three key questions surrounding Trump’s legal situation. First, does the information revealed so far offer a plausible case that Trump committed obstruction of justice? Second, can a sitting president even be criminally prosecuted? And third, what does all this mean for possible impeachment proceedings?

The shifting explanations of Trump’s Russia disclosures

The White House scrambled to calibrate a response to Monday’s bombshell report claiming President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to a Russian delegation in the Oval Office.

Reports say Trump shared highly classified intel with Russian diplomats: What we know so far

Several major news outlets reported Monday that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian diplomats in a meeting last week. Here’s what we know about the situation so far, as well as some background to put the current situation in context.

What Donald Trump said about the spread of classified material during the campaign

President Donald Trump defends sharing top secret information during his meeting with top Russian officials. But when he ran for president, Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for State Department business was a frequent target.

PolitiFact Sheet: Jared Kushner, Kushner Companies, EB-5 visas and Chinese investors

A widely criticized immigrant investor program is back in the spotlight after the sister of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, courted investors for a family real estate project.

Can presidents secretly record White House conversations? Yes

On the morning of May 12, 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted, "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Already primed to look at the parallels between Trump’s presidency and Richard Nixon’s, observers jumped on the suggestion that Trump could be following Nixon’s lead in secretly taping conversations in the White House. We wondered: Would it be within Trump’s legal rights to conduct secret taping in the White House?

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s NBC interview, claims about firing FBI Director James Comey

President Donald Trump downplayed the significance of the FBI’s Russia investigation and the timing of his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in an interview with NBC May 11. He also distorted the facts on both points.

PolitiFact Live for May 11

PolitiFact staffers discuss the truth behind the week in news. The show airs live at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday on Facebook.

How similar are the Saturday Night Massacre and the Comey firing?

For many political observers, President Donald Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey immediately called to mind President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. That night back in 1973, Nixon fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, even as his top two Justice Department officials resigned in protest rather than carry out Nixon’s order.

Did James Comey tell Donald Trump three times that he isn’t under FBI investigation?

"I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation," Donald Trump wrote to James Comey in his letter firing the now former FBI director.

Trump and Democratic views on FBI's Comey at key turning points

Former FBI director James Comey became a political Rorschach test. How he was judged hinged largely on party loyalty. We put Trump's and Democratic takes side by side at key turning points in the past year.

A year of fact-checking about James Comey, Clinton emails and Russia

James Comey is out as FBI director. Given the intense public debate about the Clinton email and Russia investigations, Comey has appeared prominently in our fact-checks over the past year. Here’s a recap.

Fact-checking Ivanka Trump's new book, 'Women Who Work'

We checked out some of the first daughter's statistics and a dubious attribution.

Three takeaways from the Senate hearing with Sally Yates, James Clapper

We heard updates about Russian connections to the Trump campaign and leaks to the Washington Post.

PolitiFact Live for May 4

PolitiFact editors discuss the truth behind the week in news.

Without Obamacare, what happened to kids like Jimmy Kimmel's son?

Jimmy Kimmel brought the debate over the future of Obamacare into the story of his newborn son's emergency heart surgery. He made some policy points and we looked to see if they were on target.

The facts behind Paul Revere's ride, cited by Donald Trump in NRA speech

Trump evoked the spirit of Paul Revere in a speech to NRA members. His rendition came right up to the line between fact and myth. The historical truth is actually pretty interesting.

Can Donald Trump get rid of national monument protections?

In the ramp up to his 100th day, Trump ordered a review of over 20 national monument designations that protect million of acres of land and seabed. How far he can go to undo the work of previous presidents, Republican and Democratic, takes him into a legal gray zone.

What's up with Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson?

If it were possible to have a bromance across the centuries, Presidents Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump would almost certainly qualify.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's 100-days campaign ad

In a sign that it’s never too early to start planning for one’s reelection, President Donald Trump’s campaign released an ad on May 1 -- approximately 1,360 days before the 2020 election --  to tout the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s 100-days interview with CBS

In a wide-ranging interview on CBS, President Donald Trump sat down with Face the Nation host John Dickerson to discuss his first 100 days in office.

Seven whoppers from Trump’s first 100 days

The seven most misleading statements from the White House so far.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s tweetstorm about a potential government shutdown

Facing the prospect of a possible government shutdown, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to attack Democrats who he says are to blame.

PolitiFact Live for April 27

PolitiFact editors discuss the truth behind the week in news.

Tracking Donald Trump’s flip-flops in his first 100 days

Donald Trump went into the White House with a mandate to break with tradition. In many ways, he’s embracing it.

Trump's 100 days: Where he fell short

A couple of weeks before the election, President Trump released a plan for his first 100 days. Then he ran into Congress.

What Trump has done in his first 100 days in office

Here’s an overview of what Trump has done so far and how he fares on PolitiFact’s Trump-O-Meter, which tracks more than 100 promises he made on the campaign trail.

#PolitiFact100: How we’re covering Trump’s 100 days

100 hours of nonstop coverage to mark Trump's first 100 days.

Trump created a 100-day contract with voters. We scored how he's done

Trump created a 100-day contract with voters. We scored how he's done.

#PolitiFact100: Tracking Trump's promises in the first 100 days

Donald Trump is learning what most presidents do: It’s a lot easier to make campaign promises than to deliver on them.

Fact-checking Trump’s AP interview about his first 100 days

President Donald Trump played up his accomplishments in his first 100 days, while simultaneously downplaying the significance of the milepost, in an April 21 interview with the Associated Press. We fact-checked his claims about his accomplishments so far.

PolitiFact Live for April 20

PolitiFact editors discuss the truth behind the week in news.

Sorting through Trump's shift on releasing White House visitor logs

The Trump administration met widespread opposition from advocates of government transparency when it announced that it would not be publicizing the logs of White House visitors -- as the Obama White House generally had done.

‘Mother of all bombs’ dropped on ISIS target: What we know so far

The United States dropped "the mother of all bombs" on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan on April 13. Here’s what we know so far.

PolitiFact Live! for April 13

The first edition of our new weekly Facebook Live show.

Mailbag: ‘I wish PolitiFact would stop endorsing junk statistics’

Spring is upon us, and so is baseball season, but that doesn’t mean all PolitiFact readers are in a cheery mood. Here are some recent emails we’ve received from readers, edited for space and clarity.

Trump's Syria airstrikes: constitutional or not?

Whether it was constitutional for President Donald Trump to carry out airstrikes in Syria without congressional approval is not an easy question to answer.

Conspiracy claims that Syrian gas attack was 'false flag' are unproven

Alt-right bloggers, officials and websites all posit (without proof) that shadow governments and Assad's enemies are really behind the attack.

9 things we're reading about Syria, U.S. airstrikes

A collection of reporting and commentary we've been reading about U.S. airstrikes in Syria.

For Trump, no signal yet refugee policy will change after U.S. airstrike in Syria

Two days after a chemical weapons attack in Syria killed more than 80 people, including children, President Donald Trump ordered a military airstrike on the Syrian airfield from where U.S. officials say the chemical attack launched. Will the president change his position against Syrian refugees?

In Context: Did Susan Rice lie about unmasking Trump associates?

Critics of former National Security Adviser Susan Rice say she’s caught in a lie about misusing intelligence for political purposes.

Revisiting the Obama track record on Syria’s chemical weapons

In 2014, Secreatary of State John Kerry said all of Syria's chemical weapons were gone from the country. We now have good reason to think that was wrong.

Fact-checking Trump's CEO town hall

The president got his facts straight on illegal border crossings and long-term factory closures. On the failure of the stimulus law and who's out of work, not so much.

Four things to know about Russia's 2016 misinformation campaign

All six witnesses before the Senate agreed that Russia was behind a misinformation and propaganda campaign intended to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Fact-checking fake news on International Fact-checking Day

Sunday, April 2, is International Fact-checking Day. To mark the day, PolitiFact conducted a "fact-check-a-thon" on fake news.

Why April 2 is International Fact-Checking Day

This year, fact-checkers around the world are taking a stand in favor of facts. We’ve decided to declare April 2 -- the day after April Fool’s Day -- as International Fact-checking Day.

Is the fight to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act dead?

The White House is delivering mixed messages on whether it will keep trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, while other Republicans say they are committed to that plan.

What's in store with tax reform

The Republican failure to repeal and replace Obamacare sets the stage for a task that's at least just as hard -- passing tax reform.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s tweets about Hillary Clinton and Russia

In two evening tweets, President Donald Trump said the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation has the wrong target. We fact-checked his tweets.

Canadian nurses and Trump's plan to renegotiate NAFTA

President Donald Trump’s promises to renegotiate trade deals and restrict immigration in order to put American workers first has become a point of concern for some along the northern border: Canadian nurses and Detroit hospitals.

Fact-checking Trump as GOP health bill stalls

President Donald Trump took reporters' questions after Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare collapsed. We dig into some of the claims he made.

House gridlock stalls Trump's promise to repeal Obamacare

The U.S. House of Representatives fails to pass a health care bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

Fact-checking Trump’s TIME interview on truths and falsehoods

Confronted by his most flagrant falsehoods, President Donald Trump finally faced the question of why he make so many unsubstantiated claims.

PolitiFact's guide to the Republican health care bill

For anyone who wants to know what's in the American Health Care Act, but doesn't have a lot of time, we've got you covered.

A timeline of Donald Trump’s false wiretapping charge

President Donald Trump has stuck to a false claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him. Here’s a timeline of Trump’s statement, the White House’s evolving responses and the evidence against it.

Donald Trump's St. Patrick's Day 'Irish proverb' was probably not Irish

During an annual meeting between American and Irish leaders, Trump recited an Irish proverb: "Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you." But it might not actually be Irish.

Trump’s stalled campaign promises on health care

PolitiFact’s Trump-O-Meter is tracking 103 campaign promises Trump made in the run-up to the Nov. 8 election, including a slew regarding health care. Beyond a broad promise to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, Trump has much work to do.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's Nashville rally

President Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally in Nashville March 15 to commemorate former President Andrew Jackson's 250th birthday. We fact-checked his speech. 

Fact-checking Trump White House health care claims

Republicans supporting the House GOP’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare are pushing back on criticism that the plan would strip health insurance away from an estimated 6 million to 15 million Americans, as Congress awaits additional insight from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Lindsey Graham: 'I've never met an illegal Canadian'

The debate over unauthorized immigrants in the United States often focuses on Mexican nationals. How many are there from north of the border?

7 takeaways from the GOP health care plan to replace Obamacare

Walking a fine line between the free market and a safety net, Republicans recently released their legislative plan to replace Obamacare -- more formally known as the Affordable Care Act -- without throwing millions of people off their health insurance coverage.

Did Donald Trump invent claim that Barack Obama tapped his phone?

In a series of early morning tweets March 4, Trump claimed that Obama ordered telephone surveillance on him during the election. Is there any reason to believe Trump? So far, we can’t find any.

Trump's travel ban executive order, take 2

After the judicially challenged rollout of President Donald Trump’s initial executive order on refugees and immigration from Muslim-majority countries, the White House has now put forth a revised version. But how different is the new one from the old one?

Mailbag: 'You contribute to the distrust of media'

There’s a new administration in Washington, but there’s been no let-up in emails from readers criticizing (or, occasionally, praising) our coverage. Here’s a rundown of some of the comments we’ve received from readers over the past few weeks.

President Donald Trump's deportation of 'bad dudes'

An overview of deportations in the early days of President Donald Trump's administration.

Four questions about when senators meet with ambassadors

The scrutiny over Attorney General Jeff Sessions and whether he met with Russian officials has put a spotlight on a little-noticed corner of statecraft -- lawmakers’ meetings with foreign diplomats.

In Context: What Jeff Sessions told Al Franken about meeting Russian officials

Some Democrats are claiming Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have perjured himself in his confirmation hearing by claiming he had no contact with Russian government intermediaries. We examine Sessions' words, in context.

What Donald Trump left out about the Yemen raid that killed Navy SEAL Ryan Owens

During his first speech to Congress, President Donald Trump cast the U.S. military raid of an al-Qaida affiliate complex in Yemen as a success, despite Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens' death. But the event and its aftermath have been much more controversial than Trump’s description let on.

Did Trump inherit a mess? 8 charts show otherwise

At most, the list of economic shortcomings that Trump offered in the House chamber provides a partial portrait of the economy — a portrait carefully crafted, in the reverse of the old song lyrics, to accentuate the negative and eliminate the positive.

Guests at President Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump brought some special guests to highlight his plans to help victims of crime and crack down on illegal immigration.   

Why were Democratic women wearing white to Trump's speech?

Dozens of Democratic women in Congress filled the aisles of Trump’s address donned in the color.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's address to Congress

President Donald Trump is addressing a joint session of Congress Tuesday. PolitFact is fact-checking his comments live.

Anatomy of a statistic: Do 80 percent of Americans oppose sanctuary cities?

On Feb. 22, websites favorable to President Donald Trump touted a poll result that showed wide support for one of the president’s highest-profile immigration policies -- cracking down on "sanctuary cities."

Fact-checking Donald Trump at CPAC

President Donald Trump spoke Friday at CPAC. We're fact-checking what he says.

Trump moves on promises on immigration, deportations in first month

An overview of President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration signed in first weeks of his administration.

Promises kept, promises stalled: Rating Donald Trump's first month in office

Donald Trump promised much on the campaign trail, but even the leader of the world’s leading economic and military power can only go so far to reshape policy in the direction he likes.

The possible ties between Trump and Russia, explained

The slew of accusations about Trump and Russia has our heads spinning, so we decided to summarize the big ones here, for our edification and yours.

What the statistics say about Sweden, immigration and crime

President Donald Trump claims large scale immigration in Sweden is negatively impacting the Nordic country. Here's what Swedish government data says on immigrants and crime.

Are leaks about Russia contacts 'illegal,' as Trump says?

Amid a slew of reports suggesting improper contact between members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle and Russia, Trump says the media is missing the real problem: leaks. "Illegal" leaks to be specific.

Fact-checking President Donald Trump's Florida rally

President Donald Trump celebrated his administration’s early achievements at a campaign rally Saturday in Melbourne, Fla., while declaring the media "fake news."

Did Donald Trump inherit 'a mess' from Barack Obama?

Did Donald Trump inherit "a mess" when he took the oath of office? He certainly thinks so.

Donald Trump touts promise progress at press conference

How is Donald Trump doing on the Trump-O-Meter? 

Fact-checking Donald Trump's Feb. 16 press conference

President Donald Trump gave a lengthy press conference Feb. 16 about Russia, his Electoral College victory and distrust in the media.

Michael Flynn's troubling penchant for conspiracy theories

As fact-checkers, we took special notice of Gen. Michael Flynn's taste for fake news and conspiracy theories — a trait that seems incongruous with a high-ranking intelligence role.

What you need to know about Kellyanne Conway's endorsement of Ivanka Trump products

Experts told us Conway's directive to "go buy Ivanka's stuff" a clear violation of ethics rules against federal employees endorsing products. 

Did Neil Gorsuch call Donald Trump's judiciary comments 'disheartening' and 'demoralizing'?

According to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said it’s "disheartening" and "demoralizing" to hear President Donald Trump question the federal court system’s independence. But Trump says Blumenthal isn't telling the truth.

Did Elizabeth Warren break the rules? Plus 5 other questions about Rule 19

Before the silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, few people outside the Senate had ever heard of Rule 19. -- the provision that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used to stop Warren from speaking on the Senate floor. Did Elizabeth Warren break the rules? McConnell said she did. Some of this is a matter of interpretation, but if Warren did break the rules, her penalty is clearly an instance of selective enforcement. We’ll explain.

The list of 78 terror attacks the White House says the media didn’t cover — but they did

The list of 78 terror attacks the White House says the media didn’t cover — but they did

Fact-checking the Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders health care debate

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., debated the future of health care on CNN.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s Super Bowl interview

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly pressed President Donald Trump why he respects Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he's "a killer." Trump responded: "We have a lot of killers. Got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?"

6 questions answered about ‘the nuclear option,’ the filibuster, and Supreme Court nominations

Now that President Donald Trump has tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill an open seat on the Supreme Court, the Senate is once again careening toward a showdown over "the nuclear option," an obscure but important rule that governs how the chamber conducts its business.

PolitiFact Sheet: The National Security Council ‘shakeup’

We explain the controversy behind Steve Bannon's appointment to the National Security Council. 

Trump’s immigration ban: 4 key questions answered

President Trump's temporary ban on people who come from seven Muslim-majority countries sparked confusion, protests and court orders. We look at the details of his executive order.

Here's what Donald Trump did his first week as president of the United States

Donald Trump was sworn as 45th president of the United States Jan. 20, 2017. Here's a recap of his presidential actions during his first week in office.

Fact-checking what Donald Trump got wrong in his ABC News interview

In his first major TV interview since he took the oath of office, President Donald Trump repeated a litany of false, misleading or downright illogical claims.

Kellyanne Conway's back and forth with Chuck Todd on 'alternative facts,' annotated

Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump's top advisers, tells NBC's Meet the Press host Chuck Todd that Press Secretary Sean Spicer used 'alternative facts' in his first statement to the press corps on Jan. 21. 

In context: The Winston Churchill and MLK busts

President Donald Trump has placed a bust of Winston Churchill back in the White House, a fixture during George W. Bush' years in office and absent during Barack Obama's administration. As news emerged of Winston's bust finding its way back to the president's office, confusion rose on the bust of another famous leader: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How Fox, MSNBC and CNN are covering the Women's March

Womena and men marched in cities around the world for equal rights Saturday, the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's inaugural address

President Donald Trump delivered a 16-minute inaugural address that emphasized his populist campaign themes, promising to drain the Washington swamp and revitalize manufacturing and the middle class.

Inaugural crowd sizes ranked

Donald Trump predicted big crowds. But how did Friday's inaugural compare to version's past?

Donald Trump's inaugural address: annotated

Donald Trump's inaugural address: annotated

Live Twitter feed: The inauguration of Donald Trump

Follow the inauguration of Donald Trump through our live Twitter feed.

President Barack Obama's final Truth-O-Meter scorecard

Obama's final scorecard

Democratic senator: Fixes to immigration system might already be on the books

Gen. John Kelly addressed questions about visa waiver program during his Jan. 10, 2017, Senate confirmation hearing for secretary of Homeland Security.

Support PolitiFact: Join the Truth Squad

We launch a new project asking our readers to contribute to us directly through a membership program called the Truth Squad.

The Trump-O-Meter: Tracking 102 promises made by Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump promised coal jobs in West Virginia and manufacturing jobs in Michigan. He said he would fix the inner city of Baltimore and the airports in New York. He said he would cut taxes and grow the military. Create paid family leave and balance the budget.

Coming Tuesday: the Trump-O-Meter

For the past six months, PolitiFact has been cataloging promises Trump made to voters in speeches, appearances, interviews and debates. Tuesday we launch our Trump-O-Meter, which will track 102 of the most significant pledges emblematic of his unconventional campaign. The Trump-O-Meter will measure whether Trump is able to accomplish what he told voters and ultimately rate each promise Kept, Broken or Compromise. It’s the same process we used to track the campaign promises made by President Barack Obama.

Recap of Rex Tillerson's Senate confirmation hearing for secretary of state

An overview of Rex Tillerson's senate confirmation hearing for secretary of state.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's first press conference as president-elect

Donald Trump held his first press conference in 168 days at Trump Tower in New York City on Jan. 11, 2017.

The Jeff Sessions confirmation hearings, Day 1

The rundown on the first day of Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing

Congress blocked Obama's call for new gun laws after mass shootings

Lawmakers don't take action after spate of killings, so the president issues multiple executive actions on guns.

Hate crimes, civil rights become law enforcement focus during Obama years

New legislation and agency procedures addressed a spate of incidents.

What would the impact be if the Affordable Care Act is repealed?

Republican Congress and the incoming Trump administration opened 2017 by trying to decide how -- and how quickly -- to repeal President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. What path lawmakers decide to take will determine how much of an impact the repeal will have on the American public. But members of Congress have no shortage of analyses and projections about what the impact of a repeal would be -- and how much slack a replacement plan would have to pick up following a repeal.

Barack Obama's top 25 campaign promises: How'd he do?

From trying end the wars in the Middle East and getting his daughters a puppy to reforming the health care system and tinkering with the tax code, Barack Obama made over 500 promises. Here are the ones that will define his presidency in years to come. 

The House GOP's ethics vote: What was all that about, anyway?

As Washington controversies go, the one over the Office of Congressional Ethics went by in the blink of an eye. So what was it really about?

The top 10 most viewed fact-checks of 2016

We've posted more than 1,100 fact-checks related to the 2016 presidential race. Here are the most popular.

From Russia with love. Was Trump campaign in touch with foreign government?

John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman, suggested that the Trump campaign and Russia were in contact. What has Moscow said? 

Fact-checking the integrity of the vote in 2016

President-elect Trump's tweets about a rigged election, reports of Russian interference, and a fraught Electoral College vote all undercut trust in a core American tradition -- elections.

Fighting back against fake news

We’re teaming up with Facebook to help readers better sort out fact from fiction on their social media feeds.

2016 Lie of the Year: Fake news

PolitiFact's 2016 Lie of the Year is: fake news.

2016 Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll results

Defending champion Donald Trump takes silver in the 2016 Lie of the Year Readers' Choice Poll. Who won first place? 

Looking back at Lie of the Year

Ahead of announcing our 2016 Lie of the Year winner, we look back at the claims that took the award in the past.

In context: “Dreamers” and background checks

Republian Congressman Steve King suggests some "Dreamers" include drug smugglers, and that they also qualify for deportation relief program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

How Pizzagate went from fake news to a real problem for a D.C. business

An Internet conspiracy theory leads a N.C. man to bring a gun into a Washington pizzeria looking for answers.

Lie of the Year 2016: Readers' Choice poll

PolitiFact will soon announce our Lie of the Year -- the most significant falsehood of 2016, as chosen by our editors and reporters. We're also inviting readers to vote for the Readers' Choice award.

Russia and its influence on the presidential election

One of the most pervasive narratives of the presidential race was that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to upend the election — in a way that helped President-elect Donald Trump.

PolitiFact's guide to navigating politics on Thanksgiving

Be honest with yourself: Politics is on the table this holiday season, like it or not. The best advice we have is to try keeping the conversation rooted in reality. Here’s PolitiFact’s guide to navigating politics on Thanksgiving.

Coming 2017: the Trump-O-Meter!

A lot of you have asked, so we won’t hold back the news any longer: Yes, absolutely, we’ll be tracking the campaign promises of Donald Trump.

Let's fight back against fake news

We're fighting back against fake news.

PolitiFact readers comment on fact-checking the 2016 election

Our readers comment on fact-checking 2016 

Donald Trump's campaign promises for the first 100 days

Here are the campaign promises Trump said he'd act on first.

PolitiFact Sheet: Donald Trump’s immigration plan

Donald Trump, elected to serve as the 45th president of the United States, gained many supporters due to his hard-line immigration stance. Here is his immigration plan outlined during the campaign season.

Fact-checking President-Elect Donald Trump

President-Elect Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter.

Trump on Clinton and the FBI: sorting out the facts

Donald Trump made much of an alleged new FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation. But after key retractions, and the latest findings by the FBI on Clinton's emails, he returns to more general accusations of corruption and a rigged system.

The biggest flip-flops by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

At PolitiFact, we’ve rated hundreds of statements by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. But we’ve also been on the lookout for examples of the presidential nominees flip-flopping on significant policy issues.

10 most aired political ads, fact-checked

Before your commercial breaks are finally free of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Nov. 9, we’re taking a deep dive into claims from those ominous voiceovers and scrolling text.

Was James Comey's letter 'unprecedented,' as Hillary Clinton says?

The letter by FBI director James Comey -- in which he apprised lawmakers of new emails potentially relevant to the investigation of Hillary Clinton -- has prompted lots of second-guessing. But was his letter unprecedented?

Comparing Clinton, Trump, Johnson and Stein on five issues

With the election just around the corner, we wanted to equip voters with the knowledge of where candidates stand on key-issues highlighted by this year’s election.  

Truth check: Clinton and Trump on the Truth-O-Meter

We've fact-checked the candidates 509 times since they launched their presidential campaigns. What's the latest tally?

What is the Hatch Act, and what does it have to do with James Comey?

The Hatch Act, a relatively obscure law governing political engagement by federal employees, has people clucking this week, amid controversy over FBI director James Comey’s letter to lawmakers about potential new evidence in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

Hillary Clinton's latest email controversy, what we know

It seemed the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server reached a standstill in July after FBI Director James Comey said she should not be prosecuted. But a letter Comey sent to Congress Oct. 28 has thrust Clinton’s questionable email setup back into the headlines, with just over a week to go until Election Day.  We have 11 questions (and answers) to get you up to speed on the latest developments.

Donald Trump's top 10 most misleading claims

They include conspiracy theories, attacks on critics and opponents, misleading statistics and exaggerations of his own personal record.  

Hillary Clinton’s top 10 most misleading claims

PolitiFact has been fact-checking Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton since we launched in 2007. Over that time, she has proven herself to be a careful speaker. Like all politicians, however, she sometimes stretches the truth.

The Truth-O-Meter scorecard for the third 2016 presidential debate

The Truth-O-Meter scorecard for the third 2016 presidential debate

Are the Clinton WikiLeaks emails doctored, or are they authentic?

Hillary Clinton and her campaign have sought to cast doubt on the authenticity of thousands of emails leaked by WikiLeaks. Have they been altered?

Trump says Clinton and Obama paid people to cause violence at his rallies

Trump says Clinton and Obama caused violence at his rallies

The 3rd presidential debate, annotated

PolitiFact is annotating the third and final presidential debate at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. We will be posting the transcript and our annotations through the night. Follow us on Medium and check back regularly to see our commentary.

Fact-checking the third presidential debate

PolitiFact is fact-checking the third presidential debate.

The Truth-O-Meter scorecard for the second 2016 presidential debate

The Truth-O-Meter scorecard for the second 2016 presidential debate

The Truth-O-Meter scorecard for the first 2016 presidential debate

The scorecard for the first presidential debate

Live fact-checking the third Trump, Clinton presidential debate

PolitiFact has 20 staffers working Wednesday's third and final presidential debate. Follow their live coverage here.

PolitiFact’s guide to the third presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face-off for the last time at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

10 misleading Trump attack lines from the WikiLeaks email dump

WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of internal emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has provided Donald Trump a new line of attack in the presidential campaign.

PolitiFact's video rewind for Oct. 14

Every Friday we'll highlight some of the fact-checks from the presidential campaign trail.

PolitiFact’s annotated transcript of the second presidential debate

PolitiFact is annotating the second presidential debate at Washington University. We will be posting the transcript and our annotations through the night. Follow us on Medium and check back regularly to see our commentary.

Clinton: Trump 'an absolute avalanche of falsehoods'

Hillary Clinton said Donald Trump was "an absolute avalanche of falsehoods" after the second presidential debate and referred people to PolitiFact's work.

Fact-checking the second presidential debate

PolitiFact's running collection of fact-checks from the second presidential debate.

Live fact-checking the second Trump, Clinton presidential debate

The staff  of PolitiFact live fact-checks the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  

In context: Donald Trump’s lewd remarks from 2005

In context: Donald Trump’s lewd remarks from 2005

PolitiFact's video rewind for Oct. 7

Every Friday we'll highlight some of the fact-checks from the presidential campaign trail.

In context: Bill Clinton's remarks on health care

Is former president Bill Clinton one of Donald Trump’s best surrogates? Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, joked that he might be, following comments on health care policy on Oct. 3 that were quickly seized upon by Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as Obamacare.

PolitiFact's annotated vice presidential debate

PolitiFact's annotated vice presidential debate.

Fact-checking Tim Kaine, Mike Pence at the VP debate (running blog)

Our running blog with our fact-checks from the vice presidential debate.

Live fact-checking the Kaine, Pence VP debate

PolitiFact will have 18 fact-checkers working tonight's vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence.

Factsheet: Donald Trump’s tax returns

Donald Trump has said repeatedly that there isn’t much new information to learn in his tax returns. Yet just three pages of his 1995 tax returns, uncovered by the New York Times this past weekend, reveal significant facts.  

Comparing Tim Kaine and Mike Pence on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter

Comparing Mike Pence and Tim Kaine before Tuesday night's vice-presidential debate.

PolitiFact's video rewind for Sept. 30

Every Friday we'll highlight some of the fact-checks from the presidential campaign trail.

Was NAFTA 'worst trade deal ever'? Few agree

Historically, workers hurt by global trade have leaned Democratic. But Trump's full throated attack on trade deals and China could change that.

Who is Alicia Machado?

Hillary Clinton invoked her name during the first presidential debate as one of the women Donald Trump has insulted. 

Los hechos detrás del primer debate presidencial entre Clinton y Trump

PolitiFact analizó en vivo el debate entre los candidatos a la Presidencia de Estados Unidos. Cambio climático, declaraciones de impuestos y datos de violencia, algunos de los temas en este resumen de los chequeos realizados. El sitio argentino Chequeado.com produjo​ una traducción.

Fact-checking the first presidential debate

PolitiFact's running blog of fact-checks at the first presidential debate.

The first presidential debate annotated

We're annotating the first presidential debate on Medium.

Fact-checking the first Trump, Clinton presidential debate

The staff of PolitiFact live fact-checks the first 2016 presidential debate.

The truth about the 2016 presidential campaign

What we've learned about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump after nearly 400 fact-checks.

PolitiFact's video rewind for Sept. 23

Every Friday we'll highlight some of the fact-checks from the presidential campaign trail.

PolitiFact Sheet: Comparing the Clinton and Trump foundations

Each candidate is under fire for their family foundation. We created a side-by-side chart to understand the issues at play.

A fact-checker’s advice for debate moderators

PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan reflects on fact-checking debates and how moderators' performance matters. 

Hillary Clinton and the birther movement: Still nothing there

Donald Trump may have conceded that President Barack Obama was born in America, but he didn't dial down his claim that Hillary Clinton started the birther rumors in the first place. We took a look at all the evidence, especially new allegations.

PolitiFact's video rewind for Sept. 16

Every Friday we'll highlight some of the fact-checks from the presidential campaign trail.

Donald Trump says he doesn't invest in the stock market. Here's his portfolio

Donald Trump told CNBC, "I don’t invest in the stock market." ​But 14 months earlier, his stock holdings and earnings were likely $24 million or more.

5 big falsehoods of the 2016 election

From time to time, readers ask what are the biggest whoppers we’ve heard from the candidates for president so far this year. So we decided to take a quick look through the archives.

Inside fact-checking: A conversation with Lucas Graves, author of 'Deciding What's True'

PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan interviews Lucas Graves, author of Deciding What's True

In Context: Hillary Clinton and the 'basket of deplorables'

We look at Hillary Clinton's comments about Donald Trump supporters. 

What Donald Trump said about intelligence briefings

Pundits ridiculed Trump's comments about his intelligence briefings. Experts piled on, too. 

Should the U.S. have kept Iraq's oil, as Donald Trump argues?

Foreign policy experts are flummoxed by an idea Trump has advocated for years.

PolitiFact's video rewind for Sept. 9

Every Friday we'll highlight some of the fact-checks from the presidential campaign trail.

Hillary Clinton says of Libya, 'We did not lose a single American in that action'

In forum, Clinton narrowly framed U.S. death toll in Libya

'What is Aleppo?' We'll explain it to you, and Gary Johnson

Libertarian presidential candidate asked on a national television program, "What is Aleppo"? We decided to help him with an answer.

Meet Donald Trump's 88 military advisers

PolitiFact took the list of retired military commanders supporting Trump and provided links to background about the personal and military history.  

Fact-checking the NBC 'commander-in-chief' forum

We fact-checked the NBC town hall forum featuring Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

In Tanzania, Clinton Foundation trades on maize and beans, not name

The Clinton Foundation is a magnet for controversy in this election. But on the other side of the globe in rural Tanzania, the foundation aims to lift the welfare of the smallest farmers. And it's making headway.

Fact-checking Mike Pence on 'Meet the Press'

Mike Pence defended Donald Trump's immigration policies on Meet the Press. 

U.S. would be only country with religious test at border under Trump, Clinton says

Trump has changed his langugage quite a bit on his proposed muslim ban that he orginally made in December. 

PolitiFact's video rewind for Sept. 2

We're launching a new weekly video to highlight some of the fact-checks from the presidential campaign trail.

Fact-checking the Clinton Foundation controversy

We’re here to help you sort out the truth about the Clinton Foundation controversy. It’s not as clear cut as Clinton’s attackers describe, and there’s nuance missing from the Clintons’ defense.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's immigration speech in Phoenix

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump offered an aggressive 10-point plan Wednesday to crack down on illegal immigration, including the creation of a "deportation task force" and a pledge to deport people living here illegally who are arrested for crimes,

Mailbag: 'Your analysis is pathetic'

Here's our periodic roundup of comments, complaints and compliments from readers.

As Donald Trump prepares immigration speech, mass deportation at issue

Donald Trump plans to deliver an immigration-focused speech Aug. 31 in Phoenix. While Trump has been consistent about building a wall along the southern border, he has been unclear on mass deportations. Ahead of his speech, PolitiFact collected Trump's varying comments on mass deportations since the beginning of his campaign.

Fact-checking the Aug. 28 Sunday shows

Every week, we fact-check Meet the Press. 

Fact-checking Trump's first general election ad on immigration

Refugees and illegal immigration are focus of Trump's first national ad of general election.

Happy 9th birthday, PolitiFact!

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What we know about the health of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Is Donald Trump a narcissist? A sociopath? Something worse? Is Hillary Clinton suffering from epilepsy? The aftermath of a stroke? Dementia? Here's what we really know about the health of the two presidential candidates.

The post-truth election? Comparing 2016 to past elections on the Truth-O-Meter

We've seen the stories -- that 2016 will go down as the post-truth or post-fact election. But is that true?

Donald Trump's speech about fighting 'radical Islamic terrorism,' fact-checked

Fact-checking Trump's Aug. 15, 2016, speech.

In context: Donald Trump's 'Second Amendment people' comment

Donald Trump drew criticism from some quarters over his reference to "Second Amendment people" and how they can prevent Hillary Clinton from appointing Supreme Court justices. But is it justified? Here's the text and video to make your own judgment.

Fact-checking Tim Kaine, Rick Scott's super PAC on 'Meet the Press'

Fact-checking the Aug. 7 edition of "Meet the Press."

Did Trump campaign soften platform language to benefit Russia?

Donald Trump has turned heads by having some seemingly nice things to say about Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin.

What you need to know about Donald Trump, Russia and Ukraine

Donald Trump was mocked for his perceived ignorance of Russia's presence in Ukraine. Let's explore.

PolitiFact’s coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Every fact-check from the Democratic National Convention.

PolitiFact’s coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention

PolitiFacts many fact-checks from the Republican National Convention

What we know about Russia's role in the DNC email leak

The U.S. government has not yet publicly named the culprit behind the DNC hack. But there seems to be widespread agreement among cybersecurity experts and professionals that the attribution belongs to Russian intelligence actors.

The top 10 fact-checks at the RNC, DNC

Ten claims from Cleveland and Philadelphia that you'll want to read again.

The backstory of the Muslim soldier's dad who said Trump 'sacrificed nothing'

More about the Muslim-American soldier killed in Iraq.

Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech, annotated

Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech, annotated.

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's acceptance of the Democratic nomination

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's acceptance of the Democratic nomination

7 things Clinton might mention in her acceptance speech

We expect Hillary Clinton to emphasize how she would tackle the nation's problems, but along the way,  we see her serving up a mix of claims to bolster the case for her agenda, and tear down her Republican rival Donald Trump. Follow along and see how well we do.

All 227 Hillary Clinton fact-checks

Our many, many fact-checks of Hillary Clinton.

Fact-checking the third night of the Democratic National Convention

Fact-checking POTUS, VPOTUS and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine at DNC night three. 

Tim Kaine on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter

Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine headlines DNC day three. 

Some readers unconvinced by our True rating for White House slave claim

Readers offered a variety of explanations why we were wrong to give  True rating to Michelle Obama's claim that slaves built the White House. 

Bill Clinton's DNC speech, annotated

Bill Clinton's DNC speech, annotated.

Fact-checking Bill Clinton on the second night of the Democratic convention

Fact-checking the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. 

How Trump plans to build, and pay for, a wall along U.S.-Mexico border

Trump's proposal to build a border wall

Live fact-checking the DNC

PolitiFact is live fact-checking the Democratic National Convention.

Fact-checking Bernie Sanders and his 2016 campaign

In 103 fact-checks, Sanders has never earned a Pants on Fire rating

Fact-checking the first night of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia

Fact-checking the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 

Fact-checking Donald Trump's Tim Kaine attack on 'Meet the Press'

The presidential candidates criticize the other candidate's pick for vice president.

Compare the candidates: Clinton vs. Trump on the economy

On the economy, Hillary Clinton offers a lot of detail about what she would do as president. Donald Trump offers less, but hits a few issues hard. Here's a rundown of what each candidate says they would do if they win the White House.

Hillary Clinton's top 10 campaign promises

We dug through Clinton’s hefty platform and identified 10 campaign promises that we think best define her bid for the presidency.

Who were the victims of illegal immigrants Trump named at the RNC?

Republican nominee Donald Trump named several people allegedly killed by illegal immigrants. We took a closer look at the examples he mentioned. 

Fact-checking Donald Trump on the final night of the Republican convention

Fact-checking the fourth night of the Republican National Convention. 

Donald Trump's GOP acceptance speech, annotated

Donald Trump's GOP acceptance speech, annotated.

All 182 Donald Trump fact-checks

Trump has more statements rated Pants on Fire, 30, than the 21 other candidates for president we’ve fact-checked this cycle combined.

7 misleading statements Donald Trump may repeat in his convention speech

Trump will likely repeat attacks on Hillary Clinton and his own statements about immigration, refugees, security and the Middle East.

Did Ted Cruz pledge to back the Republican nominee?

In his speech at the Republican convention, Ted Cruz didn’t endorse Donald Trump. We look back at his statements about the party’s loyalty pledge

The third night of the 2016 Republican National Convention, fact-checked

Covering the third night of the Republican National Convention. 

Trump VP Mike Pence headlines day three of the Republican National Convention

Mike Pence, Indiana Gov. and Donald Trump's running mate, is slated to headline day three of the Republican National Convention. 

What Ben Carson said about Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky and Lucifer

We look at what Saul Alinsky said about Lucifer. 

Fact-checking the second night of the 2016 Republican National Convention

Republicans branded the second night of their national convention with an economic theme of "Make America Work Again," but most of the night’s speakers used their platform to accuse Hillary Clinton of being dishonest about Benghazi, her emails and even her own name.  

The 100 fact-checks of Chris Christie, primetime Tuesday speaker at RNC

We fact-checked the New Jersey governor long before he entered, and then left, the 2016 race.

PolitiFact Sheet: Hillary Clinton’s email controversy

PolitiFact has fact-checked claims about Hillary Clinton's email controversy since last year. Our PolitiFact Sheet will help you separate what’s real from what’s spin.

In context: Comparing the Melania Trump, Michelle Obama convention speeches

On the first night of the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump, the wife of Donald Trump, gave a well-received speech in which she talked about her upbringing in Slovenia and her respect for her husband.  

Melania Trump will be the first non-U.S. born first lady since?

In her speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Melania Trump told the crowd, "I was born in Slovenia. A small, beautiful, and then communist country in central Europe." As she told her personal story, we wondered about how unusual her birthplace would be for a first lady. As it turns out, only one first lady has been born outside the United States.

Fact-checking the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention

The Republican National Convention kicked off Monday in Cleveland with speakers focused on the theme "Make America Safe Again." 

Checking Patricia Smith's claims about Clinton and Benghazi

At the GOP convention, the mother of a Benghazi victim said Clinton lied about the attacks. We explore the facts.

Live blog: Fact-checking the 2016 RNC

PolitiFact live: The latest from Cleveland

Fact-checking the July 17 Sunday shows

GOP chairman Reince Priebus defended the platform of his party and presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump Sunday on the talk show circuit.

Compare the candidates: Clinton vs. Trump on immigration

We compare the candidates' positions on immigration. 

Donald Trump's top 10 campaign promises

We'll be tracking the next president's campaign promises. Here are the major promises we've identified from Donald Trump. 

Fact-checking Mike Pence, Donald Trump's VP pick

Donald Trump is expected to announce his vice-presidential nominee July 15, and many suspect Indiana Governor Mike Pence will get the nod. 

Fact-checking the July 10 Sunday shows

Politicians and pundits searched for answers Sunday following the police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, and the deadly shooting in Dallas that killed five police officers.

PolitiFact annotates Barack Obama's statement on shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile

As part of PolitiFact's partnership with Medium, we annotated President Barack Obama's remarks from Poland on the police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. 

Trump/Gingrich 2016?

The presumptive Republican nominee had some nice things to say about the 2012 presidential hopeful, TV pundit and former House speaker.

Fact-checking donations to the Clinton Foundation

The Clinton Foundation raises millions from foreign governments and the mega-rich to do good work around the world. Republicans look at those donations and see endless opportunities to attack Hillary Clinton's integrity. The questions are inevitable, but so ar, resolving them - either way - is out of reach.

Was there a double standard on the investigations of David Petraeus and Hillary Clinton?

Clinton's emails, Petraeus's black books, and one of Trump's favorite analogies

17 times Donald Trump said one thing and then denied it

Donald Trump says he never, among other things, called women "fat pigs", promised to pay the legal fees of fans who punch protestors, referred to some Republicans as "losers", mocked a disabled reporter and said he had "the world's greatest memory." Except he did.

Donald Trump’s ‘Star of David’ tweet: a recap

For a story that broke over Fourth of July weekend, the controversy over an allegedly anti-Semitic image tweeted by Donald Trump attracted quite a lot of attention. In case you weren’t plugged in over the holiday weekend, here’s what you missed.

FBI investigation undermines Clinton email defense

FBI Director James Comey said the Justice Department should not prosecute Clinton, but he shared findings from the investigation that undermine part of the story Clinton has told for the past year.

Fact-checking the July 3 Sunday shows

Saturday’s news that Hillary Clinton spent more than three hours speaking with the FBI bled into the Sunday news shows, with Clinton again saying saying she did not send or receive material marked classified through the private email server she used while secretary of state.

Donald Trump cites Ronald Reagan as a protectionist hero. Was he?

In his speech in southwestern Pennsylvania attacking the United States' long record of free-trade agreements, Donald Trump invoked Ronald Reagan as an example of a president willing to impose tariffs to protect American industries. Reagan did -- but he also had a substantial free-trade record. We take a closer look.

The truth (so far) behind the 2016 campaign

We've fact-checked the presidential candidates 650 times. Here's what we found.

Mailbag: PolitiFact is 'wrong, wrong, wrong'

The general election campaign is now under way, and it has dominated reader commentary about our recent work.

What do fact-checkers around the world have in common?

What do fact-checkers around the world have in common? PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan reflects on principles we might all support. 

Fact-checking the June 26 Sunday shows

Given that "What is the EU?" was a trending Google search after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, Americans rightly still had many questions about the Brexit vote Sunday.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's speech calling Hillary Clinton 'a world-class liar'

After Hillary Clinton warned that Donald Trump would wreck the economy, Trump hit back, blasting Clinton's judgement and character. We examine 27 of Trump's charges. 

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's economic speech about Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton gave a speech on economic policy and spent most of her time going after Donald Trump. She made dozens of claims. We got started on checking a quite a few, and we'll add more soon.

Donald Trump has floated big tariffs. What could the impact be?

Donald Trump has floated double-digit tariffs for goods from such countries as China and Mexico. That's quietly worrying a lot of economists, who fear widespread economic repercussions.

Fact-checking 'Meet the Press' on June 19

We fact-checked whether delegates can change convention rules and if an anti-Trump attack ad was accurate. 

Donald Trump's speech on the Orlando shooting, fact-checked

We summarize our fact-check of Donald Trump's speech about the shooting in Orlando. 

The 10 biggest falsehoods from the year of Trump

One year ago today, Donald Trump descended a gilded escalator into a historic presidential campaign. He continues to make inaccurate statements, and we have spent the past year trying to keep up.  

In Context: Did Donald Trump suggest Barack Obama has terrorist sympathies?

Donald Trump revoked the Washington Post’s press credentials after the newspaper ran an online article titled, "Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting." Trump's comments, in context.

Obama vs. Trump on the phrase 'radical Islam'

Donald Trump said President Obama should resign for not using the words. Obama hit back, saying using the words is "not a strategy." We delve into this war over words.

Donald Trump says hundreds of migrants and their children have been implicated in U.S. terrorism

Given the best information we have at our disposal today, Trump’s claim is potentially accurate but draws a questionable conclusion.  

Real or hoax? Massive gator spotted roaming golf course

If you’ve seen the viral video of a giant alligator strolling across a Florida golf course, then you’ve probably had the same reaction we did: Can that be real? We had some fun finding out.

PolitiFact's Top 5 for May 2016

Our most popular reports featured Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump -- including the fact-check that got a shout-out from comedian John Oliver. 

A list of the veterans groups Donald Trump says he donated to

At a contentious press conference, Donald Trump released the list of veterans groups that he and supporters raised money for earlier this year. We looked at the size and ratings of the charity groups. 

Fact-checking Bernie Sanders on 'Meet the Press'

Bernie Sanders vows to fight for a win in the upcoming Democratic primary in Calfiornia and says he'll press his case with Democratic superdelegates. 

Is California’s Capitol 'second only to Disneyland' among visitors?

It's a claim floating around Sacramento. We wanted to see if it held up. New! Newt Gingrich offends history, claims Trump's timeline to becoming GOP nominee is historic

Did McCain flip on the Dream Act?

His Democratic opponent says yes. We take that claim to the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking claims the Clintons stole $200k in furniture, china and artwork from White House

An old complaint about Hillary Clinton, stemming from her days as first lady, is making a comeback during her run for the presidency.

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John Oliver cites PolitiFact on Nevada convention on 'Last Week Tonight’

The comedy show educates its audience with humor on the convoluted way the major parties select nominees for president.

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton on 'Meet the Press'

The Democratic frontrunner gave an extended interview on Sunday, making claims about her opponent Bernie Sanders and her own approval ratings. 

Fact-checking ‘Hillary Clinton lying for 13 minutes straight’

The YouTube video has been watched more than 7 million times since January. What does it get right? What does it get wrong?   Fact-checking claims about the Nevada convention chaos  

Fact-checking claims about the Nevada convention chaos

PolitiFact Nevada dug into what Sanders supporters are so mad about and found their claims lacking.

Fact-checking the pro-Clinton super PAC's attack on Donald Trump's comments about women

Priorities USA's ads highlight Trump’s own comments about women, including when he said Fox’s Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever," and his statement that women should be punished if they have an abortion.

A closer look at Donald Trump's comments about refinancing U.S. debt

Experts say Trump's comments don't make a lot of sense and carry risk for the nation's economy.   Fact-checking 2016: This is gonna be messy   What we know about the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails

Fact-checking 2016: This is gonna be messy

Clinton and Trump have radically different approaches to running for president. Our editor reflects on PolitiFact's approach to fact-checking the 2016 race.    What we know about the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails

What we know about the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails

Clinton used her own email address and server while she was secretary of state. Now the FBI is looking into whether security was compromised. Here's what we know so far about the investigation.  New! Now it's easier to share the facts

Trying to pin down what Donald Trump thinks about abortion, the minimum wage, taxes, and U.S. debt

Has Donald Trump changed his position on a range of issues? Or is his rhetoric merely vague and contradictory? For six issues, at least, we find some of both.   In context: Hillary Clinton’s comments about coal jobs

In context: Hillary Clinton’s comments about coal jobs

What exactly did Hillary Clinton say about putting coal miners out of work?   NEW: PolitiFact adds some context to Ben Rhodes’ comments in Medium post about the Iran nuclear agreement PolitiFact Florida: Looking for Jeb Bush's 'pledge' to support Donald Trump  

Fact-checking a $15 minimum wage

Just two and a half years ago, President Barack Obama was proposing a $9 minimum wage. Now the cutting-edge Democratic proposal is $15. How did this happen, and what does it mean?  

Fact-checking Donald Trump on 'Meet the Press'

We look at Trump's comments on the issues of taxes and same-day voting.

Anatomy of a talking point: Donald Trump on the JFK assassination

The way Donald Trump launched an inaccurate and inflammatory attack on Ted Cruz’s father has become a pattern.

10 times Hillary Clinton was asked about running for president

People have asked Clinton about her future plans as long as she's been on the national stage. But she’s always been tight-lipped, until she was actually running for office.    Fact-checking Donald Trump on Ted Cruz's father and Lee Harvey Oswald

John Kasich on the Truth-O-Meter

After the Ohio governor lost to Donald Trump in the Indiana primary, John Kasich suspended his 2016 presidential campaign. We look at his Truth-O-Meter scorecard and a few of our notable fact-checks.   Fact-checking Donald Trump on Ted Cruz's father and Lee Harvey Oswald

Fact-checking Ted Cruz

After the Texas senator lost to Donald Trump in the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz suspended his 2016 presidential campaign. We look at his Truth-O-Meter scorecard and a few of our notable fact-checks.   Fact-checking Donald Trump on Ted Cruz's father and Lee Harvey Oswald

Donald Trump's latest conspiracy theory targets Ted Cruz's father

Donald Trump has connected the father of Ted Cruz to the JFK assassination. Our fact-check reveals an absurd lack of evidence. 

Our top 5 fact-checks for April 2016

Our five most-popular fact-checks in April were all about the Democratic presidential candidates.

Fact-checking Ted Cruz on 'Meet the Press'

Sen. Ted Cruz is using this week’s pivotal Indiana primary to make a last stand of sorts against Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. New! We asked a Ukranian journalist to look into Paul Manafort's work for pro-Russian politicians there

So you want to move to Canada, eh?

If ___________ becomes president, I’m moving to ___________! The refrain comes up every four years, no matter who’s running.

Ted Cruz names Carly Fiorina as VP pick

Seeking to stem the tide of momentum for frontrunner Donald Trump, Ted Cruz names Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential pick -- should he get the GOP nomination. We look at her Truth-O-Meter scorecard.

Trump, Clinton win big in Northeast primaries

Donald Trump won all five primaries Tuesday, while Hillary Clinton won four out of five.

Fact-checking the April 24 edition of Meet the Press

Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham says the Obama administration will decide whether to release a report possibly linking Saudi Arabia to Sept. 11 by June, and Bernie Sanders says he isn't ready to hang up his campaign.

Earth Day 2016: 6 things to know about climate change

On this Earth Day, we look back on some of our recent fact-checks on climate change.

Donald Trump’s misleading complaints about election rigging

The Republican frontrunner and his campaign manager have made a series of false claims about primary contests being stacked against them.  

After New York, we look at the scorecards

The New York primary on Tuesday marked another milestone in the race for the Democratic and Republican nominations, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump winning by big margins. We check in on how the candidates are doing on our Truth-O-Meter. 

Who killed more terrorists, Obama or Bush? It depends

In an interview last week, President Barack Obama said, "There isn’t a president who’s taken more terrorists off the field than me."    • Fact-checking the New York Democratic debate

Fact-checking the April 17 edition of 'Meet the Press'

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory defends his state's House Bill 2, and actor George Clooney explains his big-ticket fundraiser for Hillary Clinton.   Fact-checking the Democratic debate in Brooklyn

Fact-checking the New York Democratic debate

We sort out fact from fiction at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate. TRUTH-O-METER! Compare the PolitiFact records of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.  

5 fact-checks about foreign trade, TPP, and China

We review some of our fact-checks from the campaign trail, including rhetoric from Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz. Half True was the best rating. 

Mailbag: 'You blew this one, and badly'

The Democratic presidential nomination battle is the biggest topic for recent comments, complaints and concerns by PolitiFact readers.

Fact-checking the April 10 Sunday shows

Fact-checking claims from NBC's Meet the Press about Clinton's support for free trade and her polling advantage over Donald Trump.    PolitiFact's guide to the 2016 candidate tax plans

PolitiFact's guide to the 2016 presidential candidate tax plans

With Tax Day approaching, we examine how the proposals from the Republicans and Democrats could affect your 2017 returns and the nation at large. 

After Wisconsin, the presidential scorecards

Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders won resounding victories in the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday. We check in on how the candidates are doing on our Truth-O-Meter. 

PolitiFact’s Top 5 fact-checks for March 2016

With heated primaries on both sides of the aisle, most of our Top 5 fact checks from March focused on the two so-called outsider candidates: Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.  

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton on 'Meet the Press'

The Democratic candidate for preisdent and former secretary of state said she's "put out all my emails." That's not quite right. New! Sorting out Hillary Clinton’s fossil fuel contributions

Sorting out Hillary Clinton’s fossil fuel contributions

With so many accusations flying around in the Democratic presidential primary, we thought it was important to lay out the facts of the matter.

In Context: Here's the transcript of what Donald Trump said about punishing women for abortion

Our partners at PolitiFact Wisconsin flesh out what the Republican presidential frontrunner told MSNBC's Chris Matthews during a town hall meeting in Green Bay.    5 questions you have about delegates, answered   Thanks to everyone who supported our campaign to fact-check more claims about immigration!

5 questions you have about delegates, answered

Most years, they wave signs and sometimes wear funny hats at the national conventions. But in the 2016 cycle, delegates could play a much bigger role in the presidential nominations. So how does it all work?    Thanks to everyone who supported our campaign to fact-check more claims about immigration!

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More than 1,000 people have backed our campaign to expand coverage for 2016. Thanks to all who have donated!

Fact-checking claims about Cuba

All eyes were on Havana this week as President Barack Obama made his historic trip to Cuba, including those of the fact-checkers. Here are some of our recent fact-checks about U.S.-Cuba relations.   Donate $1, help us unlock $15,000 to expand our 2016 fact-checking

7 Hillary Clinton quotes on the Internet that are complete fakes

It’s likely that political opponents of Hillary Clinton created these phony viral images and are now spreading them around the Internet. Our report gives you the facts.

Is the Trump Winery the largest winery on the East Coast?

Trump says it is. But PolitiFact Virginia found wineries that were huger!   Donate $1, help us unlock $15,000 to expand our 2016 fact-checking

Donate $1, help us unlock $15,000 to expand our 2016 fact-checking

We're less than 500 backers away from receiving $15,000 in matching funds to expand our 2016 fact-checking. Every dollar, every donor matters. Can you pitch in $1?   NEW! Fact-checking the March 20 Sunday shows

In Context: The 'Biden Rule' on Supreme Court nominations in an election year

Mitch McConnell references the words of Vice President Joe Biden when he was a senator to justify blocking President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick. But what did Biden really say?   7 questions about Obama's Supreme Court nomination   Help PolitiFact fact-check the immigration debate in 2016

7 questions about Obama's Supreme Court nomination

The path from nomination to Senate confirmation -- if it happens -- is sure to be a bumpy ride.   Help PolitiFact fact-check the immigration debate in 2016

The presidential scorecards so far

With Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and John Kasich notching primary victories in Florida and Ohio on Tuesday night, we check on how the candidates are doing on our Truth-O-Meter. Marco Rubio, meanwhile, suspends his campaign.   Fact-checking the U.S. Supreme Court   Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to fact-check the immigration debate in 2016   Fact-Check-A-Thon calls out misleading TV ads in 2016 primaries

Mailbag: 'Your bias is apparent'

In a heated primary season, our readers are voicing lots of opinions about our recent coverage. Here's a sampling.     Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016

Fact-checking the March 13 Sunday news shows

After a weekend of disruptions surrounding Donald Trump's campaign events, we look at comments from Trump and Ted Cruz about protesters at campaign rallies.    Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016     Fact-Check-A-Thon calls out misleading TV ads in 2016 primaries

Fact-checking the Republican debate in Miami

We fact-checked what the candidates had to say about trade, Common Core and more Thursday at the University of Miami.   Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016   Fact-checking the Democratic debate in Miami   Fact-Check-A-Thon calls out misleading TV ads in 2016 primaries

Fact-checking the Democratic debate in Miami

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated in Miami.    Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016   Fact-Check-A-Thon calls out misleading TV ads in 2016 primaries

Fact-Check-A-Thon calls out misleading TV ads in 2016 primaries

We’re teaming up with PolitiFact partners in states like Florida, Texas, Colorado, Ohio and Wisconsin as well as the Political TV Ad Archive to fact-check as many TV ads as possible this week.   Fact-checking the Democratic debate in Flint, Mich.   Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016   Secret behind Trump University's A rating: doing nothing

Secret behind Trump University’s A rating: Doing nothing

Trump says Trump University really has an A rating, not a D-minus, from the Better Business Bureau. Now we know how the bad grade disappeared (and it wasn't by doing a better job).

Fact-checking the Democratic debate in Flint, Mich.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated the economy, Wall Street and other domestic issues on Sunday night.   Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016

Fact-checking the March 6 news shows

We look at Mitt Romney's criticism of Donald Trump, as well as voter turnout in the Republican primary race.    Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016.

Coming Soon: PolitiFact New York!

PolitiFact and the Buffalo News are partnering to fact-check politicians in the statehouse and around New York.    Fact-checking the GOP Fox News debate in Michigan   Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016.

Fact-checking the GOP Fox News debate in Michigan

The Republican presidential field has narrowed to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich, and they debated Thursday night in Detroit.   Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016.

Readers query PolitiFact editors at Florida forum

The website's leadership gives readers a glimpse at how the fact-checking process works at the Pulitzer Prize-winning website.   Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016.

PolitiFact’s Top 5 fact-checks for February 2016

Our most read fact-checks were about Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Fact-checking the Feb. 28 news shows

After months of talk about a long, drawn out primary, recent results have pundits changing their tune. The delegate math is starting to work in the favor of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, they say. New! Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016. 

Help us keep the candidates honest

We’re working with a group called Beacon to raise funds to fact-check the 2016 campaign. If contributors give $15,000, Beacon will match those donations dollar for dollar. And we’ll be able to hire an extra fact-checker to analyze claims about immigration during the 2016 campaign.

Fact-checking the Texas GOP debate

The remaining GOP candidates met face-to-face in their only debate ahead of Super Tuesday. New! Help PolitiFact hire a reporter to fact-check the immigration debate

Help PolitiFact hire a reporter to fact-check the immigration debate

We’re working with a group called Beacon to raise funds to fact-check the 2016 campaign. If contributors give $15,000, Beacon will match those donations dollar for dollar. And we’ll be able to hire an extra fact-checker to analyze claims about immigration during the 2016 campaign. Follow live! Fact-checking the Texas GOP debate

Is Bernie Sanders a Democrat?

Bernie Sanders says he's a Democrat. He also says he's an independent. We take a look at the mechanics of party identification. 

Fact-checking the Feb. 21 Sunday shows

The day after the South Carolina primary, Donald Trump celebrated his resounding victory and defended himself against charge of flip-flopping.  

Coming soon: PolitiFact North Carolina

We're joining forces with The News & Observer of Raleigh to launch PolitiFact North Carolina this spring. It's our 16th state affiliate. In the news! Fact-checking claims about the 80-year SCOTUS nomination ‘tradition’

Fact-checking claims about the 80-year SCOTUS nomination ‘tradition’

Republicans say President Barack Obama shouldn't nominate anyone to replace Justice Antonin Scalia because of an 80-year precedent. We examine this talking point.

Who's to blame for the Flint water crisis?

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders blame Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, for the lead poisoning of children in Flint, Mich. Investigations are under way, but we've taken an interim look at who holds responsibility for the city's water crisis.

Fact-checking the Feb. 14 Sunday shows

Republicans on Sunday said President Barack Obama should let his successor pick the replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. To do so, they said, follows convention. But is that really so?

Fact-checking the South Carolina GOP debate

The GOP field moves to South Carolina ahead of the Palmetto State's Feb. 20 primary. Side by side. See how the remaining Republicans perform on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter.  The Dems. Looking back at Thursday's Democratic debate.

Fact-checking the PBS Democratic presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met in Milwaukee Thursday night. See how their claims rated on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter.   NEW! What did Hillary Clinton tell the families of people who lost their lives in Benghazi? SIDE BY SIDE. Compare Sanders and Clinton on the Truth-O-Meter.

What did Hillary Clinton tell the families of people who lost their lives in Benghazi?

Marco Rubio says repeatedly that Clinton "lied" to the Benghazi families. But a review of the evidence shows a case of conflicting recollections.   Launching PolitiFact Global News Service: Read about a new feature on our website will focus on claims about global health and development in partnership with Africa Check.

Launching PolitiFact Global News Service

The new feature on our website will focus on claims about global health and development in partnership with Africa Check. Today, we launch with a pair of fact-checks -- including a Pants on Fire! claim about Zika -- and a story explaining the problems the electrical grid in many African countries.

Candidates fan out ahead of New Hampshire vote

A Saturday night GOP debate and a fresh round of Sunday shows gave PolitiFact plenty to examine ahead of the Tuesday New Hampshire primary.   Live fact-checking the Republican New Hampshire presidential debate Fact-checking the New Hampshire Democratic debate

Live fact-checking the Republican New Hampshire presidential debate

The Republicans met face-to-face for the final time ahead of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. See how their claims rate on the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking the New Hampshire Democratic debate

The two remaining Democrats running for president, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, debated one-on-one ahead of the New Hampshire primary. How'd they do on the Truth-O-Meter? NEW! Old hands, new scene: PolitiFact reports from New Hampshire

Live fact-checking from the New Hampshire primaries

PolitiFact reporters are on the ground in New Hampshire to see the candidates and analyze their statements first hand. Follow along here. NEW! PolitiFact's guide to Republican-on-Republican attacks See the Truth-O-Meter scorecards for the GOP presidential hopefuls See the Truth-O-Meter scorecards for the Democratic presidential contenders

Fact-checking the Jan. 31 Sunday shows

We look at Ted Cruz's attack on Donald Trump and Marco Rubio's defense of his immigration record, from interviews on Meet the Press. 

Mailbag: 'Your article is complete hogwash'

Another of our periodic roundups of reader complaints and compliments.

Live fact-checking the Iowa Republican presidential debate

Trump or no Trump, the show went on tonight in Iowa. Find out what the candidates said, and how true their claims were.

The presidential scorecards so far

We check in on how the candidates are doing on our Truth-O-Meter. In Context: Donald Trump's turban talk Fact-checking Trump, Sanders on the Jan. 24 shows What happened when fact-checkers left their desks to go to Iowa

Poynter Institute announces initiative to fact-check claims about global health and development

The collaboration among the Poynter Institute, PolitiFact and Africa Check will bring accountability and public context globally to complex regional issues. Fact-checking Trump, Sanders on the Jan. 24 shows What happened when fact-checkers left their desks to go to Iowa  

Fact-checking Trump, Sanders on the Jan. 24 shows

Trump responds to an aggessive ad from Sen. Ted Cruz about Trump wanting to bulldoze a widow's home. In the Democratic fight, Sanders says Trump is beatable and had an unusual theory about climate change.   What happened when fact-checkers left their desks to go to Iowa

What happened when fact-checkers left their desks to go to Iowa

Presidential candidates on the trail in Iowa faced snow, voters and, now, PolitiFact.    In context: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders on Goldman Sachs   Follow our live updates: PolitiFact on the road in Iowa Jan. 18-22

In context: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders on Goldman Sachs

Their basic message: Their political opponents side with greedy banks, specifically Goldman Sachs.   Follow our live updates: PolitiFact on the road in Iowa Jan. 18-22

PolitiFact is on the road in Iowa Jan. 18-22

Follow along as PolitiFact's fact-checkers hit the trail with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.  Fact-checking the Democratic NBC debate in South Carolina Fact-checking the Jan. 17 news shows  

Fact-checking the Democratic NBC debate in South Carolina

The three remaining Democratic candidates for president debated Sunday night in South Carolina. See how they performed on the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking the Fox Business Network debate in South Carolina

How did the candidates' claims fare on the Truth-O-Meter?   Fact-checking the 2016 State of the Union address How much would Bernie Sanders’ health care plan cost the middle class? New grant will help PolitiFact grow

New grant will help PolitiFact grow

The Democracy Fund will invest up to $500,000 over two years to expand our fact-checking efforts. Fact-checking the 2016 State of the Union address How much would Bernie Sanders’ health care plan cost the middle class? Coming soon: PolitiFact Pennsylvania!

How much would Bernie Sanders’ health care plan cost the middle class?

Sanders touts his health care plan as a boon to middle-class pocketbooks. We dug into the details and found there’s a lot of uncertainty on whether his overhaul would actually save money.   Fact-checking the 2016 State of the Union address Coming soon: PolitiFact Pennsylvania!

Coming soon: PolitiFact Pennsylvania!

We're partnering with Billy Penn to fact-check Pennsylvania politicians.   Fact-checking Barack Obama's 2016 State of the Union address

Fact-checking Barack Obama's 2016 State of the Union address

We review several of Obama's claims from his seventh and final State of the Union address, as well as Gov. Nikki Haley's Republican response.  

Previewing President Obama’s final State of the Union address

We're watching President Barack Obama's final State of the Union; check back here for fact-checks. In the meantime, follow PolitiFact on Medium and view our annotations of Obama's speech. 

Fact-checking the Jan. 10 Sunday shows

We look at two things Donald Trump said about foreign policy on Meet the Press.    • 3 things to know about 'the gun show loophole'   • From the archives: Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president?   • Explaining the immigration fight between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

PolitiFact Sheet: 3 things to know about the 'gun show loophole'

There's a lot of debate going on about a "gun show loophole," a term that confuses the issue of who sells guns with where they are sold. We explain the term in three points.   • Previewing Obama's town hall on guns   • From the archives: Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president?   • 5 things to know about the immigration fight between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

Tonight: Obama's town hall on guns

President Barack Obama will discuss his new executive actions on gun regulations at a CNN town hall Thursday. We'll be watching.   • From the archives: Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president?   • 5 things to know about the immigration fight between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz   • New video or not, Clinton claim about ISIS using Trump in video is still False

Mailbag: 'Y'all have lost your marbles'

Here's a selection of reader comments on our recent stories. Some are chilly, some are warm.   • From the archives: Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president?   • 5 things to know about the immigration fight between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz   • New video or not, Clinton claim about ISIS using Trump in video is still False

New video or not, Clinton claim about ISIS using Trump in video is still False

With the emergence of a new terrorist-recruiting video featuring Donald Trump, many readers urged us to change our rating of a Hillary Clinton claim that we had rated False. But we are sticking with False.   • From the archives: Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president? • PunditFact: Does Vladimir Putin have journalists killed?  • Top 10 fact-checks of 2015

PolitiFact fact-checks the Jan. 3 Sunday shows

We fact-checked claims about open carry laws and the 2016 presidential field made on Meet the Press.   • PunditFact: Does Vladimir Putin have journalists killed?  • Top 10 fact-checks of 2015

The top 10 most viewed fact-checks of 2015

As 2016 approaches, we count down to our most popular fact-check of the past year.   • Our 2015 Lie of the Year coverage • What is the citizenship status of terrorist suspects in the United States? • Comparing the GOP candidates' ISIS strategies with Obama's  

What is the citizenship status of terrorist suspects in the United States?

During a GOP debate, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul raised the topic of the immigration status of those who committed terrorist attacks in the United States. Evidence shows that many attackers were American-born or came here legally.   •  Comparing the GOP candidates' ISIS strategies with Obama's • Our 2015 Lie of the Year coverage

PolitiFact’s 2015 Lie of the Year coverage

We summarize several stories about Lie of the Year. 

Comparing the GOP candidates' ISIS strategies with Obama's

The Republican candidates have criticized President Barack Obama's plans to fight ISIS. How do their proposals differ?    • The 2015 Lie of the Year • Readers' Poll results • A look back at previous years winners

Mailbag: Donald Trump Lie of the Year edition

Readers weigh in on our selection of the campaign misstatements of Donald Trump as our 2015 Lie of the Year.   • The 2015 Lie of the Year • Readers' Poll results • A look back at previous years winners • Trump reacts to Lie of the Year 

2015 Lie of the Year: the campaign misstatements of Donald Trump

A presidential candidate with an unprecedented record on the Truth-O-Meter earns our annual award.   • 2015 Readers' Poll results • A look back at previous years winners • NEW! Trump reacts to Lie of the Year   

2015 Readers’ Poll results

We reveal the winners of our 2015 Readers’ Poll.

A look back at Lie of the Year

We’ve been naming the most significant falsehood of the year since 2009.

Fact-checking the Dec. 20 Sunday shows

Donald Trump dissects the Democratic debate, and Speaker Paul Ryan sits down for an end-of-the-year interview on Meet the Press.   FACT-CHECKING THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Fact-checking the New Hampshire Democratic debate

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley debated at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. We checked a few of their facts. 

PolitiFact, Knight team up to fact-check the 2016 candidates on Medium

A grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, announced today, will enable PolitiFact to fact-check the 2016 presidential candidates posting on Medium.

Fact-checking the Las Vegas GOP debate

The Republican candidates for president squared off for the final time in 2015. We fact-checked them on ISIS, Syrian refugees, the military and immigration.   • Vote now for the 'Lie of the Year' Readers' Choice award

PolitiFact Sheet: Military spending under Obama and Congress

Our PolitiFact Sheet answers five questions about military spending and cuts over the last seven years.    • Vote now for the 'Lie of the Year' Readers' Choice award

Fact-checking the Dec. 13 Sunday shows

NBC's Chuck Todd grills Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., about his plan to defeat ISIS and if he would fight same-sex marriage as president.   • Vote now for the 'Lie of the Year' Readers' Choice award

PolitiFact partnering with NBC News for 2016 election

PolitiFact will fact-check statements made on "Meet the Press" following each Sunday’s show, beginning today, and will contribute insight and analysis across all NBC News platforms and MSNBC.

War of words: The fight over 'radical Islamic terrorism'

Republicans press President Barack Obama and Democrats to use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism." Obama won't. We look at why, and how a few words have come to have so much meaning.   Vote now for the 'Lie of the Year' Readers' Choice award How Donald Trump's idea to ban Muslims from coming to the U.S. is different from what Jimmy Carter did

Lie of the Year 2015: Readers' Choice

PolitiFact will soon announce our Lie of the Year -- the most significant falsehood of 2015, as chosen by our editors and reporters. We're also inviting readers to vote for the Readers' Choice award.

Checking in on Bernie Sanders’ Truth-O-Meter record

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will make his Tonight Show debut this evening. How has he fared on the Truth-O-Meter so far? 

Fact-checking the Dec. 6 Sunday shows

Several presidential candidates made their case for how they would try to take down ISIS and reduce mass killings before President Barack Obama's nationwide address about terrorism.

New information doesn't fix Donald Trump's 9/11 claim

Donald Trump isn't backing down on his wrong claim that he "watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering" as the World Trade Center collapsed. Here, we address some new information that's come to light.

Our 5 most-read fact-checks from November

Here’s an early gift for you this holiday season: Our five most popular articles from November.   •  Yes, Donald Trump, Chevys are a rare sight in Japan, but why?   •  Mailbag: Readers call out our recent turkeys

Yes, Donald Trump, Chevys are a rare sight in Japan, but why?

Trump was literally wrong when he said Chevrolet "doesn't exist" in Tokyo. But on the ground in Japan, the kernel of truth in his statement is easier to see.

Mailbag: Readers call out our recent turkeys

As the 2016 presidential campaign steams toward the early primaries and caucuses, readers have found a lot to critique in our coverage of both Democrats and Republicans.   • In Context: Donald Trump's comments on a database of American Muslims   • Fact-checking Donald Trump on 9/11 celebrations and murder statistics   • A few readers say they're with Trump on 9/11 celebrations

In Context: Donald Trump's comments on a database of American Muslims

Does Donald Trump want a registry for all Muslims? Or just some Muslims? Or no database at all? We parse his comments from the past several days.    •  Mailbag: A few readers say they're with Trump on 9/11 celebrations

Mailbag: A few readers say they're with Trump on 9/11 celebrations

Donald Trump said he watched "thousands and thousands" of people in Jersey City, N.J., cheering as the World Trade Center collapsed. We rated that Pants on Fire. More than a dozen readers wrote to us that they saw much the same thing, although their recollections differed. 

PunditFact fact-checks the Sunday shows

Donald Trump was asked about comments that he saw "thousands and thousands" of people in New Jersey cheering after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

PolitiFact Sheet: 5 questions about Syrian refugees

There are a lot of questions about Syrian refugees coming to the United States: How many are here? What is the backgrounding process? Is it thorough? Here are some answers.

Is ISIS an 'existential threat' to the United States?

Some Republican candidates have called ISIS an ‘existential’ threat. We asked foreign-policy experts and historians to explain what that means -- and whether they agree.   • Fact-checking the Iowa Democratic presidential debate • Fact-checking what Obama said about containing ISIS • PolitiFact Texas expands to Houston, San Antonio

Fact-checking the Iowa Democratic presidential debate

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley squared off Saturday night in Iowa. See our latest fact-checks from the CBS Democratic presidential debate.   • Comparing Clinton, Sanders and O'Malley on the Truth-O-Meter • Fact-checking what Obama said about containing ISIS • PolitiFact Texas expands to Houston, San Antonio

Political group takes aim at Ben Carson’s past statements on women's issues

We examine Ultraviolet’s viral image listing five controversial things the GOP presidential candidate has said about abortion rights and other topics, both before and during his campaign.   • Fact-checking the Republican Fox Business Network debate

Fact-checking the Republican Fox Business Network debate

We fact-check the candidates on claims about immigration, the minimum wage, income inequality, the Bible and the tax code. 

Fact-checking the Republican Fox Business Network debate

We look at the GOP candidates' scorecards in anticipation of the Tuesday night debate. Check back here when the debate starts for updates. 

The Truth-O-Meter arrives in Iowa

The Des Moines Register and PolitiFact have joined forces to fact-check statements made by candidates this election cycle, aiming to bring readers the truth in politics. Fact-checking the Nov. 8 Sunday news shows

A look back at the battle over Keystone XL

On Friday, President Barack Obama announced his decision to reject a key permit for the cross-border oil pipeline that had been a bone of contention for the better part of a decade. Here, we review some of our past fact-checks on Keystone XL.   • PolitiFact’s guide to the Republican tax plans (so far)

PolitiFact’s guide to the Republican tax plans (so far)

Overall, the GOP candidates are promising big tax cuts that are mathematically implausible.   • Our top 5 most-read fact-checks from October • Introducing PolitiFact California  

Our top 5 most-read fact-checks from October

One year out from the 2016 presidential election, the campaigns are keeping us fact-checkers busy. Take a look at our five most-read PolitiFact items from October.   • Introducing PolitiFact California • Fact-checking the GOP debate on CNBC

Introducing PolitiFact California

PolitiFact California, powered by Capital Public Radio, launches today with fact-checks about climate change, smog and clean energy targets.   Fact-checking the Republican CNBC debate

PunditFact: Fact-checking the Nov. 1 news shows

Jeb Bush attacked the records of some his Republican primary opponents while Carly Fiorina focused her attacks on President Barack Obama.

Fact-checking the Republican CNBC debate

The GOP field attacked each other, Democrats, the moderators and the press. We checked their facts on immigration, business, taxes, senate voting records and Mark Zuckerberg.     Read an archive of PolitiFact's live blog of the debate Compare the Truth-O-Meter records of the Republican candidates

Examining Ben Carson's proposal for health savings accounts

Ben Carson wants to reshape Medicare and Medicaid by giving people health savings accounts. We dissect what he's said so far. 

Previewing Donald Trump's 'Today' show town hall

Donald Trump will bring his off-the-cuff campaign rhetoric to a national audience Monday in a Today show town hall meeting. Here's what we've learned him from at PolitiFact since he entered the race.

Paul Ryan on the Truth-O-Meter

With Paul Ryan's ascendancy to House Speaker appearing certain, we take a look at his record on the Truth-O-Meter.

PolitiFact sheet: Where the parties diverge on Benghazi, Clinton

As Hillary Clinton prepares to testify before the House committee looking at Benghazi, we take a look at four areas of discord between Republicans and Democrats. History of attacks: A look at past attacks on U.S. diplomats overseas True: State Department cut security in Libya before deadly terror attacks Mostly False: Hillary Clinton was ‘asked repeatedly to provide security in Benghazi … including direct cables’

Finally, Joe Biden makes his decision

The vice president isn't running. As a valedictory, here's a rundown of how Joe Biden has fared on the Truth-O-Meter over the years.  

The Truth-O-Meter is coming to Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Ohio

PolitiFact and the E.W. Scripps Company are partnering to provide local fact-checking in four key 2016 battleground states.

Mailbag: 'Be real journalists!'

During late summer and early fall, we had a cornucopia of reader mail. Here's a sampling.

Fact checking the Oct. 18 Sunday news shows

We looked at claims by Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

At Democratic debate, Clinton said private email use was 'allowed'

Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server was certainly unusual, but was it allowed by the State Department? We explain why we're leaving this statement unrated.    • Fact-checking the first Democratic presidential debate • What Bernie Sanders said about not being a billionaire

What Bernie Sanders said about not being a billionaire

We take a look at the Vermont senator's unique White House pitch.    • Fact-checking the first Democratic presidential debate

Fact-checking the first Democratic presidential debate

The Democratic contenders for the White House introduce themselves to voters in a mostly friendly debate on CNN.

How have the Democratic candidates fared on the Truth-O-Meter?

The Democratics take the debate stage Oct. 13, 2015. Here's how Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and the gang have done so far on the Truth-O-Meter. FOLLOW OUR LIVE FACT-CHECKING OF THE FIRST DEBATE STARTING AT 8:30 P.M.   

Fact-checking the Oct. 11 Sunday shows

A testy exchange between a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus and a moderate Republican demonstrates the fractures in the GOP, which has yet to agree on a new House speaker. And Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz claims that under George W. Bush, "we were losing 750,000 jobs."

In the crossfire: Fact-checking claims about guns

We summarize a few of our recent fact-checks about guns.   • Experts: Values can trump data in gun debate • In Context: What Kevin McCarthy said about Hillary Clinton and Benghazi  

Experts: Values can trump data in gun debate

We asked experts whether data convinces people when thinking about gun control and gun rights. 

In Context: What Kevin McCarthy said about Hillary Clinton and Benghazi

Democrats have been making hay out of comments from U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who has now dropped out of the running for speaker of the House. We wanted to look at exactly what he said about the Select Committee on Benghazi.

Checking in on Hillary Clinton's Truth-O-Meter record

PolitiFact has fact-checked the Democratic presidential candidate 125 times. How do her claims stack up on the Truth-O-Meter?

PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 4 Sunday shows

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump defended his recent call to send back Syrian refugees if elected president by saying they are mostly men whose backgrounds we don't know. George Stephanopoulos said half of the refugees are children. Who's right?

PolitiFact's top 5 most-read articles in September 2015

The list of most-clicked stories in September was dominated by questionable social-media posts on Democratic candidates and an Alaskan mountain, as well as the second Republican debate and the Iran nuclear deal.  

Ben Carson's first 10 fact-checks

With Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson rising in the polls, we wanted to take a look at how he’s performed on the Truth-O-Meter so far.

Fact-checking the Sept. 27 Sunday shows

We look at claims from Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Jeb Bush. 

The Obama Muslim Myth: The Clinton connection

A falsehood that won't die says President Obama is a Muslim. Some say Hillary Clinton's campaign started it. That's wrong, but there is a slender connection.

The Truth-O-Meter arrives in Missouri

We've got bad news for Missouri politicians prone to making outrageous or unsubstantiated claims: PolitiFact is now watching.

Fact-checking a viral graphic critical of Bernie Sanders

The graphic includes 12 claims, which range from basically accurate to highly misleading.

The fact-checker's farewell to Scott Walker's presidential campaign

The Wisconsin governor will abandon his presidential campaign, Fox News and others are reporting.   PolitiFact Wisconsin's Top 5 Scott Walker fact-checks

Fact-checking post-debate analysis on the Sept. 20 Sunday shows

Pundits and politicians critique the second GOP debate on CNN, dicussing polls, questioning the questioners and arguing with the fact-checkers.

Fact-checking the second GOP presidential debate

We sort out fact from fiction at the second presidential debate. Look back at our live blog of the debate.

Live fact-checking the second GOP presidential debate

• PolitiFact's live coverage of the GOP debate • The Truth-O-Meter records of the top 14 Republican candidates  

Fact-checking Donald Trump, Scott Walker on the Sept. 13 shows

Donald Trump tries to clarify his comments about Carly Fiorina's face, and Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., says he alone signed legislation requiring external investigations of deaths in police custody.   • PolitiFact Florida: Factchecking Trump vs. Bush

Hillary Clinton's emails: classified or not?

Hillary Clinton has said over and over again that there was no classified material on the private email server she used while secretary of state. Is that true?   • Bush’s boasting about Florida only tells half the story

PolitiFact Sheet: 6 things to know about the Iran nuclear deal

The 159-page Iran nuclear deal may hinge on nuclear physics, but understanding the basics shouldn’t be rocket science. Here's what you need to know.

Jobs fact-checks for Labor Day

On this Labor Day, we’re taking a look back at some of our recent fact-checks about the labor market and employment statistics.

Fact-checking the Dick Cheney-John Kerry faceoff on 'Morning Joe'

On the same day the Iran nuclear deal received the backing from the make-or-break 34th senator, the former vice president and the current secretary of state discussed the agreement in back-to-back interviews. Here we check a claim by each of them.

Fact-checking claims on climate change

President Barack Obama traveled to Alaska this week to highlight the impact of climate change. We look at a few claims about Obama's hypocrisy on the issue and by Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, a noted climate skeptic. 

Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter, fact-checking the GOP frontrunner

We've fact-checked Donald Trump 28 times since he entered the presidential race. Nineteen claims have been rated False or Pants on Fire.

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 30 Sunday shows

Hillary Clinton's decision to skip the Sunday talk show circuit has given Bernie Sanders plenty of chances to sell his message.   • Bernie Sanders: socialist or democratic socialist? • 10 years after Katrina, a look at President Obama's campaign promises

10 wrong statements about immigration

We have fact-checked misleading claims about anchor babies, deportations, sanctuary cities and the candidates' proposals.   • Bernie Sanders: socialist or democratic socialist? • 10 years after Katrina, a look at President Obama's campaign promises • The week in fact-checks (video)

Bernie Sanders — socialist or democratic socialist?

Readers asked if we were accurately describing Bernie Sanders as a socialist, so we dug into the term and its background.   • 10 years after Katrina, a look at President Obama's campaign promises • The week in fact-checks (video)

The week in fact-checks Aug. 27 (video)

PolitiFact Georgia breaks down the week in fact-checks.

Happy birthday, PolitiFact! PolitiFact turns 8

We've published more than 10,000 fact-checks over the past eight years. We deserve some cake!

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 23 shows

Debate about birthright citizenship, which some Republican presidential candidates have pledged to end, occupied a lot of airspace on the Sunday shows.

10 years after Katrina, a look at President Obama's campaign promises

On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we looked at President Barack Obama's campaign promises centered on the city of New Orleans. This special report is presented in conjunction with The Lens, a New Orleans-based public-interest newsroom.

Mailbag: 'You are better than this, PolitiFact'

We look at reader concerns, comments and compliments from recent weeks.

Fact-checking presidential candidates on the Aug. 16 shows

Donald Trump and Chuck Todd batted around the Iran nuclear deal while Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and GOP candidate Ben Carson discuss health care funding and the electorate.

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and college affordability: a Twitter battle

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- or at least their respective campaign staffs -- took to Twitter to debate a legitimate policy issue: the cost of higher education.   • Jeb Bush selectively recounts details of Iraq and ISIS • Fact-checking pundits on the early race for the White House

20 fact-checks from the Republican debate in Cleveland

In the week since the GOP debate, we’ve compiled 20 fact-checks of things said at the debate. (Plus two bonus fact-checks of post-debate analysis from Donald Trump.)

Fact-checks inspired by Ferguson, one year later

As the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., passes, we look back at our fact-checks about police issues and race.   • PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 9 Sunday shows • 17 candidates, 2 debates, 1 Donald Trump and plenty to fact-check

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 9 Sunday shows

A Democratic pundit says Trump's spree of controversial comments isn't helping the GOP with women, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich tries to cut through the Trump-talk to discusss his own government experience.   • Fact-checking Ferguson, one year later • 17 candidates, 2 debates, 1 Donald Trump and plenty to fact-check

17 candidates, 2 debates, 1 Donald Trump and plenty to fact-check

Seventeen candidates, five moderators, two debates, one Donald Trump. All of it kept the fact-checkers busy Thursday.

PolitiFact: Live fact-checking the Cleveland GOP debate

See the recap of our live blog.

Fact-checking the early Fox News presidential debate

A quick look at some of the talking points of the first seven GOP candidates. The remaining 10 take the stage at 9 p.m.

PolitiFact Sheet: 8 things to know about the Planned Parenthood controversy

Controversial videos released by an anti-abortion group have highlighted the murky guidelines for using fetal tissue for research purposes. Confused about what’s going on? We’re here to help.

Anatomy of a talking point: the smallest Navy since 1917

We look into the history and evolution of a talking point -- the claim that the U.S. Navy has fewer ships now than it has at any time since World War I.  

Fact-checking Donald Trump, Rick Perry ahead of the first GOP debate

Donald Trump leads the field of Republican presidential candidates coming into the Aug. 6 Fox News debate, prompting several of his competitors to fire up their attacks in Sunday show interviews. 

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?

Is health insurance through work $1,800 less because of the Affordable Care Act?

We dig into the evidence behind this statement from President Barack Obama: "If your family gets insurance through your job -- so you're not using the Affordable Care Act -- you're still paying about $1,800 less per year on average than you would be if we hadn't done anything."    • Ted Cruz critiques PolitiFact, gets things wrong  • Chris Christie on the Truth-O-Meter • Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

We look back at our fact-checks on gay and lesbian issues, as well as what candidates had to say about the recent court ruling.   • Chris Christie on the Truth-O-Meter • Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter

PunditFact fact-checks the June 28 news shows

Donald Trump made his debut as a presidential candidate on the Sunday shows. We checked a claim he made about abortion.

Mailbag: Your interpretation is 'nutty'

Many readers were critical of our analysis of a claim by President Barack Obama on gun violence in America, plus other recent feedback on our fact-checks.

1,300 fact-checks on health care

PolitiFact has been fact-checking health care since 2007, from ideas on the campaign trail, to the drafting of legislation in 2009, to the 2010 implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the ensuing legal fights.

Back to the 1990s: Fact-checking Whitewater

Bill Clinton recently said Hillary Clinton was cleared in the Whitewater investigations during his presidency, and the same thing would happen with more recent controversies. We looked back to see if he was portraying the history of Whitewater accurately.   • Bobby Jindal on the Truth-O-Meter • Deflategate and the limits of science • Fact-checking the South Carolina Confederate battle flag controversy

PunditFact fact-checks claims about the South Carolina Confederate battle flag controversy

Pundits and politicians debated Sunday whether it's time to remove a Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina statehouse.

PolitiFact Sheet: King vs. Burwell

The Supreme Court could gut President Barack Obama’s signature health care law over four simple words, "established by the state." What does it mean? Our PolitiFact Sheet on King vs. Burwell explains.    • Fact-checking Donald Trump

Fact-checking Donald Trump

Donald Trump announced he was running for president in a lengthy speech that included several inaccurate statements. New! PolitiFact Sheet: King vs. Burwell

Largest cyber attack in history? Huckabee claims it’s OPM, but it’s probably not

We look at comments from GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on a recent data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.   • Donald Trump's Truth-O-Meter record • Jeb Bush's Truth-O-Meter record  • Hillary Clinton's Truth-O-Meter record

PunditFact fact-checks the June 14 news shows

Hillary Clinton's position on trade has dogged her, but her campaign chairman says her position is clear.    • Jeb Bush's Truth-O-Meter record  • Hillary Clinton's Truth-O-Meter record • PunditFact: Diane Rehm's question to Bernie Sanders on dual Israeli citizenship

Jeb Bush on the Truth-O-Meter

Jeb Bush will announce for president on Monday. PolitiFact Florida has fact-checked his claims about Iraq, immigration and education, among others.   Hillary Clinton's Truth-O-Meter record   PunditFact: The backstory behind Diane Rehm's question to Bernie Sanders on dual Israeli citizenship

Hillary Clinton's Truth-O-Meter record

Hillary Clinton will host a kick-off rally for her campaign in New York City June 12. Here are some highlights from the more than 100 Clinton fact-checks we've done so far.   PunditFact: The backstory behind Diane Rehm's question to Bernie Sanders on dual Israeli citizenship

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton on voting rights

Hillary Clinton chose her words carefully in characterizing the actions of Republican governors -- and potential presidential candidates -- on how they handled voting legislation in their states. 

PunditFact fact-checks the June 7 news shows

Lincoln Chafee wants to bring the metric system to the United States. On Sunday, he suggested that Ronald Reagan wanted the same thing.

Fact-checking the NSA phone records program

We look at our recent fact-checks from the battle over the Patriot Act and the bulk collection of telephone records.    • PolitiFact's Top 5 for May 2015  

PolitiFact's Top 5 for May 2015

Fact-checks of John Boehner, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Elizabeth Warren made the list.    • PolitiFact Rhode Island: Lincoln Chafee to run for president

McConnell vs. Paul on the Patriot Act and telephone records: What the government accesses

McConnell has suggested that Patriot Act opponents are confusing people on whether calls are being monitored.   Also: PolitiFact Rhode Island reviews Lincoln Chafee's Truth-O-Meter record.

Lindsey Graham on the Truth-O-Meter

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is joining the ever-growing field of 2016 Republican presidential contenders. Here's a look back at his Truth-O-Meter record so far.   • Orlando preview: Fact-checking GOP presidential contenders on the economy •​ Fact-checking the May 31 news shows

Fact-checking the May 31 news shows

In light of the indictment against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, PunditFact looks at a claim from George Will on how much money is being spent on lobbyists.

Martin O'Malley on the Truth-O-Meter

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is joining the field of 2016 Democratic presidential contenders. Here's a look back at his Truth-O-Meter record so far.

'Teabagger' group makes splash with fake-quote memes

A Facebook group called "Stop the World, the Teabaggers Want Off" is getting lots of attention on social media for its memes, which typically feature conservative politicians making outrageous statements. There's one problem: Social-media users don't always realize the quotes aren't real.

Rick Santorum on the Truth-O-Meter

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., is joining the ever-growing field of 2016 Republican presidential contenders. So we’re looking back at his Truth-O-Meter record so far.   Also: The facts about FIFA

Mailbag: 'This seems like an "Onion" spoof'

Reader comments flow into our inbox all the time. Here's a selection of recent concerns, complaints and compliments.

Mailbag: 'Jebio' edition

We take a look at recent reader comments and complaints about our coverage of the two leading presidential candidates from Florida, Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.

Mailbag: Hillary Clinton edition

Hillary Clinton is in the media spotlight -- and our coverage of her presidential campaign is taking flak from readers.

Fact-checking claims about Amtrak

There's a lot of blame going around about why Amtrak isn't up-to-date on the latest safety features. We found a complicated situation that turns on several important factors.

PunditFact fact-checks the May 17 news shows

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates discussed the state of the American economy Sunday, arguing that business leaders don’t need lower tax rates in the way Republicans have claimed.  

PunditFact looks at Fox News, Barack Obama and their ‘lazy’ back-and-forth

Fox Business News Stuart Varney challenged President Barack Obama's claim that Fox has depicted people on food stamps as lazy.

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and authorizing the war in Iraq

We take a look at what Bush told Fox’s Megyn Kelly about what he and his potential Democratic rival would have done about Iraq.

Rouhani Meter tracks Iran president's campaign promises

An innovative project based in Toronto is monitoring the promises of Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran.  

PunditFact fact-checks the May 10 news shows

Carly Fiorina defended her record at Hewlett-Packard in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd.

Did the Clinton Foundation keep its promises? A PolitiFact scorecard

The Clinton Foundation signed an agreement in 2008 to avoid conflicts of interest while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Our scorecard tracks whether the foundation lived up to its end of the deal.

Joe Scarborough apologizes to PolitiFact, sort of

Joe Scarborough corrected the record for wrongly claiming that Algeria was on the U.S. terror list. 

Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson on the Truth-O-Meter

We review our fact-checks of three new GOP candidates for president: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former computer executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.   • PolitiFact’s Top 5 for April 2015 Bernie Sanders and the Truth-O-Meter

John Boehner says Americans spend more on antacids than politics

A fact-check that might upset your stomach.

PolitiFact’s Top 5 for April 2015

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul made it onto our most-read list for April.   • Why bloggers, Rush Limbaugh ran with the phony story about Harry Reid • Bernie Sanders and the Truth-O-Meter • In Context: What Baltimore's mayor said about space for rioters

Bernie Sanders and the Truth-O-Meter

With Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to announce soon that he’s running for president in 2016, we thought we’d take a look back at his record on the Truth-O-Meter.   • In Context: What Baltimore's mayor said about space for rioters • Jeb Bush's questionable attack on Barack Obama and the use of U.S. power • Fact-checking the April 26 shows, 'Clinton Cash'

In Context: What Baltimore's mayor said about space for rioters

In the wake of the Baltimore riots, some accused Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of adopting a hands-off policy on the looting and arson. We give you the full text of her statements on the matter.   • Jeb Bush's questionable attack on Barack Obama and the use of U.S. power • Fact-checking claims about same-sex marriage • Fact-checking the April 26 shows, 'Clinton Cash'

Jeb Bush's questionable attack on Barack Obama and the use of U.S. power

• Speaking in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush took a shot at Barack Obama's beliefs in the importance of American leadership. But past speeches undermine Bush's claim.   • Fact-checking claims about same-sex marriage • Fact-checking the April 26 shows, 'Clinton Cash'

PunditFact fact-checks the April 26 news shows

A new book examining donations to the Clinton Foundation had the Sunday shows talking.

Iranian missiles and the eastern U.S.: How big a threat?

Marco Rubio recently said, "Iran is developing long-range rockets that will at some point in less than a decade be capable of reaching the east coast of the United States." We asked experts what they thought.   • New research on politics fact-checking shows growth and influence • A presidential shout-out for the Obameter

New research on politics fact-checking shows growth and influence

The American Press Institute releases three new reports on the politics fact-checking and its effects.

A presidential shout-out for the Obameter

President Barack Obama welcomes the Ohio State Buckeyes to the White House to celebrate their national football championship -- and mentions our political promise tracker, the Obameter.

PunditFact fact-checks the April 19 news shows

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is thinking of challenging 2016 Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

Marco Rubio's views on gay marriage and the Constitution

A Christian Coalition survey suggested Rubio supported an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but there's no other mention of that position, which his campaign denies. We review Rubio's comments over the years.   • PunditFact previews the Sunday shows • ​PolitiFact wants your feedback • ​More stories

PolitiFact wants your feedback

We're thinking of building a PolitiFact plug-in (Web extension) to make it easier for users to request fact-checks. Could you take our quick nine-question survey so that we do it right?

Rubio's bad analogy: Borrowing 'like it's 1999'

"So our leaders put us at a disadvantage by taxing and borrowing and regulating like it’s 1999," said Sen. Marco Rubio as he announced his candidacy for president. Actually, 1999 was not a bad year for balancing the budget. 

Marco Rubio on the Truth-O-Meter

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., intends to run for president in 2016. We look back at his statements about immigration, climate change, Obamacare and other topics.   • PunditFact fact-checks the April 12 Sunday shows • Hillary Clinton's record on the Truth-O-Meter

PunditFact fact-checks the April 12 Sunday shows

Hillary Clinton's announcement that she's running for president dominated discussion on the Sunday news shows.   • Hillary Clinton's record on the Truth-O-Meter • Marco Rubio's record on the Truth-O-Meter

Hillary Clinton and the Truth-O-Meter

After long anticipation, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her 2016 presidential campaign on April 12. We've been fact-checking her since 2007.  

Fact-checking statements about guns and the NRA

Republican presidential contenders will speak to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association’s annual leadership forum on Friday.

Mailbag: 'I rate your "fact-check" to be Mostly Useless'

Here's our periodic look at comments, complaints and the occasional compliments we get from readers.   • Rand Paul and the Truth-O-Meter

Rand Paul and the Truth-O-Meter

On Tuesday, Rand Paul announced his candidacy for president in 2016.  We looked back at some our more notable fact-checks of his statements.    • The Ted Cruz scorecard • The Jeb Bush scorecard • The Hillary Clinton scorecard • All the scorecards  

Mailbag: Presidential campaign edition

It's still early in the 2016 presidential race, but the early complaints from readers about our coverage are already piling up.

PolitiFact’s top 5 reports for March

Readers liked fact-checks on religious freedom laws, sports stadiums, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz.   • PunditFact: Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, annotated • Scott Walker's immigration stance after New Hampshire appearance: Decoder ring needed • Fact-checking a deal with Iran

Fact-checking a deal with Iran

As negotiations approach an interim deadline, we look back at claims about a Senate letter and whether Iran has been keeping to its agreements.    • PunditFact: Fact-checking the March 29 news shows • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Is Scott Walker shifting views for 2016?

PunditFact fact-checks the March 29 Sunday shows

At least five times Sunday , ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos asked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence a variant on a simple question about Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act: "If a florist in Indiana refuses to serve a gay couple at their wedding, is that legal now in Indiana?" And at least five times, Pence would not answer.

Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president? (Updated)

• Scott Walker: Shifting views to be in a better position for 2016? • Harry Reid to retire; his PolitiFact scorecard

The scorecards so far

With Ted Cruz’s announcement that he’s running for president, we look at a snapshot of how a few potential presidential hopefuls are doing on our Truth-O-Meter.   • From the archives: Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president? • The health care law turns 5: What came true and what didn’t  

PunditFact fact-checks the March 22 news shows

Israel's ambassador to the Unites States told NBC's Chuck Todd that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not flip-flop on a two-state solution.   • PolitiFact Texas: Ted Cruz on the Truth-O-Meter • From the archives: Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president? • The health care law turns 5: What came true and what didn’t

The federal health care law: What came true and what didn’t

Monday marks the fifth anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law. PolitiFact takes a look at the predictions made about the law then and what has since come to light. 

Luck of the Irish on the Truth-O-Meter

We look back in our archives and find three fact-checks about Ireland in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day.

PunditFact fact-checks the March 15 Sunday shows

The latest on Hillary Clinton's email issue.

Hillary Clinton's email: Did she follow all the rules?

Throughout the controversy regarding her exclusive use of private email while secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has said she followed the rules. But the truth isn’t so clear cut.

Fact-checking recent claims about an Iran nuclear deal

We take a look at some of the claims surrounding the administration's negotiations with Iran, and the Republican backlash.

Global fact-checkers investigate claims about women

As the United Nations celebrates International Women’s Day, nonpartisan fact-checkers from five continents looked at claims about women’s lives.

PunditFact fact-checks the March 8 news shows

PunditFact looked at part of the defense offered on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

Fact-checks about Selma and the Voting Rights Act

On the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, we look back at our fact-checks about voting rights

February's 5 top-read fact-checks

In February, PolitiFact’s most read stories had an eclectic flavor. You got the Oscars, a Vine, a claim from President Barack Obama and a "mystery" about one of the men vying to potentially replace him.

Fact-checking claims about Iran

At the forefront of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Congress is the fact that he and President Barack Obama don’t see eye-to-eye on Iran. Here are some of our latest checks on Iran-related claims.

Fact-checking John Boehner's comments on 'Face the Nation'

The Republican House speaker made a rare Sunday show appearance.

The fact-checks behind 'The Daily Show's' 50 Fox news 'lies'

The Daily Show posted a Vine Wednesday titled, "50 Fox News lies in 6 seconds." PunditFact and PolitiFact have fact-checked almost all of the statements they cited. See them all here.

Does new research say Ebola is airborne?

Critics put a months-old fact-check about Ebola back under the microscope last week after they said an article in a scholarly medical journal supported a claim made by George Will that Ebola had gone airborne. The lead author of the article tells us that's not true.

What John Legend said about slavery at the Oscars

While accepting an Oscar for a song from the movie "Selma" Sunday night, John Legend claimed that "there are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850." PolitiFact Rhode Island fact-checked a nearly identical claim in December. It rates True. Why Obama won't label ISIS 'Islamic' extremists

PunditFact: Why Obama won't label ISIS 'Islamic extremists'

President Barack Obama describes ISIS, or the Islamic State, as violent extremists and not Islamic. What's the difference, and why are so many people arguing about the terror group's label? PunditFact examines the issue.

Barack Obama urges audience to 'do a fact-check.' We oblige

In a speech to the Democratic National Committee, President Barack Obama asked for more fact-checking. Here you go.

Mailbag: 'You gotta play fair'

Another installment of reader feedback about our fact-checks.

Without PunditFact, pundits stand uncorrected

"You get one little minutiae wrong, in a long drawn-out sentence," said ABC and CNN political commentator Donna Brazile, "and all of the sudden you become a verb, you get PunditFacted."

PolitiFact's 5 most-viewed fact checks from January

The State of the Union address -- and Joni Ernst's Republican response -- were some of the biggest draws in January for PolitiFact readers.

Fact-checking vaccines and measles

We look back at our recent fact-checks on the safety of vaccines and the danger of measles.    Jon Stewart’s epic rundown of PolitiFact’s fact-checks of Fox News Pundits react to Brian Williams news Coming soon: PolitiFact California

Jon Stewart’s epic rundown of PolitiFact’s fact-checks of Fox News

Jon Stewart says he’ll be stepping down as host of the The Daily Show later this year. We remember the time he admitted we got him on a fact-check. Then he turned the tables on Fox News.   PunditFact: Pundits react to Brian Williams news Coming soon: PolitiFact California  

Fact-checking the pundits: Pundits meet PunditFact

Pundits and the fact-checkers who question them collided Tuesday in Washington. Coming soon: PolitiFact California

Coming soon: PolitiFact California

We'll be partnering with Capital Public Radio to bring fact-checking journalism to California’s public radio airwaves and websites.

PunditFact fact-checks the Feb. 8 Sunday shows

A pundit claimed that countries in Africa "have higher vaccination rates than here in the United States." Is that right?

Rand Paul on 'walking, talking' children who end up with 'profound mental disorders after vaccines'

We take a look at the facts and evidence behind a recent statement by Sen. Rand Paul about children who "wound up with profound mental disorders" after vaccines.   PunditFact: Timeline of Brian Williams' statements on Iraqi helicopter attack What Barack Obama said about autism and vaccines in 2008

What Barack Obama said about autism and vaccines in 2008

In the wake of comments by Rand Paul and Chris Christie about whether to vaccinate children, attention has turned to footage from 2008 showing then-candidate Barack Obama seeming to raise similar concerns. But is he? We took a closer look.   PolitiFact Texas: Obama's call for a veterans hospital in the Rio Grande Valley

PunditFact fact-checks the Feb. 1 Sunday shows

Super Sunday brought talk about the spread of terrorists abroad and the spread of the measles back home.

Fact-checking the 2015 Super Bowl

We look at whether the cold could deflate footballs and if the game sparks a spike in human trafficking. 

PunditFact checks in on the cable news channels

MSNBC and CNN have improved ever so slightly on PunditFact's TV network scorecards, while Fox News has moved a touch in the opposite direction.   Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address: annotated More State of the Union and responses coverage

Mailbag: Bread bag edition

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, recalled wearing bread bags to keep her shoes dry when growing up in rural Iowa. This prompted a flood of memories by PolitiFact readers. Here are recollections from those who did much the same -- and some who didn't.

PunditFact fact-checks the Jan. 25 news shows

Republicans thinking of running for president in 2016 began their tour of the news shows Sunday. Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address: annotated Joni Ernst's bread bags: Iowans give us their take

Joni Ernst's bread bags: Iowans give us their take

Republicans put forward freshman Sen. Joni Ernst to respond to the State of the Union. She started with a childhood memory that got people talking.   Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address: annotated Joni Ernst's 2015 State of the Union rebuttal: annotated All of our fact-checks from the State of the Union and reactions

Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address: annotated

We combed through every line in Obama's 2015 State of the Union. Learn the facts behind the speech. Joni Ernst's 2015 State of the Union rebuttal: annotated PolitiFact's live blog for the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response  

PolitiFact's live blog for the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response

We live-blogged President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech and the Republican response from U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa. Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address: annotated Joni Ernst's 2015 State of the Union rebuttal: annotated 

Joni Ernst's 2015 State of the Union rebuttal: annotated

Learn the facts behind Sen. Joni Ernst's 2015 GOP response to the State of the Union.  

Fact-checking the 2015 State of the Union and GOP Response

PolitiFact's coverage of the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response.      

PunditFact fact-checks the Jan. 18 news shows

Tax rates for the wealthy and the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage dominated Sunday news shows. Help PolitiFact fund fact-checking of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Wow, thanks! Keep supporting us and here's what we'll do next

Now that we've met our initial $15,000 Kickstarter goal with a few days of fundraising left, we're looking past the State of the Union and into the 2016 primaries. 

Fact-checking U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's book 'American Dreams'

The senator from Florida (and a potential 2016er) has a new book out. We fact-checked three statements from it about welfare, education and government regulation.   Help fund PolitiFact’s Kickstarter to live fact-check the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response. 

Help fund our live fact-checking of the 2015 State of the Union

We're very close to our goal!    PunditFact fact-checks the Jan. 11 news shows

PunditFact fact-checks the Jan. 11 news shows

As world leaders and Parisians marched against terrorism Sunday, American politicians focused on what last week's attacks on a satirical newspaper and hostages at a grocery store mean for security at home. Help PolitiFact fund live fact-checking of the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response. 

3 key Keystone XL questions answered

As one of the first acts of the 114th Congress, Republicans are committed to passing a bill that would permit construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Here, we answer some questions you might have about the proposal.   SUPPORT POLITIFACT'S KICKSTARTER TO LIVE FACT-CHECK THE 2015 STATE OF THE UNION AND GOP RESPONSE.

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What we know about Steve Scalise attending a white power event

We sift through conflicting accounts from May 2002, when the European-American Unity and Rights Organization held a conference in the New Orleans area. Help PolitiFact fund live fact-checking of the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response.

PunditFact fact-checks the Jan. 4 news shows

Pundits and politicians discussed the future of the new GOP-controlled Congress. Help PolitiFact fund live fact-checking of the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response.

The top 10 most viewed fact-checks of 2014

We count down the 10 fact-checks readers clicked on the most in 2014. Help PolitiFact fund a Kickstarter to live fact-check the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response

PolitiFact launches Kickstarter to live fact-check the 2015 State of the Union

We're hoping to raise $15,000 to live fact-check and annotate the 2015 State of the Union address and GOP response. See why, and what you can receive for donating.

Fact-checking claims about the economy in 2014

The past year produced claims about how good -- or bad -- the economy is these days. Some claims checked out, but others didn't.  

18 fact-checks of things that were wrong on the Internet

From wild claims about the Obamas to Fox News to Ferguson, we found lots to fact-check from the Internet in 2014. Here are 18 doozies.

Mailbag: 'That's a fail, PolitiFact'

In recent weeks, PolitiFact readers wrote us to take issue with our coverage of the Senate torture report and the intersection of race and crime. Here's a selection of their emails.

Some politicians spoke the truth in 2014

We published lots of Falses and Pants on Fires this year, but here's a hat-tip to a sampling of claims that earned a full True rating.

Fact-checking Ferguson and police issues in 2014

We look back at fact-checks from a year marked by protests and discussions of police shootings and use of force.   Fact-checking Barack Obama's CNN appearance Immigration: the year in fact-checking Mailbag: Lie of the Year edition 2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

Mailbag: Lie of the Year edition

Readers and others react to our choice for Lie of the Year for 2014: exaggerations about Ebola.    Fact-checking Barack Obama's CNN appearance Immigration: the year in fact-checking 2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

Fact-checking Barack Obama's CNN appearance

The president made claims about Iran and Cuba in an interview Sunday.

Immigration: the year in fact-checking

We begin a series of stories looking back at the most interesting fact-checks of 2014. Today's topic: immigration.    Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report Fact-checking Jeb Bush, 2016 presidential contender 2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

The Readers' Choice poll: Comments from readers

We asked readers what they thought about the year in politics and our many fact-checks. Here's a deep dive into what they said.    Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report Fact-checking Jeb Bush, 2016 presidential contender 2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

Climate change: the Readers' Choice winner

"Global warming is a hoax" was the falsehood that won our Readers' Choice poll for Lie of the Year. Here's a look back at that fact-check, as well as other 2014  fact-checks on  the Keystone XL pipeline, proposed carbon-cutting regulations on power plants, and the polar vortex.    Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report 2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola PunditFact editor Aaron Sharockman discusses the Lie of the Year Fact-checking Jeb Bush, 2016 presidential contender

2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

We heard claims that Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border and that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy. Those claims, and others, collectively earn our Lie of the Year for 2014. View the results of the 2014 Readers' Poll Read all our fact-checks about Ebola PunditFact editor Aaron Sharockman discusses the Lie of the Year

2014 Readers' Poll results

At 4 p.m. ET today, we’ll be announcing PolitiFact’s 2014 Lie of the Year. In the meantime, we’re revealing the winner of our Readers’ Poll.

A look back at PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year

Today at 4 p.m. ET, we’ll announce our sixth annual Lie of the Year. Here’s a look back at the previous five years of awards.  

PunditFact fact-checks Dick Cheney on 'Meet the Press'

The former vice president criticized the Senate torture report.

5 questions about PolitiFact and PunditFact's Lie of the Year

We'll announce our Lie of the Year "winner" next week. Here, we answer five frequently asked questions.    A look back at previous years' winners

PunditFact: Dropping questions on marriage from the census

The Census Bureau is considering changes to one of its regular surveys that could impact what we know about the state of marriage in the United States.    

Pundits debate rape on campus in light of UVA story

A liberal and conservative pundit debated a study that found 1 in 5 college women are sexually assaulted.  

The 2014 Lie of the Year Finalists: Vote in the PolitiFact Readers' Poll

We announce the 10 finalists for Lie of the Year from PolitiFact and PunditFact, and we invite you to cast your ballot in our Readers' Poll.

Does Obamacare give businesses a $3,000 incentive to hire illegal immigrants?

In all the criticism against President Barack Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration, there’s one policy unexpectedly caught in the fallout: Obamacare.    • Jeb Bush: ‘Only because I am going to be PolitiFacted’ • Our top 5 fact-checks and reports for November 2014  

Our top 5 fact-checks and reports for November 2014

Readers clicked on fact-checks about events in Ferguson, President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration, and "death panels."

Mailbag: 'I rate your piece False'

As we all bask in the warm glow of Thanksgiving, PolitiFact presents another opportunity for readers to register complaints and concerns about our recent fact-checks.

PolitiFact's Thanksgiving dinner guide to harmony and accuracy

Thanksgiving is a time for good food, good football ... and cranky relatives who spend too much time reading political conspiracies on the Internet. Here's PolitiFact's guide to spotting inaccurate political statements at the dinner table -- and how to rebut them.

PunditFact's top fact-checks about Ferguson

Well before Monday's grand jury decision, TV pundits made inaccurate or misleading claims about race after the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. 

PunditFact fact-checks the Nov. 23 shows

President Barack Obama appeared on ABC "This Week" in an interview with host George Stephanopoulos to address and defend his recent executive actions on immigration. Elsewhere, GOP pundits offered criticisms of the move.

12 key fact-checks on immigration and executive action

President Barack Obama has unveiled a plan to prevent deportations for a broad swath of people living in the United States illegally. We selected 12 key fact-checks to give readers the basics on immigration and executive action. 

Fact-checkers worldwide check the G20 summit for a #G20factcheckathon

PolitiFact and other fact-checking organizations around the world joined forces to fact-check statements from leaders at the G20 summit. We found claims that weren’t entirely false, but did use a good bit of spin.

Jeb Bush on the Truth-O-Meter

As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush contemplates a bid for president, we look back on his claims about education, immigration and the economy on the eve of his national education summit.   • Jonathan Gruber mentions on TV: Fox News 779, MSNBC 79 • Fact-checking the Keystone pipeline

PunditFact fact-checks the Nov. 16 Sunday shows

Talk centered around the Keystone XL pipeline. PunditFact fact-checked two claims.

What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality is back in the news -- following President Barack Obama’s Nov. 10 proposal for "the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality."

PunditFact: Fact-checking claims about the GOP agenda

With the 2014 midterms in the rearview mirror, pundits are looking ahead to what a GOP-controlled Congress might do. PunditFact fact-checked two recent claims.   • McConnell and Boehner's goals for the 114th Congress

McConnell and Boehner's goals for the 114th Congress

We take note of Republican leaders' goals so we can revisit them in 2016 and see what is accomplished, what falls apart, and where Republicans compromise.

Fact-checking Barack Obama's latest jobs claim

Obama claimed that the United States has created more jobs "than every other advanced economy combined since I came into office."

Mailbag: 'You are not very good at fact checking'

Election Day is past; now it's time to dig through some of the comments and complaints we received from readers in recent months.

Our top 5 fact-checks and reports for October 2014

We look back at last month’s most popular fact-checks and reports. Topics include Ebola, the Republican platform and Elizabeth Warren.

9 fact-checks about voting and elections

With Election Day finally here, we look at fact-checks about voter fraud, voter ID laws, restoring the right to vote for felons, purging noncitizens from the voter rolls and more.

PunditFact fact-checks the Nov. 2 Sunday shows

Pundits offered their final analysis ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections.   • 10 scary fact-checks for Halloween • In context: Hillary Clinton and corporations creating jobs • The biggest whoppers of the 2014 campaign

Boo! Debunking 10 scary claims for Halloween

We look at 10 recent political claims that sound pretty scary -- until you check the facts. 

In Context: Hillary Clinton and Don’t let anybody tell you that corporations create jobs

Republicans seize on Clinton’s remarks on trickle-down economics; we look at the comment in its full context.    • Catch up with the Q and A session we hosted on Facebook.  • The biggest whoppers of the 2014 campaign • PunditFact: Fact-checks about Ebola

Fact-checking the 2014 campaigns with PolitiFact around the country

We round up the work of our partners at PolitiFact Wisconsin, PolitiFact Texas and PolitiFact Georgia. 

Catch up with our chat on Facebook

We hosted a Q and A on Facebook on Wednesday night, answering questions and reading comments about the 2014 campaigns, viral Internet memes, how we fact-check, and more. Catch up with what you missed.    • The biggest whoppers of the 2014 campaign • PunditFact: Fact-checks about Ebola

Rand Paul on the Truth-O-Meter

We've recently fact-checked statements by or about Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky and a possible 2016 contender.    • The biggest whoppers of the 2014 campaign • PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 26 news shows • Republicans' favorite attack on incumbent Democrats: their loyalty to Obama in votes  

PolitiFact's 9 biggest whoppers of the 2014 campaign

We select the nine biggest falsehoods we've fact-checked this election season, with claims about Islamic State, the U.S.-Mexico border, guns and women's health making the list.   • Republicans' favorite attack on incumbent Democrats: their loyalty to Obama in votes • PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 26 news shows • Could terrorists use Ebola to attack the United States? 

Could terrorists use Ebola to attack the United States?

Terrorists using Ebola would be the sum of all fears. But is it plausible?   • Republicans' favorite attack on incumbent Democrats: their loyalty to Obama in votes • PolitiFact Georgia: Georgia's economy and the race for governor • PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking CNN's Florida governor's debate 

Republicans' favorite attack on incumbent Democrats: their loyalty to Obama in votes

In countless races this election season, the favorite Republican talking point against Democratic incumbents is how often they voted with President Barack Obama.   • PolitiFact Georgia: Georgia's economy and the race for governor • PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking CNN's Florida governor's debate  • PunditFact: Pew study finds Rush Limbaugh least trustworthy news source

Fact-checking the Florida governor's debate on CNN

Moderator Jake Tapper quizzed former Gov. Charlie Crist and current Gov. Rick Scott on topics like Ebola, executions and Florida State football.    • PunditFact: Pew study finds Rush Limbaugh least trustworthy news source • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Fact-checking Friday's governor's debate • PolitiFact Florida: Did the rules of the second debate say there would be no fan?

After Fangate: Previewing the next Florida governor's debate

We look at some of the lines you might hear tonight on CNN during the third Florida governor's debate.    • PunditFact: Pew study finds Rush Limbaugh least trustworthy news source • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Fact-checking Friday's governor's debate • PolitiFact Florida: Did the rules of the second debate say there would be no fan?

PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 19 news shows

One pundit criticized the media for Ebola fear-mongering, another claimed the virus could spread through the air.   • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Fact-checking Friday's governor's debate •  Reviewing the numbers on Ebola vaccine research and NIH funding cuts • Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola

Ebola vaccine research and NIH funding cuts: reviewing the numbers

Ebola research is heavily dependent on NIH funding -- but is it so dependent that the organization’s budget cuts have put vaccine development on the back burner?   • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Previewing the second governor's debate • PolitiFact Florida: Did the rules of the debate say there would be no fan? • PunditFact: Top 5 falsehoods about Ebola

5 falsehoods about Ebola

There's a lot of fear-mongering out there about Ebola. Here are 5 fact-checks to correct the misinformation. • PolitiFact Florida: Did the rules of the debate say there would be no fan? • PolitiFact Wisconsin: In Context: Gwen Moore on Ebola and a travel ban • PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking the second governor's debate

PolitiFact Florida previews the Florida governor's debate

Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are starting to repeat their talking points; here's your fact-checking guide to their favorite lines. The two debate again Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET.   • PunditFact: A Pants on Fire for Donald Trump • PolitiFact Virginia: Solving the mystery of the no-tax pledge • ISIS fighters caught at the U.S.-Mexico border? Pants on Fire

Previewing the Arkansas U.S. Senate debate

We look back at claims we've checked from both Tom Cotton and Mark Pryor.   • PunditFact: Fact-checking the Oct. 12 news shows • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Burke, Walker wield truth as tool in first debate • PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking the Florida governor's debate on Telemundo

Previewing the Kentucky U.S. Senate debate

We look back at claims we've checked from both Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes.    • PolitiFact Virginia: Get the facts from Monday night's Senate debate • PunditFact: Fact-checking the Oct. 12 news shows • PolitiFact Wisconsin: Burke, Walker wield truth as tool in first debate • PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking the Florida governor's debate on Telemundo

PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 12 news shows

The Sunday shows stoked fears that Ebola could spread further in the United States. • Candidates for governor debate in Florida, Wisconsin

Candidates for governor debate in Florida, Wisconsin

PolitiFact Florida and PolitiFact Wisconsin are fact-checking Friday's high-profile debates in races for governor. In Florida, it's Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist; in Wisconsin, it's Scott Walker vs. Mary Burke. 

PunditFact: Fact-checking the fallout from Bill Maher's Muslim monologue

The comments about Islam from comedian, social critic, atheist and cable talk show host Bill Maher continue to stir reactions across the TV dial and across the political spectrum.   • PolitiFact Florida previews the governor's debate between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott. • PolitiFact Wisconsin fact-checks TV ads about Gov. Scott Walker's position on abortion. • Sign up for the PolitiFact email newsletter.

Tuesday night reruns in North Carolina

Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan squared off in their second debate, using many lines we've heard before. • PolitiFact Virginia looks at the U.S. Senate debate between Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner. • PolitiFact Georgia fact-checks outsourcing in the Michelle Nunn-David Perdue U.S. Senate race. • PunditFact looks at a startling statistic on female murder victims.    

Previewing the North Carolina U.S. Senate debate

As candidates Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis prepare for their second debate, we review how they have fared on the Truth-O-Meter.   • PolitiFact Virginia to fact-check the U.S. Senate debate between Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner. • PolitiFact Georgia fact-checks outsourcing in the Michelle Nunn-David Perdue U.S. Senate race. • PolitiFact Wisconsin reports on campaign promises from Scott Walker and Mary Burke in the governor's race. • PunditFact bids a farewell to CNN's Crossfire. 

PunditFact fact-checks the Oct. 5 news shows

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wanted to discuss the size of America's military.

Top 5 most popular fact-checks for September 2014

Readers liked our fact-checks on the Islamic State, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Saturday Night Live. 

Has Florida's Charlie Crist flip-flopped on his party, health care, abortion and the stimulus?

In a close governor's race, the Republican Party unloads on Charlie Crist's changing his party and changing his positions. We sort out the flips on our Flip-O-Meter.   • PolitiFact Texas reports on the governor's debate between Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis. • PolitiFact Rhode Island profiles the Providence mayor's race and Buddy Cianci. • PunditFact looks at Emma Watson's speech to the United Nations.  

Previewing the Texas governor's debate

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis will debate Tuesday night as they seek to be elected the next Texas governor. PolitiFact Texas reviews their records on the Truth-O-Meter.   • PolitiFact Rhode Island: Previewing the Providence mayoral debate • 10 fact-checks about climate change • PunditFact: TV networks call on the warheads

PunditFact fact-checks the Sept. 28 news shows

The debate about the air strikes in Syria continued as pundits compared President Barack Obama to President George W. Bush and wondered why Congress is currently in recess.   • 10 fact-checks about climate change • PunditFact: TV networks call on the warheads

Fact-checking 7 claims about Eric Holder

Political opponents attacked Attorney General Eric Holder on a regular basis, earning ratings from True to Pants on Fire. On Thursday, Holder said he is stepping down.   • Fact-checks from the Kentucky U.S. Senate race • 10 fact-checks about climate change • PunditFact: TV networks call on the warheads

The Kentucky U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far

A look back at the fact-checks in the Kentucky Senate race between Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

10 fact-checks about climate change

We’re looking back at 10 of our recent fact-checks on climate change in light of the United Nations summit in New York this week.   • Browse all of our fact-checks on climate change.

PunditFact fact-checks the Sept. 21 news shows

The pundits had plenty to talk about after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power stopped by three network shows to talk up international support for President Barack Obama's strategy against the Islamic State. 

New York Times calls PolitiFact app 'fun, fascinating and at times depressing'

The New York Times likes our PolitiFact Mobile app. Here's what they had to say.

The Iowa U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far

The U.S. Senate race in Iowa is becoming one of the nation's most pivotal races for determining the chamber's balance of power in 2015. Here's a look at some of the claims at issue in the race.   • The Colorado U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far • The Alaska U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far • The Arkansas U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far

Is there a corporate tax break that ships jobs overseas?

Democrats love to say that Republicans support tax breaks that promote outsourcing, but that claim is misleading.   • Welcome to a new look for PolitiFact • Our video shows you key elements of PolitiFact's redesign

Welcome to a new look for PolitiFact

Why, yes, we do look different! (And be sure to check us out on a smartphone)   • Our video shows you key elements of PolitiFact's redesign

A PolitiFact video for PolitiFact's redesign

This video explains some of the new features of PolitiFact's redesign.

PunditFact fact-checks the Sept. 14 news shows

Pundits discussed President Barack Obama's plan to defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, as well as the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case.

Zombie claims about Medicare just won't die

Political ads citing Medicare have unleashed misleading claims we've seen before. Here's your fact-checking antidote.

Fact-checking the latest claims about the Islamic State

In light of President Barack Obama's speech about Islamic State on Wednesday night, we review some of our recent fact-checks. 

The Colorado U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far

From birth control and personhood to immigration and the Keystone pipeline, we review our fact-checks in the Colorado Senate race so far.

Mailbag: 'What a silly bit of analysis you've offered'

A compendium of recent comments, complaints and compliments from PolitiFact readers.

PunditFact fact-checks the Sept. 7 news shows

Chuck Todd debuted as the new host of Meet the Press, with an interview with President Barack Obama. 

Top 5 fact-checks and reports for August

Some of our readers' favorite topics in August were presidential vacations, minimum-wage summer jobs, and even President Barack Obama’s summer attire.

The Alaska U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far

Today we look at the race for U.S. Senate in Alaska. It's the second installment in a series about our fact-checks in closely contested Senate races.

5 fact-checks about the high cost of college tuition

As college students head back to school, we review some recent fact checks about tuition and student loans.

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 31 news shows

Pundits and policitians offered their opinions on how the United States should handle the Islamic State.

The audacity of taupe: Obama's suit switch surprises

President Barack Obama showed up in the White House press room Thursday wearing a tan suit. This sent the press corps buzzing — and a reader asked us to turn on our Flip-O-Meter. We couldn't resist a more light-hearted topic.

Join PolitiFact, PunditFact for live video chat

Our reporters and editors took questions today at noon ET. See our replay.

The Arkansas U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far

With summer almost over, we kick off a series looking at our fact-checks in some of the key races. Today's installment: Arkansas.

The Florida governor's race: the fact-checks so far

Tuesday is primary day in Florida, but with the way attacks have been flying between candidates Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, it feels like the general election has already started. 

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 24 news shows

PunditFact looked at a claim from ABC's Martha Raddatz, who said President Barack Obama wanted to keep 10,000 troops in Iraq.

Who took more vacation -- George W. Bush or Barack Obama?

We update the numbers from last year's fact-check to include President Barack Obama's latest time off. 

Happy birthday, PolitiFact! PolitiFact turns 7

To celebrate, we recap our most popular fact-checks of the past year from PolitiFact and PunditFact. And we'll eat some cake. 

7 steps to better fact-checking

From time to time, we get questions about how we fact-check here at PolitiFact. We put together this basic guide for anyone who’s starting a search for information.

Fact-checking the Ferguson shooting

The killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb is raising questions about the makeup of the police department and its response to the Aug. 9 shooting.

NextGen Climate’s attack ads on Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer's political action committee has unleashed TV ads accusing Scott of being too cozy with oil drilling interests

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 17 news shows

PunditFact looked at two claims related to the shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

Fact-checking Obama's rules on carbon and coal plants

The Environmental Protection Agency's new rules to curb carbon emissions have spurred concerns ranging from economic impact to the closing of coal plants. We took a look at some of the claims surrounding the EPA's regulations.

Fact-checking women's issues in the Kentucky Senate race

The Violence Against Women Act is at the center of the Kentucky Senate race between Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. We took a look at two dueling ads in the race on the issue.

Fact-checking around the world: an update

A year ago, we looked at the rise of fact-checking journalism in other countries. Today, there's even more international fact-checking going on. Let us introduce you to some of our counterparts around the world.

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 10 shows

The Sunday shows debated the decision of President Barack Obama to conduct airstrikes in Iraq.

Fact-checking Rand Paul's Iowa trip

On his 10-stop tour of Iowa this week, Sen. Rand Paul not-so-subtly tested the waters of a 2016 presidential run. We found some facts to check among his remarks and interviews -- one True and one Pants on Fire!

PunditFact fact-checks claims about Israel and Gaza

The minute-by-minute changes in the developments in Israel and Gaza make it difficult for fact-checkers to keep things straight. But since the escalation in violence began last month, PunditFact has been able to examine a few of the claims central to the conflict.

Our top 5 fact-checking reports for July 2014

Readers liked fact-checks about vacations, dictatorship, contraception, executive action and the Founding Fathers.

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 3 news shows

Who's pusing the impeach Obama narrative -- tea party Republicans or liberals hoping to create an election issue?

A closer look at claims on impeachment, House lawsuit

In Congress' final days before the August recess, talk about a House lawsuit against President Barack Obama and possible impeachment proceedings got a lot of attention. We checked some of the claims.  

PolitiFact and PunditFact fact-check the debate over immigration

Politicians and talking heads have been scrambling to provide context for the surge of children from Central America -- and to assign blame.

PunditFact fact-checks the July 27 news shows

Talk centered on the crises abroad, including in Gaza and Ukraine.

Facebook Mailbag: 'PolitiFact is no longer a reliable source'

PolitiFact readers weigh in on Hillary Clinton, immigration, poverty -- and pizza. 

Fact-checking DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claims on health care

Democratic National Committe Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz made a stop at a Las Vegas news station to discuss two new rulings on the Affordable Care Act. We took a look at some of her statements.

Fact-checking claims about Russia, Ukraine and MH 17

We've fact-checked three recent statements about Ukraine, Russia and the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

Fact-checking Georgia's U.S. Senate primary

It's been a bruising battle between veteran Savannah Congressman Jack Kingston and millionaire businessman David Perdue. PolitiFact Georgia has been fact-checking the contest for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. 

PunditFact fact-checks the July 20 news shows

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on all five major Sunday news shows, making the case that Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists were responsible for the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17. We fact-checked two of Kerry’s claims.  

Did Hillary Clinton ask to be 'relieved' from representing an accused rapist in 1970s?

In audio recordings from the 1980s, Hillary Clinton said she took on a 1975 rape case as a "favor." Does that contradict her latest comments on the case that she "asked to be relieved of that responsibility"? We reviewed the history in search of an answer.

Are Rick Perry, Rand Paul and Barack Obama on the same page on Iraq?

Perry and Paul have opposing views on whether America should intervene in other countries' conflicts, but their solutions for Iraq have similarities with each other -- and with President Barack Obama.

Fact-checking claims on immigration

The surge of unaccompanied children at the U.S. border, primarily coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, has the politicians and pundits talking. We're checking the facts.

PunditFact fact-checks the July 13 news shows

Politicians and pundits discussed the situation along the U.S.-Mexico border, what the government needs to do and who is to blame.

Top 5 most popular fact-checks for June 2014

Our most popular fact-checks of June 2014 include statements about the Sgt. Bowe Berghdal swap, the number of school shootings and even a fact-check we published back in 2009.

Find out how PunditFact tracks the networks

Our Google+ Hangout On Air featured PunditFact editor Aaron Sharockman and PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan.

Tracking a 'zombie' stat: PunditFact dissects an inaccurate statistic on women and poverty

Seventy percent of people in poverty around the world are women? It's often repeated, but it's not accurate. Our partners at PunditFact looked into the story of a statistic.

Mailbag: 'PolitiFact is a hack for the fantasy of centrism'

PolitiFact readers weigh in on the Clintons' finances, school shootings and even who invented the airplane.

Getting the facts straight about the Founding Fathers

Pundits and politicians get things wrong time and time again when they use the Founding Fathers to support their political views. In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, we review fact-checks from our archives and set the record straight.

Could Supreme Court contraceptive ruling affect coverage of vaccines and blood transfusions?

In Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court said closely held corporations did not have to provide four types of contraceptives to employees. Could blood transfusions and immunizations see a similar fate? We review the evidence.

Fact-checking claims from the Hobby Lobby case

The Supreme Court's close ruling about Hobby Lobby and contraception has generated debate, so we're looking at a few factual claims surrounding the case. 

PunditFact fact-checks the June 29 news shows

Bill Clinton still wanted to talk about his family's wealth, while Republicans accused President Barack Obama of executive branch overreach.

Back to the future: Fact-checking claims about Iraq

It feels a little like 2003 lately, with Iraq in crisis and former Vice President Dick Cheney arguing for a muscular intervention to thwart the rise of violent anti-American extremists.

Debunking the Obama 'firsts' chain email

A chain email claims to run down all of President Barack Obama's "firsts" in office -- and they're all negative. We fact-checked four specific claims from the dozens on the list. The ones we checked are all wrong.

How many billionaires support the Democratic vs. Republican parties?

Harry Reid said Democrats don't have many billionaire supporters compared with Republicans. That got us combing through the available data -- which is far from complete. A lot of campaign spending still happens without public disclosure.

PunditFact fact-checks the June 22 news shows

The Sunday shows discussed the situation in Iraq and the most recent developments in controversy at the IRS.

3 takeaways from the 2014 Global Fact-checking Summit

Countries and politics differ, but the value of fact-checking crosses borders, says PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan.

Fact-checks about FIFA and the World Cup

PolitiFact and PunditFact have been seized with World Cup fever, so we've directed our enthusiasm into a few fact-checks.

5 ‘essential understandings’ of the fact-checking movement

PolitiFact journalists recently attended the Global Fact-checking Summit, held June 9-10 in London. Neil Brown, editor of the Tampa Bay Times -- the Florida newspaper that owns PolitiFact -- delivered the keynote address.

Sorting out claims on gun statistics

We look at two different claims, one on gun homicide rates and another on school shootings.

PunditFact fact-checks the June 15 news shows

We looked at comments about Eric Cantor's history on immigration and Hillary Clinton's poll numbers. 

A fact-checker's review of Hillary Clinton's book

This week, PolitiFact read Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, cover-to-cover and put several passages to the Truth-O-Meter. Here’s our roundup of what the potential 2016 heavyweight had to say in her memoir and how accurate some of her claims were.

Obama: 'You can fact-check that, PolitiFact'

President Barack Obama asked us to fact-check him at a White House appearance with the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx today. So we did.

A look back at fact-checks from Eric Cantor's primary loss

The Republican primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Tuesday stunned the political world. Here are a few of the fact checks our colleagues at PolitiFact Virginia did from his race.

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's 'dead broke' comment and her book

So far, the rollout of Hillary Clinton's new book has proven more controversial than the book itself, as she's drawn criticism for saying her family left the White House in 2001 "dead broke." We fact-checked that claim.

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's new book

As soon as Hard Choices comes out, we'll be combing through it to find facts to check. Readers, feel free to forward us ideas.

PunditFact fact-checks the June 8 news shows

Politicians and pundits debate the decision to swap Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners.

Will the U.S. have to close Guantanamo once the Afghanistan War is over?

There's good reason to believe that Guantanamo will remain open past the end of hostilities in Afghanistan. But beyond that, much about international law's impact on the prison camp is murky.

Fact-checking Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release

The return of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held for about five years by the Taliban, has raised issues about constitutional powers, the war in Afghanistan, and Bergdahl’s own actions.

Did Bergdahl serve the U.S. 'with honor and distinction'?

On ABC's This Week, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said that former Taliban captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl "served the United States with honor and distinction," a remark that drew criticism from fellow soldiers who faulted the circumstances of his disappearance. Is Rice's accolade valid?

3 fact-checks about the death penalty

The botched execution of an Oklahoma man and a May U.S. Supreme Court ruling have again put a focus on the death penalty in the United States. PolitiFact and PunditFact fact-checked three recent claims.

Our top 5 fact-check reports for May 2014

Fact-checks about Benghazi, taxes, Obamacare and the economy got the most eyeballs last month.

PunditFact fact-checks the June 1 news shows

Ted Cruz argued that the United States' policy of dealing with terrorists has changed. We decided to take a look.

It's EPA vs. U.S. Chamber of Commerce over climate change

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report on the economic impact of President Barack Obama's carbon regulations, which will be released in full on Monday. We take a look at the report and some of its questionable predictions.

Fact-checking recent claims about climate change

As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked.

Get the Truth-O-Meter in your inbox for 2014

Sign up for our regular email newsletter! It's a great way to keep up with PolitiFact and PunditFac. We'll have a lot of facts to check between now and November.

Fact-checks for primary day from PolitiFact Texas

Our partners at PolitiFact Texas have been busy fact-checking primary contests for several races in the Lone Star state. Voters go to the polls today.

Mailbag: 'There has to be something worse than Pants on Fire'

We round up the most interesting reactions to our recent fact-checks. This edition of mailbag focuses on comments from Facebook.

PunditFact fact-checks claims about VA wait lists

Allegations of secret wait lists for veterans seeking care at VA facilities has got the pundits talking. In some cases, their points don't match up with the facts.

Get inside PolitiFact’s email in-box in today’s chat

PolitiFact gets lots of email. Lots and lots of it. Meet the guy who reads pretty much all of it with a replay of our Google+ Hangout On Air.

Rounding up our recent fact-checks of Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton releases a new book next month. Here are our recent fact-checks of and about the potential 2016 contender.

Fact-checking primary contests in Kentucky, Oregon and Idaho

Voters go to the polls today to select between candidates who are seeking their party nominations. Our fact-checks looked at gun rights, the Wall Street bailout, unemployment and cockfighting.

Fact-checking Georgia’s Republican primary contest for U.S. Senate

Georgia’s Republican voters have a handful of candidates to choose from in a primary contest to replace Sen. Saxby Chambliss. PolitiFact Georgia has fact-checked claims about immigration, health care, Common Core and the growth of Dollar General, a company once headed by one of the candidates.

PunditFact fact-checks the May 18 news shows

A Fox political analyst took on the media over its coverage of Karl Rove's comments about Hillary Clinton, while California's governor went after the GOP on climate change.

Fact-checking Benghazi: The rhetoric hasn't matched up with reality

We've fact-checked recent claims about whether congressional budget cuts are to blame for a lack of security in Benghazi (not really) and whether the United States was "the last flag flying" in Benghazi (wrong). Previous fact-checks looked at whether the White House could have acted and didn't,whether Susan Rice suggested terrorism on the Sunday shows, if the media ignored Benghazi, and more.

Has Marco Rubio backtracked on climate change?

Even as he prepares for a potential run at the presidency, Rubio remains steadfast in his opposition to the scientifically proven link between human activity and the planet's changing climate. We reviewed a record of his comments on the issue.

John Oliver uses the Truth-O-Meter to poke fun at Kentucky's Senate race

HBO's John Oliver used PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter during a bit about the Kentucky Senate race.

PunditFact fact-checks the May 11 news shows

PunditFact fact-checks claims about the minimum wage and -- yes -- light bulbs.

Pelosi looms large in GOP race for House seat in ... Idaho

Two Republicans battling for a House seat are being tied in campaign ads to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Neither ad is especially accurate.

Top 5 most popular fact-checks for April 2014

Readers liked our fact-checks of Common Core and the Koch brothers, as well as our debunking of several viral Internet rumors.

GOP candidates battle for Senate nod in North Carolina

The Republican primary to take on Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., is taking place Tuesday. Here's a rundown of our fact-checking of the high-profile, high-dollar race.

PunditFact fact-checks the May 4 news shows, claim about Benghazi

Pundits debated the White House's role in manipulating the story behind the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Are 20 percent of women sexually assaulted before they graduate college?

Vice President Joe Biden said one in five women "dropped off for that first day of school, before they finish school, will be assaulted in her college years." The alarming statistic, while commonly cited, should be looked at cautiously and in context.

Chat with PolitiFact about Koch ads, Clippers owner

We’ve been busy fact-checking anti-Obamacare ads from a group connected with the Koch brothers and pundit claims inspired by now-banned L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling. If you missed our noon chat, see our replay.

New Koch ad uses Louisiana veteran's health care experience against Mary Landrieu

The latest testimonial ad from Americans for Prosperity is airing in Louisiana and features a former Marine Corps Reserve who says his service helped him get a health plan that Obamacare canceled. But is that the whole story?

PunditFact fact-checks the April 27 news shows

Pundits spun a Supreme Court decision about affirmative action and talk about Elizabeth Warren into claims about income inequality. 

What’s Hillary Clinton said lately? Not much that merits a fact-check

Hillary Clinton has given a series of speeches in recent months full of personal reminiscences and warm declarations, but we haven’t found much to put to our Truth-O-Meter.

In air wars with Koch brothers, are Dems fighting Falses with Falses?

Democrats have been critical of the accuracy of Americans for Prosperity ads this election cycle. But do they fare any better?

Rubio calls Snowden scandal 'most damaging' espionage case in U.S. history. Is it?

The Florida senator and potential presidential candidate said it's the worst case of spying ever. Experts we talked to said it's up for debate, but there are others that could be considered as significant.

Did the Koch brothers run an Alaskan oil refinery into the ground?

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, claimed in a TV ad that the billionaire Koch brothers ran a North Pole, Alaska, refinery into the ground. The full story is more complicated.

PunditFact looks at the IRS scandal and Watergate

Fox's George Will says the IRS' practice of scrutinizing tea party groups applying for nonprofit status rises to the level of Watergate. PunditFact reviews the evidence.

Mailbag: 'Everyone fails this fact-check'

It's time again to look at what readers have been saying, good and bad, about our recent fact-checks.

Chat with us about health care, Fla. governor’s race

Thanks for joining us, folks, at our noon Google+ Hangout on Air about health care and the Florida governor’s race. Missed us? Check out the replay.

PunditFact's guide to the RAND health insurance report

A RAND survey on the insurance market found that 9.3 million more Americans obtained health insurance since late last year. But the report hasn't been quoted accurately by pundits who oppose Obamacare.

PunditFact fact-checks the April 13 news shows

Laura Ingraham and James Carville went at it over the Affordable Care Act on ABC's "This Week."

Are ads from Koch brothers-supported group accurate?

We’ve been fact-checking Americans for Prosperity since 2010 and given the recent publicity thought it was time to review the record.

Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: Making sense of the political ads

Attacks lines about Medicare have been dominating the Florida governor's race. To make sense of the attacks and counterattacks, you need to know the key differences between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Our primer explains it for you, and where recent ads have been inaccurate.

Adding up the numbers on the Affordable Care Act

There's been a lot of debate lately about how many people are covered under the federal health care law, also known as Obamacare. We fact-checked claims recently from President Barack Obama and Florida's U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

Fact-checking claims about the Fort Hood shooting, Obamacare on the Sunday news shows

Tim Kaine and Michael McCaul debated gun policies on military bases in the wake of the second Fort Hood shooting, while conservative pundit Liz Cheney wanted to talk Obamacare poll numbers.

Sunday preview: Ft. Hood, CIA interrogation report and campaign money

Once again, Fort Hood was the scene of a deadly rampage. It raises troubling questions for the military and psychological toll of war.

Highlights from the week in fact-checking, PunditFact edition

PunditFact checked out claims about the minimum wage, health care, campaign finance and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Vote now in PunditFact's 'Final 4'

Readers have narrowed their favorite pundit down to four. PunditFact is accepting votes in this round until 10 a.m. Friday.

Watch PolitiFact’s Google+ Hangout On Air

PolitiFact journalists sat down to chat about the week in facts and take your questions.  

PolitiFact's Top 5 fact-checks for March

Our most popular checks were about presidential power, presidential vacations, the health care law and dinosaurs.

PunditFact fact-checks the March 30 news shows

PunditFact checked claims about the U.S. manufacturing industry and a report about the New Jersey bridge scandal.

Highlights from the week in fact-checking, March 28

We fact-checked claims on education and health care this week.

Mobile Truth-O-Meter, 99 cents till Tuesday

When March ends, so does your chance to save a buck on our app for your tablet or phone. It’s now just 99 cents on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Facebook meme wrongly accuses GOP 2016 hopefuls on dinosaurs

A Facebook meme claims that Marco Rubio and Rand Paul have wacky views on the extinction of the dinosaurs and the age of the earth. Its charges seem to be entirely fabricated, though.

PunditFact's March Madness

Our fellow fact-checkers at PunditFact invite you to vote for your favorite talking heads in their wonky bracket.

PunditFact fact-checks the March 23 news shows

Mitt Romney returned to the Sunday stage to talk about the United States' relationship with Russia.

Facebook Mailbag: Complaints, compliments from all over

Here's another in our occasional looks at what readers are writing at the PolitiFact Facebook page.

A guide to the developments in Ukraine

Want to learn more about what's happening in Ukraine? Read up on our recent fact-checks.

Fact-checking claims about the millennial generation

Millenials are now aged 18 to 33, and they can vote. Recent fact-checks show not every claim about them is accurate, though.

Fact-checking the Sunday March 16 shows

Guests on the Sunday shows used polling information to back up their points. We decided to dive into the crosstabs.

Is healthcare.gov working 'great' now?

President Barack Obama has said it is, but we decided to dig deeper to see how the website performs for consumers, health insurance companies and state officials.

Fact-checking Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on climate change

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., joined other Democrats on the Senate floor this week to stay up all nigh tand talk about climate change. Whitehouse actually gives weekly speeches about climate change, and PolitiFact Rhode Island has been fact-checking him.

James Clapper's testimony one year later

On March 12, 2013, National Intelligence Director James Clapper told Congress that the federal government didn't collect large amounts of data on millions of Americans: "No, sir," and, "Not wittingly." We now know that's not the case. A year later, we're reviewing the testimony with the hindsight history has provided.

Fact-checking Florida's special election for the U.S. House

The race to fill the late U.S. Rep Bill Young's open House seat in Florida has become a national campaign, thanks to outside money from both parties and special interest groups. We go over the biggest claims concerning the candidates and suss out how accurately issues have been presented in the special election. Voters weigh in during a special election on Tuesday.

Fact-checking the March 9 news shows

Discussions covered a missing Malaysian airliner, the Conservative Political Action Conference and continuing turmoil in Ukraine.

Deep mysteries of the Medicaid expansion

Only health care policy geeks might ask themselves this question: Why are people who should be Medicaid-eligible allowed to shop with subsidies on the exchanges in the states that didn't expand Medicaid? Yes, we are geeks.

A fact-checker’s guide to the events in Ukraine

The events happening in Ukraine are unfolding quickly and so is the political rhetoric. We summarize six recent fact-checks from PolitiFact and PunditFact.

PolitiFact’s Top 5 reports for February

Our readers liked reports about the health care law and chain emails last month, including one about whether Obama has signed more executive orders than any other president in history. (Bottom line: He hasn't.)

PolitiFact Texas fact-checks the Texas primary contests

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has a primary challenge on Tuesday from U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, while other down-ballot ballot races are closely contested.

Ukraine the talk of the Sunday news shows

Russia's intervention led to a debate over America's next move.

GOP reacts to Ted Nugent comments

Rand Paul told a tea party meeting that supporters should avoid name-calling and focus on the positive. PunditFact has fact-checked two points about Nugent’s controversial criticism of President Barack Obama.

Debt vs. deficit: What’s the difference?

A few recent fact-checks show that falling deficits don’t mean falling debt.

Advocacy group stirs Michigan senate race with ad featuring leukemia patient

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group funded by the Koch brothers, is going after the Democratic candidate in Michigan's open U.S. Senate race for voting for the Affordable Care Act. In a 60-second ad, Julie Boonstra, a Michigan woman with leukemia, explains how she lost her insurance because it did not meet standards for coverage set by Obamacare. She claims by voting for President Barack Obama's health law, Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., put her life at risk and stuck her with a policy that was unaffordable. While a harrowing account, there's a lot more to this story than the ad lets on.

PolitiFact Wisconsin looks at 5 key pieces of Scott Walker's record

As Gov. Scott Walker gains more national attention, PolitiFact Wisconsin looks back at his record on jobs, taxes and fiscal prudence.

PunditFact fact-checks the Feb. 23 news shows

The political unrest in Ukraine dominated discussion on the Sundays shows.

2014 campaign rhetoric is off and running

We're tracking elections around the country and have already found claims in need of debunking.

Mailbag: 'You guys are really being finicky'

Another in our regular installment of reader feedback in all its glory.

Taking a break for the PolitiFact Palooza

PolitiFact editors meet at the Poynter Institute in Florida this week to plan for 2014 and beyond. (A little sunshine doesn't hurt, either!) We'll be back with new fact-checks later in the week.

PunditFact fact-checks the Sunday Feb. 16 news shows

Panelists on ABC's "This Week" asked for our help on a claim about presidential inaugural history.

Attack ad on Obamacare revives talking points old and new

An ad from the National Republican Congressional Committee attacks Alex Sink, a Democrat running for Congress in Florida, for supporting the health care law. We put its claims to our Truth-O-Meter. 

Does an Americans for Prosperity ad about a woman with lupus tell the whole story?

We explore the issues raised by a recent political ad that features one person talking to a camera about the health care law.

The federal health care law and volunteer firefighters

The U.S. Treasury Department released the final guidelines for businesses to comply with the employer mandate provision in the Affordable Care Act. Included in the regulations was a provision exempting volunteer fire and rescue units, an issue we previously tackled in a fact-check.

Fact-checking the Sunday Feb. 9 news shows

Pundits and politicians talked about the Sochi Olympics, and a report from the Congressional Budget Office about the health care law.

In context: What Obama said about "fundamentally transforming" the nation

When President Barack Obama said he had no plans to "fundamentally transform" the nation during a Super Bowl Sunday interview, that sent some viewers back to the archives to find a 2008 quote.

Sorting out the numbers on jobs, workers and the federal health care law

A report from the widely respected Congressional Budget Office has stoked debate about how the federal health care law will affect the workforce.

PolitiFact's Top 5 fact-checks for January

The month brought fact-checks on employment, energy, education -- and beheadings.

PunditFact's fact or fiction guide to the Super Bowl

PunditFact decided to check in on the sports pundits ahead of the big game between Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.

Fact-checking 7 claims about marijuana

Discussions about legalizing marijuana have kept PolitiFact and PunditFact busy. Since the start of 2013, we’ve tackled claims related to pot 15 times, with 10 coming in the past six months. Here are seven claims that capture the ongoing debate.

Fact-checking Obama's 2014 State of the Union

We've checked Obama's State of the Union facts on wages, climate change, energy policy and our economic competition with China, as well as claims from reponses.

Mobile Truth-O-Meter, now just 99 cents

Our app for your phone or tablet is now just 99 cents for a limited time on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. That’s a buck off the regular price, so buy now!

Fact-checking McConnell, Cruz on the Sunday shows

Sens. Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz talked about President Barack Obama's upcoming State of the Union address.

On eve of the State of the Union address, a look at income inequality

As President Barack Obama puts the finishing touches on his State of the Union address, we take a look at one of the themes he's expected to bring up: income inequality.

Top 10 most fact-checked people on the Truth-O-Meter

President Barack Obama’s 500th fact-check inspired us to compile a list of the people we’ve fact-checked the most.

The 500 fact-checks of President Barack Obama

Our latest fact-check means we’ve put President Obama to the Truth-O-Meter test 500 times, more than any other politician on the Truth-O-Meter.

PunditFact's 'Super Sunday'

PunditFact wants your help finding sports-related facts to check in the run-up to the big game.

Fact-checking Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin gave a rare interview to ABC's "This Week." We fact-checked two of Putin's claims.

PolitiFact Virginia introduces the Macker-Meter

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, take heed: If you promised it during your campaign, PolitiFact Virginia will track it.

Fact-checking Gates' claims about Biden's foreign policy

In an in-depth investigation, we take a deep dive into the congressional record and newspaper archives to fact-check former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, whose new memoir is highly critical of Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy record.

Fact-checking Florida’s swing-district congressional race

Politics junkies wonder if a March special election will be a harbinger for November. PolitiFact Florida has fact-checks on Republican David Jolly and Democrat Alex Sink in the contest for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

How many people have been saved from poverty by unemployment insurance?

President Barack Obama marshaled a statistic on his Facebook page to show the value of long-term unemploymet benefits. But how accurate is it?

PunditFact fact-checks the Sunday Jan. 2 shows

The Sunday shows continued the coverage of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and "bridgegate."

Bridgegate: Were Fort Lee students 'children of Buono voters'?

As news linked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office to the George Washington Bridge lane closures in Fort Lee, we wondered about a text message then-Port Authority employee David Wildstein sent.

The story behind Rand Paul's son, Medicaid and Kentucky's marketplace

We can't fully explain why Paul's son was enrolled in Medicaid if he wasn't eligible. We suspect it gets complicated when parents buy insurance in one state and a child buys insurance in another.

The Truth-O-Meter takes on the polar vortex

We fact-check Rush Limbaugh on whether the polar vortex is a media creation and claims from Twitter that the United States has been colder than Mars in recent days.

PunditFact fact-checks Romney, the Sunday shows

Mitt Romney talked about the Sochi games, an MSNBC controversy and Obamacare during an interview on Fox News Sunday.

Fact-checking health care: a year-end report

The launch of healthcare.gov and the continuing debate about the health care law gave us a lot to fact-check in 2013.

Fact-checking immigration: A year-end report

In 2013, the U.S. Senate passed immigration legislation, but it died in the House. Along the way, we rated plenty of claims from all sides.

The top 10 most viewed fact-checks of 2013

Now that the year is over, it's time to look at our top 10 most viewed fact-checks. Topics ranged from government surveillance to health care to "dhimmitude."

Fact-checking guns: A year-end report

In 2013, the aftermath of events like the Newtown, Conn., school shooting and the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida put a national spotlight on the guns debate.

The year in social media claims, from True to Pants on Fire

Many claims went viral this year. Only a few of them were entirely accurate.

Mailbag: Christmas-New Year's Edition

In this festive season, reader commentary on recent PolitiFact stories is a mixed bag.

PunditFact fact-checks the Sunday news shows

Renewed talk about the NSA’s spying programs gave pundits and politicians the opportunity to revisit history on the Sunday talk shows. 

The president gets asked about winning PolitiFact's Lie of the Year

But he pretty much sidestepped the question during his final press conference of the year.

Fact-checking voting laws: a year-end report

Amid a nationwide battle about voter access, PolitiFact researched claims about noncitizen voters, restoration of ex-felons’ rights and voter laws nationwide.

The most interesting reactions to the 2013 Lie of the Year

From Twitter to The Late Show with David Letterman, we got plenty of interesting comments about our naming "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it" the 2013 Lie of the Year.

'Half a truth is often a great lie': Did Benjamin Franklin really say that?

Readers sent us this pithy saying via Twitter. We couldn't resist looking it up.

Mailbag: Lie of the Year Readers' Poll edition

Readers who took our recent readers' poll commented on everything from health care to genocide to how we do our jobs here at PolitiFact.

Fact-checks from the Sunday news shows

On This Week, Newt Gingrich claimed that 'every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats.' PunditFact checked his numbers.

Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it'

PolitiFact has chosen the most significant falsehood of the year: President Barack Obama's repeated statement, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."

Lie of the Year: Readers' Poll results

We summarize the results of our 2013 Lie of the Year Readers Poll.

Readers speak out on the Lie of the Year

We present a selection of reader comments on the 2013 Lie of the Year.

PunditFact fact-checks Bill O'Reilly on Nelson Mandela

On The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly said that Nelson Mandela "was a great man. But he was a communist." Was O'Reilly right?

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Would repealing Obamacare be easier than repealing Prohibition?

Amending the Constitution is usually toughter than passing laws. But when it comes to Obamacare, things get a bit more complicated.