Articles from April, 2013

A summary of the Manchin-Toomey gun proposal

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he intends to pursue gun legislation that would have passed the first time if people had simply read the amendment. So what exactly does it say?

Surprising numbers on sexual assault in the military

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said 1 in 5 military women were receiving unwanted sexual contact. Was she right?

Special report: Examining the state of gun research

Firearms research has been a battleground for advocacy groups for nearly 20 years, complicating fact-checking and making basic data on guns and gun violence hard to come by. The scarcity of gun research, though, may be coming to an end.

Mailbag: 'You fail to be helpful' on amnesty

Readers question some of our fact-checks on terrorism, gun legislation, immigration and a host of other issues.

Ruh-roh! PolitiFact New Jersey on the Colbert Report!

Colbert says Chris Christie's falsehood about Scooby Doo could cripple his chances to become president.

Is the U.S. letting terrorists slip through its fingers?

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., sees a pattern by which U.S. officials investigate potential terrorists, then back off, only to discover that they were terrorists after all. How accurate is that description?

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Fact-checking reactions to gun proposal's failure

The Senate voted Wednesday against an amendment to expand background checks. Supporters were crushed; opponents satisfied. We put their reactions to the Truth-O-Meter.

Sen. Marco Rubio is in the news and on the Meter

We fact-check statements by the Florida senator on immigration and Ché Guevara.

Gun advocacy in your email

What's in the Democratic gun bill pending in the Senate? An email claims it's a national gun registry. We check the facts.

Top 10 fact-checks on guns

As the U.S. Senate moves to take up gun legislation, we fact-check the most interesting and oft-repeated claims from both sides of the debate.

Sorting the facts on Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Cuba jaunt

The celebrity couple drew crowds in Havana and questions back home.

Does expanding Medicaid 'worsen health care options'? We take a second look

After we gave a rating of False to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for saying that "expanding Medicaid will worsen health care options for the most vulnerable," his office came back with a different argument to back up his claim. We analyze the new evidence here.

Are Americans flocking to low-tax states?

A recent tweet by the Republican National Committee said that "Americans are fleeing tax-and-spend states" like California for states that are fiscally conservative. It's become a meme repeated nationwide. But what does the data show?

Claims about guns often miss the target

We analyze our 130+ fact-checks about guns and find some interesting patterns and trends.

Booker latest Democrat to exaggerate gun violence statistic

First Rep. Charlie Rangel, and now Newark Mayor Cory Booker, have gone on national television recently and vastly overestimated the number of Americans killed by gun violence.

Jeb Bush’s story of the mom who inspired him to help the disabled

At CPAC, the former governor said conservatives should make personal connections and help people. To illustrate the point, he told the story of a mother he met on the campaign trail. We checked into the facts behind the story.

What is 'a pathway to citizenship'?

As the Senate gets ready to consider immigration reform, we talk to policy experts about what's up for debate in the final legislation.

Email fabricates foreign students getting a free ride

We flunk a chain email that claims foreign students get Pell grants, gas cards and child care before they head back home.