Bill McCarthy is a staff writer for PunditFact and PolitiFact. Previously, he worked as a reporter for PolitiFact North Carolina at the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, and before that as an intern with PolitiFact's national team in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Duke University, where he majored in public policy and earned a certificate in policy journalism.

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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.

Checking out Neil deGrasse Tyson’s comparison of mass shootings to other causes of death

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson faced intense blowback for a tweet comparing recent mass shootings to other causes of death. We checked his numbers.

Could Trump (or any president) be indicted after leaving office? Mueller, legal experts say yes

Could President Donald Trump face criminal charges after he leaves office? Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress had pundits trying to answer that question. We step in with the facts.

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 facts on advertiser boycotts against cable news networks

On the heels of Rep. Ilhan Omar's suggestion that companies stop advertising on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight," we examined the facts behind advertiser boycotts.

Fox News guest says if Trump's hotel revenues are ‘emoluments,’ so was Obama's Nobel. Not exactly

Discussing the lawsuits against President Donald Trump on foreign "emoluments," Fox News guest John Eastman compared Trump hosting foreign officials at his hotels to former President Barack Obama accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. We put his remarks in context.

Fact-checking Larry Elder’s reparations chatter on 'Fox & Friends'

Conservative commentator and radio show host Larry Elder made a series of claims about slavery and civil rights during a June 20 appearance on "Fox & Friends." We looked into them.

How pundits defended Trump's ABC interview, and why it's misleading

President Donald Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos he would accept dirt on his 2020 opponent from a foreign power and might not tell the FBI that he’s done so. Conservative pundits said Hillary Clinton did the same thing with the Steele dossier. We check it out.

In context: Sean Hannity’s conflicting remarks on jailing political opponents

After Fox News host Sean Hannity criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comments on putting President Donald Trump in jail, some people said he was guilty of a double standard. PolitiFact looked back at Hannity's past suggestions that Hillary Clinton be put behind bars.

Fact-checking Roy Cooper’s State of the State speech

Gov. Roy Cooper made multiple claims about Medicaid expansion, education and more during his State of the State address Monday night. PolitiFact North Carolina checked them.