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Trump’s claim that no foreign leader greeting Obama was ‘without precedent’

“The truth is they [other countries] don’t respect us. When President Obama landed in Cuba on Air Force One, no leader was there, nobody, to greet him. Perhaps an incident without precedent in the long and prestigious history of Air Force One. Then amazingly, the same thing happened in Saudi Arabia. It’s called no respect.” — […]

Recidivism Watch: Trump’s eight repeated falsehoods in 16 hours

Donald Trump is now closer than ever to clinching the Republican nomination on the first ballot. But what hasn’t changed since he entered the presidential race is his propensity for Pinocchios and Pinocchio recidivism. We know politicians repeat falsehoods — on purpose or by mistake. So last year, we launched a feature to track politicians who […]

Emily’s List’s sleazy attack ad in the Pennsylvania Senate race

“For Senate, no spin … just facts” — voiceover of Emily’s List ad for Pennsylvania Senate candidate Katie McGinty (D) The battle between former representative Joe Sestak (D-Penn.) and former White House aide Katie McGinty may be history, as McGinty on April 26 won the Democratic nomination to face incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) in the fall.  But […]

Ted Cruz’s claim that Obama is forcing schools to ‘let teenage boys shower with teenage girls’

“You’ve got the Obama Education Department suing to try to force junior highs to let teenage boys shower with teenage girls. That’s crazy.” –Ted Cruz, interview with Glenn Beck, April 21, 2016 The national debate over transgender rights is centered on whether or not transgender people should be able to use the bathroom of the […]

Trump’s false claim that the Islamic State is ‘making a fortune’ on Libyan oil

“Right now, Libya, as you know, has fantastic oil, some of the finest oil in the world. Who has the oil? ISIS has the oil. Do we blockade it, do we bomb it, do we do anything? No. ISIS is making a fortune now in Libya.” —Donald Trump, interview on NBC’s “The Today Show,” April […]

Donald Trump’s false claim that there have been no negative ads against Kasich

“I’ve been hit by 55,000 ads. I saw it on your show, 55,000 negative ads, and nobody else has. You know, you look at a guy like Kasich. He has never been hit by an ad because nobody cares, frankly.” — Donald Trump, interview on “The Today Show,” April 21, 2016 “He will get slaughtered […]

Recidivism Watch: Bernie Sanders’s comparison of student loan interest rates to other loans

“It’s grossly unfair that interest rates on student loans are two to three times higher than on auto loans.” –Bernie Sanders, post on Twitter, April 20, 2016 Sanders typically compares student loan interest rates to mortgage interest rates, to say that people should not have to pay interest rates of six to 10 percent on […]

Donna Edwards’s NRA-themed attack on Chris Van Hollen’s deal-making

“When my opponent and the NRA cut a backroom deal so they could keep buying off politicians, I called them on it—and we won.” — Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), speaking in a campaign ad that attacks her rival, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, in the Democratic primary race for an open Senate seat in Maryland In […]

Hillary Clinton’s claim that the gun immunity law limits the Sandy Hook families’ lawsuit

“I couldn’t believe it when Senator Sanders said the parents of the Sandy Hook children did not deserve their day in court, largely because he voted for the bill that gave special protection — immunity from liability — to the gun makers and sellers. I was in the Senate at the time, so was Barack […]

Cruz’s claim that ‘no one has disputed’ his claim McConnell lied

TED CRUZ: “You know, Washington is an amazing place. When somebody stands up and lies to you and someone else points out that they lied…” CHUCK TODD: “He lied to you. You still stand by…” CRUZ: “Every word I said there was true and accurate. No one has disputed a word I said. The reaction in […]

North Carolina governor’s misleading claim about his executive order and the LGBT law

“You know, after listening to people’s feedback for the past several weeks on this issue, I have come to the conclusion that there is a great deal of misinformation, misinterpretation, confusion, a lot of passion and, frankly, selective outrage and hypocrisy, especially against the great state of North Carolina. But based upon this feedback, I […]

Fact-checking the ninth Democratic debate

CNN hosted the ninth Democratic presidential debate on March 14, a face-off between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.). Not every statement could be easily fact-checked, but here are 14 suspicious or interesting claims. As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios when we review assertions in debates. Clinton “voted […]

Here are the facts behind that ’79 cent’ pay gap factoid

“Why does Congress think it is okay that women get paid 20 percent less than a man for doing the same job?” — Democratic congressional hopeful Kathleen Mathews, in campaign ad “Today, the typical woman who works full-time earns 79 cents for every dollar that a typical man makes.” — President Obama, remarks on Equal […]

The Bernie Sanders-General Electric dispute over a plant visit

CNN’S JAKE TAPPER: “Jeff Immelt, the CEO of GE, criticized you. He said there’s a GE plant in Vermont, and you have never come by to visit.” BERNIE SANDERS: “He’s not telling the truth.” TAPPER: “You have been there?” SANDERS: “Sure, years ago, in Rutland, Vermont, yes. There’s a large plant that makes airplane parts.” […]

Recidivism Watch: Jane Sanders repeats Bernie Sanders’s Four Pinocchio claim that they released full tax returns

Host Mark Halperin: “So, you will release how many years?” Jane Sanders: “I don’t know. How many do you want, Mark?” Halperin: “I think the Clintons have released eight [years] or even more.” Sanders: “Well they’ve been in office all these years.” Halperin: “Senator Sanders has been in the House and Senate –“ Sanders: “Right, […]

Hillary Clinton’s claim that the ‘highest per capita number’ of crime guns in New York come from Vermont

“[Sanders] frequently says, ‘We’re a small, rural state, we have no gun laws.’ Here’s what I want you to know. Most of the guns that are used in crimes and violence and killings in New York come from out of state. And the state that has the highest per capita number of those guns that end […]

Ted Cruz’s exaggerated claim that Arizona is spending ‘hundreds of millions’ less after tough immigration law

“You’ll recall several years ago Arizona put in place really tough laws on illegal immigration. And they were criticized loudly for putting those laws in place. And it was interesting, this Wall Street Journal article, because it talked about what happened in the wake of that law, which is, a great many of the illegal […]

Sanders’s claim that Panama Free-Trade deal enabled more offshore tax scams

“What the Panamanian free-trade agreement did is enable large corporations and the wealthiest people — not just in this country but around the world — to participate in massive tax-avoidance schemes.  I was on the floor of the United States Senate in opposition to the Panama free-trade agreement for precisely that reason. What I was […]

Refereeing a week of feuding between Clinton and Sanders

The Democratic race got heated this week, with both candidates engaging in an increasingly testy feud. We fact-checked several claims made by both candidates this week, and many of our fact-checks were a response to reader requests. Here are some of our fact-checks from the week on Clinton and Sanders; check out our round-up at the end […]

John McCain’s claim he has ‘nothing to do with’ the McCain Institute

“I’m proud that the institute is named after me, but I have nothing to do with it — except that they use my name just as the Goldwater Institute uses Goldwater’s name.” — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), quoted in news report, April 4, 2016 McCain is facing questions about his ties to an eponymous nonprofit, […]

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