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Here’s why the Senate stalemate over the human-trafficking bill is so complex

“Just to refresh everybody’s memory: Since 1976, all funding, all appropriations bills, and many authorization bills, including the Affordable Care Act and the Defense authorization bills, have been subjected to a limitation on the use of tax dollars for abortions.” –Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), statement on the Senate floor, March 19, 2015 “Now, whether taxpayer […]

Ted Cruz’s claim that there has been ‘zero’ global warming in 17 years

“Many of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up. In particular, satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years, there’s been zero warming.” –Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex,), “Late Night with Seth Meyers” interview, March 17, 2015 “The last 15 years, there has been no recorded warming. […]

Rubio’s claim that Obama sent his ‘political machine’ to Israel to defeat Netanyahu

President Obama “can’t say he has businesslike relationship [with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] or that it isn’t personal when his entire political machine, virtually some of the top people, were in Israel, on the ground, trying to defeat Netanyahu, which is unprecedented. …From Jeremy Bird down to others who were deeply and intricately involved […]

Setting the record straight on a net neutrality fact check

In January, the Fact Checker was critical of claims by opponents of a then-pending Federal Communications Commission rule change on Internet regulation. The FCC had been considering changing its regulations to “reclassify” broadband providers as a public utility, like water, telephone or electricity. Proponents of this change said doing so would give equal access to the […]

Did Santorum ‘invent’ health savings accounts?

“I know Al Gore invented the Internet, but I invented health savings accounts, believe it or not. I was the first member of Congress back in 1992 to introduce health savings accounts in the United States Congress.” – Rick Santorum (R), speech at Iowa Agriculture Summit, March 7, 2015  Santorum was among several Republican presidential […]

Here’s why lawmakers should not speak without notes

“If you just do simple multiplication, 12 million [insured individuals] into $108 billion, we are talking literally every single [Obamacare] recipient would be costing this government more than $5 million per person for their insurance. Show More Summary

Rubio’s claim that Obama would not comment on Iran’s ‘Green Revolution’

“What about when Iran had a fraudulent election in 2009 and the people of Iran took to the street in the famous Green Revolution. You know what the White House said? ‘We’re not going to comment on that election because we’re not going to interfere in the sovereignty of Iran.’ So they will comment on […]

No, Tom Cotton did not say this fake quote

“Traitor Tom speaks to America: ‘We should triple the amount we spend on defense and quadruple what we spend on prisons. Why do we pay for food stamps? Welfare? Medicare? They don’t keep us safe. If anything they nurture the most dangerous elements of society.’” — A quote attributed to a March 16, 2015, speech […]

Frank Marshall Davis: Obama’s ‘Communist mentor’?

Megyn Kelly: A lot of liberals don’t believe in American exceptionalism, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love America. Rudolph Giuliani: Well, that I don’t feel it. I don’t feel it. I don’t feel this love of America. I think this man (Obama) was — when I talked about his background, I’m talking about a […]

Netanyahu’s claim that ‘tens of millions’ in foreign money was aimed against him

“I turn to the public out of concern that we will not be able to form the government because of the enormous support to them from foreign associations which are giving them tens of millions of dollars.” –Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking on the eve of the Israeli elections, March 16, 2015 Netanyahu won […]

‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ did not happen in Ferguson

Hands Up. Don’t Shoot! –Protesters in the aftermath of the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. This phrase became a rallying cry for Ferguson residents, who took to the streets to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. Witness accounts spread after the shooting […]

Kerry’s claim that he organized the ‘very first’ hearings on climate change

“Climate change is an issue that is personal to me, and it has been since the 1980s, when we were organizing the very first climate hearings in the Senate…. Al Gore, Tim Wirth, and a group of us organized the first hearings in the Senate on this, 1988. We heard Jim Hansen sit in front […]

58,000 children ‘abducted’ a year: yet another fishy statistic

A frustrated reader wrote The Fact Checker concerning a statement that had appeared during a NBC Nightly News report on Jan. 16:  “According to the FBI’s latest study, more than 58,000 kids were abducted by non-relatives in one year.” The reader had written to the network complaining about the use of the statistic, with copious […]

Fact checking Hillary Clinton’s news conference

“I fully complied with every rule that I was governed by.” — Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, news conference, March 10 Hillary Rodham Clinton’s news conference March 10 left many questions unanswered, and so we were reluctant to fact check it immediately. But enough information has emerged in recent days to at least take […]

Cotton’s misguided history lesson on the North Korean nuclear deal

“It only took North Korea 12 years to get a nuclear weapon from the time we reached the Agreed Framework in 1994 to the time they tested their first weapon in 2006.” –Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), interview with Breitbart, March 12, 2015 This is an interesting observation made by Sen. Cotton, who spearheaded the letter […]

Inhofe’s misleading statements on carbon emissions rule

“EPA also intends to pursue a legislative proposal for an additional $4 billion in mandatory spending for EPA to enforce its climate change regulations … which 32 states oppose and will result in double-digit electricity price increases in 43 states.” – Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Senate Environment Committee hearing on Environmental Protection Agency budget, March […]

Obama’s odd series of exaggerated gun claims

“What we also have to recognize is, is that our homicide rates are so much higher than other industrialized countries. I mean by like a mile. And most of that is attributable to the easy, ready availability of firearms, particularly handguns.” “And as long as you can go into some neighborhoods and it is easier […]

Ted Cruz’s claim that the IRS tax code has more words than the Bible

“On tax reform, we, right now, have more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible — not a one of them as good.” –Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), speech at International Association of Fire Fighters legislative conference, March 10, 2015 Comparing the number of words in the U.S. tax code with the […]

The misleading Democratic spin on Hillary Clinton’s e-mails

“She has given more records than any other prior secretary of state. So she followed the law in place at the time. And that’s, I think, the relevant point.” –Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), CNN “State of the Union” interview, March 8, 2015 “Different secretaries of state have made different choices. Colin Powell, I think, did […]

Hillary Clinton’s e-mails: a timeline of actions and regulations

The Fact Checker has compiled an extensive timeline concerning government rules and regulations on the use of private e-mail accounts and the actions of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton’s decision to set up a private account for the use of her government communications has not been fully explained. The timeline shows that […]

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