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Chris Christie’s claim he vetoed more tax hikes than ‘any governor in American history’

“Americans for Tax Reform came out with a report six weeks ago and said I vetoed more tax increases than any governor in American history. I will do exactly the same thing as president of the United States.” –New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), Republican debate on Fox Business News, Nov. 10, 2015 Christie likes […]

Loretta Lynch’s false claim on sex trafficking arrests

“The FBI conducted its ninth annual ‘Operation: Cross Country’ initiative against those who traffic in children for sexual exploitation, resulting in the arrest of hundreds of sex traffickers.” —Attorney General Loretta Lynch, remarks at the 84th Interpol General Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda, Nov. 3, 2015 This is a story about how the language regarding the […]

Bernie Sanders’s claim that he would expand, not dismantle, the Affordable Care Act

“This is just old-fashioned political gimmickry. I helped write the Affordable Care Act. So I don’t want somebody suggesting I’m trying to dismantle legislation that I helped write.” — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), interview with Des Moines Register, Nov. 16, 2015 During the most recent Democratic presidential debate, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton criticized […]

Donald Trump’s outrageous claim that ‘thousands’ of New Jersey Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You raised some eyebrows yesterday with comments you made at your latest rally. I want to show them, relating to 9/11. VIDEO CLIP OF DONALD TRUMP: “Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that […]

Global Factcheckathon: G-20 summit fact-checked by 12 fact-checking organizations

As world leaders gathered in Antalya, Turkey, to discuss economic policies at the G-20 summit on Nov. 15 and 16, The Fact Checker and our counterparts around the world held our own global collaboration — the second G-20 Factcheckathon. The Factcheckathon is intended to show the breadth and reach of the rapidly expanding global fact-checking movement, which now […]

Rand Paul’s claim that cities and states led by Democrats have the worst income inequality

“We ought to look where income inequality seems to be the worst. It seems to be worst in cities run by Democrats, governors of states run by Democrats and countries currently run by Democrats. So the thing is, let’s look for root causes.” — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Republican debate on Fox Business News, Nov. […]

The viral claim that ‘not one’ refugee resettled since 9/11 has been ‘arrested on domestic terrorism charges’

“Along the lines of being a nation of immigrants, we must underscore that we respect and understand the need to be accepting of refugees into our country — people who by definition as refugees must show that they fear death or persecution in order to have an opportunity to come into this country; 750,000 refugees […]

Repeat after me: Obama is not admitting 100,000, 200,000 or 250,000 Syrian refugees

“If we’re going to be bringing 200,000 people over here from that region — if I were one of the leaders of the global jihadist movement and I didn’t infiltrate that group of people with my people, that would be almost malpractice.” — Ben Carson, Nov. 13, 2015 “I am angry that President Obama unilaterally […]

Donald Trump repeats inaccurate figure that ‘over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care’

“The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is absolutely unacceptable. Over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care. Corruption and incompetence were excused. Politicians in Washington have done too little too slowly to fix it. This situation can never happen again, and when Donald J. Trump is president, it will be fixed — […]

Obama’s G-20 claim that the U.S. is ‘largest donor of humanitarian aid’ to Syria

“On the humanitarian front, our nations agreed that we have to do even more individually and collectively to address the agony of the Syrian people. The United States is already the largest donor of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people, some $4.5 billion in aid so far.” –President Barack Obama, news conference at G-20 summit […]

Bernie Sanders’s claims about his $1 trillion infrastructure plan

“We’re not going to give huge tax breaks anymore to large corporations who are putting their profits in the Cayman Islands and in Bermuda and not paying a nickel in federal taxes.  We’re going to use that tax money to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and create up to 13 million good paying jobs.” — Sen. […]

Fact checking the second Democratic debate

CBS aired the second Democratic presidential debate Saturday featuring three candidates: former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Not every candidate uttered facts that are easily fact checked, but following is a list of 13 suspicious or interesting claims.  As is our practice, we do not award […]

The most popular fact checks of October

Fact checks about gun issues topped our list of the most widely read fact checks of October. Our fact checks of the GOP and Democratic debates would have placed first and third on this list, respectively, if we did not limit it to individual fact checks. Click on the headline to read the full column. […]

Hillary Clinton’s claim that she tried to join the Marines

“He looks at me and goes, ‘Um, how old are you. And I said, ‘Well I am 26, I will be 27.’ And he goes, ‘Well, that is kind of old for us.’ And then he says to me, and this is what gets me, ‘Maybe the dogs will take you,’ meaning the Army.” –Former […]

Fact checking the fourth round of GOP debates

Fox Business News aired two GOP presidential debates Tuesday: a prime-time event starring eight candidates and an earlier debate featuring four second-tier contenders, based on an average of recent polls. Not every candidate uttered facts that are easily fact checked, but following is a list of 15 suspicious or interesting claims. As is our practice, we do […]

VA secretary misstates the number of wait-time manipulation disciplinary actions — again

— “We have proposed disciplinary action against 300 individuals for manipulating scheduling.” —Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, speech at National Press Club, Nov. 6, 2015 During his speech at the National Press Club, McDonald bemoaned the lack of fact-checking of numbers that are used in relation to veterans issues: “I just wish that there […]

Hillary Clinton’s claim that 90 percent of her emails were ‘in the system’

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C): “I have not heard anyone other than you ever cite that figure. Who told you that 90 to 95 percent of your e-mails were in the State Department system? Who told you that?”  Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton: “We learned that from the State Department and their analysis of […]

Here’s why the Marco Rubio’s corporate card saga isn’t really a scandal

“People need to understand what they’re talking about. It wasn’t a credit card. It was an American Express charge card secured under my personal credit in conjunction with the [Republican] Party. Bills would be mailed to me at home. Every month I would go through it. If there was a personal expense, I paid it. […]

Ben Carson’s absurd notion that the Founding Fathers had ‘no elected office experience’

“Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience.” — Dr. Ben Carson, in a Facebook post, Nov. 11, 2015 Carson, a political novice running for the GOP presidential nomination, made this observation in a late-night Facebook post defending his lack of political experience. As he put it: “You are absolutely right […]

A bipartisan failure in talking about prisons and the ‘war on drugs’

“Over the last few decades, we’ve also locked up more and more nonviolent drug offenders than ever before, for longer than ever before. And that is the real reason our prison population is so high.”  — President Obama, remarks at the NAACP Conference, July 14, 2015 “Two-thirds of the people in our prisons are there […]

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