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Harry Reid’s incorrect claim that 30 percent of women rely on Planned Parenthood for health care

“The Republican bill pretends to be for women’s health, but it would prohibit federal funds to go to an organization that is the health care backbone for American women during their lives. In fact, it is the only health care that a significant number of women get. For about 30 percent of women, that’s their […]

The Fact Checker is away

The Fact Checker is going on break and will return in early August, in time for the first GOP debate. Please keep emailing suggestions for fact checks, and we will look into them when we return.   (About our rating scale)   Send us facts to check by filling out this form Follow The Fact […]

Jindal’s false claim that Louisiana families will see a ‘tax cut’ through a new program

Bret Baier: “You passed a plan that many looked at as a way to keep a presidential campaign promise by not raising taxes. … But when it’s budget specifics and you are doing one thing and talking about one thing, just so that you can say that you didn’t raise a tax, but it’s a […]

Hillary Clinton’s claim that a Democratic president would have paid down the national debt

“There’s just a pattern here, where the other side continues to use the same old tired policies. They don’t work and then Democrat presidents have to come in and fix what was broken. I have this old-fashioned idea that, you know, you ought to look at the evidence and if you look at the evidence […]

Bernie Sanders’ misleading characterization of a controversial gun law

Jake Tapper: “One issue where your Democratic rivals are starting to hit you is the fact that you have, in the past, sided with the NRA on some gun issues. Earlier this year, the parents of one of the 12 innocent people killed during the Aurora movie theater shooting, they saw their lawsuit to hold ammunition […]

Hillary Clinton’s claim that ‘everything I did [on e-mails] was permitted’

“Everything I did was permitted.  There was no law.  There was no regulation.  There was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate.  Previous secretaries of state have said they did the same thing. ….  Everything I did was permitted by law and regulation.  I had one […]

Donald Trump’s false comments connecting Mexican immigrants and crime

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. Show More Summary

Yes, U.S. locks people up at a higher rate than any other country

“It’s a stark fact that the United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet we have almost 25 percent of the world’s total prison population. The numbers today are much higher than they were 30, 40 years ago despite the fact that crime is at historic lows.” –Hillary Rodham Clinton (D), speech […]

The most popular fact checks of June

By a wide margin, the most popular fact check of June is a Four-Pinocchio ruling concerning an oft-told tale by Sen. Rand Paul about an elderly man imprisoned for having “dirt on his land.” Little of Paul’s account turned out to be true. Readers also flocked to our fact check of claims made by businessman […]

Are there hundreds of thousands of sex-trafficked runaways in the United States?

“In the United States, more than 800,000 children are reported missing every year, and nearly half end up living on the streets. Seventy percent will become sex trafficking victims, most within their first 72 hours of living on the street.” — Defiance College news release, June 15, 2015 “One in 6 runaways in 2014 were […]

Huckabee’s claim that New York City shootings are up because of Mayor de Blasio’s policy

“In New York, where a new mayor decided that some of the policies of previous mayors — which have been very effective in dramatically reducing murders and violent crime — he thought that their methods were too heavy-handed so he reversed them. And shootings are up 20 percent in New York City from just a […]

The recurring claim that the medical device tax has cost more than 30,000 jobs

“One area where we’ve become less competitive is in the health-care industry because of Obamacare. We’re seeing lost jobs, we’re seeing higher costs. And here, the House is working to address that well, bringing bipartisan legislation forward this week to repeal the medical device tax, something that has led to more than 30,000 jobs being […]

Has there been one school shooting per week since Sandy Hook?

“Since Sandy Hook there has been a school shooting, on average, every week. How on earth can we live with ourselves if we do nothing?” — Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), speech on Senate floor, June 24, 2015 The shooting rampage that killed nine churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., has again sparked debate over gun control and mass […]

Fact checking the Obamacare rhetoric, pro and con

Moments after the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, our inbox began to be flooded with statements from politicians either condemning or praising the 6 to 3 ruling. These e-mails were then followed by queries from readers asking for an explanation of the facts spouted in those statements. Here’s a […]

Huckabee’s claim that ‘global freezing’ theories from the 1970s shows the science is ‘not as settled’ on climate change

“Whether it’s man-made or not, I know that when I was in college I was being taught that if we didn’t act very quickly, that we were going to be entering a global freezing. And, you know, go back and look at the covers of Time and Newsweek from the early ’70s. And we were […]

Lindsey Graham’s zombie claim about no fugitive being arrested after a failed gun background check

“Well, 80,000 people failed a background check last year or two years ago. Nine thousand were felons on the run from the law and not one of them was arrested or prosecuted. Absolutely, if I get to be president of the United States, you fail a criminal background check, you try to buy a guy […]

Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush on economic growth under Obama

“When President Obama honored the bargain, we pulled back from the brink of depression, saved the auto industry…and replaced the jobs we lost faster than the historical average after a financial crash.” — Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton (D), presidential announcement speech, June 13, 2015  “They’re responsible for the slowest economic recovery ever, the […]

Rand Paul’s ridiculous story of an elderly man imprisoned for ‘dirt on his land’

“Over 40 years, we now define pollutants as dirt and your back yard as a navigable stream. It wouldn’t be funny if we weren’t putting people in jail for it. Guy named Robert Lucas, down at the southern part of Mississippi, 10 years ago was 70 years old. He was put in prison for 10 […]

Jeb Bush’s slam against Washington, D.C.

“This morning I was in Washington, Iowa. Washington, Iowa, is a little different than Washington, D.C. It’s pretty, the people there are hard-working, they don’t think that they’re the masters of people. It’s not the most prosperous place in the world, in the United States. Sadly, Washington, D.C., is. I don’t know if you know […]

Planned Parenthood’s claim that ’60 percent’ of voters oppose 20-week abortion ban

“A solid 60 percent of voters oppose 20-week bans when they understand the real-world impact these laws would have.” — Planned Parenthood Action Fund, news release, June 11, 2015 The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, also known as the 20-week abortion ban bill, seeks to ban abortions earlier than the age of viability, generally pegged at […]

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