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Bill Clinton’s incorrect comparison between U.S. and Mexican engineering graduates

“Last year, Mexico, barely a third our population, graduated 113,000 engineers, the United States 120,000.” — Former president Bill Clinton during a speech celebrating the 100th anniversary of the New Republic, Nov. 19, 2014 Former president Bill Clinton loves to toss out facts and figures. This line, from his speech at the New Republic 100th anniversary […]

Giuliani’s claim that 93 percent of blacks are killed by other blacks

“Ninety-three percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We’re talking about the exception here.” — Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Nov. 23, 2014 Giuliani faced major backlash by critics for his comments during a “Meet the Press” segment on the anticipated grand jury decision on whether […]

Did George H.W. Bush really shield 1.5 million illegal immigrants? Nope.

  President George H.W. Bush “expanded the family fairness program to cover more than 1.5 million unauthorized spouses and children. This represented about 40 percent of the undocumented population at the time.” –White House press secretary Josh Earnest, news briefing, Nov. 19, 2014 Who knew that an article that appeared on Page 3 of the […]

Has the medical device tax shipped jobs overseas and stunted innovation?

“Actually there’s something that Elizabeth Warren and I do agree with, and that’s eliminating the medical device tax, which has driven jobs overseas and caused medical innovation to stagnate in this country.” – Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), interview on FOX News with Neil Cavuto, November 13, 2014 (Editor’s note: Michelle Ye Hee Lee is joining The […]

Obama’s claim that Keystone crude would go ‘everywhere else’ but the United States

“I won’t hide my opinion about this, which is that one major determinant of whether we should approve a pipeline shipping Canadian oil to world markets, not to the United States, is does it contribute to the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change?” –President Barack Obama, news conference at G20 summit, Brisbane, Australia, Nov. […]

Global Factcheckathon: G20 summit fact-checked by 9 fact-checking organizations

  As world leaders gathered in Brisbane, Australia, to discuss the world economy, fact-checking organizations held their own virtual summit — to check the claims made by those leaders. The Factcheckathon is intended to show the reach and breadth of the growing journalistic fact-checking movement. Show More Summary

Explainer: What Gruber meant when he said ‘if CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies’

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.” –MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, captured on videotape What did Gruber mean when he uttered this words in a now-infamous video that has […]

Obama’s G20 claim of the ‘longest stretch of uninterrupted private sector job growth’ in US history

“The United States is in the longest stretch of uninterrupted private sector job growth in its history.” –President Obama, news conference at conclusion of G20 summit, Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 16, 2014 (Note: This is a slightly revised update of a earlier fact check, for use as part of a global Factcheckaton of the G20 summit.) In […]

Obama’s royal flip-flop on using executive action on illegal immigration

“Well, actually, my position hasn’t changed.” –President Obama, news conference at conclusion of G20 summit, Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 16, 2014 Politicians generally hate to say they have changed their minds about something. With President Obama poised to take executive action to address immigration, perhaps as early as this week, he was challenged by a reporter […]

The NRA’s claim of a ‘Obama/Bloomberg/Landrieu gun control agenda’

“Mary Landrieu will not protect your right of self-defense….who will stop the Obama/Bloomberg/Landrieu Gun Control Agenda?” –flier mailed by the National Rifle Association to voters in Louisiana During the campaign season, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has become quite the boogeyman in conservative districts. Show More Summary

Did Jonathan Gruber earn ‘almost $400,000? from the Obama administration?

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber “was paid almost $400,000 by this administration.” – Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), on Fox News’s “On the Record,” Nov. 12, 2014 Republicans are demanding hearings into videos that have emerged in recent days of MIT professor Jonathan Gruber making impolitic remarks about the Affordable Care Act. Why should Gruber’s comments matter? Because […]

George W. Bush’s claims on weapons found, and not found, In Iraq

  “We both put together large coalitions of nations, and we both gave Saddam Hussein a chance to make a choice.” “The man, Saddam Hussein, would have a lot of revenue as a result of high prices of oil. And even though there wasn’t, you know, a – we found a dirty bomb, for example […]

Repeat after me: It’s about Obamacare and workers, not jobs

  “If you take a look at the net equivalent of 2.5 million equivalent jobs being lost that needs to be interpreted into the states that are affected by it. That’s how you can really point to the problems with Obamacare. It’s not affordable. It’s not fiscally sustainable.” — Senator-elect Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), interview on […]

Obama’s claim that the U.S. has created more jobs than ‘every other advanced economy combined’

“As I travel to Asia for the G-20 Summit, I’m going to be able to say that we’ve actually created more jobs here in the United States than every other advanced country combined.” – President Obama, remarks before meeting with congressional leadership, Nov. 7, 2014 “We’ve created more jobs in the United States than every […]

Cutting Social Security to fund tax cuts for the rich?

Rep. Bill Cassidy’s “record is crystal clear: voting to cut Social Security benefits to pay for tax breaks for millionaires like himself.” – voiceover of new ad sponsored by the campaign of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) This tough new ad from Landrieu — who faces a runoff election against Cassidy — uses clips from a […]

Are 300 House bills really bottled up in the Senate?

“The House passed over 300 pieces of legislation, many of them on a bipartisan basis, and nothing was done with them in the Senate.” – Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), news conference, Nov. 5, 2014 We are not singling out the incoming Senate majority leader, as Republicans from both sides of Capitol Hill have repeatedly cited […]

Obama’s claim that Obamacare has reduced health-care inflation ‘every single year’ since it was passed

“Health care inflation has gone down every single year since the law [the Affordable Care Act] passed, so that we now have the lowest increase in health care costs in 50 years–which is saving us about $180 billion in reduced overall costs to the federal government and in the Medicare program.” – President Obama, news […]

The most popular fact checks of October

It’s Election Day! No matter your political views, make sure you take the opportunity to cast a ballot. Too many Americans take this right for granted. While most of the fact checks in October focused on the rhetoric in the closing weeks of the midterm elections, once again the most widely read columns were on […]

Did Obama promise ‘amnesty’ to 11 million undocumented immigrants?

“After the election, Obama admits he will give amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants.” – voice-over of ad attacking Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) sponsored by Ending Spending Action Fund (ESAF) This ad by a third-party group attacks Shaheen by claiming that she supports President Obama “99 percent” of the time and thus would do little […]

How not to cite a fact check

The Fact Checker was rather critical of a recent ad by Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), awarding it Four Pinocchios and also a place of honor on our list of the ten most fact-challenged ads of the 2014 campaign. But a reader in Kentucky sent The Fact Checker […]

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