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Fact-checking the first Clinton-Trump presidential debate

In the first debate between presidential contenders Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Trump repeatedly relied on troublesome and false facts that have been debunked throughout the campaign. Clinton stretched the truth on occasion, such as when she tried to wiggle out of her 2012 praise of the Trans Pacific Partnership as a “gold standard.” But […]

Trump’s claim that Obama is trying to ‘delay’ Obamacare enrollment until after the election

“On November 1, just before the election on November 8, new numbers are coming out which will show 40, 50, 60 percent increases. They want to delay it until after the election, because it’s election. It’s a disaster.” — Donald Trump, campaign rally, Sept. 16, 2016 “The big increase is now going to come on […]

Trump vs. Clinton: A debate fact-check cheat sheet

Presidential candidates rarely come to the debates with fresh facts. Instead, they rely on claims that have been scattered in their stump speeches for many months — claims that The Fact Checker has already put to the Pinocchio Test. So here’s a quick guide to old favorites viewers will likely hear during the presidential debates that start […]

Recidivism Watch: Trump’s claim attributing New York City crime decline to Giuliani’s policies

“The policies he [Rudolph Giuliani] put into place ultimately brought down crime by 76 percent and murder in New York by 84 percent.” –Donald Trump, speech in Pittsburgh, Sept. 22, 2016 Trump has pledged to introduce a national “stop-and-frisk” policy, of the kind that began under Rudolph Giuliani, who was New York mayor from 1994 to 2002. […]

Trump’s claim that ‘we’re not allowed to profile’ potential terrorists

Trump says no profiling is allowed, but in reality it is permitted to combat terrorist threats

The 2016 Election Fact Checker

Check out our guide to every fact check of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. You can can sort by date, Pinocchio rating, or various topic areas. The guide will be updated daily until the election.

Cruz’s claim that ICANN’s transition will empower foes to censor the Internet

“If that proposal goes through, it will empower countries like Russia, like China, like Iran to be able to censor speech on the Internet, your speech.” –Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), in a Senate floor speech, Sept. 8, 2016 We have found from experience that the most complex topics are the most susceptible to misleading claims […]

Cruz's claim that ICANN's transition will empower foes to censor the Internet

There's more smoke than fire in the confusing debate over whether control of the Internet is at stake.

Trump’s claim linking New York bombing to an ‘extremely open immigration system’

Trump conflates information about Syrian refugees, homegrown radicalization and the bombings in New Jersey and New York.

The 2016 Election Fact Checker

Every fact check of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in one place.

The Four-Pinocchio claim that 'on average, girls first become victims of sex trafficking at 13 years old'

Once again, politicians and the media blithely repeat a Four-Pinocchio statistic on sex trafficking that does not hold up to scrutiny.

Why you should be wary of statistics on 'modern slavery' and 'trafficking'

Depending on the estimate cited, the number of victims changes by tens of millions.

Happy 9th birthday, Fact Checker!

The Washington Post Fact Checker turns 9 years old today.

Fact-checking Clinton's story of meeting disabled children in New Bedford in 1973

Readers asked us to check out Clinton's story, but we found no reason to doubt it — earning her a rare Geppetto Checkmark.

Christie's claim that Trump did not 'on a regular basis' spout birther nonsense after 2011

This is so obviously false that we wonder how Christie manages to say it with a straight face.

Trump's claim 'one in six' young men are jobless or in jail because of Obama's policies

Trump correctly cites the latest official figure, but the context of the claim makes it misleading.

Trump's absurd claim that 92 million Americans represent a 'nation of jobless Americans'

Trump takes a real number from a government agency and turns it into rhetorical poppycock.

Trump’s claim linking New York bombing to an ‘extremely open immigration system’

“These attacks and many others were made possible because of our extremely open immigration system, which fails to properly vet and screen the individuals or families coming into our country.” — Donald Trump, campaign rally speech, Sept. 19, 2016 Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt: “Why do they care so much if you use the word […]

Happy 9th birthday, Fact Checker!

The Washington Post Fact Checker is 9 years old today, though strictly speaking that statement might merit a Pinocchio. With a burst of four fact checks on the morning of Sept. 19, 2007 — of Osama bin Laden, former senator Mike Gravel (D-Alaska), Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and former senator Fred D. Thompson (R-Tenn.) — our former […]

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