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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Sarah Palin’s inaccurate claim about suicides of veterans of the ‘war on terror’

“How many have done more than this generation in uniform? The war on terror is the longest military engagement in U.S. history. So many have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tens of thousands wounded. More than 6,800 dead. The strain on military and their families, it is enormous….The longer someone is deployed and redeployed, the […]

Can Eric Holder change the federal drug classification of marijuana?

“I think that Congress ultimately has to do that (reclassify marijuana). This is … a topic that ultimately, I think ought to be engaged in by our nation, informed by the experiences that we see in Colorado, in Washington. There is, I think, a legitimate debate to be had on both sides of that question […]

Did Rand Paul really ‘return’ money to the Treasury?

  “Today we are going to unveil that we are returning $500,000 to the Treasury. We invited several representatives of taxpayers from around the state to receive this check. This is a check for $500,000, or representative of $500,000, that we are returning from our office budget to the Treasury.” –Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), speaking […]

Montana senator twice gets his facts wrong on timber sales and litigation

“Unfortunately, every logging sale in Montana right now is under litigation. Every one of them.” – Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), interview with Montana Public Radio, Feb. 18, 2015 “Nearly half of the awarded timber volume in Fiscal Year 2014 is currently under litigation.” – revised statement issued by Tester’s staff, Feb. 19, 2015 Our inbox […]

What exactly would happen during a DHS shutdown?

“Senate Democrats remain united in their push to pass a clean DHS funding bill, while Republicans continue to hold the funding hostage in futile protest against President Obama’s executive action on immigration-pushing us closer to a DHS shutdown and putting American national security at risk.” — Democratic Policy and Communications Center, post on Web site,  Feb. […]

Key report in battle over car dealer sales is bizarrely outdated

“Since 2000, customers in Brazil can order the Celta over the Internet from a site that links them with GM’s assembly plant and 470 dealers nationwide.” –Gerald R. Bodisch, “Economic Effects of State Bans on Direct Manufacturer Sales to Car Buyers,” May 2009 This may seem like an old quote but it’s one that continues to […]

Rep. Coffman really is a ‘combat veteran’

“Let me start by telling you something I haven’t done,” said Coffman, a Marine Corps combat veteran. “I have never run a federal agency that tolerates corruption the way the VA has. I’ve never built a hospital that’s years behind schedule and hundreds of millions over budget. And I’ve never been a shill for inept bureaucrats […]

Giuliani’s false claims about Obama’s speeches

“I’m not condemning his patriotism — patriots can criticize. They’re allowed to criticize. I don’t hear from him what I heard from Harry Truman, what I heard from Bill Clinton, what I heard from Jimmy Carter, which is these wonderful words about what a great country we are, what an exceptional country we are. When […]

Lawmaker bungles immigration facts at town hall meeting

“It was learned the household income deferred tax credit applied retroactively for three years. So each illegal alien will get $24,000 in compensation.” [The crowd expresses some surprise at this fact, with one person saying “wow.”] “Yep, absolutely. You start looking at the process where the GDP [gross domestic product] of Mexico, the second largest […]

Jeh Johnson’s claim that apprehensions on the southern border are lowest they’ve been in years

“Fortunately, the apprehension numbers on the southern border are down the lowest they have been in a very, very long time, in part because of the things we have put in place there.” –Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Fox News interview, Feb. 17, 2015 “I am also pleased that, due in large part […]

Biden’s strange claim of knowing ‘an awful lot’ of Somali cab drivers in Delaware

“Somalis have made my city of Wilmington, Del. [their home] on a smaller scale. There is a very identifiable Somali community. I might add if you come to the train station with me you’ll notice I have great relationships with them because there’s an awful lot driving cabs and are friends of mine. For real. […]

No, the VA has not fired 60 people for manipulating wait-time data

“Nine hundred people have been fired since I became secretary. We’ve got 60 people that we fired who have manipulated wait times.” –Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, NBC “Meet the Press” interview, Feb. 15, 2015 These figures from McDonald’s first Sunday TV show interview seemed to be a bombshell revelation in the aftermath […]

Have some GOP lawmakers flip-flopped on Obamacare and subsidies?

The Supreme Court on March 4 will hear the case of King v. Burwell, which threatens to unravel the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, because the plaintiffs argue that the health-care law does not authorize subsidies through federally run insurance marketplaces; instead, they say, the law only allows such subsidies in the 14 states (and District […]

Bernie Sanders’s claim that 99 percent of new income is going to top 1 percent of Americans

“In terms of income as opposed to wealth, almost all of the new income generated in recent years has gone to the top 1 percent. In fact, the latest information that we have shows that in recent years, over 99 percent of all new income generated in the economy has gone to the top 1 […]

Readers respond to fact check on Rand Paul’s statements about college degree

Our fact check of Sen. Rand Paul’s statements about his undergraduate degree has quickly become one of the most widely read ever — and also among the most controversial. The column has about 2,500 comments from readers arguing about its fairness. That’s a lot of material to wade through, so we thought we would share […]

Rand Paul’s claim — twice in one day — that he has a biology degree

“I have a biology degree, okay?” –Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), remarks at the Lincoln Labs “Reboot Congress” conference, Feb. 12, 2015 We first spotted a version of this quote in a Bloomberg column by David Weigel, and then checked the quotes with our colleague Jose DelReal, who had attended the conference. This is a bit […]

Obama’s claim that one in five American women have been raped

“Right now, nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape.” –President Obama, in a video that aired during the Grammy Awards, Feb. 8, 2015 A number of readers have questioned this statistic asserted by President Obama in a public service announcement that is part of the White […]

Jindal’s claim that Louisiana’s higher education budget is ‘slightly higher’

“The total higher education budget, including means of total finance — is actually a little bit, just slightly, higher than when I took office.” –Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), remarks at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, Feb. 9, 2015 Jindal, a presidential hopeful in Washington for an education meeting, met with reporters this week and […]

The most popular fact checks of January

The most widely-read individual fact check of January was our examination of Sen. Rand Paul’s claims about people on disability. (Our fact check of the State of the Union speech actually attracted by far the most readers, but we do not include round-ups in this monthly list.) There was essentially a three-way tie for second […]

Rick Perry’s claim that one-third of all new American jobs were created in Texas

“In the last 14 years, Texas has created almost one-third of all the new jobs in America.” – Former Texas governor Rick Perry (R), Iowa Freedom Summit, Jan. 24, 2015 “During my entire tenure as governor, almost a third of all the jobs created in America were created in the state of Texas.” – Former […]

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