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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

The Obama administration’s illusionary job gains from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

  “Estimates are that the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] could provide $77 billion a year in real income and support 650,000 new jobs in the U.S. alone.” –Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in an opinion article titled “Alliances for Peace,” Jan. 14, 2015 “Completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership provides the opportunity to open up markets, lower […]

Jeb Bush’s claim that the U.S. annually imports $300 billion in oil from countries that ‘hate us’

“Last year, $300 billion [in energy products] left our country to countries that either are unstable and could hate us if there was regime change, or already do hate us; $300 billion without economic activity for us empowering countries that make our foreign policy more difficult to attain.” –Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), remarks […]

A bipartisan fail over claims there was a 300 percent increase in ‘escort’ ads during the Dallas Super Bowl

“While most Americans are going to be getting prepared for the Seahawks and the Patriots to tee off in the Super Bowl, the dirty little secret is that the Super Bowl actually is one of the highest levels of human sex trafficking activity of any event in the country. And in, for example, Dallas in […]

Santorum’s claim that all ‘net new jobs’ went to immigrants and fewer native-born Americans are working since 2000

“Since 2000 there have been 6 million net new jobs created in America. … How many of those net new jobs are held by people who were not born in this country? All of them. There are fewer Americans working today who were born in this country than there were in the year 2000, in […]

Gov. Kasich repeats a Lincoln whopper

“You can’t build a little guy up by tearing the big guy down. Abraham Lincoln said it then, and he’s right.” –Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), interview on Fox News Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 Somehow, Gov. John Kasich, a potential 2016 candidate for the presidency, fell for one of the oldest hoaxes around, repeating faux Abraham […]

Ted Cruz’s claim that one of Obama’s ‘very first acts’ was returning a bust of Churchill

“One of the very first acts President Obama did upon being elected was sending Churchill’s bust back to the UK, and I think that foreshadowed everything that was to come the next six years.” –Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), remarks at Iowa Freedom Summit, Jan. 24, 2015 This story keeps popping up, so let’s try to […]

Does Obamacare provide federal subsidies for elective abortions?

“The president’s health-care law authorized massive subsidies to assist millions of Americans to purchase private health plans that will cover abortion on demand. In other words, hard-earned taxpayer dollars are now being used to pay for elective abortions. This is simply unacceptable.” –Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), House debate, Jan. 22, 2015 The argument that the […]

Rand Paul’s claim that ‘over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts’

“What I tell people is, if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting a disability check. Over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts — join the club. Who doesn’t get a little anxious for work and their back hurts?  Everybody over […]

What Obama didn’t say about crime and incarceration

“Surely we can agree it’s a good thing that for the first time in 40 years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together, and use that as a starting point for Democrats and Republicans, community leaders and law enforcement, to reform America’s criminal justice system so that it protects and serves […]

Obama’s claim that Iran’s nuclear program has been ‘halted’ and its nuclear stock pile ‘reduced’

“Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material.” –President Obama, State of the Union address, Jan. 20, 2015 This was a bold statement by the president regarding the interim “Joint Plan […]

Obama’s 2014 State of the Union proposals: What flopped and what succeeded

Every president announces a slew of initiatives in his State of the Union address. Here, in order of delivery, is a summary of the key proposals, pledges or priorities announced by President Obama a year ago — and what happened to them. In general, Obama’s success rate on legislation has been relatively poor since Republicans took control […]

Will the FCC’s net neutrality decision cost Americans $15 billion in new taxes? Nope

“Another reason this is so damaging to the private sector is the taxes that it is going to put on your broadband providers — an estimate of $15 billion in new taxes that would come in through a Title 2 regulation.” –Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Fox Business interview, Jan. 5, 2015 “Under this decision to […]

The often-repeated claim that 1,800 college students die from ‘alcohol-related causes’

“More than 1,800 students die every year of alcohol-related causes.” — article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that appeared in the New York Times under the headline “Why Colleges Haven’t Stopped Binge Drinking,” Dec. 15, 2014 “Legislators did not hear about the 1,800 college students who died from alcohol poisoning in the United States over the […]

The claim that American households have a $15,000 regulatory ‘burden’

“That [regulatory] burden adds up to $15,000 per American household, nearly thirty percent of average household income in 2013.” –Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), introducing the Regulatory Accountability Act, Jan. 7, 2015 “A recent study suggests every family has a burden of close to $15,000 every year due to regulation. And the total cost to our […]

’300 new rules’ in just one week by President Obama? Nope

“One Week, Three Veto Threats, 300 New Regulations” –headline on blog on the Web site of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), posted Jan. 8, 2015 A reader wrote The Fact Checker concerning the facts in a blog post, which asserted that the Obama administration “has already issued 300 new rules in the Federal Register. You […]

Here are some red flags to fishy polling, on carbon taxes in particular

“Look, you have got an overwhelming majority of the public that wants this done. The latest Fox poll on this issue, 68 percent of Americans want the Keystone pipeline built.” –Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Fox News Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 “Senator Hoeven keeps talking about what 70 percent of Americans want. Seventy percent of Americans […]

Boehner’s claim that ‘dozens’ died while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA

President Obama “won’t be far from the Phoenix VA facility, the epicenter of the VA scandal where dozens of veterans died while waiting for basic care.” — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), news conference, Jan. 8, 2015 The Veterans Affairs scandal suddenly popped up again at House Speaker John Boehner’s news conference. We had previously noted […]

Are black or white offenders more likely to kill police?

“How (many) police get killed by blacks and how many by whites? That’s important at this particular time.” –Twitter user @_R_S_S_ @GlennKesslerWP Yeah, but how police get killed by blacks and how many by whites? That's important at this particular time. — R.S.S. (@_R_S_S_) January 5, 2015 A reader posed this question via Twitter in […]

Democratic claims on Keystone XL’s impact on the environment and oil exports

  “This is oil that’s Canadian oil, the dirtiest and the way that it’s bought, extracted, causes incredible damage to the environment–and it’s for the international community. The interesting point is that Canada doesn’t want to transport it through Canada. They want to transport it through the United States, which obviously makes no sense.” –Sen. […]

Gingrich’s claims on Byrd’s and Black’s KKK membership

“You have other cases. You had Bob Byrd, who was the majority leader, who was a Klan leader. You had Hugo Black, who was a justice who was a Klan leader, but they were Democrats. So being in the Klan was OK.” –Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Jan. 4, 2015 Gingrich, […]

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