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

“This report estimates that, based on the information governments have provided, only around 40,000 victims have been identified in the last year. In contrast, social scientists estimate that as many as 27 million men, women, and children are trafficking victims at any given time.” –Introduction to the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report, June 2013 […]

Four Pinocchios for Sherrod Brown’s invented George H.W. Bush quote

“President Bush, who I don`t quote that much — the first President Bush said a billion dollars in trade surplus or deficit turns into 13,000 jobs. So, if you have a billion dollar trade deficit, it means 13,000 lost jobs. Multiply that times 5 and 600, and you get a huge number of lost jobs.” […]

The zombie claim about Navy ship numbers returns to the 2016 campaign trail

“The budget cuts that we’ve enacted in Congress are insane. We’re having the smallest Army by the end of this decade since 1940, the smallest Navy since 1915, the smallest Marine Corps in modern history, at a time when we need them all the most.” – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), New Hampshire Republican leadership summit, April […]

Carly Fiorina’s claim that California’s drought is a ‘man-made’ disaster

“While California is clearly experiencing another drought, the extreme water shortages are an ongoing and man-made human tragedy — one that has been brought on by overzealous liberal environmentalists who continue to devalue the lives and livelihoods of California residents in pursuit of their own agenda. It comes down to this: Which do we think […]

Obama’s claim that every dollar spent on pre-kindergarten education earns ‘$7 back’

“Every dollar we put into high-quality early childhood education we get $7 back in reduced teen pregnancy, improved graduation rates, improved performance in school, reduced incarceration rates. The society as a whole does better.” – President Obama, Remarks at Working Mothers Town Hall, Charlotte, N.C., April 15, 2015 The president made a very specific claim […]

Obama’s fishy claim on the House GOP tax plan

“Their tax plan would give the average millionaire and billionaire a $50,000 tax cut.  That’s about what the average middle-class worker makes in an entire year.” – President Obama, Remarks at Working Mothers Town Hall, Charlotte, N.C., April 15, 2015 These comments by the president during a “town hall” event jumped out at The Fact […]

Will the Lee-Rubio proposal cut taxes for 90 percent of Americans?

“If you look at the tax code in its totality, over nine out of 10 Americans – the vast, enormous, overwhelming majority — in its total, will save more money under this plan than they’re saving today on the tax code.” “This plan, we believe — and have seen the evidence — that it would […]

Clinton’s claim that CEOs make 300 times more than American workers

“There’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker.” — Hillary Rodham Clinton, roundtable in Monticello, Iowa, April 14, 2015 This is a common talking point among Democrats — that corporate chief executives make 300 times more in pay than the average worker. In fact, it’s been repeated so often that some […]

Warren’s claim that 99.6 percent of all job categories pay men more than women because of discrimination

“@SenWarren: In 99.6% of all job categories, men outearn women. That is not an accident—that’s discrimination.” –tweet by Senate Democrats, April 14, 2015 A number of readers asked us about this tweet by Senate Democrats on “Equal Pay Day” — April 14, 2015 — which symbolizes how far a woman must work into the next year […]

Wasserman Schultz’s out-of-context claims about Rubio

“They’re going to try to portray him as some kind of new and fresh face. He is nothing more than the same old, tired Republican policies that he’s embraced. I mean, he’s called increasing the minimum wage silly. He has suggested that fighting for paycheck fairness for women is a waste of time. He supports […]

Is the estate tax killing small farms and businesses?

“Here in South Dakota, we are land rich and cash poor, leaving roughly one-third of South Dakota farms vulnerable to the death tax, based on cropland values provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The death tax imposes a tax rate as high as 40 percent on family farms, ranches and small businesses, which hurts […]

Who wrote the ‘IRS code’? Hint: It wasn’t the Internal Revenue Service

“On tax reform, we, right now, have more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible — not a one of them as good.” –Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), speech at International Association of Fire Fighters legislative conference, March 10, 2015 The Fact Checker previously wrote that Cruz’s comparison was ultimately meaningless — not […]

Rand Paul’s claim that Reagan’s tax cuts produced ‘more revenue’ and ‘tens of millions of jobs’

“The last president we had was Ronald Reagan that said we’re going to dramatically cut tax rates. And guess what? More revenue came in, but tens of millions of jobs were created.” –Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, April 7, 2015 Rand Paul’s quote is emblematic of some of the […]

Does the Export-Import Bank ‘prop’ foreign corporations to compete unfairly with the U.S.?

“Each year, America’s export-import bank sends billions of tax dollars to foreign corporations that compete unfairly with American jobs. That’s billions to countries like China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, that violate human rights and suppress democracy. Show More Summary

Tom Cotton’s four-day war against Iran

An attack on Iran “would be something more along the lines of what President Clinton did in December 1998 during Operation Desert Fox. Several days [of] air and naval bombing against Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction facilities for exactly the same kind of behavior. For interfering with weapons inspectors and for disobeying Security Council resolutions. […]

Does the Export-Import Bank cost taxpayers $0?

“Can you guess how much the #ExImBank costs U.S. taxpayers?” “Over the past two decades, Ex-Im has actually generated a surplus of nearly $7 billion for American taxpayers.” –U.S. Chamber of Commerce, post on Twitter, March 31, 2015 The battle in Congress has begun over whether to kill a taxpayer-funded agency that gives loans to […]

Fact checking Rand Paul’s announcement speech

  It is often difficult to fact check presidential announcement speeches, as the candidates often emphasize biography and a long series of platitudes. The speech on April 7 by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was no exception. But he did repeat some claims that we have previously fact checked – or made assertions that are worth […]

Public Citizen’s misleading math on the Korea Free Trade Agreement

  “The post-Korea FTA [free trade agreement] decline in U.S. exports to Korea and a new flood of imports from Korea have resulted in a major surge in the U.S. trade deficit with Korea that equates to nearly 85,000 lost U.S. jobs.” – Public Citizen, news release, March 23, 2015 A reader asked us to […]

Would GMO labeling requirement cost $500 more in groceries per family a year?

“Having a series of different and conflicting state and local GMO labeling mandates will increase grocery prices for consumers by hundreds of dollars per year. Grocery costs for a family could increase by an average of $500 per year under GMO labeling mandates, according to a Cornell University study.” – Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, […]

The most popular fact checks of March

By a landslide margin, the most popular fact check of March was our retrospective look at how the rallying cry of “Hands up, don’t shoot” by protesters and lawmakers in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., shooting turned out to be based on faulty witness testimony. That column received twice as many readers as the […]

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