Whatever your view of the health care debate, the news out of Iowa isn’t good. In April, two large insurers, Wellmark and Aetna, said they would not offer health insurance policies on Iowa’s federal health insurance marketplace in 2018. Med
Q: Did Hollywood celebrities threaten to strike until President Donald Trump resigns? A: No. That story was made up by a “HYBRID site of news and satire.” FULL QUESTION Are eminent Hollywood celebrities preparing for a massive strike in
On May 22, 2017, Fox News published an opinion piece by Senator Rand Paul arguing that the United States should withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Sen. Rand Paul’s opinion relies on the claim that the Paris Agreement would achieve little in the way o
Bill Cosby attended jury selection on 22 May 2017 for an upcoming sexual assault case in Pittsburgh.
A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas - though it may only apply to public schools.
On May 17, the Justice Department announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government’s efforts to influence the 201
German Government Confiscating Homes to House Refugees-Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: The German government has begun confiscating residential homes in Hamburg to house an influx of refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries. The Trut
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | In Iowa, GOP's Blum off target on AHCA impact Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, faced a feisty crowd at a high school gymnasium in Debuque when voters in his district pressed him on his vote for the House Republican health
Barack Obama Paid $3.2 Million to Deliver Speech in Milan-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: President Barack Obama was paid $3.2 million to deliver the keynote address on the impact of climate change on the world’s food supply at a the Food & C
The Trump administration has offered some “nothing to see here” spin in response to the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. But President Donald Trump and White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have twis
Democrats have stressed that the GOP’s American Health Care Act would increase health insurance premiums, while Republicans have said it would lower them, both citing the Congressional Budget Office. Which is it? A little of both. Rep. Steny Hoye
“Once again, 129M people with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage and insurers could charge sick people more money.” — Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), in a tweet, May 4, 2017 As part of a tweet storm condemning the Hous
The Line: The Republican health care bill would throw 24 million people off the health insurance they have now. The Party: Democratic After the House passed a GOP health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, Democrats criticized the legislation
The CBO scored previous versions of the health care bill, but has not yet scored the one the House of Representatives voted on in May 2017.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and House Speaker Paul Ryan engaged in partisan spin in talking about the Republican health care bill. The American Health Care Act was passed by the House on May 4, and both Price and Ryan appeared on Sund
Trump made two claims about the Paris Agreement, a global accord aimed at addressing climate change, that require context: Trump said that the U.S. “pays billions of dollars” for the Paris Agreement, but China, Russia and India have pai
“We’re not taking a benefit away. Nobody on Medicaid is going to be taken away.” — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), interview on CNN, May 4 Before the House narrowly approved the Republican bi
Saudi Arabia Censor Angela Merkel’s Hair on Television-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A state television station in Saudi Arabia censored the uncovered hair of Angela Merkel during a report about the German chancellor’s visit to the country. T
Democrats and Republicans have made competing claims on whether the latest version of the GOP health care bill maintains protections for people with preexisting medical conditions. President Donald Trump has said, “Preexisting conditions are in t
With House Republicans prepared to take a vote Thursday on yet another version of a plan to overhaul the 2010 Affordable Care Act, attention has been especially focused on whether Obamacare’s popular prohibition against denying co
Hillary Clinton, who declared that she is “now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance,” falsely claimed that no debate moderator ever asked Donald Trump, “so exactly how are you going to create more jobs”?
A TV ad from the Donald J. Trump for President campaign committee praises Trump’s first 100 days, but it stretches the facts on some of his accomplishments. The ad exaggerates the president’s record on job growth, giving Trump credit for jo
Argentine President Cancels Humanitarian Award to Jimmy Carter at Trump’s Request-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Argentine President Mauricio Macri canceled a planned presentation of the Order of the Liberator General San Martín humanitarian awa
Summary President Donald Trump did a flurry of TV interviews and held a campaign-style rally to mark his first 100 days, and he left a trail of false, misleading and sometimes puzzling statements in his wake: Trump, who is seeking to renegotiate the N
President Donald Trump touted his first 100 days as a success and pledged to deliver on promises like health care during a wide-ranging interview Sunday on CBS. Trump told Face the Nation host John Dickerson that the job is "something that I reall
Summary Donald Trump — whom we crowned the “King of Whoppers” when he was a long-shot candidate in 2015 — has held true to form during his first 100 days as president of the United States. In his first hour as president, he pain
Summary As a candidate, Donald Trump issued a “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” It contained 28 promises, and Trump says he is “mostly there on most items.” But is he? Our review of his action plan found he has kept som
A 2017 meme compared the educational backgrounds of Bill Nye and Dolph Lundgren.
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Republican senator from Arizona cites growth in U.S.-Mexico trade after NAFTA President Donald Trump has been consistent in criticizing NAFTA -- the North American Free Trade Agreement -- as being a bad deal fo
Facing the prospect of a possible government shutdown, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to attack Democrats who he says are to blame. "I promise to rebuild our military and secure our border. Democrats want to shut down the governme
Rep. Maxine Waters Paid Her Daughter $750,000 to Send Campaign Mailers-Mostly Truth! & Outdated! Summary of eRumor: U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters has paid her daughter, Karen Waters, about $750,000 to send campaign mailers on behalf of the Cit
If there’s one arena where President Donald Trump’s agenda has had a rough encounter with reality, it’s Capitol Hill. A couple of weeks before Election Day, Trump unveiled his Contract with the American Voter. In it, he listed 10 bill
White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made an apples-to-oranges comparison when he said he couldn’t understand why Democrats opposed supplemental funding for a border wall since many of them were for it back in 2006. Mulv
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Is illegal immigration the lowest in 17 years, as Trump said? President Donald Trump hasn’t been decisive on whether he’d sign a spending bill that did not include funding for his promised border wall. But
Summary In an interview with the Associated Press, President Donald Trump put some spin on what he has done — and hasn’t done — as he nears the completion of his first 100 days in office: Trump said he has not labeled China a curren
This week, CNN’s Jake Tapper explains why President Donald Trump was wrong to take credit for Toyota’s plan to invest over $1 billion in its largest manufacturing plant in Kentucky. Trump said, “Toyota just announced that it will inve
Q: Did Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson find over $500 billion in accounting errors while auditing HUD’s financial statements? A: No. The errors were discovered and published by HUD’s independent inspector general bef
On the morning of the special House election in Georgia, President Donald Trump fired off two tweets that were critical of Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff. Trump claimed Ossoff “will raise your taxes,” but we could find no evidence of Ossoff propos
Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana said William Wilberforce, a late 18th century British politician, “pushed the sale of beer” to successfully combat “drunkenness related to gin” in England. But Wilberforce wasn’t even born un
President Donald Trump wrongly boasted that Toyota’s plan to invest over $1 billion in its largest manufacturing plant in Kentucky would “not have been made if we didn’t win the election.” A Toyota spokesman told us the car comp