In the hours between this week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria and President Donald Trump’s retaliatory missile strike, conspiracy theorists worked to discredit the civilian deaths. They called it a "false flag" operation desig
Joe Legal vs. Jose Illegal: Claims about Illegal Immigrants in California-Mostly Fiction!Â Summary of eRumor: A commentary known as “Joe Legal vs. Jose Illegal” has been circulating since 2010 and makes claims about the economic impact ofÂ
The history and implications of the "nuclear option" in the U.S. Senate.
Supporters of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination describe him as a “mainstream judge.” Their evidence: He has voted nearly 99 percent of the time with the majority on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and 97 percent o
Rep. Steve King wrongly suggested that “28 percent of the inmates in our federal penitentiaries” are immigrants in the country illegally. About 21 percent of federal inmates are non-U.S. citizens, but that includes immigrants who came to th
Susan Rice Unmasked Trump Transition Team, Leaked Information-Truth! & Fiction! & Unproven!Â Summary of eRumor: Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice requested that the identities of Trump transition team officials be unmasked in intelli
President Donald Trump said the Obama administration “had a great opportunity to solve” the crisis in Syria when Obama set a “red line” for military intervention. But when Obama didn’t launch such intervention, “I th
Q: Did all eight Supreme Court justices write a letter opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to fill a court vacancy? A: No. That false claim was made on a liberal website that misrepresented a court ruling regarding the Individuals with Disa
The Internet has the power to advance democratic ideals by making knowledge more accessible and helping voters make more informed choices. But the picture painted by witnesses at a March 30 bipartisan Senate hearing — a group that included academ
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum attributed the claim to former EPA head Gina McCarthy during a guest appearance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."
âIâve got five years of experience as a national security staffer in the U.S. Congress. I held top secret security clearance.â âDemocratic congressional hopeful Jon Ossoff, remarks at a meet and greet, Feb. 20 Just about eve
In anÂ address to law enforcement, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made twoÂ dubious claims about marijuana and opioids: SessionsÂ said marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin, an illicit opioid. Experts says heroin is thre
As the Senate considers Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, senators on both sides have engaged in partisan spin over the number of votes required to approve his nomination: Sen. Bernie Sanders falsely claimed the Senate “requires 60 votes
Obama Aide Evelyn Farkas Admits Spying on Donald Trump’s Team-Mostly Fiction!Â Summary of eRumor: Former Obama administration aide Evelyn Farkas admitted in an appearance on MSNBC that she helped President Obama spy on President Trump’s ca
Hillary Clinton Sold 20 Percent of America’sÂ Uranium to Russia-MostlyÂ Fiction!Â Summary of eRumor: President Donald Trump has repeated the claim that Hillary Clinton sold 20 percent of America’sÂ Uranium to Russia while secretary of stat
LGBT data were not previously included in any U.S. census, but an altered report suggested the Census Bureau was considering the topic for inclusion for 2020.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt made two false claims about the Paris Accord, a global agreement aimed at addressing climate change: He claimed China and India are “the
Rep. Adam Schiff laid out a series of “coincidences” to build a circumstantial case that President Trump’s campaign associates may have colluded with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. But one of his âcoincidencesâ
Both German and U.S. government officials deny a media report that President Trump presented German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a multi-billion dollar NATO bill.
The M-44 "cyanide ejector device" is widely used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cull predator species such as coyotes, foxes, and feral dogs.
Congress Approves Killing Hibernating Bears and Denned Wolves- Truth! & Misleading!Â Summary of eRumor: The House of RepresentativesÂ and the Senate have approved Â legislation that would role back federal protections that prohibit the killing of
Larry Klayman Releases Proof of FBI Director Jim Comey Massive Cover Up-Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Conservative attorney Larry Klayman has released 600 million pages of information from a whistleblower about NSA wiretapping that proves FBI Director J
At an Oval Office ceremony, President Donald Trump boasted that Charter Communications “has just committed to investing $25 billion” and creating 20,000 jobs in the U.S. — the latest example of companies, he said, that are investing i
The U.S. House of Representatives fails to pass a health care bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Read our promise update. See Figure 1 on PolitiFact.com >>More
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | NY Rep. Maloney: More than half Planned Parenthood clinics are in underserved areas During debate on the Republican health care bill, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., spoke passionately about the impact it will have
Q: Did Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price say “it’s better for our budget if cancer patients die more quickly”? A: No. That’s another made-up quote from a “news/satire” website. FULL QUESTION Did Tom Pr
There is still no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s tweets accusing President Barack Obama of illegally “tapping my phones in October” during the “very sacred election process.” In a March 22 interview with Time
President Donald Trump boasted thatÂ TransCanada Corp. “dropped” a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against the U.S. after he threatened to “terminate” the company’s Keystone XL pipeline. That’s false. TransCanada merely
A report that the U.S. Attorney General said that marijuana caused more unwanted pregnancies were a hoax from a "hybrid" news site.
Summary The White House made a series of misleading statements in an effort to put its best spin on a House intelligence committee hearing into Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign: During the hearing, the official White
Health Warnings About Flouroquinolone Antibiotics-Mostly Truth! Summary of eRumor: A viral blog post titled “This Antibiotic Will Ruin You” warns about the long-term health dangers of flouroquinolones antibiotics that go by common names lik
Reports that Hillary Clinton would be filling an open U.S. Senate seat in New York, vacated by a senator who resigned after being indicted for fraud, are fake news.
Media Ignores 1500 Pedophiles Arrested in 2017 Under President Trump-Misleading!Â Summary of eRumor: The main stream media has ignoredÂ that 1,500 pedophiles were arrested in the first few months of 2017 under President Trump, compared to just a few h
In January 2015, we launched SciCheck — a feature devoted to fact-checking false and misleading scientific claims made by major U.S. political figures. Today, we introduce Ask SciCheck, which will provide answers to your questions about science a
Q:Â Is Louisiana losing a football field of land to the ocean every hour? A:Â Yes. Both natural processes and human activitiesÂ contribute to the land loss,Â though humans are primarily to blame.Â FULL QUESTION Is Louisiana losing a football field of
The U.S. banker, philanthropist, presidential adviser, and heir to one of historyâs most fabled fortunes was the worldâs oldest billionaire.
In making his case to replace the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that in Tennessee “half of the state has no insurance company” on the ACA marketplace. In fact, all eight of the state’s rating areas have a
A statement attributed to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price about the budget benefits of cancer patients' dying quickly is apocryphal.
President Donald Trump says his agenda is all about “jobs, jobs, jobs.” But at a rally in Nashville, and a speech earlier the same day in Detroit, Trump made several misleading claims about jobs, and the effect he has had on them since taki
Senator Bernie Sanders' office released an image showing how the U.S. 'lags' behind Canada, Norway, and Germany on the issue of parental leave.