Congress is trying to agree on a bipartisan plan on what to do about DACA, after the Trump administration announced a “wind-down” of the program on Sept. 5, 2017. Lawmakers face a March 5 deadline set by the president to come up with a legi
Democratic congressman Al Green of Texas had offered articles of impeachment based on comments by President Donald Trump.
Summary Now that President Donald Trump has been in office for one day shy of a full year, it’s time to take a look at how well his boasts — and his critics’ complaints — stack up against hard data. Here we offer key measures
Prosecutors laid out horrifying details of the allegations but didn't offer any theories about the motivation for what they called an escalating climate of brutality that began in Texas.
SUMMARY Many stories were written about climate science in 2017, but were the ones that “went viral” scientifically accurate? To find out, we compiled a list of articles with the most comments, shares, and likes on social networks using data from
President Donald Trump said he has “heard” varying numbers on the DACA population — from 650,000 to 3 million. In fact, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said there were 689,800 active DACA recipients as of Sept. 4, 2017.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn says the U.S. is “the most generous country in the world when it comes to legal immigration.” It’s true that the U.S. gives permanent legal status and citizenship to more immigrants than other industrialized nations
It’s the holiday season, and our email inbox has been filled with lumps of coal -- as well as the occasional treat. Here’s a rundown of recent reader critiques, edited for length and clarity. *** Several readers criticized our coverage of t
Dueling protests erupted at the Islamic Center in Houston on May 21, 2016, after being advertised on what appeared to be rival Facebook groups. But were they rivals after all? One group, called "Heart of Texas," regularly promoted anti-immigr
Prayer Requests for Heaven Ray Cox, Kidnapped 15-year-old-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Prayer requests for Heaven Ray Cox, a 15-year-old Texas girl, circulated on Facebook in November 2017. The Truth: Prayer requests for Heaven Ray Cox that circulated in
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Does 70 percent of tax bill's relief go to those making less than $200,000? As crunch time in Congress approaches, Republicans are aggressively making the case that their tax bills will allow a broad swath of Ame
Q: Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren part Native American? Is that how she got jobs as a professor at Ivy League law schools? A: Warren has not proved that she is part Native American, and no one has proved that she was ever hired because of her alleged racia
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | How much does the Trump family have to gain from GOP tax bills? One of the arguments from Democrats against the Republican overhaul of the tax code is that President Donald Trump, a billionaire, stands to benefit
Texas Rep. Joe Barton supposedly once said that 'wind is a finite resource and harnessing it would slow the winds down, which would cause the temperature to go up.'
Photo Shows the Sutherland Springs Church Shooter at Bernie Sanders Rally-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A photo shows Sutherland Springs church shooter Devin Kelly at a Bernie Sanders campaign rally in 2016. The Truth: A photo of a young man at a Bernie
The House Republican tax plan would eliminate a federal tax deduction for state and local income or sales taxes, and it modifies a deduction for state and local property taxes. The Senate bill is expected to eliminate the deductions entirely. These pro
President Donald Trump has once again misused the example of Chicago to make a case against gun regulations. Despite what the president claims, Chicago does not have “the strongest gun laws in our nation.” It once did, but the laws that gave it tha
The gunman who killed more than two dozen at a small-town Texas church briefly escaped from a mental health facility in 2012, police reports indicated.
The massacre of 26 worshipers at a rural Texas church is the latest in a grisly series of mass shootings across America in recent years. With each tragedy, we hear arguments about gun violence, mental health, how much firearms should be regulated and w
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump wrongly repeats that Chicago has strongest gun laws President Donald Trump might be in Asia, but violence on the homefront followed him to South Korea. In a joint press conference with South Kor
President Trump held a joint news conference with the South Korean president in Seoul where he answered questions on North Korea and gun control policy in the wake of the mass shooting in Texas. President Trump urged North Korea to "come to the table a
A mass shooting at a Texas church on 5 November 2017 led to an avalanche of false information.
“And I’ve turned West Virginia around, because of what I’ve done environmentally with coal. And I don’t know if you saw, but West Virginia is second to Texas in percentage increase of GDP.” — President Trump, remarks during an i
Reports that a teenage schoolgirl in Texas became pregnant through a flu vaccination are fake news.
In a televised debate on taxes, Sen. Ted Cruz denied that he ever called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.” But in a 2011 interview, Cruz gave the definition of a “Ponzi scheme” and said it fits Social Security. “That is ex
The Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the nation's largest owner of television stations, is attacking PolitiFact for a recent fact-check we published about federal funding related to superstorm Sandy. Sinclair, which has faced criticism for a clear
Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys Players Protesting National Anthem Will Be Benched-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said players who disrespect the flag by kneeling for the national anthem will be benched. The Truth: Jerry Jones i
Q: Did climate change cause the wildfires out West? A: Scientists say a hot and dry summer — conditions more likely in a warmer world — caused widespread wildfires in Western states. But land use changes also have played a role. FULL ANS
The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Did taxes go up by 41 percent between 2013 and 2016? As Congress prepared to debate a high-stakes tax bill, a reader asked us to check a letter about tax policy emailed by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. "A new r
Q: Has a judge banned Sharia law across the United States? A: No. The judge pictured with a bogus headline proclaiming a nationwide ban was the host of a daytime court TV show. FULL ANSWER A headline proclaiming that a judge has banned Sharia law in
Rumors holding that a pedophile was decapitated in Texas originated on a disreputable web site.
A warning video about the use of the insecticide naled in parts of Texas gets some facts wrong and greatly exaggerates the risk to the public.
A photograph purportedly showing a meal served by the Red Cross to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas actually shows a school lunch from 2014.
Q: Did Vice President Mike Pence say, “Allowing rape victims to have abortions will lead to women trying to get raped”? A: No. That fabricated quote comes from a made-up story published by a “hybrid news/satire” website. FULL ANSWER Vice Pr
Hotels Required to Accept Evacuees With Pets During Natural Disasters-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Under the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act of 2006, hotels are required to accept evacuees with pets during natural disasters and o
Q: Is the Clinton Foundation charging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send supplies to victims of Hurricane Harvey? A: No. That claim originated on a satirical news site. The Clinton Foundation has not charged FEMA for bottled water or o
Hurricane Harvey Flooding Uncovers Secret Stash of Obama Administration Ammo-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Hurricane Harvey flooding led to the discovery of ammunition that the Obama administration hid in a small Texas town called Lexmar. The Truth: Fals
A photograph that purportedly shows President Trump rescuing two cats from a flooded area in Texas was digitally manipulated.
Experts say Harvey’s filthy floodwaters pose significant dangers to human safety and the environment that will remain even after levels drop far enough that southeastern Texas residents no longer fear for their lives.
Q: Did Black Lives Matter protesters block emergency crews from reaching Hurricane Harvey victims? A: No. That false claim was made in a satirical story featuring a 2016 photo of a protest in Atlanta, Georgia. FULL QUESTION Is this true? Black Lives M