President Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm about the Russia investigation. He accused his vanquished rival Hillary Clinton of obstruction of justice (without any evidence) and blamed others for his firing of FBI Director James Comey (even though Trump
The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Ivanka Trump right about role of 'skills gap' in unfilled jobs During an interview with Fox & Friends, Ivanka Trump discussed one of the challenges of the current economy -- that job vacancies exist, but many peop
In between tweets about typical presidential fare — jobs, the Army, the state of Wisconsin — President Donald Trump has been ranting in 140-character spurts about the Russia investigation and his former opponent Hillary Clinton. "You a
Q: Can President Donald Trump fire special counsel Robert Mueller? A: Not directly. Only the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller can fire him and only for cause. But Trump could fire the DAG, or order the special-counsel regulations repealed
Opponents of the Republican House health care bill are claiming its provisions on preexisting conditions reach further than they actually do. A TV ad from AARP says “insurers can charge thousands more” for preexisting conditions under the
Q: Did Sen. Chuck Schumer resign? Was Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired? Are the Clintons divorcing? Is Monica Lewinsky dead? A: No. Each claim was made by the same website that writes “fiction as fact.” FULL ANSWER Sen. Chuck Schumer
Golden State Warriors Won’t Visit White House, Snub President Trump-Undetermined! Summary of eRumor: The Golden State Warriors voted not to visit the White House, snubbing President Trump, after winning the 2017 NBA championship. The Truth: The
Muslim Invasion: Email Claims UK Overrun by Muslim Minority-Mostly Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A forwarded email with the subject line, “How the British Have Passively Succumbed to the Muslim Invasion,” argues that the country’s numbe
EXPLAINER A June 12th Winnipeg Free Press story titled “U of M climate change study postponed due to climate change” describes a climate study delayed by unusual sea ice conditions around Newfoundland that necessitated the reassignment of
A researcher disclosed a gaping security hole at the outfit that manages Georgia's elections, with 6.7 million voter records and sensitive files exposed.
“Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become? Probably. In 2011, Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9
This week on PolitiFact Live, editors Aaron Sharockman and Katie Sanders discuss President Donald Trump's overblown boast about his accomplishments compared to his predecessors and review the latest claim from Georgia's 6th Congressional Distri
Erendira Wallenda performed acrobatic maneuvers while hanging from a helicopter.
Are yawns contagious, or is it all a statistically manufactured illusion?
Rep. Jeff Duncan said he spoke to a man who asked about the victims' political parties before a shooting at a baseball park.
Q: Did White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer say that the president has the “legal right and power to decide how words in the English language are spelled”? A: No. That bogus quote comes from a “satirical” article about Presi
President Donald Trump and his top environmental official said the Paris Agreement would reduce the global average temperature by only 0.2 degrees Celsius. Former Vice President Al Gore said that’s “not true.” Who’s right? Trump and Scott P
A photograph that supposedly shows a young Nancy Pelosi as 'Miss Lube Rack' of 1959 is actually a picture of a different woman.
A 70-year-old man who said he robbed a Kansas City, Kansas, bank so he could get away from his wife blamed his actions on depression.
Congressional Christians Must Wear Scarlet Crosses under Bernie Sanders Bill-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a bill that would require Christians holding public office to wear a scarlet cross to identify themselves. The Tr
Q: Was the Clinton Foundation ordered to cease operations and Chelsea Clinton charged with fraud? A: No. Those baseless claims were made up by a self-described “satirical” website. FULL QUESTION Has the Clinton Foundation been found to h
ICE Raids Dozes of Convenience Stores in St. Louis-Truth! Summary of eRumor: Federal ICE agents raided dozens of convenience stores in the St. Louis area in May 2017, resulting in 35 indictments. The Truth: Federal ICE agents took part in a raid on
AP FACT CHECK: Trump shows off a few too many trophies in his display Cabinet
President Donald Trump touted the opening of a new coal mine in Pennsylvania as evidence that his administration is “putting the miners back to work.” But construction of the mine in question began before the 2016 election. And experts say
Human rights monitors are investigating whether the incendiary weapon was deployed in civilian-populated parts of Raqqa and Mosul.
Big Tobacco Must Pay: Get $2,300 in Tax-Free Payments Per Month-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A rumor that big tobacco must pay $206 billion in a Master Settlement Agreement linked to a lawsuit from 1998 claims that individuals, even non-smokers, could b
AP FACT CHECK: Trump paints Comey as a virtual stranger, someone he didn't know well enough to demand his loyalty
“99% of sexually active women have used birth control in their lifetime. Our lawmakers must hear from us. We won’t allow an extreme anti-woman agenda to undermine birth control access.” — Planned Parenthood Action Fund,
An image of an equine whose coat spells out the word 'horse' was created through digital manipulation.
Q: Has Sen. John McCain “renounced any affiliation with the Republican Party”? A: No. That claim was made in a fake news story published by a “satirical publication.” FULL QUESTION I just read John McCain left the Republican
People Mark Anniversary of ‘Killdozer’ in Colorado-Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Social media posts in June 2017 marked the anniversary of a man named Marvin Heemeyer going on a rampage in Granby, Colorado, with a homemade &
A viral message touting the "heroic" acts of Marvin Heemeyer, a man who created a "killdozer" to exact revenge on a small Colorado town, omits several key details.
President Donald Trump says that fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony on June 8 absolved him and exposed Comey as "a leaker." "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a le
Q: Did President Barack Obama commission a life-size bronze statue of himself to leave in the White House? A: No. That fake news story was “intended for entertainment purposes only.” FULL QUESTION Did President Obama have a bronze statue
After former FBI Director James Comey testified about his private conversations with President Donald Trump regarding the agency’s Russia investigation, the president’s lawyer gave a brief statement that contained inaccurate and disputed cl
The special election to fill a closely contested Georgia congressional seat has broken a campaign cash record. With about $36 million spent, it is now the most expensive race for Congress the country has ever seen. The seat, left vacant when President
U.S. pennies now cost considerably more than one cent each to manufacture.
AP FACT CHECK: Mangled numbers from Trump on health care, Obama stimulus
A woman's warning about a man who gave her a "bad feeling" at a Walmart in Coon Rapids, Minnesota probably had nothing to do with human trafficking.
Since July 2016, the FBI has been investigating the Russian government’s attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election, including whether President Donald Trump’s campaign associates were involved in those efforts. “Russian President V