Q: Has Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, been impeached? A: No. That claim was made by a self-described “satirical publication.” FULL ANSWER San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who has had a public feud with Presiden
An Irish government official refutes U.S. President Donald Trump's claim, whose source is entirely unclear.
The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Is Oklahoma spending more than ever? Only if you ignore inflation As Oklahoma’s elected officials wrestle to close a budget gap, a recent op-ed from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs argued that tax
Despite preliminary indications that the Trump family's government-paid travel expenses are higher than the Obamas', Internet rumors exaggerate the disparity.
In a news interview and a speech in Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump misleadingly suggested that rising stock value could reduce the national debt. One budget expert told us that notion was “just silly.” In an interview with Sean Hanni
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently gave a speech at a climate “skeptic” conference hosted by the UK Global Warming Policy Foundation (led by Nigel Lawson who recently made incorrect claims about temperature evolution in a BBC int
Asked if the Clinton-Kaine campaign will return contributions it received from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Sen. Tim Kaine repeatedly said the campaign is over. That’s true, but it doesn’t mean the campaign can’t refund donations. A
The debate over gun control revives after each mass shooting. The slayings in Las Vegas brought top National Rifle Association executive Chris Cox to Fox News Sunday. The NRA had called on the government to immediately review whether bump stocks comply
Antifa Plans Declares Nationwide Civil War on November 4-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Antifa plans will wage civil war on November 4, 2017, and won’t stop until President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are removed from office. The Trut
Q: Did a Teamsters strike hinder aid efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria? A: No. Stories claiming so misrepresented an actual quote from an Air Force colonel. FULL QUESTION Did the Teamsters strike in Puerto Rico hinder the supplies getting
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
President Donald Trump misleadingly claimed Sen. Bob Corker “gave us the Iran Deal.” Corker, who opposed the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by the Obama administration, helped craft a bipartisan bill that allowed the House and Senate to
The Truth-o-Meter says: False | NRA's Chris Cox falsely says Dianne Feinstein wanted to take 'all of your guns' Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has offered a bill to ban bump fire stocks after police found 12 rifles equipped with these devices in
“Why I left California” Commentary About “The Progressive Destruction of California” –Truth! & Fiction! Summary of eRumor: A commentary headlined “Why I Left California” about the progressive destruction
“We want to get the federal government out of the business of subsidizing the states.” –Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Oct. 1, 2017 “Is it fair that other states subsidize states
Statistics do not demonstrate that crime rates in Australia have increased substantially since the government instituted a gun buy-back program in 1997.
In 2009, we wrote an Ask FactCheck item for readers who wanted to know, “Did gun control in Australia lead to more murders there last year?” The answer at the time was “no,” and that’s still the case. In fact, the most rec
A Malaysian government pathologist testified that the banned VX nerve agent caused the death of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader.
Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt criticized former President Barack Obama for leaving “us with more Superfund sites than when he came in.” This is misleading for multiple reasons: While Pruitt is right, his agency doesn
Summary The numbers are nearly all in now. What they show about what really happened during the eight years that Barack Obama was president is sometimes different from what politicians claimed. The economy gained a net 11.5 million jobs. The unemploym
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This article in The New York Times serves as a primer by briefly answering seventeen basic questions about the cause and consequences of—and possible solutions to—climate change. Twelve scientists reviewed the
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie is airing a misleading TV ad in Virginia that says Democrat Ralph Northam was the “deciding vote” in “favor of sanctuary cities that let dangerous illegal immigrants back on the streets.” It’s t
CNN’s report that federal investigators “wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort” has prompted some readers to ask why we don’t “correct” our March 6 article “Examining Trump’s Wiretap Claim.
Susan Rice’s Housekeeper Found Dead After FBI Interview-Fiction! Summary of eRumor: Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s housekeeper was found dead in September 2017 after the FBI interviewed her about overheard conversations betwe
Q: Have Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Keith Olbermann introduced a bill that would do away with the requirement that the U.S. president be a natural born citizen? A: No. Pelosi’s office confirmed that she has not, and Olbermann is not even a member of C
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This story at The Daily Wire describes a new study that evaluates the remaining amount of greenhouse gas that we can emit before global temperature rises to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial times. The study suggests th
President Donald Trump in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly condemned the Syrian government for attacks against its own citizens and pledged that the United States would seek a solution that would allow refugees to return home. "We a
Ashley Judd Wants to Move to Middle East for More Women’s Rights-Misleading! Summary of eRumor: Actress Ashley Judd wants to move to the Middle East and said the U.S. ranks behind countries like Burundi, Serbia and Iraq when it comes to womenR
Summary In his first speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President Donald Trump reprised misleading talking points on everything from job growth to defense spending. We’ve written about variations of some of these claims numerous times, but sinc
“Medicare has an overhead of about 3 percent. Private insurance has 25 to 30 percent that’s wasted.” –Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), interview on MSNBC’s “Daily Meet the Press,” Sept. 13, 2017 When something sounds too go
This week’s fact-checking video from CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org shows why Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach does not have “proof” of widespread voter fraud in New Hampshire that could have helped Democrats win a clo
Lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, as well as the federal government, have programs to help homeowners affected by natural disasters.
“I think there is no secret Comey, by his own self-admission, leaked privileged government information. Weeks before President Trump fired him, Comey testified that an FBI agent engaged in the same practice; they face serious repe
“As of July 7, health actors had recorded more than 23,200 cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) since August 2016, according to the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of Sudan (GoS) Ministry of Health (MoH).” — U.
Red Cross Stealing Donations from Doorsteps of Churches-Fiction! & Unproven! Summary of eRumor: Protected by Obama-era Executive Order 13603, the American Red Cross stole donations from the doorsteps of churches and resold them for a profit in th
Q: Is Western Kentucky University offering free tuition to black students because of slavery? A: No. The school does not plan to adopt a resolution passed by the Student Government Association demanding “full and free access” for black stu
Sen. John McCain says the budget deal President Donald Trump reached with Democratic leaders “basically freezes last year’s funding in place, which is a cut of $52 billion” in defense spending. In fact, the deal doesn’t cut the defense
SCIENTISTS’ FEEDBACK SUMMARY This story in The Atlantic describes the conditions that have contributed to this year’s widespread wildfires in the western United States, including the influence of a changing climate. Scientists who reviewed t
Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, claims to have “proof” of voter fraud in New Hampshire that’s widespread enough to have swung a U.S. Senate election in favor of the Democrats. He doesn&
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