Category: Fact Checker

Trump Inflates Tax Benefits

President Donald Trump misleadingly inflated the benefits of the tax overhaul when he claimed it provides “$ 3.2 trillion … in tax cuts for American families.” It actually totals about $ 1.5 trillion in tax cuts for all taxpayers, including…

The Whoppers of 2017

Summary We first dubbed President Donald Trump, then just a candidate, as “King of Whoppers” in our annual roundup of notable false claims for 2015. He dominated our list that year – and again in 2016 – but there was…

Trump’s Estate Tax Spin

President Donald Trump says the new tax law “for the most part … wiped out” the estate tax. But while fewer people would have to pay it, revenue from estate taxes is expected to be cut by only a third…

Trump Inflates Tax Benefits

President Donald Trump misleadingly inflated the benefits of the tax overhaul when he claimed it provides “$ 3.2 trillion … in tax cuts for American families.” It actually totals about $ 1.5 trillion in tax cuts for all taxpayers, including…

FactChecking Science Claims in 2017

In our roundup of 2016 claims, we hypothesized that SciCheck would have no dearth of false and misleading claims to cover in 2017. That proved true. From President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Agreement to Environmental Protection Agency head…

Train Crash Claims Are Off The Rails

Q: Was a Muslim man arrested for causing a passenger train to crash in Washington state? A: No. Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash and have made no arrests. FULL ANSWER An Amtrak train that crashed on…

Video: Whoppers of 2017

In this video, we highlight six whoppers — out of a long list — told by politicians in 2017. The president dominated our roundup of the worst falsehoods of the year, so he dominated this video as well. Trump started…

A Guide to the Tax Changes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will soon become law. The House gave final congressional approval on Dec. 20, and President Donald Trump has promised to sign it. The House and Senate approved the bill on Dec. 19. It passed…