Category: Fact Checker

VA Funds and Syrian Refugees

Q: Did President Obama cut benefits for veterans by $ 2.6 billion to give the money to Syrian refugees? A: No. The Department of Veterans Affairs transferred funds to close a $ 2.6 billion gap in a health care program.…

FactChecking the Ninth Democratic Debate

Summary False and misleading claims by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders included: Clinton implied she has supported a $ 15 federal minimum wage, as Sanders has. But her own website says she supports a $ 12 federal…

U.S. Foreign Military Support

Republican Donald Trump criticized U.S. military support for several countries — Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany and South Korea — during a discussion on nuclear proliferation at a CNN town hall in late March, saying “we can’t afford it.” We’ll answer…

White House on Climate, Heat Deaths

In a recent “fact sheet” on the threat climate change poses to human health, the White House cherry-picked data on the estimated number of premature deaths due to future extreme temperatures: The White House cited a nationwide model that predicts…

Clinton’s Vermont Gun Stat

Hillary Clinton claimed that Vermont was the source of the “highest per capita” number of guns that come from out of state and were “used in crimes and violence and killings in New York.” That statistic is true for all…

Bill Clinton and the 1994 Crime Bill

Bill Clinton overstated the effect of the crime bill he signed in 1994 when he said, “because of that bill we had a 25-year low in crime, a 33-year low in the murder rate.” Independent analyses have found that the…

Sanders Evades Tax Question

When asked about releasing his “full” federal tax returns, Sen. Bernie Sanders insisted that “we have released them in the past.” But Sanders has released only his 1040 form, a two-page summary of his federal returns, not his full returns.…

Inhofe Misleads on Bees

Sen. James Inhofe made misleading claims in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency about the relationship between neonicotinoid pesticides and bees: Inhofe said many scientists have concluded “that neonicotinoid pesticides only harm bees at dosages that are unrealistically high.”…