Category: Fact Checker

Trump Wildly Inflates Unemployment

Donald Trump said he “heard” the unemployment rate was really 42 percent. It’s not. That figure would include retirees, teenagers, stay-at-home parents and anyone else who doesn’t need or want to work. The unemployment rate is actually 4.9 percent for…

Debunking Obama’s Dubai Domicile

Q: Are the Obamas buying a vacation home in Dubai? A: No. This rumor was circulated on a fake news website. FULL QUESTION Is President Obama buying a four million dollar home in Dubai, and was a top Admiral fired…

Our Children’s Future

Political Leanings: Republican/Pro-Ben Carson Super PAC Spending Target: Unknown Our Children’s Future is a super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. The PAC filed with the Federal Election Commission on April 30, 2015. Jeff Reeter, former campaign finance…

Cruz Distorts Rubio’s Immigration Stance

In an attack on Sen. Marco Rubio’s stance on immigration, Sen. Ted Cruz makes two overly broad accusations that distort Rubio’s position. Cruz claims Rubio “advocates amnesty for criminals who are here illegally.” But Rubio supports deporting felons, and he…

‘New’ Taxes Aren’t New

It’s back! That false chain email about the “new” tax increases that aren’t new is circulating again. The taxes weren’t new when we wrote about them in 2014 or 2015, and they weren’t “all passed under the Affordable Care Act.” It’s…

Clinton’s Bipartisan Bluster

Former Sen. Hillary Clinton said she did not know of “a single Republican who didn’t cosponsor one of the bills that I worked on.” Actually, our analysis shows 14 of the 70 GOP senators who served with Clinton didn’t cosponsor any…

Conservative Solutions PAC/Conservative Solutions Project

Political leanings: Conservative/Pro-Rubio Super PAC Spending target: Unknown Conservative Solutions, a super PAC, was formed and registered with the Federal Election Commission in February 2013 by supporters of Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential run. According to the PAC’s website, J. Warren…

FactChecking the Eighth GOP Debate

Summary Days before the New Hampshire primary, the top seven Republican presidential candidates stretched some facts in the eighth GOP debate. Sen. Ted Cruz incorrectly claimed that waterboarding doesn’t meet the “generally recognized” definition of torture. The definition he gave reflects a…

Sanders’ Deceptive Endorsement Ad

The Bernie Sanders campaign misappropriates the credibility of two New Hampshire newspapers in a new TV ad that boasts of his endorsements for the Democratic presidential nomination. The ad, titled “Endorsed,” leaves the misleading impression that the Nashua Telegraph and…

FactChecking the MSNBC Democratic Debate

Summary We found several false and misleading claims in the debate between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders claimed Clinton called Barack Obama “naive” in 2007 because he “thought it was a good idea to talk…