Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Democrats claim GOP tax bill slashes $25B from Medicare

It's become a staple of Democratic attacks on the Republican tax bills in the last week: A vote for the GOP's $1.5 trillion tax cut is a vote to cut Medicare by $25 billion a year.

Does the GOP Tax Plan Include a Tax Cut for Private Jet Owners?

A proposal included in the Senate tax reform bill formalizes a longstanding IRS policy of not subjecting private jet owners to a “ticket tax.”

Cotton’s False Insurance Assurance

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton falsely claimed that the amended Senate tax bill eliminating the penalty for not buying health insurance would have "no impact on anyone" who buys coverage through the exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act.

Meet Paul Ryan’s ‘Cindy,’ a single mom who he says gets $700 from the tax bill

There are no guarantees in tax policy, and lawmakers should not pretend that there are.

Trump oversells results of 'tremendous' trip

Over the past week, President Donald Trump told a made-up story about his predecessor and revived a distorted claim about NATO that's been gathering dust for some months.

Ivanka Trump touts GOP tax cuts with data borrowed from the Obama administration

For her mental gymnastics, we award Trump One Pinocchio. The missing context helps to explain why she stumbled through the talking point in her interview.

Does The Republican Tax Bill Include a Loophole Benefitting Golf Course Owners?

The "conservation easement" deduction is part of the GOP's current tax legislation -- but it is not a recent addition.

The Facts on Human-Animal Chimeras

Q: Does the National Institutes of Health fund research on human-animal chimeras, or organisms that are part-human, part-other animal? 

The Democrats’ Inaccurate Talking Point

An estimated 13 million fewer Americans would have health insurance by 2025 if the health care law’s individual mandate is repealed. But that doesn't mean that all 13 million would be kicked off their insurance plans, as some Democrats claim.

The GOP claim that half of the people paying the Obamacare penalty make less than $25,000

Cornyn claims the individual mandate is tax on poor Americans, claiming that “about half” who pay it make $25,000 or less. But that’s an incomplete statistic that lacks significant context.

FactChecking Trump’s Business Boasts

As President Donald Trump listed the accomplishments of his trip to Asia, one example remains a mystery.

Tax Cut Ad Lacks Context

A TV ad by a coalition of liberal groups leaves the false impression that 47 million "middle-class" households would be "stuck with the tab" for Republican tax cuts that benefit the wealthy. The 47 million figure refers to all households -- not just the "middle class."

Trump Didn’t Cut Canine Program

Q: Did President Donald Trump shut down a service dog training program for veterans? A: No.

Do 'Illegal' Refugees in Canada Get $3,874 Each Per Month From the Government?

A viral Facebook post of an apparently authentic document showing refugee benefits grossly misrepresents the document's contents.

Did California Legislators Vote to Exempt Themselves from State's Gun Laws?

Hyperpartisan web sites persist in recycling false reports about California legislators' exempting themselves from the state's gun control regulations.

Trump’s ‘Tremendous Success’ Abroad Is Overstated

President Trump marked his return from a five-country tour of Asia by recounting on Wednesday its “tremendous success” and that of his other trips abroad.

Schumer’s claim that the GOP is ‘kicking 13 million people off health insurance’

CBO, in estimating the impact of repealing the individual mandate, is mostly describing a voluntary action of people choosing not to buy health insurance. That’s not the same as “kicking off” 13 million people.

Examining Trump’s Asia Deals That He Says Are Worth Billions

President Trump advertised his deal-making prowess during his Asia trip this week, claiming to have struck economic, energy and military trade agreements with Japan, South Korea and China worth billions of dollars. Whatever bill of goods Mr. Trump is selling, his claims require more context.

Trump’s bizarre claim that Obama ‘never got to land’ in the Philippines

Why does President Trump believe that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte refuse to let Barack Obama land his plane in Manila? He’s said it not once, not twice, but three times.

Trump’s Bizarre Plane Story

President Donald Trump left a false impression that a plane carrying former President Barack Obama "came close but it didn't land" in the Philippines due to poor relations between the countries.