Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Democrats drop below 50 percent in Kentucky

Republicans have taken over Kentucky's state government, electing majorities in the state House and Senate and a Republican governor for the first time ever. But does their dominance extend to voter registration, which has long been ruled by Democrats?

Explaining Trump’s Claim About Canadians Smuggling Shoes Because of ‘Massive’ Tariffs

President Trump said on Tuesday that Canadians were smuggling shoes across the border “because the tariffs are so massive.” But under Nafta, Canada does not charge a tariff on American shoe imports.

Fact-checking Trump on immigration, family separations

President Donald Trump on Tuesday delivered a stream-of-consciousness-style speech on immigration as furor over his administration's separation of families at the border reaches a fever pitch. But his speech at a small business event in Washington contained several factual inaccuracies.

Did Obama administration separate families?

This claim, from DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and conservative commentators, is false, according to immigration advocates and former officials.

Fact-Checking the Trump Administration’s Case for Child Separation at the Border

The president, the attorney general and the secretary of homeland security have used lots of figures and interpretations of recent history to explain recent policy changes. Not all of it has been accurate.

Q&A on Border Detention of Children

The controversy surrounding family separations at the U.S. Southern border has prompted outrage, opinions and finger-pointing. It has also raised a number of questions, including from our readers. We answer those questions here.

Partisan Website Recycles Old Charges

Has the "head" of the Democratic Party been"hauled out in handcuffs"? No. A partisan website has used decade-old charges against an Alabama Democrat as clickbait.

Trump Didn’t Fire Muslim Judge

Did President Trump fire Judge Salam al Alsawatha Malallahafa? No. The claim originated on a satire website.

The facts about Trump’s policy of separating families at the border

The president and top administration officials say U.S. laws or court rulings are forcing them to separate families that are caught trying to cross the southern border. These claims are false.

Trump Misleads on IG Report

President Donald Trump said he thinks former FBI Director James Comey committed “very criminal acts.” But the facts don't support the president's opinion. Trump also claimed the inspector general's report "totally exonerates" him, but the report didn't evaluate the Russia investigation.

N.D. Republican’s Senate campaign ‘fact-checking’ website promotes false claim on CBO estimates

One pernicious response to the growth of political fact-checking is the trend by politicians to create their own faux fact-checking websites.

Trump's impromptu performance packed with falsehoods

Aside from the absolute theater of President Trump's performance Friday at the White House, his impromptu press conference on the North Lawn might be remembered most for the sheer numbers of mistruths, misleading statements and factual errors he uttered. It was remarkable. He seemed emboldened to say what he wanted, regardless whether it was true. Reporters were fact-checking him in real time, but he never backed down. He just repeated himself.

Trump on FBI, Phantom Law on Migrant Kids

President Donald Trump is claiming exoneration in the Russia matter from a Justice Department report that actually offers him none. He's also branding fired FBI chief James Comey a criminal, though the report in question makes no such accusation.

Trump misrepresents North Korea's actions

President Donald Trump is falsely crediting his Singapore summit with the destruction of missile launch sites in North Korea. No such action has been announced by the North Koreans.

Five whoppers from President Trump’s improptu news conference

President Trump made a slew of false or misleading claims during an appearance on “Fox and Friends” that morphed into a news conference on the White House lawn. We fact-checked five whoppers. But this is only a partial list.

Bogus Claim About Made-up Muslim Waitress

Did a Muslim waitress refuse to seat 27 Christians? No. That claim is completely made up. The restaurant where it supposedly happened doesn't even exist.

Key Moments in Trump’s Interview on ‘Fox and Friends,’ With Fact Checks

President Trump called the F.B.I. a “den of thieves,” said it’s “great to give” Kim Jong-un credibility, and again blamed Barack Obama for Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Republicans Misplace Blame for Splitting Families at the Border

The White House and prominent Republicans in Congress cited a 1997 court settlement to justify separating migrant children from parents who illegally enter the United States. But the settlement did not require the government to break up families, and the practice has spurred protests against the Trump administration, a rebuke from the United Nations and a court challenge.

Did Jeff Sessions Say ‘If We Inflict Fear and Pain on Children, Adults Won’t Want to Come Here’?

A quote widely attributed to the Attorney General appeared to stem from a viral video shared by Sen. Jeff Merkley's visit to a detention center.

Is the Trump Administration Putting Immigrant Children in ‘Tent Cities’?

Multiple news outlets reported that the Department of Health and Human Services is planning tent cities to accommodate a recent influx of immigrant children — but the practice is not new.