Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

President Trump’s claim that ‘we’ve had bigger storms’ than Harvey and Irma

Trump’s response that “we’ve had bigger storms” is factual to a degree but does not address the economic costs of these major storms or the toll they take on people living in coastal areas.

Trump’s U.N. Speech

The president made misleading boasts about his record on the economy and foreign issues.

Did Ben Carson Tell Hurricane Victims 'Homelessness Is A Gift From Heaven'?

An image circulating online attributes an insensitive (and fabricated) quote to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Is California Governor Jerry Brown Allowing HIV-Positive People to Donate Blood?

Web sites misstate what would happen under a bill that Brown has not signed into law.

Medicare, private insurance and administrative costs: A Democratic talking point

When something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Americans aren’t clamoring for single-payer health insurance

Americans are not clamoring for single-payer health care, as Sen. Bernie Sanders has suggested they are, in proposing a plan that would have the government foot most medical bills.

Speaker Ryan’s fuzzy math on the nation’s ‘terrible tax system’

Many of the United States’ economic competitors already have reduced their corporate rates. But Ryan ginned up his case for change in the United States in a misleading way.

Why Common Critiques of DACA Are Misleading

Defenders of President Trump’s decision to rescind an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded young immigrants from deportation have offered misleading critiques of the program.

‘Medicare for All’: Is It Popular? And Is It the Same as Britain’s System?

As leading Democrats embrace Senator Bernie Sanders’s proposal to vastly expand Medicare to cover all Americans, Republicans are fighting back with familiar critiques of such a single-payer system.

Did James Comey violate federal laws?

Is there much of a case against Comey?

Permanent Closure at Walt Disney World Due to Hurricane Irma?

Rumors holding that Walt Disney World would close the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds due to damage from Hurricane Irma originated on a prank web site.

Trump’s Tax Plan and ‘the Rich’

In promoting his plan to overhaul of the nation's tax system, President Donald Trump claimed “the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan.” But the tax proposal his administration outlined in April would heavily benefit high-income taxpayers, and Trump hasn’t revealed any changes to it.

Single-payer sounds best when it sounds free

Americans are not clamoring for single-payer health care, as Sen. Bernie Sanders suggests they are, in proposing a plan that would have the government foot most medical bills. He's right that support for the idea has grown and in some polls tops 50 percent. But polls suggest that the prevailing sentiment is ambivalence. Saving money on health insurance holds lots of appeal. Seeing taxes rise to cover those costs may dull the appetite.

As the death toll climbs in Sudan, officials shy away from the ‘cholera’ label

We understand the diplomatic niceties here. A country’s health ministry is supposed to declare a health emergency, and WHO may be reluctant to intervene for fear that the regime would eject needed medical professionals. But it seems absurd for the State Department to warn Americans of confirmed reports of deaths from cholera while USAID sticks with the more politically convenient designation of acute watery diarrhea, even as the death toll rises.

A False Headline About Free Tuition

Q: Is Western Kentucky University offering free tuition to black students because of slavery? A: No.

President Trump’s claim foreign leaders told him they’re unhappy with 7-8 percent GDP growth

Perhaps Trump misheard. Or perhaps the other leader was fibbing. Or maybe Trump just thought the pitch for a tax cut sounded better if he could quote two leaders.

Three Sharks Filmed in Miami Flood Waters After Hurricane Irma?

A video purportedly showing sharks swimming in a flooded area of Miami after Irma passed through is just a fish story.

Fake Mike Pence Abortion Quote

Q: Did Vice President Mike Pence say, “Allowing rape victims to have abortions will lead to women trying to get raped”? A: No.

Explaining McCain’s Defense ‘Cut’

Sen. John McCain says the budget deal President Donald Trump reached with Democratic leaders “basically freezes last year's funding in place, which is a cut of $52 billion” in defense spending. In fact, the deal doesn't cut the defense budget at all.

Florida Governor Rick Scott Critically Injured During Hurricane Irma Cleanup?

A notorious purveyor of fake news churns out another fabrication.