Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

McCrory says Cooper 'fought cleanup' of coal ash

Among the ads Gov. Pat McCrory has put in rotation this month is one attacking Attorney General Roy Cooper over the state's coal ash cleanup efforts.

Fact-checking Clinton’s story of meeting disabled children in New Bedford in 1973

Clinton has told this story in numerous speeches and even wrote about it in her 2003 memoir, “Living History.”

Christie’s claim that Trump did not ‘on a regular basis’ spout birther nonsense after 2011

This is why Americans hate politics. A sitting governor goes on national television and when he is called out for an obvious falsehood, he simply repeats the inaccurate talking points over and over.

How Trump's 'Penny Plan' adds up to big cuts

Donald Trump's "Penny Plan" sounds like a painless pinprick in the federal budget — a 1 percent annual cut in a chunk of government spending, adding up to huge savings. "One penny," he says. "We can all do that." But it's really an axe that would hollow out much of what it touches.

Fact-Checking Trump's Claim Clinton Started 'Birther' Movement

Since Donald Trump conceded President Obama was born in the United States earlier today, he and his team have gone on the offensive trying to link the start of the "birther" movement with Hillary Clinton and her 2008 campaign, a claim fact-checking websites have debunked as false.

Trump’s absurd claim that 92 million Americans represent a ‘nation of jobless Americans’

Trump is grabbing onto a GOP talking point that first emerged in 2014 when the official unemployment rate starting falling below 7 percent. (It is now 4.9 percent.)

Trump’s claim ‘one in six’ young men are jobless or in jail because of Obama’s policies

Trump included this factoid among what he portrayed as a litany of failures under “Obama/Clinton policies,” and an indicator of the slow economic recovery following the Great Recession.

Kaine Twists Words of GOP Rivals

In a speech in Michigan, Tim Kaine cherry-picked the words of his Republican opponents, Donald Trump and Mike Pence, to leave a misleading impression of their public statements on military service members and white nationalist David Duke.

Trump on Birtherism: Wrong, and Wrong

Donald Trump finally, definitively allowed that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.” But his terse statement on the matter included two falsehoods.

Trump on Clinton’s Child Care Plan

Donald Trump falsely claimed that Hillary Clinton "has no child care plan" and "never will." In fact, Clinton's proposals for child care and paid family leave have been posted on her campaign website for months.

Fact-Checking Donald Trump’s Health Claims on Dr. Oz

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was interviewed Thursday by Dr. Mehmet Oz on the The Dr. Oz Show about his health. Trump also provided results from a recent physical exam. Here are some takeaways.

Trump job forecast not so bold

Donald Trump’s prediction that 25 million jobs would be created by his economic plan in a decade isn’t nearly as bold as it might sound. Jobs have already been growing at that rate and Trump’s goal is actually a bit less ambitious than what happened under President Barack Obama in the last few years. Here’s a look at some of the statements in the plan he laid out in New York on Thursday and how they compare with the facts.

Was Clinton responsible for deaths in Waco? No

Clinton was not in any position that would have given her authority to order or escalate the siege that ended with the deaths of 76 religious cult members in 1993.

Did Trump visit a group shunned by prior nominees? No

Donald Trump did attend the 2016 Values Voter summit, but the claim that the event was "shunned" by preceding GOP candidates is unfounded.

Did Trump brag about having tallest building after 9/11?

Donald Trump spoke of having the tallest building in downtown Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks, but whether he was "bragging" is in the eye of the beholder.

Fact-checking organizations around the globe embrace code of principles

How accurate is her claim that it is “legal” to be retaliated against “if you find out about somebody else’s salary”?

Trump Criticizes Flint Pastor — But Misstates Key Facts About Their Encounter

I was in the room as a pool reporter at the time, and here's what happened.

Trump’s Job Loss Exaggeration

Donald Trump distorted the facts when he claimed New York’s job losses during Hillary Clinton’s eight years as the state’s U.S. senator were “worse than just about any place in […]

Hillary Clinton’s story of a Vietnam era confrontation over law school admissions

Hillary Clinton’s recounting of her experience taking the law school admissions test in 1969, posted on the Facebook page of the wildly popular Humans of New York, has been shared or liked about a million times. Does it ring true?

Green Party candidate Jill Stein half right on sea level prediction

Checking the claim that "Jim Hansen, the foremost climate scientist is predicting meters-worth ... of sea level rise as soon as 50 years from now."