Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Did Mike Pence Defend Rob Porter's Domestic Abuse with a Bible Verse?

Shortly after a Trump senior aide resigned amid domestic abuse allegations, a false rumor was spread that the Vice President had defended his behavior.

Is This a Wall Around Nancy Pelosi's Home?

Dubious web sites attempted to paint the House Minority Leader as a hypocrite after her record-breaking eight-hour speech in support of DACA recipients.

What’s the immigration status of Melania Trump’s parents?

With congressional debate beginning on overhauling immigration laws, it’s certainly an interesting question.

Did Sen. Cory Booker Put Undocumented People 'Before Seniors and Veterans'?

A graphic disseminated dismissive (and entirely fabricated) statements from the New Jersey Democrat.

Can Police Legally Rape People in 35 States?

A pair of articles about the legality of rape in police custody confused social media readers.

Trump's inflated claim on costs of war

President Donald Trump is bemoaning the loss of trillions of dollars "stupidly" spent by the U.S. in the Middle East — money he said could have been used to rebuild American roads and bridges.

Will Global Warming Benefit Civilization?

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt suggests that global warming isn't necessarily "a bad thing" because "humans have most flourished during times of ... warming." But recent years have been the warmest humans have seen over at least the last millennium.

Did 'Two Russian Citizens Set to Testify Against Hillary Clinton' Die in the Moscow Plane Crash?

No. Where do we begin?

Trump’s repeated claim the United States has spent $7 trillion in the Middle East

President Donald Trump said, “This will be a big week for Infrastructure. After so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time to start investing in OUR Country!” The dollar figure is questionable.

Is Marlboro Selling Marijuana Cigarettes?

Not now, and not even on 4/20.

Did Elon Musk Call Donald Trump a 'Dumbass'?

Contrary to a fabricated tweet, the SpaceX CEO responded graciously to Trump's congratulations on the "American ingenuity" of the Falcon Heavy rocket.

A Pentagon chart misleadingly suggests the U.S. is falling behind in a nuclear arms race

The Pentagon’s explanation for the metrics in the chart is rather tortured.

Was 'America First' a Slogan of the Ku Klux Klan?

The white supremacist group made frequent use of the slogan more recently embraced by President Donald Trump, though they did not, as some claim, invent it.

Trump in a stock market and budget tempest

The weeklong drama over the hourslong government shutdown set loose overblown rhetoric from both parties while President Donald Trump wrestled inartfully with turmoil in the stock market, one of his favorite bragging points until it tanked.

No Black Lives Matter Embezzlement Scandal

Q: Was a Black Lives Matter activist sued after stealing millions of dollars in donations? A: No. That scandal was made up by a website that calls itself satirical.

Did Schumer, like Trump, call for a military parade in 2014?

Is Trump's idea of a "military parade" similar to the idea floated by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in 2014? A few conservative media outlets would have you believe that's the case.

Did Hillary Clinton collude with the Russians to get ‘dirt’ on Trump to feed it to the FBI?

Republican investigators have turned up information that raises interesting questions. Let’s explore whether there is a basis for Nunes’s claim that Clinton is the ultimate villain in the Russia saga.

Did Melania Trump's Parents Arrive in the U.S. Through 'Chain Migration'?

A twitter post painted Viktor and Amalija Knavs's immigration status as a symbol of hypocrisy on the part of the Trump administration.

Adam Schiff and George Soros Not In-Laws

Q: Is Rep. Adam Schiff’s sister married to the son of George Soros? A: No. The congressman doesn’t even have a sister.

Is This Trump's Hair Blowing in the Wind?

Much ado was made on social media about the President's hair after a video aired of his boarding Air Force One on a windy day.