From @politifact

  • Donald Trump's claim of 'no financial interests' in Saudi Arabia? That's Half True at best

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Donald Trump's claim of 'no financial interests' in Saudi Arabia? That's Half True at best

    As President Donald Trump faces criticism for passivity since the disappearance and suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist, Trump has sought to downplay his personal financial dealings with Saudi Arabia. Trump has sent mixed messages in the roughly two weeks since Khashoggi vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in...


  • Did Washington state's Dino Rossi really want new homes for unwed mothers?

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Did Washington state's Dino Rossi really want new homes for unwed mothers?

    Say something odd, controversial or outlandish in politics and people will repeat it. Take this recent tweet from the Washington State Democratic Party: "When he was in elected office, Dino Rossi consistently showed disrespect and disregard for women. From suggesting the state build ‘homes for unwed mothers’ that sound out of 'The Handmaid’s Tale' … ." What? That was just one tweet...


  • Do Trump tariffs cost more than Affordable Care Act taxes?

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Do Trump tariffs cost more than Affordable Care Act taxes?

    In an op-ed for the Washington Examiner, analysts at the National Taxpayers Union wrote that President Donald Trump’s tariffs would cost American taxpayers more than the Affordable Care Act. The pro-free trade group estimated the annual cost of Trump’s enacted tariffs at $41.65 billion. "That easily outpaces the tax bill from the Affordable Care Act for next year ($34.6 billion) after accounting...


  • Washington's Kim Schrier is no Bernie Sanders, nor is her health plan his

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Washington's Kim Schrier is no Bernie Sanders, nor is her health plan his

    "Medicare for All" is today’s catch phrase for government supported, single-payer health care, and if you’re a free-market Republican, that can sound like a path toward socialism. Kim Schrier, a pediatrician in Washington state who’s running for Congress, uttered that phrase, and Republicans in the other Washington (D.C.) even have it on videotape. "Look, ultimately I think we do...


  • In Kansas, Democrat's attack on Steve Watkins only partially accurate

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | In Kansas, Democrat's attack on Steve Watkins only partially accurate

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently aired a tough ad against Republican congressional candidate Steve Watkins, who is locked in a competitive race with Democrat Paul Davis for the House seat in Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District. The ad is based on a Kansas City Star investigation that found Watkins did not own and build a business from the ground up when he was in...


  • Veterans group says Jim Hagedorn's health care positions would harm Minnesota veterans

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Veterans group says Jim Hagedorn's health care positions would harm Minnesota veterans

    Like apple pie, some things are so sacred in American society that you mess with them at your peril. Senior citizens, for one. Veterans, for another. So look out, Jim Hagedorn, because a veterans’ political group says you’d do some messing if elected. Hagedorn is a Republican in southern Minnesota running for the seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who decided...


  • Veterans group says Jim Hagedorn's health care positions would harm Minnesota veterans

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Veterans group says Jim Hagedorn's health care positions would harm Minnesota veterans

    Like apple pie, some things are so sacred in American society that you mess with them at your peril. Senior citizens, for one. Veterans, for another. So look out, Jim Hagedorn, because a veterans’ political group says you’d do some messing if elected. Hagedorn is a Republican in southern Minnesota running for the seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who decided...


  • Are Mike Braun's employees on the hook for first $10,000 of health care?

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Are Mike Braun's employees on the hook for first $10,000 of health care?

    Incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly painted himself as a guardian of health insurance and Republican opponent Mike Braun as its main threat during their first debate. "I was the final vote to save health care," Donnelly said of his opposition to the so-called skinny repeal of the Affordable Care Act. "At (Braun’s) company, the deductible on his health care if $10,000, which is completely...


  • Ad accuses Andy Barr of allowing payday lenders to take advantage of military families

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Ad accuses Andy Barr of allowing payday lenders to take advantage of military families

    The "cross-partisan" group With Honor, which formed to support military veterans running for Congress, has backed Democratic challenger and Marine veteran Amy McGrath. McGrath is running against Republican incumbent Andy Barr for the U.S. House seat in central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District. The September ad lambastes Barr’s support of the payday lending...


  • Taylor Swift: Marsha Blackburn voted against reauthorizing Violence Against Women Act

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Taylor Swift: Marsha Blackburn voted against reauthorizing Violence Against Women Act

    Pop star Taylor Swift jumped into the rough and tumble of politics with a rebuke of Tennessee Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn and an endorsement of Democrat Phil Bredesen. In a long Instagram post, Swift explained that her concern over matters of gender orientation and racism drove her to speak out. "I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to...


  • An age claim in New Jersey leaves out something important about New Jersey

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | An age claim in New Jersey leaves out something important about New Jersey

    Older people vote, and Tom Malinowski, the Democratic challenger in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, seems to have them in mind. In a television ad criticizing incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, Malinowski says Lance voted more than 60 times "to gut affordable health care." These votes included provisions to let insurers deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions,...


  • Donald Trump falsely claims there's an 'open borders bill' backed by Democrats

    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump falsely claims there's an 'open borders bill' backed by Democrats

    President Donald Trump went to Kansas to rally for Republicans seeking election in November and in the process made false claims about Democrats signing on to a purported "open borders bill." "Every single Democrat in the U.S. Senate has signed up for the open borders, and it's a bill, it's called the ‘open borders bill.’ What's going on? And it's written by, guess who? Dianne...