From @politifact

  • Story says 2 Russians tied to Rosatom, dossier died in crash

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Fake news claims two Russian officials dead in plane crash

    A fake news story said that two Russian officials linked to an infamous dossier and a Russian nuclear agency were among the victims of a plane crash near Moscow that killed all 71 passengers. "Russian source behind fake Trump dossier killed in Russian plane crash, Rosatom CFO also dead," read the headline on a Feb. 11, 2018, post on Puppet String News. The post was flagged on Facebook as...


  • Has President Donald Trump clearly and frequently spoken out against abuse of women? Not when asked

    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Has President Donald Trump clearly and frequently spoken out against abuse of women? Not when asked

    Two White House staffers have resigned after credible reports that they abused their wives, but those departures haven’t quieted the waters. If anything, the question of what President Donald Trump thinks about these episodes grew more pressing after Trump tweeted broadly about people accused of abuse in any form. "People’s lives are being shattered and...


  • Fake news says Obama facing indictment for spying on Trump

    A fake news story on Facebook claims that while the liberal media


  • Rand Paul gets numbers right in speech on federal debt

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Rand Paul gets numbers right in speech on federal debt

    As the House and Senate were rushing to head off a government shutdown during a late-night session on Feb. 8, Sen. Rand Paul,. R-Ky., was doing everything he could to slow the rush to passing a new spending bill. In a lengthy floor speech, Paul took aim at lawmakers who wring their hands about the rising debt but then vote for legislation that adds red ink. At one point in his speech, Paul said,...


  • Misleading NRSC ad paints Heidi Heitkamp as Donald Trump contrarian

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Misleading NRSC ad paints Heidi Heitkamp as Donald Trump contrarian

    A North Dakota National Republican Senate Committee ad portrays Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., as a contrarian to President Donald Trump. "North Dakota voted for President Trump," the voiceover says. "But Sen. Heidi Heitkamp doesn’t care. She’s joined Washington liberals in their partisan obstruction and is taking orders from party boss Chuck Schumer, the architect of the Schumer...


  • Donald Trump wrongly suggests British don't love their health care system

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump wrongly suggests British don't love their health care system

    As thousands marched in the streets of London recently to protest funding cuts to the British National Health Service, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize the idea of universal health care. "The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly...


  • Immigration, MS-13 and crime: the facts behind Donald Trump’s exaggerations

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Immigration, MS-13 and crime: the facts behind Donald Trump’s exaggerations

    President Donald Trump linked illegal immigration to the violence of the MS-13 gang, claiming "open borders" have caused the death of many people in the United States. During his State of the Union speech, Trump highlighted the 2016 killings of teenagers Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens in New York and the related murder charges against MS-13 members. "These two precious girls were...


  • Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim about 'treason'

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim about 'treason'

    President Donald Trump’s visit to the Sheffer Corp. near Cincinnati was billed as a chance to discuss the recently enacted tax law. While Trump did discuss the tax law, most coverage of the speech led with a digression in which Trump accused Democrats of treason. It came as Trump was touting a drop in African-American unemployment, as he had done on several occasions previously. He knocked Democrats...


  • Heidi Heitkamp didn't high-five Chuck Schumer following abortion vote

    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Heidi Heitkamp didn't high-five Chuck Schumer following abortion vote

    A headline on a North Dakota political blog wrongly said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., high-fived Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., following a controversial abortion vote. "Heitkamp High-Fives Schumer After Voting Against 20-Week Abortion Ban," the headline reads. The vote in question was to proceed to a motion that would make nearly all abortions after 20 weeks illegal and subject anyone who...


  • Nunes memo twists James Comey's words on Steele dossier

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Nunes memo twists James Comey's words on Steele dossier

    The memo assembled by aides to House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has spawned lots of debate, both before it was released on Feb. 2 and afterward. One small portion of the memo, however, has attracted special scrutiny from experts and pundits: how former FBI Director James Comey characterized the "Steele Dossier" under oath to Congress. The memo suggests that Comey had said...


  • Trump's State of the Union ratings are not the highest in history

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Trump's State of the Union ratings are not the highest in history

    Television ratings have long been a fixation for former reality TV star President Donald Trump, so it’s no wonder he shined a spotlight on the ratings for his first State of the Union. "Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. @FoxNews beat every other Network, for the first time...


  • Does it take 10 years to get a permit to build a road, as Donald Trump said?

    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Does it take 10 years to get a permit to build a road, as Donald Trump said?

    President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address repeated a long-standing complaint about how excessive bureaucratic red tape holds up the construction of federal projects. In championing a regulatory rollback, Trump noted that the regulatory burden has grown heavier with time. "America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just one year," he...