Chris Eldon Wood

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Domestic Violence

Crime and punishment on the Truth-O-Meter

In Milwaukee, the violent start to 2015 has rekindled longstanding debates over incarceration, equal justice, gun control and policing.<p>In recent …

New Jersey

New studies on political fact-checking: Growing, influential; but less popular among GOP readers

Updated 09/02/16 9:42 am<p>The amount of fact-checking journalism produced in the United States is increasing dramatically, and while there are limits …

Fact Checking

Getting it Right: Fact-Checking in the Digital Age

Jane Elizabeth, a veteran journalist and adjunct professor at Old Dominion University, settled on a simple exercise to test her class on …

Global Warming

Bernie Sanders says 99 percent of 'new' income is going to top 1 percent

When U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., finds a microphone these days, you can expect him to harp on the erosion of the American middle class.<p>Sanders, …

Education

Tracking down facts does matter — a lot

An old slam on tabloid journalism was that its best practitioners "never let the facts get in the way of a good story."<p>Thanks to Rolling Stone …

Fact check: O'Malley lays claim to an ambitious record in Md.

<b>WASHINGTON —</b> Former Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering a run for president next year, tried lastweek to put some distance between himself and …

Meme compares spending on undocumented immigrants with typical U.S. family income

Is President Barack Obama lavishing almost five times as much money on undocumented immigrant children than the typical household earns in a month? A …

FactCheck Misleads on Amnesty Costs

The website FactCheck.org criticized a recent ad by Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) for calling attention to the tax refund …

Fact Checking

Mackubin Thomas Owens: Who will check the 'fact-checkers'?

A passage from my March 18 Commentary piece ("GOP senators simply cited Constitution") about the “Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic …

The Associated Press's Embarrassing Marco Rubio 'Fact Check'

Following Marco Rubio's announcement that he's running for president, the Associated Press decided to "fact check" some of the candidate's rhetoric. …

Government

FACT CHECK: Rubio rhetoric breaks with past, but ideas don't | Political News | US News

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., discusses their recently released tax reform plan, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the …

Marco Rubio on the Truth-O-Meter

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who used his conservative cred and personal story about the American dream to catapult to one of the GOP’s top young Hispanic …

Government
Government

Breaking Political News, Video & Analysis

Trump signs $1.3T budget but vows to 'never' sign another bill like it again<p>Woman claiming to be Trump's ex-mistress: 'There was a real …

FACT CHECK: Estate tax hits fewer than 1 percent of estates | Political News | US News

FILE - In this March 17, 2015 file photo, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. The federal estate tax inspires …

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: April 12

Hillary, Hillary and, oh, yes, Hillary. Republicans waste no time in attacking her. PunditFact calls them on it.<p><i>By Jon Greenberg and Katie …

NY Times Editorial Botches NRA Convention Gun Rules, Fails to Properly Correct

A Friday editorial at the Second Amendment-despising New York Times thought it had caught blatant hypocrisy at the NRA relating to gun-carrying rules …

Inside the First Amendment — Rolling Stone lesson: Tracking down facts does matter — a lot

An old slam on tabloid journalism was that its best practitioners "never let the facts get in the way of a good story."<p>Thanks to Rolling Stone …

Hillary Clinton and the Truth-O-Meter

After long anticipation, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her 2016 presidential campaign on April 12.<p>We’ve been …

Reagan Biographer Fact-Checks WaPo's 'Fact Checker'

Craig Shirley, the author of two best-selling books about Ronald Reagan and a presidential historian, is speaking up to fact check <i>Washington Post</i> …

Fact-checking Sen. Marco Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who used his conservative cred and personal story about the American dream to catapult to one of the GOP’s top young Hispanic …

Fact Check: Are Marco Rubio and Rand Paul 'anti-science'?

Times-Union readers want to know:<p><b>Are Marco Rubio and Rand Paul anti-science? A Facebook post says they are because of comments they made about the</b> …

FACT CHECK: Is Rand Paul’s call to balance the budget plausible?

WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul is campaigning for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination as a man who wants to upend the ways of Washington. In one …