Fact Checking

Is Russia Today a legitimate fact-checker? We did the math.

The number of fact-checking projects around the world is growing, but not every effort has been universally welcomed. This was the case with Russia …

Journalism

House Enacts ‘Martial Law’ as Senators Grapple With ‘Skinny’ Partial Obamacare Repeal

The rule allows the House to vote on the bill without notice if the Senate passes it.

U.S. Congress

Trump Administration Allegedly Threatens Alaskan Senators with Retribution After Health Care Vote

A Republican lawmaker from Alaska said that he received a “threatening message” on 26 July 2017 from Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke after his …

Lisa Murkowski

Have Republicans picked up 1,000 seats since Obamacare?

In discussing Republican efforts to implement President Donald Trump’s agenda, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) blamed the U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule …

U.S. Congress

FACT CHECK: Does Cuba Have A Cancer Vaccine That Has Already Cured Thousands?

CLAIM<p>Researchers in Cuba have discovered a cancer vaccine that is already saving thousands of people.<p>RATING<p>MIXTURE<p>WHAT'S TRUE<p>Researchers with Cuba’s …

Cancer

Was Obama's best economic year worse than Clinton's weakest?

How bad was the economy under President Barack Obama? Pretty bad, argues former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.<p>In economic growth, "Obama's best …

Economy

FACT CHECK: Are There '250 to Several Thousand' Transgender People Currently Serving in the Military?

CLAIM<p>Between 250 and "several thousand" transgender people are serving in the military.<p>RATING<p>UNPROVEN<p>ORIGIN<p>On 26 July 2017, President Trump announced …

LGBTQ

FACT CHECK: John Lennon Played Guitar with Che Guevara?

CLAIM<p>A photograph shows John Lennon and Che Guevara playing guitar together.<p>RATING<p>FALSE<p>ORIGIN<p>A photograph purportedly showing John Lennon playing …

John Lennon

Controversial CRISPR paper earns second editorial note

Against the authors’ objections, <i>Nature Methods</i> has added an expression of concern to a 2017 paper that drew fire for suggesting a common gene editing …

Genetics

Legal Dispute Threatens Future Of Fact-Checking Site Snopes

A legal dispute has put the survival of Snopes.com in jeopardy. It's the fact-checking website that's been online since the 1990s. Steve Inskeep talks with co-founder David Mikkelson.

Journalism

Does the EU say it's safe to eat chicken rinsed in chlorine?

"There's no food safety issue with chlorine-washed goods because the EU themselves say that's perfectly safe,"<p>Liam Fox, 26 July 2017<p>Research from the …

Agriculture

15 Incredibly Useful Websites You Probably Didn’t Know About

Odds are if you want to gain knowledge on any topic you’d turn to the internet for help. Be it a simple fact check or something as serious as …

Fact check: How deep does the Canada Child Benefit cut child poverty rates?

Touting the one-year-old Canada Child Benefit (CCB) last week, Justin Trudeau said the $23-billion-a-year measure has raised 300,000 children out of …

Canadian News

Republican and Democratic Senators Plan Bill to Block Firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Warning of “holy hell” to pay if the president fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a top Senate Republican is working to prevent the potential end …

Robert Mueller

Fact Check: Trump Claims Transgender Troops Bring 'Tremendous Medical Costs'

Trump said transgender troops bring "tremendous medical costs," but studies say otherwise.

World News

Trump’s embrace of African American employment data he once scorned

<i>“Look at how much African American communities are suffering from Democratic control. … Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose?”</i> <b><br>— GOP candidate Donald Trump, rally in Dimondale, Mich., Aug. 19, 2016</b><p><i>“I said, vote for me, what the hell have you got to lose,</i> …

Business

Cher did not move to Canada because of Trump

Cher’s prolific use of Twitter to criticize President Donald Trump has prompted an obscure website to claim the singer is moving to Canada because of …

Donald Trump

Is Amazon a ‘no-tax monopoly,’ as Donald Trump said?

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to launch his latest salvo at Amazon, accusing the company of being a monopolistic tax cheat.<p>"Is Fake News …

Donald Trump

FACT CHECK: Did CNN Bury the Justine Damond Story Because She Was a White Woman Killed By a 'Black Islamic Immigrant From Somalia'?

CLAIM<p>CNN (and other news media outlets) buried the Justine Damond shooting story because she was white and the officer who shot her was a black …

Policing

Trump again charges improper ties between Clinton, McCabe

In an early morning tweet, President Donald Trump revived an allegation he’d previously used against FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who is …

Donald Trump

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misfires on Mideast

BEIRUT — President Donald Trump is not up to speed on who’s fighting whom in the Middle East.<p>The president wrongly credited the Lebanese government with fighting Hezbollah when he heaped praise on its prime minister at the White House on Tuesday. Hezbollah, an Islamist political party with a …

Middle East

Is Trump right that we had best jobs report in 16 years?

During a speech before tens of thousands of Boy Scouts at the group’s quadrennial Jamboree, President Donald Trump took a moment to tout his economic …

Donald Trump

Fact Check: is being in the single market dependent on membership of the EU?

The single market is dependent on membership of the EU. What we’ve said all along is that we want a tariff free trade access to the European market …

Brexit

FACT CHECK: Is Amazon Paying Taxes?

President Trump targeted Amazon in yet another unhinged Twitter rant for supposedly not paying taxes. Yet again, Trump is wrong.<p>Here is what Trump …

Conservative POV

FACT CHECK: Can Veterans Shop Online at Military Exchange Stores?

CLAIM<p>Military veterans who received honorable discharges are eligible to shop online at military exchanges.<p>RATING<p>TRUE<p>ORIGIN<p>Thousands of veterans will …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

FACT CHECK: Creflo Dollar Debuts New Pulpit Made Entirely Of Hundred Dollar Bills?

CLAIM<p>Televangelist Creflo Dollar's pulpit is made entirely out of hundred dollar bills.<p>RATING<p>FALSE<p>ORIGIN<p>On 14 July 2017, the Christian satire web …

Twitter claims plenty costs more than transgender coverage

Critics of President Donald Trump’s Twitter announcement barring transgender Americans from the military were quick to shoot down his rationale of …

Health Care

Fact-checking the St. Pete mayor debate

Rick Baker and Rick Kriseman tussled over St. Petersburg’s sewage problems and accused the other of bringing partisan politics into a nonpartisan …

Republican Party

Snopes Is Crowdsourcing For Donations After A Legal Fight Threatens The Future Of The Fact-Checking Site

Snopes, the popular fact-checking website that one might turn to for everything from refuting your crazy aunt’s Hillary Clinton conspiracy theories on Facebook to figuring out whether or not Slender Man is real, is in danger of shuttering for good. The website’s creator, David Mikkelson, who …

Journalism

Trump's Power to Pardon

President Donald Trump tweeted that “all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon.” It’s true that the president has the …

Government