Beyond the Truth-O-Meter

Trump misses on storms, science, clean air

President Donald Trump in his interview with The Associated Press said he has "a natural instinct for science." But what he said about hurricanes, clean air and climate doesn't quite get the science right. More than a dozen scientists, economists and climate negotiators pointed out where his comments didn't fit with the reality of human-caused climate change, hurricanes and air pollution. A look at his statements Tuesday.

Trump distorts migrant policy, Russia probe

President Donald Trump mischaracterized his immigration-law achievements, the plight of children taken from parents at the Mexico border and what's known about Russia's interference in the 2016 election in his wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press. A look at his comments on those subjects Tuesday.

Fact-checking Mike Braun and pre-existing conditions

In an RTV6 fact check from September, we evaluated a claim from Sen. Joe Donnelly (D), where he claimed his Republican opponent, Mike Braun did not support health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions. Now that it's nearly a month later, let's revisit that claim, and that rating from September.

Rape Wasn’t Part of Roe Decision

Was the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade made because Jane Roe said she was raped? No. “Jane Roe” falsely claimed she was gang raped, but that accusation was not a factor in the court ruling.

Anti-Polis attack ad omits key details

A pro-Republican independent expenditure committee says in a TV ad that U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado's Democratic candidate for governor, had a restraining order placed against him after pushing a female employee in 1999 — then got "big gun lawyers" to blame the woman.

Fact checking five applause lines the president trots out on the campaign trail

President Donald Trump has stepped up his presence on the campaign trail ahead of next month's election, taking his freewheeling stump speech on the road to help Republicans keep their majorities in Congress.

Ads flying in Arizona's Secretary of State race

With Republican Michele Reagan's defeat by Steve Gaynor in the primary, there is an open election for Arizona's next Secretary of State. Gaynor is being challenged by Democrat Katie Hobbs, and the race has seen a variety of claims flying in political ads.

Beto O’Rourke vs. Ted Cruz: Fact-checking their debate

Democrat Beto O’Rourke abandoned his usual message of unity and optimism and laid into Ted Cruz, hoping to reverse polls that show him fading against the Republican incumbent during the second debate of a Texas Senate race that’s become one of the nation’s most closely watched.

Fact-checking Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke’s second debate

During their second U.S. Senate debate in San Antonio, Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz went back and forth on a number of issues. But how much of what each candidate said is true?

Did Senator Menendez Hire Underage Prostitutes?

The most recent ad from Bob Hugin, Robert Menendez’s Republican rival in the New Jersey race, focuses on unproven allegations by an anonymous tipster.

There’s still no evidence Robert Menendez slept with underage prostitutes. A new attack ad says it anyway.

Bob Hugin, the Republican challenging Menendez, says the public should see all the facts. Be careful what you wish for.

Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg Say She Would Resign if Kavanaugh Were Appointed?

TWS Fact Check could not find an instance of Ginsburg saying, suggesting, or hinting at the possibility she would resign from the Supreme Court if Brett Kavanaugh was appointed.

Brad Little and Paulette Jordan on Idaho’s schools

After Monday night, it would be easy to conclude Idaho is a national education leader — or a national embarrassment. That’s because gubernatorial candidates Brad Little and Paulette Jordan painted diametrically different pictures during a televised debate. And both cited national rankings to make their case. As usual, the realities are more complicated than the soundbites.

Stefanik’s statements on health care are misleading

When U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik talked with the Enterprise editorial board on Oct. 5, she made a claim about her health care voting record that doesn’t check out after some post-interview research.

FactChecking Trump’s ’60 Minutes’ Interview

In a wide-ranging interview on CBS' "60 Minutes," President Donald Trump repeated several false and misleading claims, while putting a new twist on some of them.

No ‘World Record’ for Abortions

Is it true that "pro-choice activist" Elena Travis has received a “world record” number of abortions? No. This story was made up by a satirical website.

Virginia Congressman misrepresents Washington Post fact check in debate

Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) claims we gave his opponent Four Pinocchios for an attack ad. Not so!

Trump Falsely Claims E.U. Was Formed to ‘Take Advantage’ of U.S. on Trade

The European Union was created to end strife and promote economic prosperity — with the support, not opposition, of the United States.

Did Joe Biden Say Vladimir Putin Wants to ‘Destroy the New World Order’?

The former American VP opined that the Russian president seeks to undermine NATO and the EU, not 'destroy the New World Order.'

Has North Dakota Law Made It Harder for Native Americans to Vote?

Critics of a series of voter ID restrictions have provided ample evidence that the laws would disproportionately affect Native Americans.