Clinton’s claim that it takes longer to start a business in the U.S. than in Canada or France

This factoid is based on serious data, but the more you dig, the less relevant it becomes.

Mark Kirk’s bizarre claim that Nelson Mandela dismantled South Africa’s nuclear program

The Republican senator at least twice gets his history lesson all jumbled up.

Hillary Clinton’s claim that hedge fund managers ‘pay a lower tax rate’ than nurses and truck drivers

This populist talking point wilts under scrutiny.



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Fact-checking the 2016 presidential hopefuls

See a visual analysis.

Why you should be wary of statistics on ‘modern slavery’ and ‘trafficking’

Depending on the estimate cited, the number of victims changes by tens of millions.

The zombie statistic about women’s share of income and property

A statistic, based on fishy data from four decades ago, continues to circulate, usually around International Women's Day.

Rick Santorum’s claim that he’s responsible for the ‘crushing sanctions’ on Iran

The former Pennsylvania senator earns Four Pinocchios for significantly inflating his role -- and his opponents.

Marco Rubio’s claim that President Bush said he would not have invaded Iraq

The Florida Republican puts words in the president's mouth and earns Four Pinocchios.

Clinton’s inaccurate claim that immigrant detention facilities have a legal requirement to fill beds

Clinton uses an outdated interpretation of a congressional mandate. She earns Three Pinocchios.

Lilly Ledbetter, Barack Obama and the famous ‘anonymous note’

A key document that Ledbetter says convinced her to file her lawsuit alleging pay disparity was never retained.

Ben Carson’s claim that the U.S. owes $211 trillion beyond the reported federal debt

Carson throws out a jaw-dropping figure about unfunded liabilities with no context.

The most popular fact checks of April

A rare Geppetto Checkmark tops of the list of our mostly widely-read columns in April.

Ted Cruz’s claim that tax compliance costs as much as the military budget

Cruz makes a misleading comparison using a questionable figure.

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