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Ted Cruz’s claim that the IRS tax code has more words than the Bible

Cruz repeats a common comparison that the IRS tax code is longer than the Bible. But that's a comparison that doesn't really say anything.

Hillary Clinton’s e-mails: a timeline of actions and regulations

A definitive timeline about Hillary Clinton and the rules governing government and personal e-mail accounts.

International Women’s Day factcheckathon: Fact checks from around the world

Fact checkers from around the world joined to fact check statements on women's issues for International Women's Day.

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.

No, the VA has not fired 60 people for manipulating wait-time data

VA Secretary Robert McDonald earns 4 Pinocchios for falsely claiming 60 people have been fired for wait-time manipulation.

The missing context behind the widely cited statistic that there are 22 veteran suicides a day

Lawmakers and the media frequently use a catchy figure about the number of veteran suicides, but there's a lot of information missing.

Obama’s claim that raising the minimum wage helps low-wage workers ‘make ends meet’

Obama challenges Congress to try living on $15,000 a year or raise the minimum wage. But the issue is much more complex.

The Obama administration’s illusionary job gains from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Obama administration claims 650,000 jobs will be created from an Asian trade deal. The correct answer is zero.

Obama’s 2014 State of the Union proposals: What flopped and what succeeded

Here's our annual look at what happened to the proposals made in last year's State of the Union address.

The often-repeated claim that 1,800 college students die from ‘alcohol-related causes’

We dig into the data behind an alarming statistic and discover the numbers about college drinking say less than people think.

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