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Democratic National Committee: "Republicans actually doctored emails between administration officials about Benghazi. Then, they released them to the press, trying to pass them off as real."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Democrats say Republicans ‘doctored emails’ about Benghazi, ‘trying to pass them off as real’

The president’s political opponents have “been caught red-handed” making up “so-called ‘scandals,’” Democrats recently told supporters in an email blast. Congressi

Chain email: Says the word "Dhimmitude" is on page 107 of the health care law and means "Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | ‘Dhimmitude’ on page 107 of the health care law exempts Muslims, claims chain email

Have you ever heard of “Dhimmitude”? A chain email claims “dhimmitude” is on page 107 of the health care law, and it means Muslims will be exempt from the health care law. We don’t want to keep you in suspen

Steve King: "Ronald Reagan’s signature on the 1986 amnesty act" gave Barack Obama about 15 million additional Hispanic votes in 2012.

The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Steve King says Ronald Reagan’s 1986 “amnesty act” led to 15 million votes for Barack Obama

During a House floor speech, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, expressed frustration that one of his conservative heroes, President Ronald Reagan, had signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, a 1986 law that gave

Mitch McConnell: Says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told insurance companies "they couldn't inform their policyholders of what they thought the impact of Obamacare would be on them."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Mitch McConnell says HHS put a gag order on insurers about impact of Obamacare

Editor’s note: This item was initially published May 24, 2013, as a Mostly False because of the limited supporting information we received Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office. The office cited a letter sent to Humana, a governme

Sander Levin: Says the inspector general for the IRS said there was &quot;no political motivation&quot; and &quot;no outside influence&quot; for targeting of tax-exempt applications from tea party groups<br /> &nbsp;

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Sander Levin says IRS’s inspector general said there was ‘no political motivation’ and ‘no outside influence’ to target tea party groups

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree: The IRS screwed up, big time, when it watched for phrases like “tea party” to trigger extr

Mitch McConnell: Says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told insurance companies &quot;they couldn't inform their policyholders of what they thought the impact of Obamacare would be on them.&quot;

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Mitch McConnell says HHS put a gag order on insurers about impact of Obamacare

Controversy is swirling around the White House, with inquiries into the consulate attack in Benghazi, the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups and the Justice Department’s probe of journalists’ phone records.

Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence Education Fund: A law that mandates fingerprinting for gun purchasers is &quot;a requirement that's reduced gun crimes in the five states where it's the law.&quot;

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Maryland group says fingerprinting gun purchasers has reduced gun crime rates in five states

With the debate over gun control still simmering, a reader asked us to fact-check an ad on Baltimore TV stations that promotes tough laws on gun purchases. The ad, was put together by Marylanders to Prevent

Xavier Becerra: &quot;We have a tax code that allows groups to use their political operations within the tax code, under the guise of a charity, to use undisclosed millions of dollars to do political campaigns.&quot;

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Tax code allows groups to spend on undisclosed donations on political campaigns, says Xavier Becerra

The fallout from the Internal Revenue Service’s tougher scrutiny of tea party groups continues with former IRS officials testifying that they never tried to mislead Congress about IRS practices.

Michele Bachmann: The IRS is going to be &quot;in charge&quot; of &quot;a huge national database&quot; on health care that will include Americans&rsquo; &quot;personal, intimate, most close-to-the-vest-secrets.&quot;

The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Michele Bachmann decries “huge national database” run by IRS with “personal, intimate” details

During a recent interview with Fox News, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., raised the specter of the Internal Revenue Service — an agency currently under fire for appearing to target conservat

Jason Chaffetz: &quot;We had people that were getting killed (in Benghazi), we had people who are willing to risk their lives to go save them, and somebody told them to stand down.&quot;

The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Jason Chaffetz says Americans ready to save men ‘getting killed’ in Benghazi were told to stand down

With Americans under attack in Benghazi, did the U.S. military do all it could to save lives? Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, says no. Four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stev

Barack Obama: &quot;Over the last several months, there was a review board headed by two distinguished Americans, Mike Mullen and Tom Pickering, who investigated every element of&quot; the Benghazi incident.

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Barack Obama says review of Benghazi attack “investigated every element”

President Barack Obama has been facing tough questions from journalists about recent congressional hearings that addressed the Sept. 11, 2012, attack against a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya. The attack, which left four Ameri

Jay Carney: When Susan Rice spoke about Benghazi on Sunday news shows, she said &quot;that al-Qaida might be involved, or other al-Qaida affiliates might be involved, or non-al-Qaida Libyan extremists, which I think demonstrates that there was no effort to play that down.&quot;

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Jay Carney says Susan Rice didn’t play down terrorist involvement in Benghazi

Journalists peppered President Barack Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, with a series of tough questions about Benghazi at a White House press briefing on May 10, 2013.  The incident, in which four Americans

Tom Coburn: &quot;In 2010, everybody said you can't dare let guns go into the national parks, and of course the rapes, murders, robberies and assaults are down about 85 percent since we did that.&quot;

The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Tom Coburn says after national park gun ban lifted, violent crime fell by 85 percent

During an interview on the MSNBC show Morning Joe, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., argued for legislation he’s proposing that would allow guns to be carried into lands controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers. To make th

Newt Gingrich: The labor market is weak because if you count the unemployed, underemployed, and those who&rsquo;ve stopped looking for work, &nbsp;the unemployment rate &quot;actually went up last month to 13.5 percent.&quot;

The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Newt Gingrich says rise in unemployment statistic shows weakness of labor market

On NBC’s Meet the Press, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., pointed to a somewhat obscure labor statistic as evidence that the economy continues to fare poorly more than five years after the onset of the last