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Facebook posts: "Every single one of the 41 Republican senators who just blocked a raise in the minimum wage will receive a $2,800 cost-of-living adjustment on January 1, 2015."

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The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Social media meme says lawmakers will get $2,800 raise in January 2015

There are few things that inspire as much popular outrage as examples of politicians behaving hypocritically. That’s why a recent Facebook post packed such a punch. “Every single one of the 41 Republican senators who just block

Thom Tillis: Says a pro-Democratic ad is "false" for saying that he allowed two disgraced staffers in 2012 to "resign."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Thom Tillis, Senate Majority PAC disagree on disgraced staffers

Both Republican and Democratic super PACs are jumping in local races to criticize candidates this year. One tit-for-tat war has broken out in North Carolina, where the Senate Majority PAC, a pro-Democratic group, has publicized two-year-

Chain email: "More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before."

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The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Chain email says ‘more than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months’

A reader recently sent us an email that had a meandering — but strongly critical — message of opposition to President Barack Obama. The email — which can be read in its entirety here — urges v

Mike McFadden: Says Al Franken "voted to exempt himself and Congress from enrolling in (the Affordable Care Act marketplaces)."

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The Truth-o-Meter says: False | GOP challenger says Al Franken voted to exempt himself from health care law

Republican Mike McFadden claims his midterm opponent, incumbent Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., wanted to excuse himself from the health care reform’s requirement to buy insurance on the marketplace. “What’s Minnesota gotten f

The Tax Foundation: "Americans will spend more on taxes in 2014 than they will on food, clothing and housing combined."

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The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Do Americans pay more in taxes than in food, clothing and housing?

With the April 15 tax deadline a fresh memory, Americans have seen an uptick in social media posts about taxes. One reader saw a Facebook post and forwarded it to us, asking whether it was accurate. “Americans will spend more on taxes in

Kay Hagan: Says North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis "called Obamacare ‘a great idea.’ "

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The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Kay Hagan says GOP rival Thom Tillis called Obamacare ‘a great idea’

In her quest to win a second term, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., has been hit hard by attacks over her vote for Obamacare. In a recent radio ad, she fights back, charging that her potential Republican opponent, state House Speaker Thom Ti

Democratic National Committee: "One thing that is much more unpopular than the Affordable Care Act is repealing the Affordable Care Act."

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The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Which is more unpopular: Obamacare or repealing Obamacare?

Searching for painted eggs. Brunch with the family. Heading to church dressed in Sunday best. Debating health care. Maybe not all of those fit in your Easter morning routine, but when you’re a spokesman for one of the two major parties in this

John Kerry: "In the last couple of days, notices were sent (by officials in Ukraine) to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews."

The Truth-o-Meter says: False | John Kerry says Jews in eastern Ukraine told to register

Editor’s note: After receiving reader feedback on this rating, we expanded the “our ruling” section on April 21, 2014, to more fully explain our reasoning for the rating. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke from Geneva on Thursday with appallin

Marsha Blackburn: A recent Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Americans and 56 percent of Democrats "say the biggest threat to our nation's security is big government."

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The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn says 56 percent of Democrats say ‘big government’ is ‘the biggest threat to our nation’s security’

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., isn’t as well known nationally as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, or Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. — two lawmakers who are weighing presidential bids in 201

Freedom Partners: Says Bruce Braley took "tens of thousands from his friends in the health insurance industry" and gave them "special favors" by voting for Obamacare.

The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Freedom Partners ad accuses Rep. Bruce Braley of giving ‘special favors’ to insurers by voting for Obamacare

A new ad by Freedom Partners — a group that has served as a hub for funding by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch — recently began airing ads against Democratic Senate candi

Senate Majority PAC: "Before Congress, (Tom) Cotton got paid handsomely working for insurance companies and corporate interests."

The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Democratic PAC says Tom Cotton ‘got paid handsomely working for insurance companies’

This election cycle, we’ve seen vulnerable Senate Democrats attacked by the billionaire Koch brothers in costly TV ad spots. It’s safe to say, though, that Democrats are fighting back. Take the Senate Majority P