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Louise Slaughter: Says "by 4th grade, 86 percent of African-American boys and 82 percent (of) Hispanic boys are reading below proficiency levels."

The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Louise Slaughter tweets that four-in-five black and Hispanic fourth-graders aren’t proficient in reading

President Barack Obama recently announced a new initiative that was close to his heart: a national effort to close achievement gaps and create opportunities for minority boys. “My Brothers Keeper,” unveil

Mark Pryor: Says Tom Cotton’s vote in Congress to change Medicare "will increase out-of-pocket expenses for every senior in Arkansas."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Pryor ad warns ‘every senior in Arkansas’ will see increased Medicare costs from Cotton votes

The main takeaway from a recent campaign ad from Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., aside from a prominently featured Apple logo, is that Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton is changing Medicare as we know it. A Feb

Pat Toomey: Says Debo Adegbile "was nominated to serve as a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals" and "was abruptly withdrawn by the administration."

The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Pat Toomey says Barack Obama previously nominated Debo Adegbile in 2011 for a judgeship

President Barack Obama’s pick to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division has dredged up a decades old controversy surrounding Mumia Abu-Jamal, a black radical convicted of killing a Philadelphia p

Bobby Jindal: "Our economy (in Louisiana) has grown 50 percent faster than the national GDP, even since the national recession."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Bobby Jindal says Louisiana’s growth has outpaced the nation’s since the recession

Louisiana’s Republican governor, Bobby Jindal, attracted some media attention recently while attending an annual meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington. At a press event after meeting Presiden

Barack Obama: "We’ve got close to 7 million Americans who have access to health care for the first time because of Medicaid expansion."

The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Barack Obama says Medicaid expansion has brought health care to 7 million who never had access before

After the troubled launch of President Barack Obama’s health care law last fall, the numbers of health insurance sign-ups has increased — and so has the spin. Speaking at a dinner with the Democratic

Americans for Prosperity: Says Alaska Sen. Mark Begich "is on record supporting a carbon tax, even pushing Harry Reid to make it a priority."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Conservative ad says Begich supports carbon tax

Conservative political advocacy group Americans For Prosperity is spending $400,000 into a TV ad attacking U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, for his position on a potential carbon tax. “Sen. Begich hasn’t always been straight with us,” the narrator

Richard Durbin: Under current policies, "we're going to reduce the overall debt of the United States by $3 trillion over the next 10 years."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Dick Durbin says U.S. debt is on track to fall by $3 trillion in next 10 years

When you hear discussion of the federal debt, the trendlines usually go only one way: up. That’s why our ears perked up when we heard the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, say on the

Dan Sullivan: Says Alaska Sen. Mark Begich supported President Barack Obama’s economic policies "97 percent of the time."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Begich supports 97 percent of Obama’s economic policy, GOP challenger says

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, brands himself as being “as independent as Alaska.” Unsurprisingly, Republicans in the primary field for the 2014 midterm election versus Begich beg to differ. One such candidate, former stat

National Republican Congressional Committee: "Nonpartisan government analysts say Obamacare will cost our economy up to 2.5 million jobs."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | NRCC says Congressional Budget Office predicts Obamacare will cost economy 2.5 million jobs

Here’s a claim we expect to hear often from Republicans in the 2014 midterm races: Obamacare is a jobs killer. The National Republican Congressional Committee gave us a sneak peek at how the attack will

National Republican Congressional Committee: "300,000 Floridians will lose their current health plans" because of Obamacare, a plan Alex Sink supports.

The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | 300,000 in Florida lose health plans? More to the story than that

Critics of the health care law like to throw around talking points that give the idea that the law will increase the ranks of the uninsured. The evidence, though, tends to contradict that. That hasn’t stopped political ads from cont

Patriot Majority USA: Says North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis "supports a plan that would end Medicare as we know it."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Democratic group says N.C. GOP Senate hopeful Thom Tillis supports a plan that would ‘end Medicare as we know it’

A race in North Carolina has become one of the top battles in the war to control the U.S. Senate. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., is trying to win a second term and help keep the Democrats in con

Patriot Majority USA: North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis would let insurance companies "deny coverage for pre-existing conditions."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Pro-Democratic group says North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis would let pre-existing condition protections disappear

A race in North Carolina has become one of the top battles in the war to control the U.S. Senate. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., is trying to win a second term and help keep the Democr

Thomas Perez: "If you have a union job, you're making on average $950 a week. If you have a non-union job, you're making $750 a week."

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says union members earn $200 more a week than those not in unions

Do union members really make $200 a week more than people who aren’t in unions? Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said so during the Feb. 4, 2014, edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. The Bureau of Labo

Mr. Conservative: "According to (Barack) Obama’s newest unconstitutionally enacted law, health care professionals are now required to violate HIPAA privacy laws and submit medical data to the government," which is "then used as justification for gun confiscation."

The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Conservative website says Barack Obama signed law to require health professionals to share private data that would lead to gun confiscation

Three of the biggest hot buttons in politics these days are health care, privacy and guns. Put all three of them together and you get an explosive claim. A reader recen