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Romney’s Poverty Points

Mitt Romney said that under President Obama “there are more people in poverty in America than ever before.” That’s true, but the poverty rate — which accounts for population changes — was higher under several former presidents than it is currently.

The State of the Union

WCBS radio’s Wayne Cabot interviews FactCheck.org Deputy Managing Editor Rob Farley about President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address.
Farley discussed these statements made by the president in his annual speech to Congress:

“[O]ver the past five years, our businesses have created more than 11 million new jobs.”
The United States is “the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave.”
The U.S. is the “only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee … paid maternity leave to our workers.”
“[M]ore than half of manufacturing executives have said they’re actively looking to bring jobs back from China.”

For our full article on this topic see “FactChecking Obama’s State of the Union.”

FactChecking the GOP Responses

There were multiple official and unofficial Republican responses to President Obama’s State of the Union address, but only a few instances of the president’s critics stretching the facts.

Competing Keystone Claims

Two senators on opposite sides of the Keystone XL pipeline debate are selectively spinning the facts to make their case.

Detaining and Interrogating Terror Suspects

Sen. Lindsey Graham went too far with his claim that the Obama administration has a policy of “not interrogating or detaining terrorist suspects anymore.”

Cummings Misuses Police Shooting Stat

Rep. Elijah Cummings got his facts wrong when he said “96 percent” of fatal police shootings were “white officers killing African Americans.” His office told us he misspoke.

Congressional Pensions Update

Q: Can members of Congress retire and receive their full pay after serving one term?
A: No. Only senators are eligible for a pension after one term, but it won’t be their full salary.