Reality Check

Reality Check

Vets the truthfulness of claims and measures the efficacy of public policy

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 at 07:29 PM PDT

Reality Check: Obama Links Minimum Wage Increases to Job Growth

Reality Check: Obama Links Minimum Wage Increases to Job Growth

Monday, at a Labor Day rally, President Barack Obama gave a fiery speech in which he claimed that it not only helps the economy at large, but in states that have raised wages, there has been more job growth than...

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 06:15 PM PDT

CA Gas Prices Won’t Skyrocket Due to Cap-and-Trade Law

CA Gas Prices Won’t Skyrocket Due to Cap-and-Trade Law

Starting next year, California's greenhouse gas reduction law will force fuel distributors into the same cap-and-trade marketplace as utilities and major manufacturers.

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 03:03 PM PDT

California's $11 Billion Water Bond

California's $11 Billion Water Bond

The drought crisis in California has been well-documented, with few viable solutions ready to go for the state’s water-intensive agriculture business and thirsty residents.

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM PDT

Wall Street Likes Gov. Brown's Policies?

Wall Street Likes Gov. Brown's Policies?

Vindication, finally, for California Governor Jerry Brown. The savvy, sassy, dynamic state leader who’s never shy about proclaiming the potency of his programs declared a moral victory, of sorts. In a speech to...

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM PDT

Reality Check: President Obama's Claim: "Russia Doesn't Make Anything"

Reality Check: President Obama's Claim: "Russia Doesn't Make Anything"

The international outrage at Russia continues. The U.S. has cranked out new sanctions against the country, and so has Europe, but President Obama also laid out a more personal attack. He slammed Vladimir...

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 08:41 PM PDT

Will the Obama Lawsuit Cost Taxpayers?

Will the Obama Lawsuit Cost Taxpayers?

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock finds out if public money is really on the line when it comes to the Obama lawsuit.

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 08:31 PM PDT

The Truth About Sunscreen

The Truth About Sunscreen

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock looks at common claims about skincare and separates the facts from the fiction.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 09:40 AM PDT

"Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime"? Not Exactly

"Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime"? Not Exactly

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock looks into the claim that lower prison populations can also mean lower crime.

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 08:04 PM PDT

Reality Check: Does Pot Cause Teens to Lose 8 IQ Points?

Reality Check: Does Pot Cause Teens to Lose 8 IQ Points?

One critic said decriminalizing pot, or making it legal for public consumption--even with age restrictions--will make it easier for kids to get their hands on.

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 07:10 PM PDT

Reality Check: Examining Gas-Saving Claims

Reality Check: Examining Gas-Saving Claims

In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock takes some common gas-saving claims out for a drive.

ABOUT REALITY CHECK

Using a combination of interviewing, analysis and investigative research – Reality Check vets the truthfulness of claims and measures the efficacy of public policy. Sam Brock’s approach to reporting is to take no claim as fact without substantiating its accuracy and let the numbers do the talking.
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