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Reboot Illinois Joins the Pulitzer Prize-Winning PolitiFact Team

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.13.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois never has been more polarized. Our nation never more divided. This campaign season is unlike any other before it. Against this backdrop, in t...

Reboot Illinois Joins the Pulitzer Prize-Winning PolitiFact Team

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.13.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois never has been more polarized. Our nation never more divided. This campaign season is unlike any other before it. Against this backdrop, in t...

Reject Immoral Equivalence

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

American voters must not, however, fall into the trap of thinking that Hillary's occasional lies are even remotely on the level of Trump's, which are constant, day after day, hour after hour, on virtually everything.

Trump vs. Clinton, True, False or "Pants on Fire"

Mark Silva | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Mark Silva

Just because someone says it's so, doesn't make it so. And the combative presidential election contest of 2016 has inspired the mass media equivalent of a Gold Rush of fact-checking.

Is She a Crook?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

For the first time in our history a woman is the nominee of one of the two major political parties. This is a big deal. We should celebrate. Hillary isn't perfect, but neither were any of the 44 presidents who preceded her.

Trump's Problem Isn't the Press, It's the Truth

Mark Silva | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Mark Silva

This is a candidate for the nation's highest office who plays fast and loose with historical facts -- telling of the "thousands'' of terrorist sympathizers in Jersey City on Sept. 11, 2001, seen "cheering as that building was coming down.''

Politifact Is All Wrong About Clooney-Clinton Fundraiser

Liam Miller | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Liam Miller

Recently, Politifact's fledgeling Punditfact re-rated George Clooney's claim that "The overwhelming amount of money that we're raising is not going to Hillary (Clinton) to run for president... It's going to the congressmen and senators to try to take back congress."

What's Up with a Tea Party Activist Being a Newspaper Editor?

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.29.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If all you knew about Jennifer Kerns was her job title of executive editor of the Colorado Statesman, a newspaper covering Colorado politics, you may have been surprised if you attended last Thursday's meeting of the North Jeffco Tea Party.

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan Says the War on Drugs has Failed

Jon Greenberg | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics
Jon Greenberg

In the United States, while there are shifting patterns of drug use, there is no simple relationship to the severity of the nation's drug laws. The caveat is that from the European study, relaxing penalties had equally unpredictable results. Annan's statement needs that bit of context. We rate this claim Mostly True.

The Rules of the Politics Game -- Are There Any?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Lying and lack of integrity have been equal opportunity labels with both parties in the game of politics, and the repercussions to individuals at fault have been few.

Republicans Say Lyin' Ted Cruz And The Liar Donald Trump Are Equally Dishonest

The Huffington Post | Bob Tognetti | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has been calling his rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, "lyin' Ted Cruz" during this week's feuding over their wives. Bu...

Trump and Cruz: Will Somebody Sue Already?

Sue Wilson | Posted 03.03.2016 | Media
Sue Wilson

Republican Presidential contenders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are at war over what they charge to be false political ads against each other. It's one battle in this bizarre and contentious campaign year which could actually benefit us all.

U.S. Shootings Since 1963 Have Killed More Americans Than All Wars Ever

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics

Here's the shocking claim: Since President John F. Kennedy was shot down in late 1963, more Americans have been killed by gunfire in this country than...

Politifact's Fuzzy Case Against Bernie Sanders on Pentagon Spending

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The share of the Pentagon budget which goes into fighting ISIS and international terrorism is a fundamentally unknowable fact, like how God passed the time before creating the world. The question is intrinsically outside the scope of human knowledge.

The Reason Why Trump Draws Huge Crowds

Andy Ostroy | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Trump's rallies are as hot a commodity as Jerry Springer tickets. His "fans" are there for the spectacle not the substance. They want the hockey fight, not the game itself. The game bores them. They just come for the brawls and bloodshed. And Trump gives 'em plenty of both. "Don-ald, Don-ald, Don-ald!"

Trump's 9/11 Lies Will Bring Him Down

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.25.2015 | Entertainment
Andy Ostroy

To be sure, there are lots of reasons to utterly despise Trump. The litany of unconscionable racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic comments, as well as his buffoonish behavior, is more than enough. But now he's trampled on sacred ground.

Carly Fiorina Confronts New Post-Debate Factcheck

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina woke up Thursday morning to arguments that her performance the night before, during CNBC...

Marriage Equality Opponents Need to Admit Actual Reason for Their Loss

Alvin McEwen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alvin McEwen

It is well beyond time that the lgbt community recognize and call out this ridiculous Kim Davis drama for what it is - merely a sideshow to cover up the fact that the overall case against marriage equality was nothing more than a pitiful delusion.

Senator Ted Cruz: Demagogue Or Just Serial Liar

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Cruz openly identifies with the Tea Party movement which may help to explain his motivation. The Tea Party movement seems to expect lies from their candidates because speaking the truth is supported by facts and data, which is so often irrelevant to their arguments.

GOP Senator Quietly Removes Blog Posts That May Have Violated Ethics Rules

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Blog posts on Sen. Ron Johnson's (R-Wis.) official Senate website, including one that a watchdog group complains violated ethics rules, ...

No, The Obamacare 'Lie Of The Year' Didn't Just Become True

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act tried to warn us that it was a government takeover of the health care system. And whil...

Coffman Hating Planned Parenthood Again

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.20.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Just last year, during his re-election campaign, Rep. Mike Coffman was apparently so enamored with Planned Parenthood that he featured the organization's logo in an advertisement.

Jason Linkins

PolitiFact Goes 1-For-2 In Evaluation Of Obama's Mass Shootings Statement

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

"At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," said P...

Giuliani's Hate-Mongering Shows the Right Wing Will Never Stop Trying to Scare Whites About Obama

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

After the death of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos a week ago, Giuliani spewed the following bit of hate about President Obama: "We've had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police."

Jason Linkins

Ebola Panic Wins 'Lie Of The Year,' But The Real Culprit Goes Free

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

As is their wont, the folks at PolitiFact have gone back and conducted a thorough review of a year of lies and falsehoods to offer readers their "Lie ...