All stories featuring Barack Obama

Has Obama endorsed in the California governor’s race? No.

A recent campaign mailer and TV ad feature former President Barack Obama warmly embracing California candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa, conveying the possible impression that Obama has endorsed the former mayor of Los Angeles. But that’s simply not the case.

Back-to-back Pants on Fire

Two in a row is rare. Here's a look at our other recent POF fact checks.

Iran nuclear deal: 3 key points

Some of what to know as President Trump withdraws the U.S. from the deal. 

Celebrate International Fact-checking Day: Avoid falling for fake news

PolitiFact provides several tips how to spot fake news in social media

How Donald Trump, Barack Obama compare on the stock market

President Trump likes to tout the stock market’s growth on his watch. How does he compare to his predecessors?

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the 2016 election -- Reince Priebus on the Truth-O-Meter

Reviewing our fact checks on the Wisconsinite and former White House chief of staff.

Iran nuclear deal back in the news

Wisconsin politicians made claims about the deal and terrorism, Iran's nuclear program and Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump's misleading comments on Obama's calls to fallen soldiers' families

President Donald Trump accused Barack Obama and other former presidents of insufficient outreach to fallen soldiers’ families. While we found no evidence to support the idea that other presidents did less than Trump, we won’t rate Trump’s statement on our Truth-O-Meter because presidential dealings with soldiers’ families are traditionally kept private out of respect.

Who plays more golf: Donald Trump or Barack Obama?

For years, President Donald Trump criticized his predecessor Barack Obama for playing golf while on the job. But since taking office, Trump has been a regular visitor at his own golf clubs in Florida and Virginia.

Did GOP Senate candidate vote for a Democrat for president?

Questions persist about Kevin Nicholson's primary vote in 2008.

How does Trump White House turnover compare with Bush, Obama?

In the past six months, the Trump administration has seen the firing or resignation of its chief of staff, communications director, press secretary, FBI director, ethics director, national security adviser and more. But is the Trump turnover as rapid as it seems?

Our May High Five: From Pants on Fire to True

Our most-clicked fact checks in May 2017 spanned the Truth-O-Meter.

Sheriff David Clarke's Truth-O-Meter file

Conservative who drew national following is moving to Trump administration. 

High Five: Attacks on Syria, Black Lives Matter

Our most-clicked items in April 2017 included Donald Trump's attacks on Syria and David Clarke's attacks on Black Lives Matter.

Did Donald Trump invent claim that Barack Obama tapped his phone?

In a series of early morning tweets March 4, Trump claimed that Obama ordered telephone surveillance on him during the election. Is there any reason to believe Trump? So far, we can’t find any.

Did Trump inherit a mess? 8 charts show otherwise

At most, the list of economic shortcomings that Trump offered in the House chamber provides a partial portrait of the economy — a portrait carefully crafted, in the reverse of the old song lyrics, to accentuate the negative and eliminate the positive.

Is Donald Trump's executive order a 'Muslim ban'?

Examining the label given to the president's order temporarily restricting people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Congress blocked Obama's call for new gun laws after mass shootings

Lawmakers don't take action after spate of killings, so the president issues multiple executive actions on guns.

Hate crimes, civil rights become law enforcement focus during Obama years

New legislation and agency procedures addressed a spate of incidents.

What would the impact be if the Affordable Care Act is repealed?

Republican Congress and the incoming Trump administration opened 2017 by trying to decide how -- and how quickly -- to repeal President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. What path lawmakers decide to take will determine how much of an impact the repeal will have on the American public. But members of Congress have no shortage of analyses and projections about what the impact of a repeal would be -- and how much slack a replacement plan would have to pick up following a repeal.