Friday, May 29th, 2015

All stories featuring Barack Obama

Rick Perry celebrates Iowa ice cream, reminding us of food fact checks

Rick Perry, in Iowa, took note of a town's claim to being some kind of ice cream history.   Traitor!   We kid. But Perry's tweet got us to wondering how often we get to check claims tied to what we eat.

Jeb Bush's questionable attack on Barack Obama and the use of U.S. power

There’s little question that President Barack Obama has faced a rocky foreign-policy landscape during his tenure. But is he philosophically opposed to having the United States take a leading role in the world? That's a claim Jeb Bush made in New Hampshire recently. We've taken a closer look.

Jeb Bush's questionable attack on Barack Obama and the use of U.S. power

• Speaking in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush took a shot at Barack Obama's beliefs in the importance of American leadership. But past speeches undermine Bush's claim.   • Fact-checking claims about same-sex marriage • Fact-checking the April 26 shows, 'Clinton Cash'

Fact-checking claims about same-sex marriage

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments about same-sex marriage bans. PolitiFact has fact-checked multiple claims related to the topic.

Fact-checking statements about guns and the NRA

Republican presidential contenders will speak to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association’s annual leadership forum on Friday.

Pants on Fire for Facebook meme about Ted Cruz, Barack Obama, citizenship an online hit

 A Facebook meme suggests Canada-born Ted Cruz conveniently flip-flopping on needing to be born in the U.S. to run for president.   Pants on Fire! The comments attributed to Cruz don't reflect any actual remarks that we could find.   Our look at the meme turned out to be  

Ted Cruz and the Truth-O-Meter Already Hot

Ted Cruz, the lively Texas senator, is declared  his candidacy for president Monday. (Ahem, he tweeted his plans before he spoke.) Win or lose in that endeavor, the Houston lawyer already has a Truth-O-Meter record drawing lots of online attention. See his ratings through today below. Dig into some of his "greatest hits" in our story starting here. Or gander at a PolitiFact look into his eligibility to run for president (Cruz was born in Canada) here.   It's TRUE: Cruz is the longest-serving solicitor general of Texas in history.  

Attention SXSW! PolitiFact still has a rocking song

We'd almost forgotten PolitiFact has a rocking song.   Yo, SXSW!

Fact-checking claims about Selma and Voting Rights Act

On the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, we look back at our fact-checks about voting rights.   Rick Scott's 2015 State of the State speech annotated

Fact-checks about Selma and the Voting Rights Act

On the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, we look back at our fact-checks about voting rights

Pete Sessions’ ‘murders every day’ claim about immigrants released by Obama

Remember last summer’s Pants on Fire claims about immigrants committing 3,000 murders in Texas?   A similar claim singling out Barack Obama just drew four Pinnochio's from The Washington Post’s Fact Checker which also revealed the state of Texas has reconfigured its data.   (See video of Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, making his statement at the 23:29 mark of the video posted above this story or go directly here.)

Fact-checking claims about Iran

At the forefront of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Congress is the fact that he and President Barack Obama don’t see eye-to-eye on Iran. Here are some of our latest checks on Iran-related claims.

Did Obama say 22 times he couldn't stop deportations by himself? Almost.

Speaker Boehner posted a list supposedly showing 22 times President Obama disavowed his power to stop immigrant deportations without congressional help.   That count doesn’t hold up. But Obama made repeated disavowals.

Barack Obama urges audience to “do a fact-check.” We oblige

In a speech to the Democratic National Committee, President Barack Obama asked for more fact-checking. Here you go.

PolitiFact's 5 most-viewed fact checks from January

The State of the Union address -- and Joni Ernst's Republican response -- were some of the biggest draws in January for PolitiFact readers.

In Context: Barack Obama's call for a veterans hospital in the Rio Grande Valley

Greg Abbott’s fresh mention of Barack Obama made us wonder.   Nearly seven years ago, did candidate Obama promise Texas a veterans hospital in the Rio Grande Valley?

What Barack Obama said about autism and vaccines in 2008

In the wake of comments by Rand Paul and Chris Christie about whether to vaccinate children, attention has turned to footage from 2008 showing then-candidate Barack Obama seeming to raise similar concerns. But is he? We took a closer look.   PolitiFact Texas: Obama's call for a veterans hospital in the Rio Grande Valley

The High Five: New and old Scott Walker items among the most popular

We haven’t studied it, but we think there might be pent-up demand for Pants on Fire.

John Cornyn's flawed claim about jobs and Keystone XL pipeline

A reader urged us to check John Cornyn's recent claim about jobs created since the Texas leg of the Keystone XL pipeline began flowing oil.   Cornyn, turns out, was referring to construction jobs that no longer exist.

Fact-checking claims about Cuba

New rules about normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations set off political claims from Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and others.