Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

All stories featuring Barack Obama

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.

3 key Keystone XL questions answered

As one of the first acts of the 114th Congress, Republicans are committed to passing a bill that would permit construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Here, we answer some questions you might have about the proposal.   SUPPORT POLITIFACT'S KICKSTARTER TO LIVE FACT-CHECK THE 2015 STATE OF THE UNION AND GOP RESPONSE.

One last look at 2014

Before the year disappears from the rear-view mirror, here’s a final PolitiFact Wisconsin look-back at 2014.

Guns, deficit, fraud and beer among our most popular non-election fact-checks

The focal point of Wisconsin politics in 2014 was the race for governor.  But ...

Some politicians spoke the truth in 2014

We published lots of Falses and Pants on Fires this year, but here's a hat-tip to a sampling of claims that earned a full True rating.

Our look into Obama ordering deaths of Americans among our popular fact checks

A U.S. Senate aspirant charged President Obama will killing four Americans with drone strikes.   We concluded three were not intended targets. And this fact check proved our fifth-most viewed story of 2014.   Our countdown to No. 1 continues.

Climate change: the Readers' Choice winner

"Global warming is a hoax" was the falsehood that won our Readers' Choice poll for Lie of the Year. Here's a look back at that fact-check, as well as other 2014  fact-checks on  the Keystone XL pipeline, proposed carbon-cutting regulations on power plants, and the polar vortex.    Fact-checking Dick Cheney on the torture report 2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola PunditFact editor Aaron Sharockman discusses the Lie of the Year Fact-checking Jeb Bush, 2016 presidential contender