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Fact checking claims about low-income workers

With a presidential speech on income inequality and strikes by fast-food workers in the news, we fact-check two recent claims about the plight of low-income workers.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 10:46 a.m.

Cruz, Obama vying with others for Lie of the Year

PolitiFact in Washington, D.C., is primed to name its lie of the year, which may have been uttered by Ted Cruz or Barack Obama. And don't forget the Readers' Choice award.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 03:49 p.m.

Giving thanks for True statements

As you prepare to break bread, we break down 10 statements from the past year that we found to be topical, entertaining or both. They all earned a True rating on the Truth-O-Meter.

By Steve Contorno :: Published on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 04:12 p.m.

Walker making news on book tour

Scott Walker became the ubiquitous governor in the days before and after the release of his political memoir, giving one national media interview after another. We take a look at what he said that's new and note where he made comments related to previous PolitiFact articles.

By Tom Kertscher, Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 05:00 a.m.

Fact-checking Gov. Scott Walker's new book

In his new memoir, Gov. Scott Walker recounts how he secretly crafted a plan "that gets rid of the unions and eliminates collective bargaining." He dwells on the state of state government’s finances prior to his election and argues for how much better they are now. And he takes a few pokes at President Obama’s Washington. We take a look at how Walker's claims -- new and old -- stack up on the Truth-O-Meter.

By Tom Kertscher, Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 08:00 p.m.

When Internet satire gets passed off as "truth"

Like the old game of telephone, satire is being transformed into "truth" by social media and the Internet.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 04:36 p.m.

Sooey! Obama urges Texas to mimic Arkansas

Obama, speaking in Dallas, said a million Texans "could get health insurance right away" if the state expanded Medicaid via Obamacare. Arkansas, he said, "reduced its number of uninsured by 14 percent -- already, just in the first month -- by signing people up for expanded Medicaid." See how we rate his Texas claim and a version of his Arkansas claim that we'd already checked.

By Sue Owen, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 03:56 p.m.

High Five for October: Obamacare gets hits

Two items involving Obamacare, Mary Burke's political debut, debate over a proposed casino and a claim that Wisconsin sold water to California attracted the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin in October 2013.  

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.

Oops: 'If you like your health insurance, you can keep it'

Obama’s old comments come back to haunt him as the health care law enters a critical point of implementation. We review our key fact-checks on the issue.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 03:45 p.m.

‘If you like your health insurance, you can keep it’

Obama’s old comments come back to haunt him as the health care law enters a critical point of implementation. We review our key fact-checks on the issue.

By Jon Greenberg, Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson, Amy Sherman :: Published on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.

Does raising the debt ceiling "increase our debt"?

President Obama said at a press conference that raising the debt ceiling "does not allow for a single dime of increased spending." We found this is a tricky statement to parse.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 03:44 p.m.

Live chat on Obama and doctored photos

Highlights of our first online live chat: Multiple mentions of Obama and a chance to recap a doctored photo.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 03:59 p.m.

The High Five: Our most-clicked items for September

Reader favorites last month dealt with the jobs picture, the state budget and a review of Truth-O-Meter items on Obamacare just days before the government shutdown. We promise to remain open for business, no matter what happens in Washington.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 03:12 p.m.

Top claims about the federal government shutdown

Just days into the federal government shutdown, we’ve already heard some distortions -- and some truths.

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 01:46 p.m.

Testing Obamacare on the Truth-O-Meter

The Affordable Care Act reaches a milestone on Oct. 1, 2013, when health insurance marketplaces that were set up as part of the law begin enrolling people. Many claims on both sides of the political aisle have been made about President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, which has been implemented in phases since becoming law in March 2010.     

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Tom Kertscher :: Published on Sunday, September 29th, 2013 at 09:00 p.m.

Obamacare myths and a Texas judge's 'trash it' letter

PolitiFact recently compiled the top 16 fact-checked myths of the Obamacare law. Then a reader reminded us of a ridiculous letter signed by a Texas judge.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Sunday, September 29th, 2013 at 06:00 a.m.

Comparing the Great Recession and the Great Depression

In an interview on ABC's This Week, President Barack Obama suggested that the economy he inherited may have been worse than the one during the Great Depression. There's some evidence to support that, but a lot that doesn't.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 10:32 a.m.

In Context: President Obama, Syria and the ‘red line’

Did Obama deny making comments about setting a "red line" on Syria?

By Jon Greenberg :: Published on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 11:18 a.m.

Cruz paperwork claim about Obamacare draws on flawed research, assumptions

Ted Cruz made a vivid paperwork claim. It had holes.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 09:40 a.m.

What the law and the past say about attacking Syria

The president's authority to use military force against Syria is front and center. It's not the first time the question has come up. We review what we've learned about the law, and how it has played out depending on the circumstances.

By Jon Greenberg :: Published on Friday, August 30th, 2013 at 04:28 p.m.

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