Friday, December 19th, 2014

All stories featuring Barack Obama

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

Top claims about the federal government shutdown

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

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.     

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.

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.

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

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

Cruz paperwork claim about Obamacare draws on flawed research, assumptions

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

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.

Checking on a rodeo clown and Obama--in Texas

A congressman has invited a Missouri rodeo clown--freshly famous for lampooning Obama--to Texas. Heck, we’ve already had a rodeo clown moment.

Who vacationed more, Bush or Obama?

Presidential vacations sometimes prompt criticism over cost and appearances, and President Barack Obama's current vacation is no exception. We look at the vacations of Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Who vacationed more, Bush or Obama?

Presidential vacations sometimes prompt criticism over cost and appearances, and President Barack Obama's current vacation is no exception. We look at the vacations of Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Again, where was Obama born?

Blake Farenthold muses on impeachment and why that's unlikely to be considered in connection with where Barack Obama was born.