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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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 11:16 a.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 03:11 p.m.

Obamacare law doesn’t target most federal workers

A Texan’s claim left the misimpression the Obamacare law applies to federal workers, including IRS workers responsible for enforcing provisions.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 06:00 a.m.

Catching up with campaign promises on the Obameter

We check in on President Obama’s campaign promises about Guantanamo Bay, same-sex marriage, education and clean energy.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Caroline Houck, Julie Kliegman :: Published on Friday, August 2nd, 2013 at 03:08 p.m.

Fact-checking Obama on the economy

President Obama has been talking about jobs, income inequality and the federal budget. We're checking the facts.

By Becky Bowers, Jon Greenberg, Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 05:39 p.m.

Four familiar facts from Barack Obama’s speech

President Barack Obama invoked some familiar facts in support of his vision for the U.S. economy on Wednesday at Knox College.

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 10:16 a.m.

Four familiar facts from Barack Obama’s speech

President Barack Obama invoked some familiar facts in support of his vision for the U.S. economy on Wednesday at Knox College.

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 04:08 p.m.

Are Americans being 'targeted' for surveillance?

Comments from President Barack Obama and leaker Edward Snowden about "targeting" seemed at odds. So we took a deep dive into the legal issues behind what the word means.

By Jon Greenberg :: Published on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 02:49 p.m.

A look back at our climate-change fact-checks

As President Barack Obama unveils a series of planned executive actions on climate change, we recap some of our many fact-checks on the issue.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.

How 'transparent' is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court?

President Obama told Charlie Rose that the court is "transparent." The facts tell a different story.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, June 24th, 2013 at 09:36 a.m.

McCaul: Obama plan entails release of hundreds of “dangerous criminals”

Michael McCaul warned. We checked.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, June 21st, 2013 at 06:29 p.m.

Barack Obama on surveillance, then and now

With the recent revelations about National Security Agency surveillance of phone and Internet traffic, some are wondering how much President Barack Obama has reversed course since he was a presidential candidate. So we took a look back.

By Caroline Houck :: Published on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

Barack Obama on surveillance, then and now

With the recent revelations about National Security Agency surveillance of phone and Internet traffic, some are wondering how much President Barack Obama has reversed course since he was a presidential candidate. So we took a look back.

By Caroline Houck :: Published on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.

Introducing the High Five: A look at our most-clicked items for May

Today we introduce a new feature: the High Five. We’ll recap the five PolitiFact Wisconsin items that received the most page-views at PolitiFact Wisconsin during the previous month. In May, they included a one drink maximum; a girl, an injured woodpecker and the FBI; repeated hand-washing and a memorable Clinton vs. Johnson moment.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 at 09:00 a.m.

El Paso "safest" large city in US? Hold fire

El Paso's county judge said the city is the safest burg of its size in the country. That sounded familiar--and flawed.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.

UPDATED: Grading Texas claims by, and about, Barack Obama

The president’s one-day swing to the Austin area gave rise to fact checks of, and about, him.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.

Obama, Perry, Hinojosa and jobs, jobs, jobs

Barack Obama came and went. Rick Perry and a leader of Texas Democrats took the occasion to loft jobs-related claims--now fact-checked.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 06:33 p.m.

Top 10 PolitiFact checks of claims by, and about, Barack Obama as he hies to Texas

What better way to welcome Obama to Central Texas than walking through the most popular PolitiFact fact checks of, or about, him this year--plus they include a 2012 check of Romney.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 06:00 a.m.

Mailbag: PolitiFact Texas proves facts ‘are irrelevant to what you do’

A Texas congressman is silly, one reader writes. PolitiFact Texas writes as if facts are irrelevant, another says. Let’s open the mailbag.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.

Fact-checking President Obama's press conference

President Obama spoke with reporters on the 100-day mark for his second term. We checked the facts.

By Becky Bowers, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 12:23 p.m.

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