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Top 5 fact-checks and reports for August

Some of our readers' favorite topics in August were presidential vacations, minimum-wage summer jobs, and even President Barack Obama’s summer attire.

A look at claims about minimum wage

Increasingly, state Sen. Nikiya Harris is making a push to raise the minimum wage in Wisconsin. Here is a recent look at claims related to the minimum wage from elsewhere, and how they fared on the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking claims on the nuclear deal with Iran

A reader sent us a Facebook meme breaking down the Iran nuclear deal reached last month and asked us to take a look at it. We reviewed the complicated agreement and several of its implications for the United States and Iran.

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.

November's greatest hits: Checks about Obamacare, Texas voter ID laws

Our checks of claims tied to the Obamacare law and the Texas voter ID mandate were reader favorites in November. Gubernatorial hopefuls Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis drew attention, too, while Ted Cruz’s Truth-O-Meter report card remained of interest.

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.

Fact-checking claims on guns and gun violence

When it comes to guns and gun violence, the rhetoric includes both fact and fiction.

PolitiFact's oddest fact-checks of 2012

The Truth-O-Meter has a sense of humor (we swear) so we occasionally do light-hearted or downright odd fact-checks. Here are some of the more unusual fact-checks we did in 2012.

Fact-checks on gun control and gun violence

The shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 people has reopened a national debate about gun control. As it unfolds, you might hear some familiar claims. Here's our roundup.

Fact-checks on gun control and gun violence

The shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 people has reopened a national debate about gun control. As it unfolds, you might hear some familiar claims. Here's our roundup.

How does U.S. gun violence compare?

In the wake of the Aurora shootings, we fact-check some claims about gun violence in the United States.

Stretching the truth (again!) on health care

We put new claims about the health care law to the Truth-O-Meter and find more exaggerations and falsehoods.

'Illegal Alien Facts' vs. the Truth-O-Meter

A widely circulated Facebook post makes some claims about illegal immigrants. We put several of them to the Truth-O-Meter.  

Michigan lawmaker sparks furor with one word: vagina

The word is rarely used in legislative discourse. Now it's what everybody's talking about.

Lots of heat (and some light) on Obama's spending

Our fact-check on a Facebook claim that President Barack Obama isn't as big a spender as many people think drew lots of support from Obama backers and a barrage of criticism from opponents. We recap the debate.

Pants on Fire, Half True rulings issued on weekend Truth-O-Meter claims

Claims about a gas boycott, impact of no income tax on job growth reviewed.

A Facebook post with data too good to check

An Internet post claims that Republicans in Congress have offered "zero" bills on "job creation." But as it turns out, that's because the non-partisan congressional office that labels bills isn't using a category called "job creation."