Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

All stories featuring Michele Bachmann

Getting the facts straight about the Founding Fathers

Pundits and politicians get things wrong time and time again when they use the Founding Fathers to support their political views. In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, we review fact-checks from our archives and set the record straight.

Obama, Dewhurst and a climate change musical figured into readers’ favorite April fact checks

What do Barack Obama, David Dewhurst and a climate change musical have in common? Readers flocked to fact checks about them in April. We highlight the Texas top 10.

Fact-checking voting laws: a year-end report

Amid a nationwide battle about voter access, PolitiFact researched claims about noncitizen voters, restoration of ex-felons’ rights and voter laws nationwide.

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.     

Michele Bachmann's comments on 9/11 and the Muslim Brotherhood

Bachmann's recent remarks on Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and 9/11 could leave a wrong impression with some listeners. So we set the record straight about who was responsible for the 2001 terror attacks.

Michele Bachmann and the Truth-O-Meter

The Minnesota Republican kept the Truth-O-Meter busy. Accuracy was an issue, but her statements were always interesting!

Fact-checking Michele Bachmann on the IRS and the health care law

Bachmann's statements get a Mostly False, a False and a Pants on Fire!

Michele Bachmann is back -- and the meter is on fire

Rep. Michele Bachmann had a quiet year on the Truth-O-Meter in 2012. But she's returned with back-to-back Pants on Fires.

Celebrating business and hard work on opening night in Tampa

On the first night of the Republican National Convention, GOP speakers proclaim the value of hard work and criticize the country's direction under President Barack Obama.

No, that's not what the Truth-O-Meter said

As the campaign heats up, candidates and political groups are incorrectly describing our ratings. We put their claims about the Truth-O-Meter to the Truth-O-Meter.

Low wattage claims

The House approved two amendments Tuesday night to repeal a Bush-era law on light bulbs  Here's a compilation of our many fact-checks on the light bulb law and what it would really do.

Rhetoric rises over payment advisory board

When Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted March 22 to eliminate a a Medicare payment advisory board – a vote the Associated Press noted was really just "symbolic" – the rhetoric was flying. Some representatives went a good deal farther than Tennessee’s own Marsha Blackburn, who nonetheless floated a statement about the Independent Payments Advisory Board taking "control" of health care decisions away from patients – and that we’ve ruled False. Most news organizations wrote something similar to the AP about the vote – the Republiucans actually want the IPAB around as an issue through the November elections. It’s worth taking a closer look at the various statements that have been made and consider the actual statutory power IPAB does or does not have.

A PolitiFact farewell to Michele Bachmann

We reflect on Michele Bachmann's Truth-O-Meter record as she suspends her presidential campaign.

Fact-checking the Iowa Republican debate

The Republican candidates discussed the economy, immigration -- and a $10,000 bet. We put some of their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Republican debate touches past claims about federal taxes, Medicaid

A few claims in this week's CNBC Republican presidential debate brought to mind past fact checks. Michele Bachmann spoke to how few Americans pay federal income taxes. Herman Cain bemoaned how much it costs to comply with tax laws. And Rick Perry said things will be better if Medicaid is turned over to states to manage.  

Fact-checking the Republican debate in Nevada

Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan was under attack early from the GOP field. Later Mitt Romney and Rick Perry collided over immigration.

Romney put illegal immigrants to work, Perry says

Familiar, fact-checked claims flew at the CNN Republican presidential debate including a charge that Mitt Romney employed undocumented immigrants to mow his lawn.

Fact-checking the Republican debate in Nevada

Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan was under attack early from the GOP field. Later Mitt Romney and Rick Perry collided over immigration.

Revisiting Rick Perry, Al Gore, Ronald Reagan

Some familiar claims were loosed at this week’s Republican presidential debate -- including Rick Perry’s claim that while Texas gained 1 million jobs, the country lost 2.5 million. A rundown...

Michele Bachmann assails Rick Perry

Rick Perry wasn't front and center in this week's Republican presidential debate, but Michele Bachmann chose to level a flawed question his direction.