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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.

Letter from a Rachel Maddow fan

The MSNBC talk show host is unhappy with our Mostly False rating on a claim by the National Right to Life Committee. Here's a letter that a Maddow fan sent to her show about the rating.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 09:58 a.m.

Fifty fact checks of Rick Perry for president

Claims by or about Rick Perry as he stumped for president gave the Truth-O-Meter a vigorous workout. Highlights, please!  

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 06:00 a.m.

Rick Perry said everyone gets a tax cut under his plan

"No matter where you are in the stratosphere, you're going to be getting a tax cut," said Republican presidential contender and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking of his flat-tax plan.

By Martha M. Hamilton, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 11:48 a.m.

Has Social Security stabilized poverty among the elderly?

Rachel Maddow touts Social Security's track record in keeping senior citizens out of poverty. We found her applause is mostly deserved.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 12:12 p.m.

Is it true the rich are getting richer?

As Democrats talk of raising taxes on wealthier Americans, a look at our fact-checking on whether the income gap is growing.

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 01:45 p.m.

Mailbag: "It's no wonder you people are losing your jobs."

Our inbox was bulging with criticism, compliments and some choice words to keep our egos in check.

By Ciara O'Rourke :: Published on Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 03:43 p.m.

Leo Berman claim about Obama topped our charts

During the 140-day Texas legislative session that ended May 30, we tested claims from floor debates, press releases and advertising. But by far, our most-read article proved to be a check of state Rep. Leo Berman's statement about Barack Obama’s birthplace. Presenting the top 10 PolitiFact Texas articles from January through May...

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 09:53 a.m.

PolitiFact fields fire after rating False a Rachel Maddow statement

The editor of PolitiFact National appeared on CNN’s "Reliable Source" this weekend, defending a recent False rating bestowed on a statement by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 02:39 p.m.

Fact-checking the pundits on Wisconsin's budget

We look at what's being said about the budget controversy in Wisconsin.

By Robert Farley, Angie Drobnic Holan, Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 at 06:53 p.m.

Maddow takes on Fox News over New Black Panther Party

In an interview with David Letterman, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said that Fox News had said that "the New Black Panther Party decided the election for Barack Obama." We checked her claim.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at 05:40 p.m.

PolitiFact Florida's Top 10 items of 2010

PolitiFact Florida couldn't have asked for a better first year than 2010 -- an amazing election cycle with plenty of interesting facts to check. Which items did you like most in 2010? We unveil the readers' Top 10 Truth-O-Meter items of the year.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Monday, December 27th, 2010 at 04:16 p.m.

Not every claim was questionable this year

Rhetoric during the 2010 campaign season was so filled with falsehoods and exaggerations that we rated the entire election Barely True. But the year also had its share of true statements. Here are five that surprised us for being correct.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, December 27th, 2010 at 09:22 a.m.

Checking the pundits

We examine claims by pundits and talk show hosts and find Rachel Maddow was wrong about Sarah Palin, that George Washington didn't speak of God the way Rush Limbaugh claimed, and that George Will was right about troubled assets.

By Bill Adair, Alexander Lane :: Published on Friday, April 10th, 2009 at 06:12 p.m.

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