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In Context: Gwen Moore on Ebola and a travel ban

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore took a different tack on calls for a travel ban in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.

Our May High Five

Our analysis of Gov. Scott Walker’s new way of talking about job creation topped PolitiFact Wisconsin’s High Five for May, our list of the most-clicked items for the month. So did items about Benghazi (times 2), jobs and private-school choice.

The items our readers have loved the longest

Nearly a year ago we introduced the High Five, a review of the PolitiFact Wisconsin items -- fact-checks and sometimes other articles -- that got the most page-views the previous month. As you’d expect, the most popular items each month had been posted in recent days or weeks. But some of our most-clicked items were published months ago. Or even longer. 

Fact-checking the GOP

Wisconsin’s job growth in 2013 was the best since the 1990s? At least 70 percent of residents approve of the state’s wildly controversial collective bargaining reform law? When Republicans ran Washington, they let the food stamp rolls skyrocket? We revisit these and other recent claims by Wisconsin Republicans ahead of their annual state convention.

High Five: Money, money, money

From minimums to millions, factchecks on claims about money attracted the most page-views in January 2013.

Obama on Wisconsin’s Truth-O-Meter

Obama on Ryan, Obama on manufacturing jobs. Johnson on Obama. Duffy, Kind, Baldwin and Walker on Obama. With Barack Obama visiting Wisconsin, we look at how he's fared on our Truth-O-Meter.

The Top Ten of 2013

Since May 2013, we've been presenting our monthly High Five -- the PolitiFact Wisconsin articles that got the most page-views each month. But, hey, it's the end of the year -- time to reflect and to celebrate. So, here are 10 items -- the ones that attracted the most eyeballs in all of 2013.

In Context: Scott Walker's "healthy balance" remark

Gov. Scott Walker caused a reverberation among liberals when, while plugging his new book, he used a seemingly innocuous term: "Healthy balance." LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) advocates were especially put off, as these headlines show: Wisconsin governor defends ban on same-sex marriage as "healthy balance" of LGBT rights -- Think Progress (liberal blog) Funny definition of "healthy balance" you got there, Scotty -- Daily Kos (liberal blog)

The August High Five: Walker, Walker, Walker

Gov. Scott Walker continues to click with PolitiFact Wisconsin readers. The three items that got the most page-views on our site in August 2013 were each Walker-related. And two of those involved perhaps the central issue of Walker's tenure: jobs. Rounding out the High Five were statements by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore.

In Context: Obamacare "train wreck"

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a strident critic of Obamacare, likes to say that even strong supporters of the health care law have called its implementation a "train wreck." When he recently repeated the comment, attributing it to Obamacare backers Max Baucus and Harry Reid, we decided it was time for In Context, a closer look at what the two Democratic senators said.

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.

Turning it over to readers

We hear regularly from PolitiFact Wisconsin readers, so we decided it's time to give them some space. Here's the debut of our Mailbag.

In Context: Hillary Clinton's 'What difference does it make' comment

With the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, back in the news, we take an In Context look at what Hillary Clinton said to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson about the attack, which is the subject of a hearing on May 8, 2013.

Has government regulation slowed the recovery?

Politicians periodically argue that over-regulation has held back the nation’s economic recovery. We checked with economists to see how valid that argument is.

Looking back at trues and falses in debt ceiling debate

The debt ceiling debate appears to be slouching toward a conclusion -- at least for now. We look back at some of the fact-checks that PolitiFact and its state affiliates have done on the issue.

Shacking up: Social Security & Ponzi schemes

In the past few months, PolitiFact has explored claims likening Social Security to a Ponzi scheme. Strong reader interest in our look at the topic — 100-plus comments on the PolitiFact Facebook page — reminds us that Social Security draws heat.