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Aaron Sharockman is editor of PunditFact, a website dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Government & Politics editor for the Tampa Bay Times and an editor and writer for PolitiFact. He has been a government and politics writer with the Times since 2003. Sharockman is a graduate of Indiana University.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Aaron Sharockman

The states that are doing "better" are the ones that have no state income tax.  

Russia "has an economy the size of Italy."  

"The best evidence is that you lose -- if you use marijuana as a teenager regularly -- eight IQ points."    

Under President Ronald Reagan, illegal immigrants "were not pouring in like" they are now.

"Ninety percent" of people living in Gaza "don’t have access even to water."  

Between June 30 and July 10, CNN interviewed "17 Israeli public officials versus one" Palestinian official.  

Obama’s 2012 policy on younger immigrants "created these children coming across" the border.

"Right now, one third of all illegal aliens are going to California."  

Compared to President Obama, "President Reagan rushed home from Santa Barbara vacation, from the Reagan ranch when the Korean jetliner was shot out of the air by the Russians."

"Literally, by the time a child is 18 years of age, they've killed over 100,000 people in video games and other online things."

Recent stories from Aaron Sharockman
PolitiFact and PunditFact fact-check the debate over immigration

Politicians and talking heads have been scrambling to provide context for the surge of children from Central America -- and to assign blame.

PunditFact fact-checks the July 27 news shows

Talk centered on the crises abroad, including in Gaza and Ukraine.

Fact-checking the July 27 news shows

Talk centered on the crises abroad, including in Gaza and Ukraine.

Fact-checking claims about MH 17, Russia and Ukraine

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine has brought the world’s attention back to events there, months after Ukraine formed a new government over concerns about the country's increasing ties to Russia.

 

Fact-checking claims about Russia, Ukraine and MH 17

We've fact-checked three recent statements about Ukraine, Russia and the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

PunditFact fact-checks the July 20 news shows

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on all five major Sunday news shows, making the case that Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists were responsible for the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17. We fact-checked two of Kerry’s claims.

 

Fact-checking the July 20 news shows

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on all five major Sunday news shows, making the case that Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists were responsible for the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17. We fact-checked two of Kerry’s claims.

 

Your guide to the Sunday July 20 news shows

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Fact-checking claims about the current immigration crisis

The influx of unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexico border is pushing border security officials to their limits and putting pressure on President Barack Obama and Congress to take some sort of action. PunditFact has been fact-checking the claims of pundits who have been scrambling both to provide context for this surge of children and to assign blame.

Q&A about our new network scorecards

Since we launched our network scorecards, you’ve asked plenty of questions. We thought we’d share some of the most common -- along with our answers.

 

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