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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

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."

The number of jobs created and people lifted out of poverty during Bill Clinton’s presidency was "a hundred times" what it was under President Ronald Reagan.

There are fewer wars, there are fewer people dying in wars "now than there have been in quite some time."

In Syria, "we struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out."  

"The so-called defense minister of the People's Republic of Donetsk ... actually posted a bragging social media posting of having shot down a military transport. And then when it became apparent it was civilian, they pulled it down from social media."  

"For the first time in history, (Thor’s) hammer is being held by a woman."

"More than 50 percent of immigrants from (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) use at least one major welfare program once they get here."

"North Korea is telling its people that their men’s national team is in the World Cup final."

"Black voter turnout in 2012 exceeded the rate of white voter turnout, even in the states with the strictest voter ID laws."

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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.

 

PunditFact fact-checks the July 13 news shows

Politicians and pundits discussed the situation along the U.S.-Mexico border, what the government needs to do and who is to blame.

Fact-checking the July 13 news shows

Pundits and politicians debated the situation on the southern U.S. border, what needs to be done and who is to blame.

Meet the 'zombie stat' that just won't die

70 percent of the world's poor are not women. But the claim has lived on for almost 20 years, cited by everyone from Hillary Clinton to Carly Fiorina to a UN campaign featuring Nicole Kidman. Find out where the statistic came from and why it can't be killed in our special report.

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PunditFact fact-checks the June 29 news shows

Bill Clinton still wanted to talk about his family's wealth, while Republicans accused President Barack Obama of executive branch overreach.

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