Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Lauren Carroll


Lauren Carroll is a PolitiFact staff writer based in Washington. Before PolitiFact, she held internships with the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. She is a 2014 graduate of Duke University, where she majored in political science.


The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Lauren Carroll


They haven't gone anywhere

Mostly True

Paul rounds up

Rand Paul
Rand Paul

"We borrow a million dollars every minute."

— PolitiFact National


Data only go back to 1970s, not all of U.S. history


Up or stable, not down

Recent stories from Lauren Carroll

A closer look at an anti-Hillary Clinton meme

A reader asked us to check out a social-media meme critical of Hillary Clinton, so we did. Most of what it says isn't very accurate.

Four pressing questions about Hillary Clinton’s State Department email

Did Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account put national security information at risk? Here, we’ll review new evidence and what it tells us -- and doesn’t tell us -- about Clinton’s email habits as secretary of state.  

The Planned Parenthood abortion video in context

An anti-abortion activist group released a video that they say proves Planned Parenthood "sells the body parts of aborted fetuses." Is it misleading?   We cull the video's trancript.   ALSO: Planned Parenthood says it doesn't harvest fetal tissue in Texas, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The Planned Parenthood video in context

An anti-abortion activist group released a video that they say proves Planned Parenthood "sells the body parts of aborted fetuses." Is it misleading?

How do Barack Obama's criminal justice claims stack up?

As part of his agenda to reform the U.S. criminal justice system, President Barack Obama made some data-driven claims in a speech at the NAACP's national convention.

Hillary Clinton and the House Republicans battle over Benghazi subpoena

Both Hillary Clinton and House Republicans are spinning when it comes how Clinton handled emails related to the Benghazi controversy. We lay out the timeline.   • Scott Walker on the Truth-O-Meter • Fact-checking Alan Grayson, candidate for U.S. Senate • PolitiFact's Top 5 for June 2015

Donald Trump on the Truth-O-Meter

Donald Trump is climbing in the polls in the race for the Republican nomination for president. We've fact-checked several of his statements.    • Were the founding fathers 'ordinary people'? • 5 myths about immigration • Ted Cruz critiques PolitiFact, gets things wrong 

Trump: Voter polls show U.S. support for abortion "down a little bit"

Donald Trump--speaking before the U.S. Supreme Court acted on a Texas challenge to abortion clinic restrictions put in motion by lawmakers in 2013--said polls show U.S. support for a woman's right to choose an abortion "is going down a little bit."   PolitiFact in Washington, D.C. found otherwise.   See our separate look into the number of Texas abortion clinics here.

Ted Cruz is in the race

ROAD TO 2016 The Ted Cruz file Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz Age: Born Dec. 22, 1970 ( 44) Political party: Republican Political experience: Domestic policy advisor to the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign; associate deputy attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice, director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission; solicitor general, state of Texas; elected in 2012 as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. Education: Graduated with honors from Princeton University, with high honors from Harvard Law School, was law clerk to William Rehnquist, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the first Hispanic to serve in that position. Business: Private law practice Family: He and his wife Heidi live in Houston with their two daughters, Caroline and Catherine. Interesting factoid: Father was born in Cuba, survived being imprisoned and tortured. He fled to Texas in 1957, penniless and not speaking a word of English. He made 50 cents an hour washing dishes, put himself through the University of Texas and started a small business in the oil and gas industry. His father is now a pastor in Dallas. Source: Cruz Senate website, news reports  

Fact-checking the June 28 news shows

Donald Trump made his debut as a presidential candidate on the Sunday shows. We checked a claim he made about abortion.