Jacobson

Louis Jacobson

PolitiFact senior correspondent

Louis Jacobson is the senior correspondent for PolitiFact and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. He has served as deputy editor of Roll Call and as founding editor of its legislative wire service, CongressNow. Earlier, he spent more than a decade covering politics, policy and lobbying for National Journal magazine. Since 2002, he has handicapped political races, including state legislatures, governors, congressional seats, state attorneys general and the electoral college, currently for Governing. He is senior author of The Almanac of American Politics 2016 and also contributed to the 2000 and 2004 editions. In 2004, Jacobson originated the “Out There” column on politics in the states, which ran in Roll Call and later in Stateline.org and which won five annual awards from Capitolbeat, the association of state capitol reporters and editors. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014.

Email: ljacobson@politifact.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

False

He didn't object when asked about it, twice

Pants on Fire!

Kept tweeting about it, and many still believe it

Pants on Fire!

Right there on her website

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

Hillary Clinton and the birther movement: Still nothing there

Donald Trump may have conceded that President Barack Obama was born in America, but he didn't dial down his claim that Hillary Clinton started the birther rumors in the first place. We took a look at all the evidence, especially new allegations.

Donald Trump says he doesn't invest in the stock market. Here's his portfolio

Donald Trump told CNBC, "I don’t invest in the stock market." ​But 14 months earlier, his stock holdings and earnings were likely $24 million or more.

5 big falsehoods of the 2016 election

From time to time, readers ask what are the biggest whoppers we’ve heard from the candidates for president so far this year. So we decided to take a quick look through the archives.

Should the U.S. have kept Iraq's oil, as Donald Trump argues?

Foreign policy experts are flummoxed by an idea Trump has advocated for years.

Hillary Clinton says of Libya, 'We did not lose a single American in that action'

In forum, Clinton narrowly framed U.S. death toll in Libya

Fact-checking the NBC 'commander-in-chief' forum

We fact-checked the NBC town hall forum featuring Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Mailbag: 'Your analysis is pathetic'

Here's our periodic roundup of comments, complaints and compliments from readers.

In context: Donald Trump's 'Second Amendment people' comment

Donald Trump drew criticism from some quarters over his reference to "Second Amendment people" and how they can prevent Hillary Clinton from appointing Supreme Court justices. But is it justified? Here's the text and video to make your own judgment.

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's acceptance of the Democratic nomination

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's acceptance of the Democratic nomination

7 things Clinton might mention in her acceptance speech

We expect Hillary Clinton to emphasize how she would tackle the nation's problems, but along the way,  we see her serving up a mix of claims to bolster the case for her agenda, and tear down her Republican rival Donald Trump. Follow along and see how well we do.