Jacobson

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 The Almanac of American Politics 2018 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, and in 2017, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers gave him a Best in Business award for his economics coverage.

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Trump considering a pardon of Joe Arpaio: What to know about the process

President Donald Trump has said he’s considering a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz. How unusual would that be?

Tracking Donald Trump's evolving positions on Afghanistan

When Donald Trump announced a way forward for the United States in Afghanistan, his decision to keep troops in the country was a sharp contrast to what he had said as a private citizen. It wasn’t, however, all that different from what he had said as a presidential candidate. Confused?

Donald Trump's Afghanistan address, fact-checked

President Donald Trump gave his first speech about the war in Afghanistan on Aug. 21, 2017.

Are there white nationalists in the White House?

The "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville has brought the issue of white nationalism to the top of the nation’s agenda -- specifically, whether white nationalists are part of the White House staff.

Fact-checking Trump’s News of the Week video with Kayleigh McEnany

Trump’s "News of the Week" Facebook video touted success on the economy, immigration and veterans’ affairs. But the accuracy of the talking points was mixed.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in West Virginia with Gov. Jim Justice

President Donald Trump traveled to West Virginia on Aug. 3 to hold a campaign-style rally. Having promised "big news" earlier in the day, Trump invited West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to the lectern, where Justice announced that he was changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

The president and the Boy Scouts: Was there really a phone call?

President Donald Trump surprised observers of the national Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia with a speech that sounded like one he’d given many times at campaign rallies.

How Congress could pass Obamacare changes now, or change the filibuster rules

We checked with experts on congressional policy and procedure to see what the path forward on health care reforms could be.

After the health care bill failure, what's next for Congress and the Affordable Care Act?

Now that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have run aground in the Senate, what comes next? We checked with experts on health care policy to see what the path forward may be.

If the Senate passes a health care bill, what happens next?

Unless you’re an expert in parliamentary procedure, the process of passing a health care bill in the Senate may seem mystifying. What if the Senate manages to cobble together the 51 votes necessary to pass a bill? Where would it go from there?