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Louis Jacobson

PolitiFact Deputy Editor

Louis Jacobson is deputy editor of 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. 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.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

"The President wants the U.S. to sign on to the U.N.’s International Criminal Court."

"More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before."

"Americans will spend more on taxes in 2014 than they will on food, clothing and housing combined."

Says North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis "called Obamacare ‘a great idea.’ "

"Eighty percent of Wall Street executives and their spouses' donations go to Democrats."

A recent Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Americans and 56 percent of Democrats "say the biggest threat to our nation's security is big government."

Says Mark Udall "decided Obamacare. ... He passed Obamacare with his vote."

Obamacare is "costing 2 million jobs."

Says Bruce Braley took "tens of thousands from his friends in the health insurance industry" and gave them "special favors" by voting for Obamacare.

Before "our last three presidents, you have to go back to the 1800s, early 1800s to find three presidents in a row being consecutively re-elected."

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Sunday preview: Fort Hood, CIA interrogation report and campaign money

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Mitt Romney returned to the Sunday stage to talk about the United States' relationship with Russia.

Fact-checking the March 23 Sunday shows

Mitt Romney returned to CBS' "Face the Nation" to talk about Russia, while actor Matt Damon told an ABC audience about the need for clean water in the developing world.

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As Scott Brown nears Senate bid, a look back at fact checks

Without making it "officially" official, Scott Brown dropped a big clue in the "will-he or won’t-he" guessing game over his potential run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. At a GOP conference in Nashua, N.H., Brown announced that he was forming a committee to explore running for the seat held by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Both Brown and Shaheen are no strangers to the Truth-o-Meter.

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