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

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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.

Fact-checking the third night of the Democratic National Convention

Fact-checking POTUS, VPOTUS and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine at DNC night three. 

Some readers unconvinced by our True rating for White House slave claim

Readers offered a variety of explanations why we were wrong to give  True rating to Michelle Obama's claim that slaves built the White House. 

Fact-checking the first night of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia

Fact-checking the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 

Compare the candidates: Clinton vs. Trump on the economy

On the economy, Hillary Clinton offers a lot of detail about what she would do as president. Donald Trump offers less, but hits a few issues hard. Here's a rundown of what each candidate says they would do if they win the White House.

Fact-checking Donald Trump on the final night of the Republican convention

Fact-checking the fourth night of the Republican National Convention. 

7 misleading statements Donald Trump may repeat in his convention speech

Trump will likely repeat attacks on Hillary Clinton and his own statements about immigration, refugees, security and the Middle East.

The third night of the 2016 Republican National Convention, fact-checked

Covering the third night of the Republican National Convention.