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Jacobson

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. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014.

Email: ljacobson@tampabay.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

False

In the middle of the pack, if not lower

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

"We’re the most highly taxed nation in the world."

— PolitiFact National

Mostly False

Some similarities, some differences

Mostly True

The Army is downsizing

Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio

"We have an Army that just cut 40,000 spots."  

— PolitiFact Florida

False

Only if you arbitrarily exclude a majority of federal spending

False

Not true now (or in 2009)

Half-True

Singling out Bush for a widespread problem

Half-True

Most states require parental consent or notification for abortion

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PunditFact previews the Aug. 30 news shows

Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

10 wrong statements about immigration

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Debate about birthright citizenship, which some Republican presidential candidates have pledged to end, occupied a lot of airspace on the Sunday shows.

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Every Friday, PunditFact gives you the first look at guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and college affordability: a Twitter battle

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- or at least their respective campaign staffs -- took to Twitter to debate a legitimate policy issue: the cost of higher education.   • Jeb Bush selectively recounts details of Iraq and ISIS • Fact-checking pundits on the early race for the White House