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.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson
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 Bruce Braley took "tens of thousands from his friends in the health insurance industry" and gave them "special favors" by voting for Obamacare.
"Of all the jobs President Obama claims to have created since he started, only 38.5 percent are women. So 61.5 percent have gone to men."
Recent stories from Louis JacobsonMailbag: 'Everyone fails this fact-check'
It's time again to look at what readers have been saying, good and bad, about our recent fact-checks.Sunday preview: Ft. Hood, CIA interrogation report and campaign money
Once again, Fort Hood was the scene of a deadly rampage. It raises troubling questions for the military and psychological toll of war.Sunday preview: Fort Hood, CIA interrogation report and campaign money
Once again, Fort Hood was the scene of a deadly rampage. It raises troubling questions for the military and psychological toll of war.PolitiFact's Top 5 fact-checks for March
Our most popular checks were about presidential power, presidential vacations, the health care law and dinosaurs.Rick Scott ad attacks Charlie Crist on Obamacare
Let’s Get to Work’s TV ad says health law has led to 300,000 canceled plans and will drive 2.5 million Americans out of work. Those claims are exaggerated.PunditFact fact-checks the March 23 news shows
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.Facebook Mailbag: Complaints, compliments from all over
Here's another in our occasional looks at what readers are writing at the PolitiFact Facebook page.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.Is healthcare.gov working 'great' now?
President Barack Obama has said it is, but we decided to dig deeper to see how the website performs for consumers, health insurance companies and state officials.
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