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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. 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

Mostly False

Campaign listed donations from a Koch corporation

Mostly False

In the real world, they'll need to act quicker than that

Pants on Fire!

More fake news passed off as real

Mostly True

He was arrested and could face jail time though it appears unlikely

Mostly False

We suspect this post will be blocked in China

False

Let's go to the video

Nancy  Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi

"I don't know who (Jonathan Gruber) is."

— PolitiFact National

True

We hate 'em, but we keep voting 'em in

Mostly False

The official dropout rate is in the single digits

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

12 key fact-checks on immigration and executive action

President Barack Obama will speak to the nation about immigration on Thursday night, unveiling a plan to prevent deportations for a broad swath of people living in the United States illegally. We selected 12 key fact-checks to give you the basics on immigration and executive action. 

Jonathan Gruber mentions on TV: Fox News 779, MSNBC 79

Coverage of a 2013 video showing MIT professor and Obamacare adviser Jonathan Gruber talking about the "stupidity" of American voters has varied greatly by cable network, a review of closed captioning information shows.

Jeb Bush on the Truth-O-Meter

As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush contemplates a bid for president, we look back on his claims about education, immigration and the economy on the eve of his national education summit.   • Jonathan Gruber mentions on TV: Fox News 779, MSNBC 79 • Fact-checking the Keystone pipeline

Fact-checking Jeb Bush, possible presidential contender

As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush contemplates a bid for president, we look back on his claims about education, immigration and the economy on the eve of his national education summit.

PunditFact previews the Nov. 16 Sunday shows

PunditFact gives you the first look at the 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.

Mailbag: 'You are not very good at fact checking'

Election Day is past; now it's time to dig through some of the comments and complaints we received from readers in recent months.

Our top 5 fact-checks and reports for October 2014

We look back at last month’s most popular fact-checks and reports. Topics include Ebola, the Republican platform and Elizabeth Warren.

Herman Cain wrong on Obamacare claim

Herman Cain’s longshot 2012 Republican presidential bid may be long over, but he’s continued to opine on national affairs. Take, for example, his recent blog post titled, "Nine facts Democrats don't want you to hear before you vote tomorrow."  

Debunking 10 scary claims for Halloween

A look at 10 recent political claims that sound pretty scary -- until you check the facts. 

Boo! Debunking 10 scary claims for Halloween

We look at 10 recent political claims that sound pretty scary -- until you check the facts.