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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

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Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

Martin O'Malley on the Truth-O-Meter

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is joining the field of 2016 Democratic presidential contenders. Here's a look back at his Truth-O-Meter record so far.

Clinton avoids media on Atlanta visit but regularly hits Truth-O-Meter

Hillary Clinton came to Atlanta on Thursday to raise campaign cash, but left without speaking to reporters. She has, however, spent some time on the PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter over the years. So we thought it would be a good time to review a few of those fact-checks on key issues broached by the former Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president. Summaries of those fact-checks follow.

'Teabagger' group makes splash with fake-quote memes

A Facebook group called "Stop the World, the Teabaggers Want Off" is getting lots of attention on social media for its memes, which typically feature conservative politicians making outrageous statements. There's one problem: Social-media users don't always realize the quotes aren't real.

Rick Santorum on the Truth-O-Meter

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., is joining the ever-growing field of 2016 Republican presidential contenders. So we’re looking back at his Truth-O-Meter record so far.   Also: The facts about FIFA

Mailbag: 'This seems like an "Onion" spoof'

Reader comments flow into our inbox all the time. Here's a selection of recent concerns, complaints and compliments.

Mailbag: 'Jebio' edition

We take a look at recent reader comments and complaints about our coverage of the two leading presidential candidates from Florida, Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.  

Mailbag: 'Jebio' edition

We take a look at recent reader comments and complaints about our coverage of the two leading presidential candidates from Florida, Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.

Fact-checking claims about pay gaps in Clinton's Senate office, Obama's White House

Hillary Clinton touts herself as a champion for women and equal pay, but Republican commentators are challenging that narrative by pointing to the payroll of her U.S. Senate staff.

Mailbag: Hillary Clinton edition

Hillary Clinton is in the media spotlight -- and our coverage of her presidential campaign is taking flak from readers.

Fact-checking claims about Amtrak funding

There's a lot of blame going around about why Amtrak isn't up-to-date on the latest safety features. We found a complicated situation that turns on several important factors.   Fact-checking the May 17 Sunday shows