Jacobson

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 The Almanac of American Politics 2018 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, and in 2017, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers gave him a Best in Business award for his economics coverage.

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Notable misstatements about Donald Trump from 2017

Here are five notable misstatements about President Donald Trump from 2017.

Do Jefferson, Lincoln prove Donald Trump can tell Justice Department what to do?

President Donald Trump kicked up a dust storm of punditry with a tweet that he "had to fire" former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn "because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI." Was this a key development in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

The House and Senate tax bills, explained

A look at how the House and Senate tax bills are similar and different -- and how they could affect poorer and richer Americans.

Explaining the Virginia election results: The White House curse

Most political observers are explaining the losses as a backlash against President Donald Trump. That makes sense -- but it’s a result hardly unique to Trump.

The facts on mass shootings in the United States

The murder of 26 people at a rural Texas church has raised questions about gun violence, access to weapons, the role of mental illness and the prevalence of mass shootings in America. Here's some research to help you sift through the debate.

Donald Trump and the fish food dump: How early reports got it wrong

It was a story that seemed to reinforce stereotypes of President Donald Trump: On a visit to Japan, he was handed a box of food for a ritual feeding of koi, and after doling out a few spoons’ worth, he got impatient and dumped the rest of the box all at once.

Is the diversity visa program a tool for terrorists?

President Donald Trump wants to eliminate the diversity visa program after a terrorist suspect entered the United States through the program. But it’s not clear that the diversity lottery has historically been used as a strategic entry point for terrorists.

Was George Papadopoulos just a ‘volunteer’? We review the evidence

The Donald Trump administration repeatedly denounced former campaign aide George Papadopoulos as a mere "volunteer" in the 24 hours after news broke that he had pled guilty to lying to the FBI in its Russia investigation.

How important was George Papadopoulos on Donald Trump's foreign-policy team?

How important was George Papadopoulos in the foreign policy team of then-candidate Donald Trump? It depends on who you ask.

Mailbag: 'I am so very disappointed'

Taxes, guns and football dominated recent emails about our work from PolitiFact readers. Here’s a sampling of emails we received, edited for clarity and length.