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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Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

Fact-checking Trump and his team on taxes

Our partners at E.W. Scripps spoke to the president and quite a few of his top people about taxes. We vetted their claims for accuracy.

Counting up how much the NRA spends on campaigns and lobbying

Since the mass shooting in Las Vegas, there has been much discussion about the National Rifle Association’s influence on gun policy.

Donald Trump’s interview with Mike Huckabee, fact-checked

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee landed an interview with President Donald Trump on the GOP pundit’s new show on Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Fact-checking Jimmy Kimmel, late-night hosts on gun violence after Las Vegas attack

The late-night TV hosts opened with somber calls for gun regulation instead of comedy Monday night. They offered statistics, so we fact-checked them.

Hoaxes, fake news about the Las Vegas massacre

The gunfire in Las Vegas had barely stopped before the fake news began coursing through social media.

Donald Trump tweeted about an Iranian missile test. Did it happen?

It was largely overlooked amid a flurry of tweets about pro football players kneeling for the national anthem, but President Donald Trump also claimed Iran had recently test-fired a missile capable of reaching Israel.

Prolific fake news writer Paul Horner dead at 38

The author of scores of bogus stories, often accused of influencing the 2016 election, died at his mother's Arizona home.

A short history of the national anthem, protests and the NFL

It has been hard to ignore the mixing of sports and politics recently, as President Donald Trump -- both on the stump and on Twitter -- repeatedly expressed his disgust with athletes who take a knee during the pre-game rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's United Nations speech

President Donald Trump spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2017, about sovereignty and how to respond to a "small group of rogue regimes." We fact-checked his remarks.

A look at the new data on income, poverty, health insurance

For data nerds, Aug. 12 was a pretty big day -- the day that the Census Bureau released its yearly statistical reports on income and poverty, and on health insurance. The newly released data covers 2016.