Articles from December, 2010

Phoenix as kidnapping capital tops reader favorites

When Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst referred to Phoenix in June as the world's No. 2 kidnapping capital, it got our attention. Our resulting review proved to be one of our readers' favorite truth tests, though statements by Rick Perry, John Cornyn and even Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert also intrigued readers. Click on for our inaugural Top 10.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 6:00 a.m.

Keeping tabs on the 2010 "Texan of the Year"

Gov. Rick Perry, who whupped a U.S. senator and Houston's former mayor in 2010, is the Dallas Morning News' Texan of the Year. Announcing its choice, the paper noted Perry's penchant for "bold declarations" — something we've also noticed. In honor of Perry's most recent honor, we offer our most-read checks of Perry statements.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 12:00 p.m.

Following Perry, we dive into income tax history

Gov. Rick Perry has traced Washington's downfall to the federal income tax and Woodrow Wilson. We wanted to know how much the 28th president was to blame...

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms :: Published on Monday, December 20th, 2010 at 12:00 p.m.

PolitiFact Natonal's Lie of the Year: Government 'takeover of health care'

The Republican talking point was the most pervasive falsehood of the year, used hundreds of times by GOP leaders and candidates. And it worked: a majority of Americans believe the law is a government takeover.

By Bill Adair, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.

Mailbag: "Reassign the PolitiFact staff to obits."

The election's over, but we're still busy checking claims that make us wonder. And readers keep writing when they disagree with the rating...

By :: Published on Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 9:57 a.m.

Fact-checking attacks on the DREAM Act

With the DREAM Act heating up in Congress, so too is rhetoric about it. We take a look at claims from opponents of the proposal, which would provide a path to citizenship for children brought to the United States illegally who later complete two years in college or the military. U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, is among the foes.

By Robert Farley, Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 1:05 p.m.

Dewhurst statement could be PolitiFact Lie of the Year

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst of Texas has landed a statement now in the running for 2010 Lie of the Year (though the same statement was, uh, kidnapped by others)...

By Angie Drobnic Holan, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 10:13 a.m.

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