Articles from October, 2007

A cancer ad gone wrong for Rudy

Surviving his own cancer scare doesn't protect Giuliani from drawing fire over disputed statistics.

By Lisa Greene :: Published on Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 at 4:06 p.m.

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By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 at 5:02 p.m.

Why Romney likes No Child Left Behind

Mitt Romney backs the Bush administration's key education accountability reforms, saying that high-stakes testing has worked wonders for his state.

By Jeffrey S. Solochek :: Published on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 at 4:19 p.m.

The "blank check" brouhaha

Obama and Clinton argue about Iran, but they agree on most aspects of U.S. policy.

By Bill Adair, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, October 29th, 2007 at 7:45 p.m.

Attack-o-rama

As the attacks increase, we're checking lots of claims and adding new items to our Attack File. You'll find them in the lower left of this page.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, October 29th, 2007 at 5:52 p.m.

The perils of public financing

Bill Richardson and other critics overstate the drawbacks of John Edwards' decision to take public financing

By Tom Tobin :: Published on Friday, October 26th, 2007 at 7:08 p.m.

Thompson torn on torts

Update: Fred Thompson has a mixed record on tort reform. He's opposed some bills because of his preference for states' rights, but supported others.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 at 4:30 p.m.

Sly ad attacks Romney

A gay Republican group attacks Romney with his own record.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 at 2:20 p.m.

A divide over fences

To illustrate his concerns about a fence between the United States and Mexico, Bill Richardson cites problems with the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall. But the history of those famous fences is not so clear.

By Tom Tobin :: Published on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 at 6:34 p.m.

Read the Clinton e-mail

To read the Clinton-Gold Star Mothers e-mail, click here.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Saturday, October 20th, 2007 at 10:47 p.m.

Mud in your inbox

A Special Report: Chain e-mails spread rumors about candidates at warp speed. But they often distort the truth, as we found with one that falsely claims Hillary Clinton refused to meet with the Gold Star Mothers.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Saturday, October 20th, 2007 at 10:41 p.m.

Suggestions from our readers

Our special report on chain e-mails was suggested by several readers who had received the Clinton and Obama e-mails. If you have a suggestion for facts we should check, click here to email us.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, October 19th, 2007 at 10:46 p.m.

Taking off the gloves in Orlando

The Republican candidates mixed it up during a lively debate in Orlando. They stretched the truth on crime and defense, while Huckabee was Pants-On-Fire wrong about the Founding Fathers.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, October 19th, 2007 at 4:43 p.m.

Thompson's first role: factory worker

To counter his history in Hollywood and Washington, he tells of growing up in rural Tennessee.

By John Frank :: Published on Thursday, October 18th, 2007 at 4:38 p.m.

Biden: Richardson used to like my plan

Just below the frontrunners, two Democrats tussle over Iraq.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 at 3:02 p.m.

Never say never

Edwards bans Washington lobbyist money, but not all lobbyist money.

By Michael Van Sickler :: Published on Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 at 4:34 p.m.

Keeping it simple, sometimes wrong

The candidates from both parties want to distill the SCHIP debate into nuggets that satisfy their base voters.

By David Baumann :: Published on Monday, October 15th, 2007 at 5:42 p.m.

Still fighting the last war

Sen. John McCain has a history of attacking 'earmarked' spending, but his facts are in the past, too.

By David Baumann :: Published on Friday, October 12th, 2007 at 2:24 p.m.

Clinton health claims a stretch

A campaign ad is accurate on Clinton's support for reserve troops and 9/11 workers, but inflates her stature on health care.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, October 11th, 2007 at 5:22 p.m.

Unfair grades for rural schools

Courting rural voters, Edwards paints a (too) bleak picture of their schools as he pushes reforms.

By Jeffrey S. Solochek :: Published on Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 at 4:46 p.m.

McCain overbids on eBay

The Republicans clashed on taxes, the economy and Iraq during a debate in Dearborn, Mich. They fumbled a few facts along the way.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, October 8th, 2007 at 7:33 p.m.

'Class and sass'

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Chris Satullo gives us a nice plug in his Sunday column , saying our site is "done with both class and sass. PolitiFact renders serious reporting with a sense of humor that helps even dry issue assessments stick in the voter's mind."

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, October 8th, 2007 at 5:35 p.m.

Romney's nuances on gay issues

Mitt Romney has consistently opposed gay marriage, but he changed positions on a constitutional amendment on civil unions.

By Miranda Blue, Ryan Kelly :: Published on Friday, October 5th, 2007 at 2:34 p.m.

Beating Kucinich to the base

When catering to the Democratic Party's left-wing base, it's hard to get there first.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, October 4th, 2007 at 6:04 p.m.

McCain's tough Iraq straddle

An unwavering advocate of the war, he reminds voters he has criticized the White House for its strategies.

By Wes Allison :: Published on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 at 7:34 p.m.

Romney energy claim unrealistic

Romney's energy goals are ambitious but not practical.

By David Adams :: Published on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 at 6:26 p.m.

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By Matthew Waite :: Published on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 at 2:11 p.m.

Democrats race to oppose Iraq most

To stand out in the field of Iraq opponents, the Democratic candidates are angling to be first or best or most opposed.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, October 1st, 2007 at 7:49 p.m.

Behind the Meter

An explanation of our Truth-O-Meter rulings, from True to Pants on Fire

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, October 1st, 2007 at 11:42 a.m.

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