Articles from May, 2008

Digging up dirt on Michelle Obama

E-mailers go after Sen. Barack Obama by digging into his wife's college years. They take Michelle Obama's senior thesis and add their own fabrication.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, May 30th, 2008 at 6:43 p.m.

Visiting Iraq

McCain and Obama see Iraq differently, but the argument now is over who has seen Iraq the most.

By Alexander Lane :: Published on Friday, May 30th, 2008 at 4:23 p.m.

Obama's Auschwitz error

In recounting a World War II story about his uncle, Obama named the wrong concentration camp, but we found other details were correct. His uncle saw the horrors of the Holocaust.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 at 6:49 p.m.

Clinton's calendar miscalculation

History is not on Sen. Hillary Clinton's side with references to '92, '68 elections.

By Stephanie Garry, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, May 26th, 2008 at 5:48 p.m.

Caution: Lobbyists on the loose!

Obama bashes McCain on the influence issue. He's right, but McCain has a long record of reform.

By Robert Farley, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, May 23rd, 2008 at 6:07 p.m.

More on MoveOn and McCain

We check two more items from an e-mail sent out from MoveOn.org targeting John McCain. This time on housing and torture.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 at 7:04 p.m.

Obama would keep his enemies closer

In what looks to be the new political wedge of this campaign, John McCain and Barack Obama exchange fire on the issue of presidential-level diplomacy.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 at 8:44 p.m.

Obama, McCain misfire on vets benefits

The Obama and McCain campaigns exchanged fire on veterans issues, and neither struck the truth.

By Adriel Bettelheim :: Published on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 6:50 p.m.

McCain and the sinister ministers

Evangelicals John Hagee and Rod Parsley are supporting John McCain. MoveOn.org withholds its blessing.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at 6:39 p.m.

It's not the Clinton you think

"Clinton pastor" convicted of child sex abuse, says a newspaper Web site and a posting on an Obama campaign blog. It's a recipe for outrage.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 at 6:57 p.m.

Was McCain born in the USA?

The senator's birth overseas in a military zone raises a vexing question about whether he's eligible to be president. Since the issue rests on legal opinions, we'll explain the arguments but skip the Truth-O-Meter.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Monday, May 12th, 2008 at 4:43 p.m.

A terrorist endorsement for Obama?

John McCain says Hamas has endorsed Barack Obama. We find it's not an official endorsement, but it's certainly effusive praise.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, May 9th, 2008 at 3:47 p.m.

Candidates get back to health

Sen. John McCain's new health care plan brings the issue back in focus for the presidential candidates. We check three new claims.

By Adriel Bettelheim, Janet Zink :: Published on Thursday, May 8th, 2008 at 5:45 p.m.

By request: keeping count

We've made a few improvements to PolitiFact. For the first time, we're providing a tally of our ratings for each candidate and group.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, May 8th, 2008 at 1:44 p.m.

Polled position: gas taxes and supercars

The gas tax won't save you much and supercars will have to wait. Why can't there be an easy answer for sticker shock at the pump?

By Robert Farley, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 at 6:39 p.m.

Even missionaries botch their facts

The latest scurrilous e-mail about Barack Obama has real-live authors, Christian missionaries in Africa, but they're no better with the truth than anonymous bloggers.

By Amy Hollyfield :: Published on Friday, May 2nd, 2008 at 2:15 p.m.

Clinton's long haul on foreclosures

Clinton — and Obama — spoke up early on mortgage problems.

By Bill Adair, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, May 1st, 2008 at 3:43 p.m.

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