Articles from October, 2008

POLITIFACT ON FIRE!

We mark the final weekend of the campaign by highlighting some of our favorite Pants on Fire ratings from the past year.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, October 31st, 2008 at 5:05 p.m.

Is McCain within margin of error?

McCain claims he's "within the margin of error," but that's true only for the Fox poll.

By Alexander Lane :: Published on Friday, October 31st, 2008 at 3:48 p.m.

Prime-time promises

We check the facts on Obama's 30-minute prime-time ad buy.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, October 30th, 2008 at 6:23 p.m.

Castro on McCain and "the rifle lady"

With an eye on Cuban-American voters in Florida, John McCain claims Fidel Castro is no fan.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 at 6:56 p.m.

Sorting out the truth on the economy

This wraps up our series on key issues of the presidential election. This time, the economy.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 at 6:50 p.m.

Mock Lobster!

A chain e-mail passes on a phony receipt for a lobster lunch.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 at 11:43 a.m.

Invoking the red menace

The McCain campaign went from tiptoeing around allegations that Obama is a socialist, to outright calling him one.

By Alexander Lane :: Published on Monday, October 27th, 2008 at 7:13 p.m.

Obama's Rezko connection

We sort out the controversy over Obama's longtime fundraiser.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Saturday, October 25th, 2008 at 1:37 p.m.

Sorting out the truth on national security

This is Part 5 of our series on key issues of the presidential election. This time, national security.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 at 6:42 p.m.

Tips and tricks for using PolitiFact

In the final hours before election day, we provide some inside tips on how to find what you want on PolitiFact.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 at 6:34 p.m.

Adding up Obama's tax calculator

We look at a tax calculator created by the Obama campaign and evaluate its accuracy.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 at 6:11 p.m.

Truth-O-Meter, meet Truth Invaders

A frustrated game designer and a volunteer staff have turned PolitiFact and FactCheck.org items into a game of Space Invaders. Pull up a browser and blast your way to the truth.

By Matthew Waite :: Published on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 at 4:32 p.m.

Did Obama balk on Series?

It was no bench-clearing brawl, but McCain claims Obama flip-flopped on who he's rooting for.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 at 6:48 p.m.

Tax cuts for 95 percent? A closer look

So how many people don't pay taxes? We answer that question and more.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, October 20th, 2008 at 7:10 p.m.

Sorting out the truth on Obama, ACORN

McCain and the GOP link Obama and ACORN, but the connection seems more partisan then perilous.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, October 17th, 2008 at 5:56 p.m.

Estimating Joe the Plumber's tax bill

Would plumbers get a tax increase under Obama's plan? If they clear more than $250,000 in profits, yes.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 5:25 p.m.

A debate about Joe the Plumber

In their final debate, Obama and McCain spar about whose policies would be better for Joe Wurzelbacher, an Ohio plumber. We find mistakes by both.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 12:02 a.m.

Sorting out the truth on health care

This is Part 4 of our series on key issues of the presidential election. We'll distill the candidates' positions and examine key rulings. This time, health care.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 at 7:04 p.m.

A radical Ayers allegation

The McCain campaign ratchets up its attempt to connect Barack Obama to former '60s radical William Ayers.

By Alexander Lane :: Published on Friday, October 10th, 2008 at 5:29 p.m.

"Born alive" votes fuel abortion fight

The abortion issue plays out in dueling ads.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, October 9th, 2008 at 4:14 p.m.

No maverick cred for Obama

Still fighting to be the candidate who can deliver change, McCain accuses Obama of being too cozy with his party leaders.

By Shawn Zeller :: Published on Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 at 6:49 p.m.

Off key in Music City

McCain and Obama tangle in Nashville. We check their claims and find some truth . . . and some stretching.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 at 11:55 p.m.

Campaigns dig into the archives to attack

The race is tight and the campaigns are digging deeper for the dirt.

By Robert Farley, Alexander Lane :: Published on Monday, October 6th, 2008 at 8:03 p.m.

We're honored

PC World names PolitiFact one of "The 100 Incredibly Useful and Interesting Web Sites."

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, October 3rd, 2008 at 5:50 p.m.

Sorting out the truth on energy

In our latest installment of our series on key issues, we distill the candidates' positions and examine our key rulings.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, October 3rd, 2008 at 2:45 p.m.

Hooey in St. Louie

The candidates for vice president meet in St. Louis. We check their facts.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 at 11:42 a.m.

Tonight: Follow our debate coverage on Twitter

Watching the debate? You can follow our coverage on Twitter.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 at 3:01 p.m.

Victim in rape ad not from Palin's town

A new TV ad from Planned Parenthood against Sarah Palin includes a rape victim. But she is not from Wasilla.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 at 1:14 p.m.

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