Articles from July, 2009

Rationing? Democrat says it's happening already

Rep. Bill Pascrell said rationing is happening right now because of the high cost of health care. We check his evidence.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 11:29 a.m.

E-mail 'analysis' of health bill needs a check-up

Readers sent us a chain e-mail that comments on the House health reform bill page by page. Most of its factual assertions are wrong.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:08 p.m.

Break out the marshmallows!

It's double Pants on Fire! day at PolitiFact.com: We check a chain e-mail on illegal immigrants and comments from TV and radio personality Glenn Beck.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 7:45 p.m.

Gates incident spurs discussion on race, crime

Pundits are talking after last week's arrest of African-American scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. We check their facts.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 7:02 p.m.

Sorting out the players in the health care debate

Want to know who's in and who's out in the health care debate? We did the dirty work for you.

By Catharine Richert :: Published on Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 2:09 p.m.

Mailbag: 'Seriously twisted logic'

Readers take us to task for our items on oil imports, Hamas and incandescent light bulbs.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, July 24th, 2009 at 3:45 p.m.

Obama wrong about health insurance profits

We check the president's claim about insurance company profits (False) and an unusual one from a health group leader about end-of-life care for seniors (Pants on Fire!).

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Staving off the stove police?

House Republicans say the government will tell you what kind of stove you can have. Actually, there's more to the story.

By Catharine Richert :: Published on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.

More 'birther' announcements

Doubters of President Obama's citizenship have gained prominent new voices, but no new facts.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 5:54 p.m.

Summer flip-flops

We crank up our Flip-O-Meter and award two Full Flops — one to President Obama and one to Sarah Palin.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Catharine Richert :: Published on Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

At 6-month mark, Obama has long to-do list

Halfway through his first year, we examine President Obama's record on our Obameter and Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 3:43 p.m.

Health care reform bill jolts the Obameter

With a 1,000-page bill now pending in Congress, we move 10 promises from No Action to In the Works.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 4:54 p.m.

How both sides play tricks with stimulus numbers

Republicans talk about the money "spent." Democrats say "committed." Both can be right.

By Louis Jacobson, Catharine Richert :: Published on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 at 6:09 p.m.

Rush to judgment

A left-leaning group says Republican Congressman Adam Putnam was silent after Rush Limbaugh called Sonia Sotomayor a racist. Actually, Putnam spoke up.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 at 6:13 p.m.

Day 1 of Sotomayor hearing: no 'meltdown' yet

We check two statements on Sonia Sotomayor as her confirmation hearings begin.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, July 13th, 2009 at 6:04 p.m.

The (Half) Truth About Judge Sonia Sotomayor

The attacks against Obama's Supreme Court nominee have generally had some truth to them. But the truth has been exaggerated or twisted, earning a spate of Half True ratings.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, July 10th, 2009 at 4:14 p.m.

A promise or a projection on unemployment?

Republicans contend the White House promised the stimulus would keep unemployment below 8 or 8.5 percent. We check the facts.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Thursday, July 9th, 2009 at 5:35 p.m.

Obama wrong about oil imports to U.S.

President Obama keeps saying that "we import more oil today than ever before." But it's not true.

By Catharine Richert :: Published on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 at 3:41 p.m.

PolitiFact sniffs out distortions in GOP video

A Republican Web ad claims stimulus money bought a bridge to a saloon and paid a city worker to find more stimulus money. But we find the ad distorts the facts.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 at 6:36 p.m.

Democratic attack distorts McConnell's record

The Democrats say McConnell opposes jobs, health care for kids and equal pay for women. We conduct a reality check.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, July 6th, 2009 at 6:21 p.m.

Mailbag: Readers celebrate freedom of expression

It's Fourth of July weekend, so what better time for our readers to sound off?

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, July 3rd, 2009 at 1:36 p.m.

Obama's birth certificate: Final chapter. This time we mean it!

We address continued Internet speculation on the document.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 at 7:12 p.m.

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