Articles from May, 2009

Firestorm over firefighters

Sonia Sotomayor ruled against white firefighters who sued their city for discrimination. Rush misleads in the retelling.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.

Supreme Court reversals explained

We look at the facts behind Sonia Sotamayor's rulings and what the Supreme Court has said about them.

By Catharine Richert :: Published on Thursday, May 28th, 2009 at 6:37 p.m.

Sotomayor and 'A Latina Judge's Voice'

Critics of Sonia Sotomayor point to remarks on race and gender in a speech she gave. We provide needed context.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 at 7:07 p.m.

Getting the facts about Sonia Sotomayor

We explore some of the early claims about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 6:44 p.m.

Obama sings backup on new PolitiFact song

We unveil our new theme song. Like all good rock 'n' roll, it's about lies, deceit and tax policy.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, May 25th, 2009 at 11:37 a.m.

A Promise Kept on the credit card bill of rights

The bill Obama signed Friday fulfills Promise No. 33 on our Obameter.

By Catharine Richert :: Published on Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 4:53 p.m.

Cheney vs. Obama

President Obama and former Vice President Cheney offer sharply different views about dealing with terrorism. We check two of their facts and find they're both right.

By Robert Farley, Catharine Richert :: Published on Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 7:02 p.m.

Congress cools to Obama plan for Gitmo

The president's plan to close the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay hits a snag as Congress strips money to close the base from a war spending bill.

By Catharine Richert :: Published on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 at 4:33 p.m.

Your guide to distortions on health care

The attacks have already started on health care, and accuracy is taking a hit.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 5:42 p.m.

The whole story behind the burned Bibles

The Pentagon took them away because rules say soldiers can't convert locals.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 7:14 p.m.

Mailbag: 'Your PolitiFact is just again laughable!'

Readers rage against the Truth-O-Meter on Nancy Pelosi, Newt Gingrich, Joe Biden ...

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 3:45 p.m.

A Pants on Fire claim about hate crimes bill

Some critics say the hate crimes bill would provide special protection for pedophiles and other sexual deviants. We find that's Pants on Fire wrong.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Thursday, May 14th, 2009 at 5:47 p.m.

Playing the blame game on torture

We examine claims by Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi on the controversy over torture.

By Robert Farley, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 5:20 p.m.

MoveOn Takes Up Cram-Down

The Senate voted down new rules to help homeowners in bankruptcy. MoveOn says the naysayers got millions in campaign money from the finance industry.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 at 4:55 p.m.

TV ad wrong that health panel has British accent

An ad from the group Conservatives for Patients Rights claims a new U.S. health panel is modeled after the British system. But we find few similarities.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, May 11th, 2009 at 5:37 p.m.

Chain e-mail sings familiar tune with new chorus

A new chain e-mail makes the familiar (false) claim that Obama is a Muslim, with a new (false) twist that he's flying "Hamas refugees" to the United States — and a senator takes it seriously.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 5:08 p.m.

Obama exaggerates role of 'pay as you go' rules

Obama says the PAYGO rule "is the principle that helped transform large deficits into surpluses in the 1990s." We find that's a stretch.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 3:36 p.m.

Rush reads the rules

Rush Limbaugh talks about how Republicans could try to bottle up court nominees in committee. We find he has the facts right.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at 4:50 p.m.

The man who would be the regulatory czar

Conservative groups portray Cass Sunstein, the nominee for regulatory chief, as a radical on animal rights and free speech on the Internet. We find he's had some provocative ideas, but his words have been exaggerated.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 3:30 p.m.

Biden wrong on sneezing

The vice president is wrong about the spread of a sneeze inside an airplane. Studies show the germs don't travel far.  

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, May 4th, 2009 at 2:37 p.m.

Mailbag: 'Get a spine and call it right'

We open the mail and hear your feedback about Armenian genocide, the Gingrich Half-Flip and cigarette taxes. One reader asks, "Who put up this site ... Romney?"

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, May 1st, 2009 at 5:29 p.m.

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