Articles from January, 2010

Fact-checking Obama and Republicans at GOP retreat

At a Republican retreat, the president says he'd like to see "any independent fact-checker out there" examine claims by the GOP and himself. We accept the challenge.

Checking the GOP response to the State of the Union

Republicans offered some rebuttals to President Obama's State of the Union address. We check their facts.

Fact-checking Obama's State of the Union speech

President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union address, and the Republicans deliver a rebuttal. We check the facts.

Obama overstates impact of Supreme Court decision

The president says the decision allows foreign corporations to spend unlimited amounts in U.S. political efforts. But the court didn't say that.

Tweets from the right: GOP leads in social media

We find John Boehner is right: In the House, Republicans have the lead on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

More filibusters, yes, but not as many as Biden says

The vice president overstates how often filibusters are used.

A chain e-mail that keeps going and going

A chain e-mail written by a former attorney challenges the constitutionality of Democratic health care bills. We explore the arguments and debunk a couple of its claims.

A year later, still plenty of partisanship

Obama promised to "turn the page on the ugly partisanship" of Washington. But after a year in office, it's still ugly.

President Obama vs. the Truth-O-Meter

We examine how the new president has fared on the Truth-O-Meter in his first year in office.

Rating Obama's promises at the 1-year mark

One year into the Obama presidency, we explore how his campaign promises have fared on our Obameter.

Announcing PolitiFact Texas!

We launch our first state site in a partnership with the Austin American-Statesman.

A Promise Broken on a budget offset

Candidate Obama promised to offset the cost of his national service plan with tax law changes and savings from the Iraq war. But he hasn't done so.

Potpourri of promises

We've updated several dozen campaign promises this week as we get close to the one-year mark of Obama's presidency. Here's a sampling.

Do people on Wall Street earn just $70,000?

The New York mayor says most people working in finance earn just $70,000-80,000 per year. We check the numbers.

A Promise Broken on a vow to end no-bid contracts

Obama said he would require competition for all contracts over $25,000, but he hasn't done so.

Obama's broken promise on health care talks

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist rekindles a complaint that health care talks have occurred behind closed doors. We find he's right.

Who has more admirers -- the pope or Glenn Beck?

We check the polls to see if a columnist is right that Glenn Beck has better numbers than the pope.

Cheney claim on Obama earns Pants on Fire

The former vice president says President Obama won't admit the United States is at war with terrorists. But a check of Obama's speeches indicates the president has said that many times.