Articles from July, 2010

A few weak links in this chain e-mail

No, Justice Scalia did not agree to hear a case about Obama's birth certificate.  

Updating Obama's campaign promises on disability

We look at promises on federal hiring and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Fact-checking Tim Pawlenty

We fact-check two claims involving the Minnesota governor. Many believe the Republican is eyeing a 2012 run for president.

Rhode Island candidate waves the bloody sock

Lincoln Chafee should have known better than to bring up Curt Schilling in his gubernatorial run. PolitiFact Rhode Island explains why.

Fact-checking ABC News' "This Week"

We look at job growth, tax cuts for the rich and a timeline of Fox News' coverage of Shirley Sherrod.

The Message Machine: Colorado edition

We continue our fact-checks of the 2010 election ads with a look at Colorado's Republican primary.

Cap and trade legislation stalls in the Senate

We move the Obameter on one of Obama's top promises

The Truth-O-Meter moves to the Midwest

The Cleveland Plain Dealer launched PolitiFact Ohio, our fifth state site. And there are more on the way.

Bill O'Reilly vs. The New Black Panther Party

Guess who decided not to pursue criminal civil rights charges on voter intimidation? The Bush administration.  

Did Obama's dog get his own jet plane?

Conservative bloggers sent this charge flying through the air.

President Obama signs financial reform law

Obama earns a Promise Kept for one we've designated among his top 25 promises.

Checking Joe Biden's claims on ABC's 'This Week'

The vice president discusses health care and international affairs on the Sunday show. We check the facts.  

Politifact's Obameter wins Knight-Batten Award

We're one of six winners for the Special Distinction Award.  

Perry's White House claim disconnected from reality

The Texas governor says he's never been called by the Obama White House. PolitiFact Texas checks to see if that's true.

Facts on Financial Reform

We review the major components of the new financial regulation law.

Trading barbs on job creation and the stimulus

We check competing visions of the job picture by Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader John Boehner.

More fact-checks from this week's 'This Week'

We've checked claims by David Axelrod, Rep. Luis Gutierrez and George Will.

BP's 'slush fund'? Oops! They didn't mean that!

Another Republican backs away from the notion that the compensation fund for the oil spill disaster is a "slush fund."

On 'This Week': border security and the economy

The Sunday show supplies several factual claims for us to check.

Does PolitiFact seek 'the comfort of the middle ground'?

We respond to Arianna Huffington.

Message Machine: Checking the ads in Illinois

In the newest installment of our Message Machine feature with NPR, we examine ads in the U.S. Senate race in Illinois.

Accusations fly in campaign for Obama's old senate seat

The race between Illinois state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., for a U.S. Senate seat has become downright nasty. We weigh in with a few fact checks from the competing attack ads.

On 'This Week,' checking claims about Arizona and immigration

We check claims on immigration from John McCain and Al Hunt.

John McCain: Senator, Navy pilot, war hero ... lobbyist?

With charges flying in the U.S. Senate race in Arizona, we explore J.D. Hayworth's claim that McCain was a lobbyist.

Mailbag: Pandering to "room-temperature IQs"

To celebrate July 4th, we let our readers shoot off their own fireworks.

Do drone attacks comply with international law?

On ABC's This Week, CIA Director Leon Panetta said there is "no question that we are abiding by international law and the law of war" in CIA operations in Pakistan. But not everyone agrees.