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.  

By Alex Holt :: Published on Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 5:13 p.m.

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.

By Lukas Pleva :: Published on Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 12:37 p.m.

Fact-checking Tim Pawlenty

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

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 6:13 p.m.

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 5:48 p.m.

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.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson, Lukas Pleva :: Published on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 4:32 p.m.

The Message Machine: Colorado edition

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

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 5:08 p.m.

Cap and trade legislation stalls in the Senate

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

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Lukas Pleva :: Published on Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 11:39 a.m.

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Sunday, July 25th, 2010 at 6:00 a.m.

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.  

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 4:43 p.m.

Did Obama's dog get his own jet plane?

Conservative bloggers sent this charge flying through the air.

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 2:58 p.m.

President Obama signs financial reform law

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

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 3:10 p.m.

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.  

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 at 6:10 p.m.

Politifact's Obameter wins Knight-Batten Award

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

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 3:14 p.m.

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.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 10:34 a.m.

Facts on Financial Reform

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

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Lukas Pleva :: Published on Friday, July 16th, 2010 at 3:38 p.m.

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, July 15th, 2010 at 4:23 p.m.

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

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

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 5:38 p.m.

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."

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 6:48 p.m.

On 'This Week': border security and the economy

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

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 7:13 p.m.

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

We respond to Arianna Huffington.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 7:32 a.m.

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.

By Bill Adair, Robert Farley :: Published on Saturday, July 10th, 2010 at 7:02 a.m.

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.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 7:42 p.m.

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

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

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 at 4:43 p.m.

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 at 12:23 p.m.

Mailbag: Pandering to "room-temperature IQs"

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

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 3:51 p.m.

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.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at 12:26 p.m.

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