Articles from November, 2010

Two more fact-checks in the START treaty debate

As Senators decide whether to take up ratification of the START treaty during the lame-duck session, we analyze two more comments by key players in the debate.

By Robert Farley, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 5:48 p.m.

A letter from an unhappy PolitiFact reader

A reader from Malvern, Penn., complains that we are making him think too much.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 12:33 p.m.

Putting the START debate to the Truth-O-Meter

We check a statement by Sen. Jon Kyl in the debate over whether the Senate should ratify a new START nuclear arms treaty.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 10:24 a.m.

Tracking Obama's promises: one step forward, one back

As Obama nears the halfway point in his four-year term, we update the Obameter with the latest on some of his promises.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 10:05 a.m.

Mailbag: 'The good stuff overcomes the annoyance'

Readers sound off our recent reports on Rand Paul, Paul Krugman, Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. And a few say "Thanks!"  

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 6:35 p.m.

Top 5 falsehoods about the Bush tax cuts

With the tax debate heating up, we review some of the talking points that are just flat wrong.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 10:26 a.m.

Can Boehner allow hats on the House floor?

Frederica Wilson, an incoming freshman from South Florida famous for her headwear, wants to wear a hat on the House floor. She says a rule barring the hats can be waived by the speaker. We check the facts.  

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 8:58 a.m.

Mailbag, Facebook edition: 'PolitiFact blew it again!'

Readers weigh in with comments and criticisms via the social networking site.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, November 19th, 2010 at 2:08 p.m.

Michele Bachmann gets it wrong on taxes

On Good Morning America, she gives an overinflated measure for small business owners getting a tax increase.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 at 6:33 p.m.

Checking facts on the deficit commission

A proposal to reduce the deficit drew fire from economist Paul Krugman on This Week with Christiane Amanpour.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 5:20 p.m.

Looking for some truth about the federal budget

On the heels of a draft recommendation from the president's deficit advisory panel, we check the accuracy of several claims about spending and taxes.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 2:53 p.m.

FACTSHEET: Reducing the national debt

We look at a range of ideas for reducing future deficits and getting the federal debt under control.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 1:54 p.m.

Are federal employees overpaid?

Newly elected Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says federal workers are paid $120,000, compared to $60,000 for private-sector workers. Great sound bite, but we found that it's not so simple.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.

Checking Obama's claim about stimulus projects

On 60 Minutes, President Obama said "most" stimulus projects came in under budget and faster than expected. We collaborate with ProPublica and find that's a stretch.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 at 11:51 a.m.

Checking Paul and Pence on ABC’s 'This Week'

We check claims from Sen.-elect Rand Paul and Rep. Mike Pence from the Sunday show.

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 11:59 a.m.

Election Day signals the end for cap and trade

A Republican House majority means it will be tougher for Obama to keep his campaign promises.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 11:02 a.m.

Help us build the House GOP-O-Meter!

We're working on a new campaign promises database for the Republican House majority.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, November 5th, 2010 at 11:19 a.m.

Campaign ads that mattered

Most campaign ads this year pummeled viewers into submission -- or apathy. But a few didn't. Here are eight that changed the trajectory of their races.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 4:56 p.m.

The highs and lows of the 2010 campaign

We review the ups and downs of the 2010 campaign, a strange journey from "Aqua Buddha" to "Taliban Dan."

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 3:34 p.m.

The 2010 e-mail Hall of Shame, election edition

We review the most persistent chain e-mails and why they're just not true.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 11:18 a.m.

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