Articles from January, 2011

Fact-checking Egypt's history on human rights

This Week with Christiane Amanpour focused on the protests in Egypt.  

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 4:56 p.m.

Job-crushing, granny-threatening, budget-busting monstrosity?

In a speech on Friday, President Barack Obama ridiculed opponents of the health care law for misrepresenting it that way. It so happens PolitiFact has weighed in all three of these Republican attacks.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Saturday, January 29th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

Pence vs. the Truth-O-Meter

U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, former chair of the House Republican Conference, ended months of speculation with a formal announcement that he will not run for president in 2012. We review his record so far on the Truth-O-Meter.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 12:04 p.m.

The State of the Union 'bump' -- in accuracy

The three speakers on Tuesday night -- President Barack Obama and Republican Reps. Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann -- were more careful than other politicians during the 2010 campaign in providing needed caveats to their statistical claims.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.

Fact-checking Obama's State of the Union speech

Obama struck a centrist tone in his second State of the Union speech, arguing for corporate tax cuts and fewer government regulations.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 11:11 p.m.

Judging the 'Job Killing'

We examine an ever-increasing charge that Democratic proposals are "job killing."

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.

PolitiFact's greatest hits on health care

This week's debate over the health care law included many claims that we've put to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.

The Obama scorecard

At the two-year mark of his presidency, we tally how President Obama is doing on his campaign promises. He's got 26 percent Promises Kept and 8 percent Broken.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.

The Obama halftime report

At the midway point in his four-year term, we examine six of President Obama's campaign promises that illustrate the successes, failures and challenges of his presidency.

By Robert Farley, Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Did the White House "brand" memorial service with logo and slogan?

Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin says the White House "branded" the University of Arizona memorial service for victims of the Arizona shootings with a slogan, "Together We Thrive," a logo and T-shirts. But did the White House actually orchestrate all that?

By Robert Farley :: Published on Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 11:11 a.m.

Fact-checking claims about guns and violence

Since the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, firearms and violence have dominated the national discussion. We put three claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 11:33 a.m.

Tips and tricks for our new PolitiFact features

We've created new promise features and made some improvements to our search engine.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.

Has the GOP already broken its promise on spending?

The parties are jockeying about whether the Republicans have broken their promise to cut $100 billion "in the first year." We check the facts and explain the principles for our future Pledge-O-Meter ruling.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.

PolitiFact adds three meters to the family

We add new meters to track the campaign promises of governors in Georgia , Ohio and Oregon.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, January 10th, 2011 at 10:54 a.m.

Lie of the Year generates more discussion

Nothing we've published before has generated this much debate. Our 2010 Lie of the Year continues to prompt editorials, letters to the editor and a speech on the House floor.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, January 7th, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.

GOP gets its meter moving

Republicans adopt rules for the House, addressing several of their promises. We crank up our new GOP Pledge-O-Meter.

By Robert Farley, Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at 10:44 a.m.

What the Republicans promised in the campaign

As Republicans take control of the U.S. House, we thought it would be helpful to provide an overview of their campaign promises, which we'll be tracking on our GOP Pledge-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.

New PolitiFact features to hold governors accountable

Our state partners are launching features that track campaign promises of new governors.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 at 11:01 a.m.

Tracking Republican promises with our new GOP Pledge-O-Meter

We've compiled a database of the Republican leaders' campaign promises and will be tracking and rating them with  our new GOP Pledge-O-Meter. It will use the same rating system as our award-winning Obameter.

By Robert Farley, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 at 4:45 p.m.

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