Articles from July, 2011

Checking in on Obama's campaign promises

When he needs an OK from Congress, it's tougher for him to fulfill promises.

By David G. Taylor :: Published on Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.

Campaign turns Minnesota not so nice

We check dueling claims from presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 11:13 a.m.

A change in the meter: Barely True is now Mostly False

After an overwhelming response from readers, we're changing the Truth-O-Meter. Barely True will now be called Mostly False.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 7:41 a.m.

Fact-checking Boehner and Obama on debt duel

We're checking claims by President Obama and Rep. John Boehner in their prime-time speeches.

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 10:33 a.m.

Fact-checking claims about the debt crisis

As Washington debates the plans and proposals on the national debt, we check the facts.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 6:21 p.m.

Fact-checking Barack Obama

The president remains the single most fact-checked person on the Truth-O-Meter -- by a huge margin.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 11:14 a.m.

New Hampshire Public Radio joins PolitiFact

New Hampshire Public Radio has joined our partnership to fact-check candidates in the Granite State. Truth-O-Meter articles by the radio station's reporters will appear on our website and on NHPR programs.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Barely True, Mostly False: Our readers speak out

When we asked for reader opinion about whether to change our Barely True rating to Mostly False, the floodgates opened. And the comments went heavily in one direction.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 3:59 p.m.

How bad would default be for U.S. creditworthiness?

Michele Bachmann said that if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, it’s "simply not true" that "somehow the United States will go into default and we will lose the full faith and credit of the United States." Is she right?

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

Apple honors PolitiFact app

Apple is highlighting the PolitiFact app on the iTunes home page, calling it "New and Noteworthy." We rate that statement True.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 9:13 a.m.

Sorting out the truth about the debt ceiling

As talks over raising the debt ceiling continue, we take a look at two items related to the divisive debate.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 6:12 p.m.

'Born This Way': What do scientists say about the origins of being gay?

Last Sunday, Republican presidential candidate and Lady Gaga fan Tim Pawlenty discussed the science behind sexual orientation. We checked whether there's a scientific consensus.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.

Get the Truth-O-Meter ready! Alan Grayson's running

Love him or love-to-hate him, Alan Grayson is returning to the political stage -- having announced he'll run for Congress in 2012. We unearth our favorite Grayson fact-checks.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.

Should Barely True be changed to Mostly False?

We are considering changing our rating system. We'd like to hear your thoughts on whether we should change Barely True to Mostly False.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Saturday, July 9th, 2011 at 9:37 a.m.

Fact-checking the claims about (un)employment

The job numbers for June are worse than expected; we review some recent Truth-O-Meter items on employment.

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 1:47 p.m.

We didn't stop at 140 characters

We fact-check the first-ever Twitter presidential town hall.

By Martha M. Hamilton, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 5:38 p.m.

Is it true the rich are getting richer?

As Democrats talk of raising taxes on wealthier Americans, a look at our fact-checking on whether the income gap is growing.

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 1:45 p.m.

Introducing the PolitiFact Truth Index

Our new Truth Index follows the ups and downs of our Truth-O-Meter rulings. It's like the Dow Jones Industrial Average of truth.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 5:00 a.m.

Mailbag: We 'blew it' . . . or we're an 'island of sanity'

Our inbox had a mix of criticism and praise for our recent rulings, including some feedback on our rating on Sarah Palin and Paul Revere.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Does ethanol bring down the price of gasoline?

As the nation takes off for a July 4 holiday, we try to pump some truth into the debate over ethanol, gasoline and subsidies.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.

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