Articles from March, 2011
A tale of a campaign promise moving from Promise Kept to Compromise to Broken
At the Conservative Principles PAC Conference in Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann set herself apart from the other prospective GOP presidential candidates with a slide show of numbers critical of the Obama administration. Some of them we've checked before. But there was a new one that caught our eye, a claim that there has been just one new oil drilling permit under the Obama administration.
On Sean Hannity's show, Karl Rove said it had never happened. But we uncovered lots of examples over the last century, starting with the Boxer Rebellion.
Rules changes instituted by Republicans when they took control of Congress in January were one thing. How have they played out?
We put President Barack Obama and one of his potential challengers in 2012, Newt Gingrich, to the Flip-O-Meter to gauge the consistency of their views on military action in Libya.
One year after President Obama signed the health care law, we examine some of the truths and half-truths.
We review 10 big distortions on the health care law's one-year anniversary.
Tim Pawlenty announced a first move toward running for president in 2012. We review a few fact-checks we've already written about him and anticipate many more.
As airstrikes target Libya, we look at how rare it is for Arab nations to join an alliance against a fellow Arab leader.
In a nod to Tea Party supporters, House Republican leaders promised to require constitutional justifications with every bill. We check to see if the promise has been kept.
We use our GOP Pledge-O-Meter to rate the progress on the Republicans' health care promises. It's two steps forward, one step back.
Defending his energy policy in a press conference, President Barack Obama made several claims about oil production and a decreasing reliance on foreign imports. We check the things Obama said, and then rate one of his campaign promises broken for something he didn't say.
We examine recent claims about government regulation and find that sometimes the claims outrun the facts.
The legendary Washington Post political writer was an early promoter of fact-checking.
The former Arkansas governor says it's a "statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death." We check the facts.
After more than two years in office, and on the heels of policy changes, we find the possibility that President Obama will keep his promise to close the controversial detention center in Cuba is even more remote now than when his presidency began.
Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann made a startling charge on "Meet the Press" -- that the Democratic-backed health care law included $105 billion in "secret" spending. Was she right?
Rep. Anthony Weiner and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly jousted whether Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should recuse himself from a case on the health care law. We talk with experts to get the facts.
We fact-check an ad that says workers are losing while corporations get tax breaks.
The Wisconsin budget battle has kept the Truth-O-Meter busy. Here's a guide to the main claims from each side and how we've rated them.
An Ohio state legislator claimed that Wendy's founder Dave Thomas left the state and fled to Florida as he was dying to avoid the estate tax. PolitiFact Ohio put the claim to the Truth-O-Meter.
Did she really say that the military should stab or club the enemy "in order to minimize the carbon output"? Only in a satirist's mind.