Articles from November, 2011

Checking the RNC ad 'welcoming' Obama to Scranton

The Republican National Committee used President Barack Obama's trip to Scranton, Pa., to resurrect a speech he'd made there in early 2008. But do the numbers in the RNC's Web ad support its criticism of the president?

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.

Checking more claims from the DNC ad that says Romney flip-flopped

The Democratic National Committee put out two videos on Oct. 28, 2011 -- a 30-second version and one four minutes long -- that portray former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as a chronic flip-flopper. The four-minute version was packed full of claims that we're still checking.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson, Molly Moorhead :: Published on Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 6:16 p.m.

Pat Boone earns his first Pants on Fire

Yes, THAT Pat Boone! The singer is way off-tune in an Ohio campaign commercial that tries to scare seniors. Ain't that a shame?

By Sabrina Eaton :: Published on Friday, November 25th, 2011 at 8:21 a.m.

Fact-checking the CNN-think tank debate

The Republican debate, sponsored by CNN, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute, produced some lively discussions about national security and diplomacy. We put some of the claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 at 9:55 p.m.

Checking Gingrich that Dodd-Frank is destroying community banks

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says community banks "are being destroyed" by the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill passed by Congress in 2010. We check the facts.

By Jon Greenberg, Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Monday, November 21st, 2011 at 2:17 p.m.

Did President Obama call Americans lazy?

A new 30-second television ad by Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes that claim, and we inspect.

By Meghan Ashford-Grooms, Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.

Fact-checking Solyndra

The company's unique solar cells once attracted private investors. Now taxpayers could lose millions. We check the facts.

By Becky Bowers, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 12:04 p.m.

Updating the Obameter

Anticipating a new round of promises in next year's presidential election, we're updating the Obameter, our award-winning feature that tracks President Obama's campaign promises.

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.

Checking Ron Paul and Barack Obama on torture

During the Republican candidates debate in South Carolina on Nov. 12, 2011, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex., didn't hedge. "Torture is illegal by our laws. It's illegal by international laws," he said. Is it? And what's Barack Obama's record on the issue?

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.

Will administrators soon outnumber professors?

We've checked a claim that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made in the debate on the economy in Michigan Nov. 9, that by 2014 "there will be one administrator for every teacher on college campuses in the United States."

By Martha M. Hamilton, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

There's more to television than just debates

We also found facts to check on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.

By Martha M. Hamilton, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

After the debate, fresh facts to check

Even after the Oct. 9, 2011 Republican candidates' debate was over, we wondered about what some candidates said. For instance, does the U.S. really send enough in interest payments to China to fund the People's Liberation Army?

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 5:13 p.m.

Fact-checking the Republican debate in Michigan

The Republicans debated in Michigan on Wednesday night. We're on the job.

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 10:51 p.m.

It's election day!

Voters are headed to the polls in several states, including in Ohio, where labor unions hope to overturn a measure approved by Gov. John Kasich and the Republican-led Legislature that limits bargaining rights for public employees, including firefighters and police officers.

By Martha M. Hamilton :: Published on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 1:58 p.m.

Rick Perry said his tax plan produces tax cuts for all

"No matter where you are in the stratosphere, you're going to be getting a tax cut," said Republican presidential contender and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking of his flat-tax plan.

By Martha M. Hamilton, W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 12:19 p.m.

Mailbag: 'You're keeping my head from exploding'

This week's mail included some thoughtful criticism about our recent fact-checks on Facebook posts.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 5:52 p.m.

PolitiFact, NPR team up to fact-check campaign ads

We're launching Message Machine, a feature that will fact-check campaign ads, messages on social media and robocalls. You can read the results on our site and hear segments on NPR programs.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.

Has Obama really kept 60% of his campaign promises? Not by our count.

President Obama told his supporters that he keeps a list of promises in his desk and has kept 60 percent of them. We keep a list, too -- our Obameter -- and we find he's far short of that.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.

Bachmann blames Obama for cost, deaths of Iraq war

The Minnesota Republican says President Obama is responsible for spending $805 billion and 4,400 deaths. The Truth-O-Meter bursts into flames.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 11:02 a.m.

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