Articles from September, 2011
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In a political speech in California, President Barack Obama took some jabs at Texas Governor Rick Perry and his comments on global warming. "You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change," Obama said. But are the Texas wildfires linked to climate change? We put that to the Truth-O-Meter.
Herman Cain stunned the Republican political establishment on Sept. 24, 2011, easily winning Florida's Presidency 5 straw poll by trumpeting a platform of tax reforms that he calls the "9-9-9 Plan." But what is the "9-9-9" plan? We explain.
The Georgia businessman won a surprising victory in the Florida straw poll. We review his record on the Truth-O-Meter.
Perry claims Romney made some strategic edits in the paperback edition of No Apologies to downplay his comments on health care. We examine both editions to see if Perry is right.
The GOP candidates face off in Orlando, with questions from Fox News and YouTube. We put their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.
Not usually, but it can happen. We review the president's recent comments on tax policy.
Rachel Maddow touts Social Security's track record in keeping senior citizens out of poverty. We found her applause is mostly deserved.
Michele Bachmann said an HPV vaccine could cause mental retardation. Doctors say that's false.
Congress hasn't yet taken up President Barack Obama's jobs bill, but that hasn't stopped supporters and critics from making claims about what the bill would do. We check three of the claims.
A pro-Bachmann group says government spending in Texas has doubled under Rick Perry. PolitiFact Texas checks the numbers and puts the claim to the Truth-O-Meter.
The New York Times columnist has mentioned Seamus' trips on the roof of the Romney station wagon an amazing 19 times. We check the dog's tale to see if it's true.
At the CNN-Tea Party Express debate in Tampa, the Republican candidates discussed Social Security, Medicare and immigration. We put their claims to the Truth-O-Meter.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the number of people living in Lower Manhattan has doubled in 10 years and now exceeds the growth of Atlanta, Dallas and Philadelphia combined. PolitiFact New Jerseys puts his claim to the Truth-O-Meter.
Donna Shalala says the academic achievements of the University of Miami's student-athletes are "mentioned in the same breath and spirit as Notre Dame and Stanford." We put that to the Truth-O-Meter.
The GOP candidates talked about jobs, immigration and more jobs during the debate at the Reagan Library.
It's been repeated so often it's now legend: Rick Perry chaired Al Gore's 1988 campaign in Texas. It began as an unfounded claim by a Democrat and went unchallenged by Perry. We dig into the claim, find he was a supporter but not chairman, and correct our mistakes.
During a speech before the 93rd annual conference of the American Legion on Aug. 30, 2011, President Barack Obama praised the Vietnam War veterans, saying "let it be remembered that you won every major battle of that war. Every single one."
A number of readers stood up for crustaceans and other creatures, saying our ruling on a claim by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals didn't pay them enough heed.
For Labor Day weekend, we review recent claims about jobs, labor and wages.
We drill into the Texas governor's claims that President Barack Obama "goes to Brazil and delivers $2 billion to that country to help them with their offshore drilling projects.