Articles from July, 2012

Is the Walmart family wealthier than 40 percent of the United States?

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders keeps tweeting about the wealth gap.

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 3:20 p.m.

Is President Obama keeping his campaign promise on AIDS and HIV?

Last week's International AIDS Conference prompted us to crank up the Obameter, our database of the president's campaign promises.

By J.B. Wogan :: Published on Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.

Mailbag: ‘Get out of your parents’ basement and into the real world!’

We offer readers another chance to vent about -- or praise -- our coverage of recent political statements.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Saturday, July 28th, 2012 at 11:59 a.m.

As Olympics open, a super PAC attack against Romney

A Democratic super PAC produced a snarky ad with Olympic imagery that charges Mitt Romney outsourced jobs and used offshore accounts for his personal finances. We've put two of the claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 4:45 p.m.

GOP promise to repeal Obamacare blocked by Democrats

When Republicans took control of the House in 2010, they vowed to "repeal and place" Obamacare. Here's a look at how they've fared on our Pledge-O-Meter on that promise and others involving health care.

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 11:12 a.m.

How does U.S. gun violence compare?

In the wake of the Aurora shootings, we fact-check some claims about gun violence in the United States.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 5:22 p.m.

Falsehoods and half-truths in debate on gun control

No, Obama and Hillary Clinton are not negotiating a U.N. treaty to ban handguns and no, you don't have to list your guns on your 1040.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 8:51 a.m.

Will Barack Obama be outraised by Mitt Romney?

Counting the dollars is no easy task, and November’s a long way off.

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Friday, July 20th, 2012 at 4:24 p.m.

Romney, RNC correct about Obama golfing, jobs meetings

The RNC and Mitt Romney say that over the past six months President Barack Obama had time for fundraisers and golf, but there were no meetings of his jobs council. We check the numbers and find they are on target.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.

In context: Obama's ‘you didn't build that' comment

Mitt Romney and his allies have seized on President Barack Obama's comment in a speech that "if you've got a business, you didn't build that." Here's a longer version of what Obama said.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 5:55 p.m.

Checking the facts about Romney and Bain Capital

Our handy guide to help you sort out the truth about Mitt Romney and Bain Capital.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 6:23 p.m.

'Obamanomics Explained' is not a PolitiFact chart

Someone is misusing our logo and spreading this image on Facebook. It is not a PolitiFact chart.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 6:22 p.m.

Obama's transparency record: lots of data, not as much sunlight

As a candidate, Barack Obama promised the most open presidency in history. Our Obameter ratings reveal he's made lots of progress posting data but has had difficulty resisting the Washington urge to conduct business behind closed doors.

By J.B. Wogan :: Published on Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 7:08 p.m.

The Obameter report card on transparency promises

As a candidate, Barack Obama promised unprecedented transparency in the White House. We put his promises to the Obameter.

By J.B. Wogan :: Published on Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 6:55 p.m.

Do dog catchers have to release their tax returns?

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said Mitt Romney "couldn’t be confirmed as a dog catcher" because he has refused to release multiple years of tax returns. We check the requirements for dog catchers and others in government.

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 5:46 p.m.

Outside spending groups take to the airwaves

We fact-check TV ads on Iran and health care.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Molly Moorhead :: Published on Thursday, July 12th, 2012 at 4:58 p.m.

MoveOn gets its facts wrong on Florida's voter purge

A fundraising email from MoveOn.org said Florida Gov. Rick Scott "tried to kick 180,000 people off the voter rolls" and "every one" of the state's supervisors of election resisted him. Both statements are wrong.

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 at 6:16 p.m.

Stretching the truth (again!) on health care

We put new claims about the health care law to the Truth-O-Meter and find more exaggerations and falsehoods.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 4:20 p.m.

Mailbag: 'A farcical and quixotic quest for some holy grail of honesty'

Our readers let us know what they think of our recent fact-checks.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, July 6th, 2012 at 5:41 p.m.

Is it a tax? Or is it a penalty?

We look at Mitt Romney's statement about the health care law and whether the individual mandate is a tax.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, July 5th, 2012 at 6:50 p.m.

'Best health care delivery system in the world'? John Boehner thinks so

The House Speaker says we have the 'best health care delivery system' in the world. Some rankings are at odds with that, though.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, July 5th, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

Top 5 'Back to the Future' health care claims

Remember the summer of 2009? We sure do, and right now, we're feeling a lot of deja vu.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, July 2nd, 2012 at 6:52 p.m.

Fact-checking immigration

What do our many fact-checks on immigration, border security and the Dream Act say about the current debate?

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Sunday, July 1st, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.

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