Articles from September, 2012

Grading Obama on education reform

Barack Obama made 31 promises about education, from expanding early learning programs to adding public charter schools. We put his performance to the Obameter.

By J.B. Wogan :: Published on Friday, September 28th, 2012 at 3:41 p.m.

PAC's newspaper ad filled with falsehoods

The ad from the Government is Not God PAC has run in papers in Ohio and Florida. We put its claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Becky Bowers, Jon Greenberg, Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson, Molly Moorhead, Katie Sanders :: Published on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 7:56 p.m.

Fact-checking that spans the globe

With the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, we fact-check claims about China, Iran and Israel.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 5:20 p.m.

Romney ad goes on offense about defense cuts

We fact-check a claim from a Mitt Romney campaign ad that says President Barack Obama wants to cut the defense budget.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 10:31 a.m.

'Redistribution': Ominous or old hat?

We look into comments from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on redistribution and find it's long been a part of U.S. tax policy.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 9:31 a.m.

Half-truths fill the air

Campaign ads are famous for being false. But we actually give more Half True ratings.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, September 20th, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.

Fact-checking Romney’s private fundraiser remarks

Mitt Romney said his comments in a controversial video were "not elegantly stated." They’re also not entirely true. Our fact-checks of the surreptitious recording.

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 6:09 p.m.

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By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 11:54 a.m.

Mailbag: Party conventions edition

As we kicked into high gear for the party conventions, our readers were right there with us, challenging and cheering our work.

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Friday, September 14th, 2012 at 11:52 a.m.

Did the U.S. embassy in Cairo make an apology?

Returning to a frequent theme of his campaign, Mitt Romney on Wednesday charged that the Obama administration, through a statement released by the U.S. embassy in Cairo, made an "apology" to Islamic radicals. We take a closer look.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

You can handle the truth

Neil Brown, editor of the Tampa Bay Times, says the recent controversy over fact-checking is all about power.

By Neil Brown :: Published on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 12:52 p.m.

Has 'In God We Trust' been taken off U.S. coins?

Mitt Romney said, "I will not take ‘God’ off our coins." But it turns out the phrase "In God We Trust" has been there all along.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Greatest hits from the Tampa and Charlotte conventions

We choose our most significant fact-checks from the Republican and Democratic conventions.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.

On final night in Charlotte, Obama takes the stage

We fact-check the speeches by President Obama (and his warm-up acts).

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 9:31 p.m.

Did President Obama save the auto industry?

Experts say it wasn't just Obama -- he got critical help from President Bush.

By Jon Greenberg :: Published on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.

Bill Clinton's night at the Democratic convention

We're fact-checking the speeches on the second night of the Democratic National Convention.

By Molly Moorhead :: Published on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at 11:56 p.m.

Celebrating Democrats, past and present, in Charlotte

As the Democratic National Convention opens in Charlotte, the party pays tribute to its heroes and highlights its positions on abortion rights and health care.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 11:01 p.m.

A scorecard on President Obama's campaign promises

On the eve of the Democratic convention in Charlotte, we review our Obameter to see how Obama has fared on his 508 promises from the 2008 campaign.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, J.B. Wogan :: Published on Saturday, September 1st, 2012 at 12:27 p.m.

The lists: Barack Obama's Top 10 Broken and Kept promises

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, we check in on our Obameter to look at Obama's campaign promises.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Saturday, September 1st, 2012 at 10:21 a.m.

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