Articles from August, 2013

What the law and the past say about attacking Syria

The president's authority to use military force against Syria is front and center. It's not the first time the question has come up. We review what we've learned about the law, and how it has played out depending on the circumstances.

By Jon Greenberg :: Published on Friday, August 30th, 2013 at 4:28 p.m.

The Top Five: PolitiFact’s most-clicked August items

Fact-checks about the Obama family's vacation, the federal budget and the United Nations confiscating guns captured readers' attention this month.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, August 30th, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.

Mike Huckabee's claim on gun homicides misfires

Mike Huckabee said America's gun-related homicide rate would be the same as Belgium if you left out just a few states. We found this talking point doesn't work, even on its own terms.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 10:43 a.m.

Has 'Little Red Riding Hood' been banned, but not assault weapons?

We analyze an ad from a gun control group that has been widely shared on social media.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 5:09 p.m.

How many kids have been cut from Head Start?

We fact-checked several claims this year about Head Start and the sequester. New evidence is now available on how the program for preschoolers is handling budget cuts.

By Amy Sherman :: Published on Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.

Debunked health care claims live on at Heritage town hall

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint appeared at a "Defund Obamacare" town hall event in Tampa on Wednesday night. We've heard claims we've debunked before.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Happy Birthday, PolitiFact! PolitiFact turns 6

We celebrate our birthday by looking at the most popular fact-checks, people and issues of the past year.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 7:31 a.m.

Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president?

We've looked at the Constitution's requirement that a president be a "natural born" citizen several times. With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the news about his birth in Canada, we look again.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at 4:41 p.m.

Will Obamacare hurt Medicare Advantage?

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has been saying that Obamacare will reduce benefits and drive up costs for the Medicare Advantage program. Experts said his warnings don't tell the full story.

By Charlotte Sutton :: Published on Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.

Rand Paul stretches the truth on 'The Daily Show'

Sen. Rand Paul went on The Daily Show and talked about health care for young people. Some of his comments, though, didn't paint an accurate picture of the federal health law and its costs.

By Becky Bowers, Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 12:35 p.m.

Fact-checking the Kentucky Senate race

Next year, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will have a challenger in the Republican primary. The political ads have already started.

By Jon Greenberg :: Published on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

Australian political ad: A health care system like America’s? OH NO!

We’re used to seeing political ads warning Americans that someone wants to make our health system like Canada or the U.K. The shoe’s on the other foot now: In Australia, our health care system is the one scaring people. PolitiFact Australia checks the facts.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 11:25 a.m.

Who vacationed more, Bush or Obama?

Presidential vacations sometimes prompt criticism over cost and appearances, and President Barack Obama's current vacation is no exception. We look at the vacations of Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 11:16 a.m.

Is the U.N. coming to take your guns?

A realistic-looking United Nations document says the confiscation of civilian firearms is on its way. But we checked with the U.N. and discovered that the document is just a clever fake.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

New fact-checking websites span the globe

Fact-checkers are now holding public officials accountable in Africa, South America, Australia and Europe.

By Caroline Houck :: Published on Friday, August 9th, 2013 at 3:44 p.m.

Is the health care law hurting the economy?

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been making claims that Obamacare is a law that hurts the economy. But much of the evidence suggests another law deserves blame.

By Jon Greenberg :: Published on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

The truth(s) behind part-time jobs and the recovery

A Republican said the economy is mostly producing part-time jobs. A Democrat said it's mostly been producing full-time jobs. Could both of them be right?

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

Debating the deficit

Two recent fact-checks on the deficit reveal a mixed fiscal future, and how nuanced claims about the federal budget can be.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.

Mailbag, Facebook edition: 'PolitiFact gets another Mostly Fail rating'

Facebook readers told us our work was "weird," inconsistent and defied logic — and offered thanks for "telling us the truth and naming the lies."

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Monday, August 5th, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.

Catching up with campaign promises on the Obameter

We check in on President Obama’s campaign promises about Guantanamo Bay, same-sex marriage, education and clean energy.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Caroline Houck, Julie Kliegman :: Published on Friday, August 2nd, 2013 at 3:08 p.m.

The Top Five: PolitiFact’s most-clicked items for July

Readers checked out our fact-checks on the economy, the George Zimmerman trial, health care and a chain email about ‘dhimmitude.’

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 10:51 a.m.

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