Articles from February, 2013

Sequestration hits; we sort the facts

Friday is the deadline for Congress and the president to work out a deal to avoid sequestration. In the meantime, claims are flying about what will happen if the bomb drops.

Fact-checking the Hagel nomination

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary -- after a contentious fight. We checked the facts.

Get the Truth-O-Meter in your inbox every week

Sign up for our weekly email newsletter. It's a great way to keep up with our fact-checking.

PolitiFact's guide to sequestration

We sort out the blame game on the latest budget impasse in a special report.

Cantor earns Pants on Fire for World of Warcraft

PolitiFact Virginia plunges into Azeroth and finds the Republican leader's claim is just sorcery.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and the Truth-O-Meter

PolitiFact Texas has checked the controversial senator a dozen times. Lately, he's earned some False and Pants on Fire ratings.

Phoenix kidnapping falsehood rises from ashes

The unsubstantiated claim that Phoenix is one of the kidnapping capitals of the world is back -- this time from the NRA's Wayne LaPierre.

What would George do?

"Blow not on your broth at the table" and other lessons from the Founding Father, who would have turned 281 years old this week.

Government jobs vs. private jobs: Which help the economy more?

We examine a debate between Carly Fiorina and Paul Krugman and explore if an increase in government jobs promotes growth in private-sector employment.

Fact-checking the State of the Union address

We've fact-checked statements from President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, as well as from the Republican reaction. We'll be posting more fact-checks as we finish them.

Can President Obama claim economic victory?

The economy is slowly recovering. Should President Barack Obama get credit for the gains, blame for the shortcomings -- or neither?

Marco Rubio and the Truth-O-Meter

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will give the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. Here's a look at his PolitiFact record.

Fact-checking Chris Christie on the 'Late Show with David Letterman'

In between doughnut jokes, Chris Christie talked about federal aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. PolitiFact New Jersey checks the facts.

Taking a break for the PolitiFact Palooza

We're meeting in St. Pete to discuss our work. We'll be back with new fact-checks later in the week.

Medicare and Social Security: What you paid compared with what you get

Readers asked us to calculate how much people get back from Medicare and Social Security after they paid their taxes while working. We check it out in a special report.