Articles from November, 2013

Mailbag: 'You guys are a bunch of morons'

Not every email we get has a spirit of generosity. But we're thankful anyway.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Fact-checking claims about how trade deals become law

Quietly, negotiators from 12 nations, including the United States, have been hammering out a major trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We looked at what it would take to get an agreement through Congress.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Giving thanks for True statements

As you prepare to break bread, we break down 10 statements from the past year that we found to be topical, entertaining or both. They all earned a True rating on the Truth-O-Meter.

By Steve Contorno :: Published on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 4:12 p.m.

Do Republicans have ideas on health care?

We look at a claim from U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., that Republicans have health care solutions to control costs and improve quality. PunditFact looked at CNN commentator Donna Brazile's claim that Republicans don't give people affordable enrollment options.

By Steve Contorno :: Published on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

Did Obama team announce Iran deal to avoid bad publicity on health care?

Obama’s political opponents are hinting at a "wag the dog" scenario, but there’s no evidence to support that and much to contradict it.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 5:49 p.m.

Fact-checking Sarah Palin and Nov. 24 Sunday shows

The news of the day was Iran, but that didn't stop the former Alaska governor from talking about the health care law.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 4:38 p.m.

Flip-flopping on the filibuster

Senate Democrats went forward with a "nuclear option" to defuse Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s nominees. We found a lot of switching sides from where the debate was back in 2005, when the shoe was on the other foot.

By Becky Bowers, Jon Greenberg, Angie Drobnic Holan, Louis Jacobson, Lilly Maier :: Published on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 9:12 p.m.

Dueling ads in Arkansas Senate race turn to Medicare

We fact-check two ads from the 2014 contest between U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.

By Julie Kliegman :: Published on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

Is Ayotte's hot-stove league analogy correct?

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said the federal deficit could pay "all of the 2013 salaries of every professional baseball player for the next 248 years." Is she right?

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 5:43 p.m.

Fact-checking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's new book

Walker may not be as attention-grabbing as some other Republicans, but he's widely considered a possible contender for president in 2016. PolitiFact Wisconsin recently fact-checked his new political memoir, Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge.

By Angie Drobnic Holan, Tom Kertscher, Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.

Fact-checking Nancy Pelosi on 'Meet the Press'

On Sunday's Meet the Press, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended the health care law and President Barack Obama's promise that people could keep their health insurance.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

Fact-checking 'PoliticsNation'

On Tuesday's PoliticsNation, host Al Sharpton and guests Rep. Jim McDermott and Goldie Taylor confused their talking points.

By Louis Jacobson, Katie Sanders :: Published on Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.

Did Medicare Part D have the same rollout problems as the Obamacare online marketplaces?

Democrats say that President George W. Bush's major health care proposal had problems at rollout, too. We delve into the health care history.

By Steve Contorno :: Published on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 6:00 a.m.

When Internet satire gets passed off as "truth"

Like the old game of telephone, satire is being transformed into "truth" by social media and the Internet.

By Louis Jacobson :: Published on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 4:36 p.m.

Americans for Prosperity campaign ads take on Obamacare

We’ve seen a pattern of the group using Democrats’ favorable positions on President Barack Obama’s health care reform law as a lynchpin for their 2014 midterm election attacks.

By Julie Kliegman :: Published on Sunday, November 10th, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

Fact-checking the Sunday Nov. 10 shows

It was all Chris Christie, all the time Sunday. The newly re-elected New Jersey governor wouldn't say whether he plans on running for president in 2016, but that didn't stop everyone else from talking about it.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Sunday, November 10th, 2013 at 11:58 a.m.

Readers react to 'If you like your health plan ...' report

Readers on Facebook had lively comments about our recent special report.

By Becky Bowers :: Published on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 6:27 p.m.

Sorting out the real story on 'If you like your plan, you can keep it'

The debate over the health care law has been particularly messy and misleading in the past week, and there is plenty of blame to go around over who created the confusion.

By Aaron Sharockman :: Published on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at 6:47 p.m.

Tracking Obama's promises on gay and lesbian issues

If  the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) passes, Obama will have kept 4 of 5 promises on LGBT issues.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Voters go to the polls in New Jersey, Virginia

PolitiFact New Jersey and PolitiFact Virginia have been fact-checking the campaigns for governor. We recap some highlights of the races.

By Warren Fiske, Sean Gorman, Angie Drobnic Holan, Caryn Shinske :: Published on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Introducing ... PunditFact!

Our new project to fact-check the pundits goes live at

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 7:42 a.m.

The Principles of PolitiFact, PunditFact and the Truth-O-Meter

As we prepare for the launch of PunditFact, our new fact-checking project, we review our guiding principles and practices for bringing you the truth in politics.

By Bill Adair, Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 9:50 a.m.

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