Articles from October, 2013
Obama’s old comments come back to haunt him as the health care law enters a critical point of implementation. We review our key fact-checks on the issue.
One of the aims of the Affordable Care Act is to reduce the need for Americans to visit the emergency room for first-line medical care. But the percentage of health-care dollars going to ERs today is actually less than many people assume.
We found mangled facts from a Facebook meme, a U.S. senator and radio talk show host Sean Hannity.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says he never wanted to shut down the government and voted to keep the government funded. But his public comments and Senate votes undercut that claim.
PolitiFact Virginia has fact-checked claims about government shutdowns, Social Security, abortion, guns and more. We review the most compelling fact-checks of the campaign to date.
PolitiFact Florida recently looked at alarming claims about Common Core, school standards that are being adopted by more than 40 states. Some of the attacks received a failing grade.
With the government in shutdown mode, correspondence to PolitiFact in recent weeks has focused on debt, spending and -- as always -- President Barack Obama's health care law.
The Texas senator played cheerleader to House Republicans who wanted to defund Obamacare, a strategy that resulted in a government shutdown. We look back at some of our fact-checks of Cruz, and whether he’s eligible to run for president. (Hint: Very likely!)
As the American public waits out the government shutdown, campaign committees put out distorted attacks about what’s happening in Congress.
President Obama said at a press conference that raising the debt ceiling "does not allow for a single dime of increased spending." We found this is a tricky statement to parse.
Confused about what the debt ceiling is? As the government hurtles toward a possible default, here is an FAQ about the debt ceiling and why it's important to every American.
In today’s news media environment, there is great pressure to be first, to be provocative and to be popular. PunditFact will launch next month to fact-check claims by media figures and rate them on our Truth-O-Meter.
PunditFact will be dedicated to fact-checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.
The campaign has already started in the 2014 race for Senate in Arkansas. We fact-checked two claims recently from Republican challenger Tom Cotton.
A ballot initiative in Florida seeks to legalize the use of medicinal marijuana, and that has people talking about the its use and safety. We looked at claims that marijuana is not addictive and that it's less toxic than alcohol.
President Barack Obama shut down the Amber Alert program that finds missing kids? He shut down the ocean? Both claims have flourished on social media. Neither is accurate.
A Facebook post claims a man tried to "opt out" of Obamacare, was fined $4,037 through automatic bank deductions, and threatened with a home lien and driver's license suspension. The reality: the law doesn't allow for those penalties. Pants on Fire!
Just days into the federal government shutdown, we’ve already heard some distortions -- and some truths.
The law’s supporters sometimes paint an overly rosy picture of the health care law. We match the rhetoric to reality.
One of the casualties of the federal government shutdown are statistical websites used by ordinary Americans ... and fact-checkers.
Even before the government shutdown was official, the blame game was well under way. But in pointing the finger at each other, we found that both sides have played fast and loose with the facts.