Articles from August, 2014

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 31 news shows

Pundits and policitians offered their opinions on how the United States should handle the Islamic State.

The audacity of taupe: Obama's suit switch surprises

President Barack Obama showed up in the White House press room Thursday wearing a tan suit. This sent the press corps buzzing — and a reader asked us to turn on our Flip-O-Meter. We couldn't resist a more light-hearted topic.

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The Arkansas U.S. Senate race: the fact-checks so far

With summer almost over, we kick off a series looking at our fact-checks in some of the key races. Today's installment: Arkansas.

The Florida governor's race: the fact-checks so far

Tuesday is primary day in Florida, but with the way attacks have been flying between candidates Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, it feels like the general election has already started. 

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 24 news shows

PunditFact looked at a claim from ABC's Martha Raddatz, who said President Barack Obama wanted to keep 10,000 troops in Iraq.

Who took more vacation -- George W. Bush or Barack Obama?

We update the numbers from last year's fact-check to include President Barack Obama's latest time off. 

Happy birthday, PolitiFact! PolitiFact turns 7

To celebrate, we recap our most popular fact-checks of the past year from PolitiFact and PunditFact. And we'll eat some cake. 

7 steps to better fact-checking

From time to time, we get questions about how we fact-check here at PolitiFact. We put together this basic guide for anyone who’s starting a search for information.

Fact-checking the Ferguson shooting

The killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb is raising questions about the makeup of the police department and its response to the Aug. 9 shooting.

NextGen Climate’s attack ads on Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer's political action committee has unleashed TV ads accusing Scott of being too cozy with oil drilling interests

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 17 news shows

PunditFact looked at two claims related to the shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

Fact-checking Obama's rules on carbon and coal plants

The Environmental Protection Agency's new rules to curb carbon emissions have spurred concerns ranging from economic impact to the closing of coal plants. We took a look at some of the claims surrounding the EPA's regulations.

Fact-checking women's issues in the Kentucky Senate race

The Violence Against Women Act is at the center of the Kentucky Senate race between Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. We took a look at two dueling ads in the race on the issue.

Fact-checking around the world: an update

A year ago, we looked at the rise of fact-checking journalism in other countries. Today, there's even more international fact-checking going on. Let us introduce you to some of our counterparts around the world.

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 10 shows

The Sunday shows debated the decision of President Barack Obama to conduct airstrikes in Iraq.

Fact-checking Rand Paul's Iowa trip

On his 10-stop tour of Iowa this week, Sen. Rand Paul not-so-subtly tested the waters of a 2016 presidential run. We found some facts to check among his remarks and interviews -- one True and one Pants on Fire!

PunditFact fact-checks claims about Israel and Gaza

The minute-by-minute changes in the developments in Israel and Gaza make it difficult for fact-checkers to keep things straight. But since the escalation in violence began last month, PunditFact has been able to examine a few of the claims central to the conflict.

Our top 5 fact-checking reports for July 2014

Readers liked fact-checks about vacations, dictatorship, contraception, executive action and the Founding Fathers.

PunditFact fact-checks the Aug. 3 news shows

Who's pusing the impeach Obama narrative -- tea party Republicans or liberals hoping to create an election issue?

A closer look at claims on impeachment, House lawsuit

In Congress' final days before the August recess, talk about a House lawsuit against President Barack Obama and possible impeachment proceedings got a lot of attention. We checked some of the claims.