Articles from February, 2016

Fact-checking the Feb. 28 news shows

After months of talk about a long, drawn out primary, recent results have pundits changing their tune. The delegate math is starting to work in the favor of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, they say. New! Help PolitiFact raise $15,000 to hire an additional fact-checker for 2016. 

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Fact-checking the Texas GOP debate

The remaining GOP candidates met face-to-face in their only debate ahead of Super Tuesday. New! Help PolitiFact hire a reporter to fact-check the immigration debate

Help PolitiFact hire a reporter to fact-check the immigration debate

We’re working with a group called Beacon to raise funds to fact-check the 2016 campaign. If contributors give $15,000, Beacon will match those donations dollar for dollar. And we’ll be able to hire an extra fact-checker to analyze claims about immigration during the 2016 campaign. Follow live! Fact-checking the Texas GOP debate

Is Bernie Sanders a Democrat?

Bernie Sanders says he's a Democrat. He also says he's an independent. We take a look at the mechanics of party identification. 

Fact-checking the Feb. 21 Sunday shows

The day after the South Carolina primary, Donald Trump celebrated his resounding victory and defended himself against charge of flip-flopping.  

Coming soon: PolitiFact North Carolina

We're joining forces with The News & Observer of Raleigh to launch PolitiFact North Carolina this spring. It's our 16th state affiliate. In the news! Fact-checking claims about the 80-year SCOTUS nomination ‘tradition’

Fact-checking claims about the 80-year SCOTUS nomination ‘tradition’

Republicans say President Barack Obama shouldn't nominate anyone to replace Justice Antonin Scalia because of an 80-year precedent. We examine this talking point.

Who's to blame for the Flint water crisis?

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders blame Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, for the lead poisoning of children in Flint, Mich. Investigations are under way, but we've taken an interim look at who holds responsibility for the city's water crisis.

Fact-checking the Feb. 14 Sunday shows

Republicans on Sunday said President Barack Obama should let his successor pick the replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. To do so, they said, follows convention. But is that really so?

Fact-checking the South Carolina GOP debate

The GOP field moves to South Carolina ahead of the Palmetto State's Feb. 20 primary. Side by side. See how the remaining Republicans perform on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter.  The Dems. Looking back at Thursday's Democratic debate.

Fact-checking the PBS Democratic presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met in Milwaukee Thursday night. See how their claims rated on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter.   NEW! What did Hillary Clinton tell the families of people who lost their lives in Benghazi? SIDE BY SIDE. Compare Sanders and Clinton on the Truth-O-Meter.

What did Hillary Clinton tell the families of people who lost their lives in Benghazi?

Marco Rubio says repeatedly that Clinton "lied" to the Benghazi families. But a review of the evidence shows a case of conflicting recollections.   Launching PolitiFact Global News Service: Read about a new feature on our website will focus on claims about global health and development in partnership with Africa Check.

Launching PolitiFact Global News Service

The new feature on our website will focus on claims about global health and development in partnership with Africa Check. Today, we launch with a pair of fact-checks -- including a Pants on Fire! claim about Zika -- and a story explaining the problems the electrical grid in many African countries.

Candidates fan out ahead of New Hampshire vote

A Saturday night GOP debate and a fresh round of Sunday shows gave PolitiFact plenty to examine ahead of the Tuesday New Hampshire primary.   Live fact-checking the Republican New Hampshire presidential debate Fact-checking the New Hampshire Democratic debate

Live fact-checking the Republican New Hampshire presidential debate

The Republicans met face-to-face for the final time ahead of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. See how their claims rate on the Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking the New Hampshire Democratic debate

The two remaining Democrats running for president, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, debated one-on-one ahead of the New Hampshire primary. How'd they do on the Truth-O-Meter? NEW! Old hands, new scene: PolitiFact reports from New Hampshire

Live fact-checking from the New Hampshire primaries

PolitiFact reporters are on the ground in New Hampshire to see the candidates and analyze their statements first hand. Follow along here. NEW! PolitiFact's guide to Republican-on-Republican attacks See the Truth-O-Meter scorecards for the GOP presidential hopefuls See the Truth-O-Meter scorecards for the Democratic presidential contenders