Articles from October, 2016

What is the Hatch Act, and what does it have to do with James Comey?

The Hatch Act, a relatively obscure law governing political engagement by federal employees, has people clucking this week, amid controversy over FBI director James Comey’s letter to lawmakers about potential new evidence in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

Hillary Clinton's latest email controversy, what we know

It seemed the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server reached a standstill in July after FBI Director James Comey said she should not be prosecuted. But a letter Comey sent to Congress Oct. 28 has thrust Clinton’s questionable email setup back into the headlines, with just over a week to go until Election Day.  We have 11 questions (and answers) to get you up to speed on the latest developments.

Donald Trump's top 10 most misleading claims

They include conspiracy theories, attacks on critics and opponents, misleading statistics and exaggerations of his own personal record.  

Hillary Clinton’s top 10 most misleading claims

PolitiFact has been fact-checking Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton since we launched in 2007. Over that time, she has proven herself to be a careful speaker. Like all politicians, however, she sometimes stretches the truth.

The Truth-O-Meter scorecard for the third 2016 presidential debate

The Truth-O-Meter scorecard for the third 2016 presidential debate

Are the Clinton WikiLeaks emails doctored, or are they authentic?

Hillary Clinton and her campaign have sought to cast doubt on the authenticity of thousands of emails leaked by WikiLeaks. Have they been altered?

Trump says Clinton and Obama paid people to cause violence at his rallies

Trump says Clinton and Obama caused violence at his rallies

The 3rd presidential debate, annotated

PolitiFact is annotating the third and final presidential debate at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. We will be posting the transcript and our annotations through the night. Follow us on Medium and check back regularly to see our commentary.

Fact-checking the third presidential debate

PolitiFact is fact-checking the third presidential debate.

The Truth-O-Meter scorecard for the second 2016 presidential debate

The Truth-O-Meter scorecard for the second 2016 presidential debate

The Truth-O-Meter scorecard for the first 2016 presidential debate

The scorecard for the first presidential debate

Live fact-checking the third Trump, Clinton presidential debate

PolitiFact has 20 staffers working Wednesday's third and final presidential debate. Follow their live coverage here.

PolitiFact’s guide to the third presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face-off for the last time at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

10 misleading Trump attack lines from the WikiLeaks email dump

WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of internal emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has provided Donald Trump a new line of attack in the presidential campaign.

PolitiFact's video rewind for Oct. 14

Every Friday we'll highlight some of the fact-checks from the presidential campaign trail.

PolitiFact’s annotated transcript of the second presidential debate

PolitiFact is annotating the second presidential debate at Washington University. We will be posting the transcript and our annotations through the night. Follow us on Medium and check back regularly to see our commentary.

Clinton: Trump 'an absolute avalanche of falsehoods'

Hillary Clinton said Donald Trump was "an absolute avalanche of falsehoods" after the second presidential debate and referred people to PolitiFact's work.

Fact-checking the second presidential debate

PolitiFact's running collection of fact-checks from the second presidential debate.

Live fact-checking the second Trump, Clinton presidential debate

The staff  of PolitiFact live fact-checks the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  

In context: Donald Trump’s lewd remarks from 2005

In context: Donald Trump’s lewd remarks from 2005

PolitiFact's video rewind for Oct. 7

Every Friday we'll highlight some of the fact-checks from the presidential campaign trail.

In context: Bill Clinton's remarks on health care

Is former president Bill Clinton one of Donald Trump’s best surrogates? Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, joked that he might be, following comments on health care policy on Oct. 3 that were quickly seized upon by Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as Obamacare.

PolitiFact's annotated vice presidential debate

PolitiFact's annotated vice presidential debate.

Fact-checking Tim Kaine, Mike Pence at the VP debate (running blog)

Our running blog with our fact-checks from the vice presidential debate.

Live fact-checking the Kaine, Pence VP debate

PolitiFact will have 18 fact-checkers working tonight's vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence.

Factsheet: Donald Trump’s tax returns

Donald Trump has said repeatedly that there isn’t much new information to learn in his tax returns. Yet just three pages of his 1995 tax returns, uncovered by the New York Times this past weekend, reveal significant facts.  

Comparing Tim Kaine and Mike Pence on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter

Comparing Mike Pence and Tim Kaine before Tuesday night's vice-presidential debate.