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Bill Adair is the creator of PolitiFact and a professor at the Sanford School for Public Policy at Duke University. He also serves as a contributing editor for PolitiFact and an adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute. He has worked in Washington since 1997 and has covered Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, national politics and aviation safety. Adair is the author of "The Mystery of Flight 427: Inside a Crash Investigation," a behind-the-scenes account of how the National Transportation Safety Board solved one of the biggest mysteries in aviation. He is the winner of the Everett Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress, the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award and the Manship Prize for New Media in Democratic Discourse. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife and three children.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Bill Adair

"The federal minimum wage is worth about 20 percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan" gave his first address to a joint session of Congress.

"Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one."

"One person, Kathleen Sebelius, was going to determine whether or not" 10-year-old lung patient Sarah Murnaghan would live or die.

The problem of unwanted sexual contacts in the military "is not just a woman's issue. More than half of the victims are men."

Says the word "Dhimmitude" is on page 107 of the health care law and means "Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance."

Says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told insurance companies "they couldn't inform their policyholders of what they thought the impact of Obamacare would be on them."

Says the inspector general for the IRS said there was "no political motivation" and "no outside influence" for targeting of tax-exempt applications from tea party groups  

Says that since he took office, "there have been no large-scale attacks on the United States."

A law that mandates fingerprinting for gun purchasers is "a requirement that's reduced gun crimes in the five states where it's the law."

"The IRS doesn't have to prove something against you ... you've got the burden of proof."

Recent stories from Bill Adair
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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.

Top 16 myths about the health care law

Because a Top 10 can't capture all the exaggerations.

Top 16 myths about the health care law

Because a Top 10 can't capture all the exaggerations.

A look back at our climate-change fact-checks

As President Barack Obama unveils a series of planned executive actions on climate change, we recap some of our many fact-checks on the issue.

Fact-checking immigration

As the debate over immigration legislation continues, our fact-checks examine fertility, elections, the media and immigration history.

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Barack Obama on surveillance, then and now

With the recent revelations about National Security Agency surveillance of phone and Internet traffic, some are wondering how much President Barack Obama has reversed course since he was a presidential candidate. So we took a look back.

In Context: the Wyden-Udall letters on government secrecy

Long before this week's revelations about the Obama administration's efforts to seek phone records,  the two Democratic senators warned that the administration was going too far.

Digging deeper on gun background check legislation

Votes on gun background checks are being turned into TV ads around the country. We look more closely at the details behind the amendments fueling the debate.

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