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Bill Adair

PolitiFact Contributing Editor

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. He worked in Washington from 1997 to 2013 where he 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.

Email: adair@politifact.com

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Did Ted Cruz pledge to back the Republican nominee?

In his speech at the Republican convention, Ted Cruz didn’t endorse Donald Trump. We look back at his statements about the party’s loyalty pledge

In context: Comparing the Melania Trump, Michelle Obama convention speeches

On the first night of the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump, the wife of Donald Trump, gave a well-received speech in which she talked about her upbringing in Slovenia and her respect for her husband.  

Fact-checking the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention

The Republican National Convention kicked off Monday in Cleveland with speakers focused on the theme "Make America Safe Again." 

Checking Patricia Smith's claims about Clinton and Benghazi

At the GOP convention, the mother of a Benghazi victim said Clinton lied about the attacks. We explore the facts.

Fact-checking the Republican CNBC debate

The GOP field attacked each other, Democrats, the moderators and the press. We checked their facts on immigration, business, taxes, senate voting records and Mark Zuckerberg.     Read an archive of PolitiFact's live blog of the debate Compare the Truth-O-Meter records of the Republican candidates

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Fact-checking the 2015 State of the Union and GOP Response

PolitiFact's coverage of the 2015 State of the Union and GOP response.      

Tuesday night reruns in North Carolina

Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan squared off in their second debate, using many lines we've heard before. • PolitiFact Virginia looks at the U.S. Senate debate between Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner. • PolitiFact Georgia fact-checks outsourcing in the Michelle Nunn-David Perdue U.S. Senate race. • PunditFact looks at a startling statistic on female murder victims.    

Previewing the North Carolina U.S. Senate debate

As candidates Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis prepare for their second debate, we review how they have fared on the Truth-O-Meter.   • PolitiFact Virginia to fact-check the U.S. Senate debate between Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner. • PolitiFact Georgia fact-checks outsourcing in the Michelle Nunn-David Perdue U.S. Senate race. • PolitiFact Wisconsin reports on campaign promises from Scott Walker and Mary Burke in the governor's race. • PunditFact bids a farewell to CNN's Crossfire. 

Top 5 most popular fact-checks for June 2014

Our most popular fact-checks of June 2014 include statements about the Sgt. Bowe Berghdal swap, the number of school shootings and even a fact-check we published back in 2009.