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Louis Jacobson

PolitiFact Deputy Editor

Louis Jacobson is deputy editor of PolitiFact and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. He has served as deputy editor of Roll Call and as founding editor of its legislative wire service, CongressNow. Earlier, he spent more than a decade covering politics, policy and lobbying for National Journal magazine. Since 2002, he has handicapped political races, including state legislatures, governors, congressional seats, state attorneys general and the electoral college, currently for Governing. In 2004, Jacobson originated the “Out There” column on politics in the states, which ran in Roll Call and later in Stateline.org and which won five annual awards from Capitolbeat, the association of state capitol reporters and editors. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

Says Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad chartered a plane to remove 124 young illegal immigrants from his state and take them back to Honduras.

Police in the United States are allowed to use tear gas even though it "has been classified as a chemical weapon and banned in international conflict since 1993."

Says of Mitch McConnell, "What can happen in 30 years? A senator can become a multi-millionaire in public office."

Says Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst "would privatize Social Security."

While "Arkansas seniors depend on Social Security and Medicare," Sen. Mark Pryor supports an overhaul so they "couldn’t get Social Security until they turn 68 or 69."

Says Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., "voted to raise the Social Security retirement age on us."

"The number of SWAT raids have gone up by 1,400 percent since the 1980s."

"In 1978, a student who worked a minimum-wage summer job could afford to pay a year's full tuition at the 4-year public university of their choice."

"I haven’t really proposed (phasing out aid to Israel) in the past."

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Fact-checking Ferguson

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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!

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Fact-checking the Aug. 3 news shows

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A closer look at claims on impeachment, House lawsuit

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