Jacobson

Louis Jacobson is the senior correspondent for 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. He is senior author of The Almanac of American Politics 2016 and The Almanac of American Politics 2018 and also contributed to the 2000 and 2004 editions. 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, and in 2017, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers gave him a Best in Business award for his economics coverage.

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Welcome, Anthony Scaramucci! Here's some research on illegal voting

At his first briefing as White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci acknowledged that he wasn’t ready to answer every question reporters threw at him -- including one about whether there were 3 million illegal votes cast in the 2016 presidential election.

Can the president pardon himself? 4 questions about the presidential pardon

With news reports suggesting that the Trump White House and their legal advisors are taking a close look at the president’s pardon power, we decided to take a look ourselves. We’ve asked a dozen legal experts for their views on four questions related to presidential pardons.

How expensive would a single-payer system be?

During remarks at the White House to a group of Republican senators, President Donald Trump pushed the visiting lawmakers for repeal-and-replace legislation for the Affordable Care Act.

How big is coal mining compared to other occupations?

At an event to tout his "Made in America" agenda, President Donald Trump took a moment to applaud his administration’s success in stopping the coal industry long-term decline.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s comments about campaign meeting with Russian lawyer

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s comments about campaign meeting with Russian lawyer.

Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s interview with Pat Robertson on 'The 700 Club'

Trump made a series of claims about the Affordable Care Act, the Paris climate agreement and the economy

5 questions about opposition research and Russia

This week, the White House has been grappling with revelations that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer who was described by a go-between as possessing "very high level and sensitive information" that was "part of Russia and its government’s support" for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

In Context: How the White House Edited an AP Story About Health Coverage

On July 10, 2017, the White House press office sent a blast email titled, "New Survey Shows United States Uninsured Population Grew by 2 Million This Year."

Mailbag: 'You have ruined your credibility with this nonsense'

Summer is upon us, and for some readers, the temperature is rising. Here’s a rundown of recent reader emails bearing complaints, comments and a few compliments.

Fact-checking the Senate GOP health care bill

The Senate's push for a quick vote on a health care bill drew a flurry of claims and fact-checks. We highlight the key ones.