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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Fact-checking Donald Trump's United Nations speech

President Donald Trump spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2017, about sovereignty and how to respond to a "small group of rogue regimes." We fact-checked his remarks.

A look at the new data on income, poverty, health insurance

For data nerds, Aug. 12 was a pretty big day -- the day that the Census Bureau released its yearly statistical reports on income and poverty, and on health insurance. The newly released data covers 2016.

What's at stake in the tax debate?

With the failure over the summer to enact a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump and Congress are looking to score a major legislative accomplishment this fall that can unite the Republican Party. So all eyes have turned toward tax policy.

Mailbag: 'You look ridiculous'

Once again, President Donald Trump has been the dominant topic in reader emails to PolitiFact, though we’ve found that Hillary Clinton remains on the minds of some readers as well. Here’s a sampling of reader emails over the past few weeks, edited for space and clarity.

So what is the debt ceiling all about anyway?

For something that could have a profound effect on the nation’s economy, the debt ceiling is a pretty arcane topic. But no longer! Here are 10 questions and answers designed to shine some light on the subject.

Fact-checking Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the DACA immigration program

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end to a program that protected some 800,000 immigrants from deportation, claiming it was created by Obama’s administration as an overreach of executive power and that it circumvented the Constitution.

Trump and pardoning Joe Arpaio: What to know about the process

President Donald Trump has said he’s considering a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz. How unusual would that be?

Tracking Donald Trump's evolving positions on Afghanistan

When Donald Trump announced a way forward for the United States in Afghanistan, his decision to keep troops in the country was a sharp contrast to what he had said as a private citizen. It wasn’t, however, all that different from what he had said as a presidential candidate. Confused?

Donald Trump's Afghanistan address, fact-checked

President Donald Trump gave his first speech about the war in Afghanistan on Aug. 21, 2017.

Are there white nationalists in the White House?

The "Unite the Right" march in Charlottesville has brought the issue of white nationalism to the top of the nation’s agenda -- specifically, whether white nationalists are part of the White House staff.