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 tweetstorm about Mueller, Russia

Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, President Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm criticizing the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Here’s a look at where Trump had a point and where his tweets were either misleading or wrong.

Hope Hicks and the history of White House 'white lies'

According to news reports, White House communications director Hope Hicks testified to the House Intelligence Committee that she had told "white lies" as part of her job representing President Donald Trump. Within 24 hours, Hicks announced her departure from the White House.

Donald Trump's dubious attack on U.S.-Canada trade

Most of the time, Canada isn’t the biggest target of ire for American politicians. But in a speech to governors on Feb. 26, President Donald Trump took aim at the country’s neighbors to the north, calling out the balance of trade between the two nations.

Donald Trump at CPAC gives misleading impression about immigration, MS-13

Speaking at the conservative CPAC conference in Washington, President Donald Trump took a hard line on immigration and again used the deadly Central American gang MS-13 as an example.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's 2018 speech at CPAC

The president repeated several falsehoods in a speech that covered a lot of ground at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 23, 2018.

George Washington’s lessons and the future of political civility

Exactly five years ago, we published an article titled, "What Would George Do?" It stemmed from a visit to the restored colonial city of Williamsburg, Va., where we discovered a gem of a book: George Washington’s Rules of Civility. We revisited this topic to see how things have changed in the past half-decade.

What we know about mass shootings

With each tragedy, we hear arguments about gun violence, mental health, how firearms should be regulated and what’s driving the prevalence of mass shootings. PolitiFact has worked for years to research these topics to explain talking points used by all sides of the debate.

Fact-checking Richard Corcoran and Andrew Gillum's fiery debate on sanctuary cities

The pair’s Feb. 13 debate about sanctuary cities came less than two weeks after Corcoran’s political committee released a TV ad that promotes HB 9, which would ban sanctuary cities in the state of Florida.

The age of cherry-picking

These days, it isn’t just that Republicans are from Mars and Democrats are from Venus. Increasingly, politicians on either side are cherry-picking evidence to support their version of reality.

How quickly will the new tax law affect the economy?

The White House would love for the tax bill President Donald Trump signed into law in December to start affecting taxpayers and the economy at large as soon as possible. How soon might that happen?