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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.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

The number of jobs created and people lifted out of poverty during Bill Clinton’s presidency was "a hundred times" what it was under President Ronald Reagan.

Says former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said that "if the workers are more insecure, that's very healthy for the society" because "they'll serve the masters gladly and passively."

"More women are graduating from college now than men."

Amid the "crisis at our southern border," there are "reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as … Ebola virus."

Former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney are "unable to visit Europe due to outstanding warrants."

Republicans "went out of the way to praise (Eric) Holder's nomination. ... Not a single Republican senator opposed Eric Holder's nomination."

"We spend $18 billion a year on making sure that the federal government has immigrant enforcement agents. That's more than DEA and the ATF and the FBI and all the other enforcement (agencies) combined."

"74 percent of Republicans support the Affordable Care Act."

Says "nothing" in Obama’s $3.7 billion request to address the child immigrant situation "actually secures the border."

The U.S. Supreme Court is "five guys who start determining what contraceptions are legal."

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson
Are Rick Perry, Rand Paul and Barack Obama on the same page on Iraq?

Perry and Paul have opposing views on whether America should intervene in other countries' conflicts, but their solutions for Iraq have similarities with each other -- and with President Barack Obama.

Fact-checking claims on immigration

The surge of unaccompanied children at the U.S. border, primarily coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, has the politicians and pundits talking. We're checking the facts.

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.

Mailbag: 'PolitiFact is a hack for the fantasy of centrism'

PolitiFact readers weigh in on the Clintons' finances, school shootings and even who invented the airplane.

Fact-checking claims from the Hobby Lobby case

The Supreme Court's close ruling about Hobby Lobby and contraception has generated debate, so we're looking at a few factual claims surrounding the case. 

PunditFact fact-checks the June 29 news shows

Bill Clinton still wanted to talk about his family's wealth, while Republicans accused President Barack Obama of executive branch overreach.

Fact-checking the June 29 news shows

Bill Clinton still wanted to talk about his family's wealth, while Republicans accused President Barack Obama of executive branch overreach.

Your guide to the Sunday June 29 news shows

Every Friday PunditFact gives you the first look at the guests on the Sunday news shows. On Sunday, we see if what they said is true. You can read how they fared here or weekly in the Daily Beast.

Debunking the Obama 'firsts' chain email

A chain email claims to run down all of President Barack Obama's "firsts" in office -- and they're all negative. We fact-checked four specific claims from the dozens on the list. The ones we checked are all wrong.

How many billionaires support the Democratic vs. Republican parties?

Harry Reid said Democrats don't have many billionaire supporters compared with Republicans. That got us combing through the available data -- which is far from complete. A lot of campaign spending still happens without public disclosure.

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