Jacobson

Louis Jacobson

PolitiFact senior correspondent

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 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.

Email: ljacobson@politifact.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

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Correct as long as you define "Middle East" generously

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Later called it a 'joke,' but has used 'hoax' often

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

Fact-checking Donald Trump's speech calling Hillary Clinton 'a world-class liar'

After Hillary Clinton warned that Donald Trump would wreck the economy, Trump hit back, blasting Clinton's judgement and character. We examine 27 of Trump's charges. 

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's economic speech about Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton gave a speech on economic policy and spent most of her time going after Donald Trump. She made dozens of claims. We got started on checking a quite a few, and we'll add more soon.

Donald Trump has floated big tariffs. What could the impact be?

Donald Trump has floated double-digit tariffs for goods from such countries as China and Mexico. That's quietly worrying a lot of economists, who fear widespread economic repercussions.

Donald Trump's speech on the Orlando shooting, fact-checked

We summarize our fact-check of Donald Trump's speech about the shooting in Orlando. 

A closer look at the Anderson Cooper-Pam Bondi face-off

An interview in Orlando between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on June 14 has gone viral, due to Cooper’s aggressive questioning about her record on gay and lesbian issues. It also sparked a charges and counter-charges from Cooper and Bondi. We investigate them here.

The 10 biggest falsehoods from the year of Trump

One year ago today, Donald Trump descended a gilded escalator into a historic presidential campaign. He continues to make inaccurate statements, and we have spent the past year trying to keep up.  

7 things to know about guns and gun violence after Orlando

The largest mass shooting in U.S. history is certain to spur more discussion about the balance between gun rights and gun restrictions. Here are some of the key points about guns that have been made over the years.   The facts about gay men and blood donation in Orlando

7 things to know about guns and gun violence after Orlando

The largest mass shooting in U.S. history is certain to spur more discussion about the balance between gun rights and gun restrictions. Here are some of the key points about guns that have been made over the years.   The facts about gay men and blood donation in Orlando

Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's blistering attacks on Donald Trump's foreign policy

Hillary Clinton tore into Donald Trump for his past remarks about Russia, prisoners of war like John McCain and climate change. But not all of her attacks told the full story.

A list of the veterans groups Donald Trump says he donated to

At a contentious press conference, Donald Trump released the list of veterans groups that he and supporters raised money for earlier this year. We looked at the size and ratings of the charity groups.