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.
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson
Says Nelson Mandela "was a communist."
"FACT: Repealing Obamacare would be easier than repealing Prohibition."
"44% of homeless people are employed."
Recent stories from Louis JacobsonPolitiFact names its 2013 Lie of the Year
PolitiFact National has chosen the most significant falsehood of the year: President Barack Obama's repeated statement, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it'
PolitiFact has chosen the most significant falsehood of the year: President Barack Obama's repeated statement, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."Spin in the no-spin zone? PunditFact fact-checks O'Reilly
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly caught the attention of fact-checkers recently with claims about marijuana and communism.PunditFact fact-checks Bill O'Reilly on Nelson Mandela
On The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly said that Nelson Mandela "was a great man. But he was a communist." Was O'Reilly right?Would repealing Obamacare be easier than repealing Prohibition?
Amending the Constitution is usually toughter than passing laws. But when it comes to Obamacare, things get a bit more complicated.Fact-checking the Dec. 8 Sunday shows
Fox analyst Brit Hume said Sunday that President Barack Obama’s decision to start talking about raising the minimum wage and income inequality was a political calculation to shift the discussion away from the health care law. If so, it worked.Fact-checking the Dec. 8 news shows
Fox analyst Brit Hume said Sunday that President Barack Obama’s decision to start talking about raising the minimum wage and income inequality was a political calculation to shift the discussion away from the health care law. If so, it worked.Fact-checking claims on the nuclear deal with Iran
A reader sent us a Facebook meme breaking down the Iran nuclear deal reached last month and asked us to take a look at it. We reviewed the complicated agreement and several of its implications for the United States and Iran.Fact checking claims about low-income workers
With a presidential speech on income inequality and strikes by fast-food workers in the news, we fact-check two recent claims about the plight of low-income workers.Mailbag: The non-Obamacare edition
Much of our recent correspondence from readers has been about President Barack Obama's health care law. But not all of it. Here's a rundown of some of the comments from readers about our work on other subjects.
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