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Jacobson

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. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014.

Email: ljacobson@tampabay.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Louis Jacobson

False

A scare tactic aimed at senior citizens

Mostly True

An accepted estimate that needs new data

Mostly False

Economic record is good, but not perfect

True

Money was slated for U.S. Botanic Garden repairs

Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

A closer look at an anti-Hillary Clinton meme

A reader asked us to check out a social-media meme critical of Hillary Clinton, so we did. Most of what it says isn't very accurate.

Six fact-checks related to African-American issues

As Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders speak at the National Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale, we look at some of our fact-checks of the 2016 presidential candidates’ comments on the black community.  

President Obama on Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show'

President Barack Obama and Jon Stewart discussed the economy, veteran homelessness and complicated relations with Iran in the president's last interview on The Daily Show.

Sorting out the facts in Jon Stewart's last interview with Barack Obama

President Barack Obama and Jon Stewart discussed the economy, veteran homelessness and complicated relations with Iran in the president's last interview on The Daily Show with Stewart as host. Both made claims that missed some of the facts.

A closer look at an old Bernie Sanders talking point

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently revived one of his old talking points about middle-class income stagnation. Sanders doesn't make the claim anymore, but it was interesting enough for us to take a deeper look at whether it's accurate.

Are illegal immigrants bringing ‘tremendous’ disease across the border, as Trump says? Unlikely

Donald Trump claimed that "tremendous infectious disease" is coming across the border. Experts said it’s a dubious claim.

Ever-evolving Charlie Crist considers run for redrawn 13th congressional district

The former governor's history in Florida politics is long and complex, just like his record on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter.

Fact-checking John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the latest Republican to throw his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race. Here, we take a look at some of the claims by Kasich that we've checked over the years.

The Planned Parenthood abortion video in context

An anti-abortion activist group released a video that they say proves Planned Parenthood "sells the body parts of aborted fetuses." Is it misleading?   We cull the video's trancript.   ALSO: Planned Parenthood says it doesn't harvest fetal tissue in Texas, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Fact-checking David Jolly, Florida's latest U.S. Senate candidate

U.S. Rep. Jolly, whose congressional district is poised to change significantly due to a court-ordered redrawing, is throwing his hat into the ring for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat.