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Louis Jacobson

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 Naval Academy commencement address

President Donald Trump addressed U.S. Naval Academy graduates on May 25, 2018, mixing inspirational words on bravery with inaccurate claims about military pay raises and the U.S. Navy size. 

Donald Trump made 8 misleading claims about immigration on Fox and Friends

President Donald Trump repeated several misleading talking points about immigration during an interview with Fox & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade. We counted at least 8 faulty claims in less than five minutes.

One year into Mueller probe, a review of attacks and key questions

It’s been one year to the day since Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate  "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump." So who’s on Mueller’s team? What has he done -- publicly, at least -- during his first year? What limits does Mueller face in investigating the president? And what tools can Trump use to stymie Mueller’s probe?

Can Robert Mueller subpoena Donald Trump? A look at the legal precedents

Is being president enough to stymie a subpoena? There’s some historical precedent, but no exact fit legally.

PolitiFact fact-checks West Virginia's GOP Senate primary

Tuesday’s Republican primary for a U.S. Senate nomination has been intense -- and the veracity of the leading candidates has often been challenged. On the eve of Election Day, we’ll recap some of the biggest themes at issue in the race between three major candidates: former coal CEO Don Blankenship, U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, and state attorney general Patrick Morrisey. The winner will face the Democratic incumbent, Joe Manchin.

Donald Trump's NRA speech, fact-checked

We fact-checked his May 4, 2018, address to the NRA-ILA forum.

Mailbag: ‘I rate your service as Scorched Pantyhose’

PolitiFact readers aren’t afraid to share their opinions with us. So here’s a selection of emailed comments, complaints, and compliments we’ve received since January, edited for length and clarity.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's interview on Fox & Friends

Donald Trump made several comments in his interview on Fox & Friends that required more context.

Can Donald Trump fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dumped gasoline on a raging debate about presidential authority when she said President Donald Trump "certainly believes he has the power to" fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s tweets about the border, DACA

President Donald Trump tweeted Happy Easter wishes on Sunday, and shortly after followed up with tweets bashing Mexico and Democrats for immigration problems in the United States. Here’s a closer look at Trump’s tweets, fact-checked and with context.