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Martha M. Hamilton

Former deputy editor

Martha Hamilton was an editor and writer with PolitiFact from 2010-2012. Before that, she was a writer and editor with the Washington Post, including stints as a personal finance columnist and editing the newspaper's Wall Street and corporate crime coverage. She is a contributor to The Audit, a Columbia Journalism Review blog on financial journalism and is working on a book about financial journalism to be published in 2012. Her previous books include "Black & White & Red All Over: The Story of a Friendship" with Washington Post columnist Warren Brown and "The Great American Grain Robbery," an investigative look at the international grain trade.

Email: martha1hamilton@gmail.com

The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Martha M. Hamilton

Half-True

It's been double every single month back to at least January 2001

Pants on Fire!

Calculation is based on all compensation for every employee, not just bonuses

Mostly False

Starting just one month later -- Obama's first full month -- paints a very different picture

Recent stories from Martha M. Hamilton

Checking Romney's secret weapon: Infographics

Mitt Romney's campaign has been attacking President Barack Obama for how the economy has treated key demographic groups. Each time the Romney campaign has used the same tactic: Hurling a blizzard of negative statistics in neatly organized graphics. How accurate are they?

Checking a claim on Facebook about bank bonuses

A statistic was twisted by a game of telephone in its journey from a coroporate annual report to a Facebook post.

PolitiFact and MTV team up for fantasy politics game

MTV will be using our Truth-O-Meter ratings to help power its new game, "Fantasy Politics '12."  Players will gain or lose points based on the ratings candidates earn from PolitiFact.

A shirtless Putin and Obama as secret agent

A funny ad from American Crossroads makes fun of President Obama's private comments to a Russian diplomat. We turn up on the volume on what Obama really said.

Fact-checking a pair of claims on crime

The killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., has driven politicians of all stripes to make claims about firearms and crime. Today, we look at two of them.

In Context: Hilary Rosen saying Ann Romney 'never worked a day in her life'

Our latest installment in our In Context series putting controversial statements in their full context: what Democratic strategist and CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney's work experience.

Romney campaign blames Obama for women's economic distress

Romney ratchets up the rhetoric to blame the president. But we find two claims are Mostly False.

Fake 'Arizona border raid' a lie that won't die

A version of a chain email debunked two years ago makes fresh rounds — with a fresh date. "Why was there no news coverage of this raid on the Arizona border? ... Seizure was just five days ago. Right on the Arizona border!" Just five days ago? On the Arizona border? Nope.

The veep-stakes

With the question of who will be at the top of the Republican presidential ticket looking more and more settled, attention is turning to the No. 2 spot. Who will be the vice presidential pick?

Their eyes are on November

President Barack Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney used dueling speeches to newspaper executives to preview the general election campaign.