The Farley file:
Robert Farley

Former staff Writer, PolitiFact

Robert Farley was a staff writer for PolitiFact and a reporter with the St. Petersburg Times from 1998 to July 2011. Before joining the PolitiFact team in early 2008, he worked a stint on the newspaper's investigative team and won a 2008 Casey Medal for stories about the dramatic rise in antipsychotic drugs prescribed to children. In 2006, Farley won a first place award for general feature writing from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors for a story about a former girlfriend of rock icon Jim Morrison.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Robert Farley

"Our unemployment rate has been higher than 8 percent for more than two-and-a-half years, far above what the Obama Administration promised with the 'stimulus.' "

"Our government has spent $2.6 million to teach Chinese prostitutes how to drink responsibly."

"The deficit was on track to top $1 trillion the year I took office."

"President Reagan did it (raised the debt ceiling) 18 times.  George W. Bush did it seven times."

Says a quote at the top of the redesigned website for the Department of Justice comes from a socialist who wanted to impose global common law.

Says that when President Bill Clinton raised the top tax rates to levels now proposed by Obama, the country experienced significant job growth.

"We have provided at least 16 tax cuts to small businesses."

"Forty percent of the Fortune 500 were started either by immigrants or children of immigrants."

"My husband and I have never gotten a penny of money from the farm."

"What I have done -- and this is unprecedented ... is I've said to each agency ... 'look at regulations that are already on the books and if they don't make sense, let's get rid of them.'"  

Recent stories from Robert Farley
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Fact-checking President Obama's press conference

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Fact-checking Michele Bachmann on 'Face the Nation'

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Oil reserves tapped, promise kept

President Barack Obama's controversial decision to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help replace oil production lost due to unrest in Libya also fulfills a campaign promise.

Lawmakers, Perry stand up for incandescents

Texas lawmakers and Gov. Rick Perry have taken a stand for the right of every Texan to buy Texas-made incandescent light bulbs. The proposal just signed into law reminds us that we’ve illuminated bulb claims before.

California congressional race heats up

It's Los Angeles, so maybe we shouldn't be surprised to see such attention-grabbing campaign videos. But where does the truth lie?

Fact-checking Michele Bachmann

We look back at memorable statements from the Republican candidate for president

Fact-checking the Republican debate in New Hampshire

We've posted new fact-checks of Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich.

The truth on the bus goes round and round...

Sarah Palin took a break from her family vacation/ "One Nation" bus tour of America to do an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. We found the truth was apparently also on vacation.

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