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Tom Tobin

Education Editor, Tampa Bay Times

Tom Tobin is the education editor at the Tampa Bay Times, formerly the St. Petersburg Times.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Tom Tobin

Obama says America is great, but let's "try to change it."

"We have more coal reserves in the United States than they have oil reserves in Saudi Arabia."

"I supported the surge when you didn't."

"We reduced abortion. We increased adoptions by 135 percent."

"I saved the taxpayers $2-billion on a bogus Air Force Boeing tanker deal where people went to jail."

"Our children's safety is potentially at risk because nearly half of the apple juice consumed by our children comes from apples grown in China."

"Going to public financing really disadvantages Democrats because you're not able to raise funds between the day you win the primaries and the time you're officially nominated."

"Fences have not worked. The Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall. That's not good among peoples, especially friends like the United States and Mexico."

"When I was mayor of New York City, I encouraged adoptions. Adoptions went up 65-70 percent. Abortions went down 16 percent."

If African-Americans vote their percentage of the population in 2008, "Mississippi is suddenly a Democratic state."

Recent stories from Tom Tobin
Fact-checking attacks on Common Core school standards

PolitiFact Florida recently looked at alarming claims about Common Core, school standards that are being adopted by more than 40 states. Some of the attacks received a failing grade.

Fact-checking attacks on Common Core school standards

We look at alarming claims about Common Core, school standards that are being adopted by more than 40 states. Some of the attacks received a failing grade.

Romney misses easy grounder

At the CNN/YouTube debate, the candidates argued about immigration, crime and Iraq. We found they generally got their facts right, although Huckabee distorted the facts on an education program for immigrants and Romney missed an easy one about the Red Sox.

The perils of public financing

Bill Richardson and other critics overstate the drawbacks of John Edwards' decision to take public financing

A divide over fences

To illustrate his concerns about a fence between the United States and Mexico, Bill Richardson cites problems with the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall. But the history of those famous fences is not so clear.

Giuliani's "culture of life," defined

Giuliani has been an adoption advocate, but now he says that's the same as being an abortion foe.

Obama: I'm a magnet for turnout

The Democrat says he can draw black voters and young people to the polls in a big way, but experts have their doubts.

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