Articles from March, 2012

Supreme Court debate: Switching sides on the individual mandate

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the health care law, we recall the flip-flops behind the debate. Some Republicans used to love it; Barack Obama was against it.

In Context: Bill Maher on women

(Want to comment? Go on, mouth off on our Facebook page.) Conservatives are trying to paint liberal comedian Bill Maher as the same kind of public relations hazard for Democrats that Rush Limbaugh has become for Republicans. Limbaugh ignited a firestorm when he called a Georgetown law student a "slut" and "prostitute" after she testified in Congress about health insurance and birth control. (To see her complete comments, read "In Context: In Context: Sandra Fluke on contraceptives and women's health.") Essentially, Limbaugh used misogynistic terms to attack a woman whose political view he opposes. Conservatives point out that at least one politician's daughter has not been off-limits to Maher. How similar are Maher’s and Limbaugh’s comments? We thought this would be a good subject for PolitiFact’s "In Context" series, where we publish controversial statements in their original context.  

Is the U.S. suffering an epidemic of rolling blackouts?

The nation's electrical grid faces long-term challenges. But have President Barack Obama's policies prompted widespread rolling blackouts?

Groggy? Daylight saving may be hazardous to your health

Still recovering from daylight saving time? Brace yourself. PolitiFact Georgia research shows that the time change may be hazardous to your health.

On the Stump: Checking Santorum’s Knoxville speech

PolitiFact is checking the GOP presidential candidates' stump speeches as they battle for the nomination. Now it's time for former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum to face the Truth-O-Meter. These checks are based on statements he made in Tennessee.

In Context: Sandra Fluke on contraceptives and women's health

Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke told an unofficial hearing of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on Feb. 23, 2012, that the omission of contraceptive coverage by her Jesuit school created "financial, emotional and medical burdens" for students. Her comments caught the ear of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who called Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" demanding that taxpayers pay for her to have sex. You've probably heard Limbaugh's words (for which he later said he apologized) repeated plenty. Here's what Fluke said that ignited his ire.

Super Tuesday guide: Finding truth in the attacks

It's Super Tuesday, and Georgians are heading to the polls. Here’s PolitiFact’s guide to the multimillion-dollar ad blitz. With the field down to four Republican contenders, campaigns and super PACs are attacking their opponents with hot-button allegations about supporting Planned Parenthood, Obamacare and even Nancy Pelosi that are designed to strike fear in the hearts of Republican voters. There's been some piling on. We've seen several examples where two (or more) candidates have made the same attack. The one candidate who hasn't been attacked much: Ron Paul. He's has been busy attacking others — but we didn’t find ads attacking him. (If you see one, send it our way!) Want to comment on our findings? Hit the "like" button on our Facebook page to post your thoughts. You can also follow us on Twitter.

Fact-checking pre-Super Tuesday campaign appearances

GOP presidential candidates stormed Georgia and the airwaves Sunday, buffeting voters with one more powerful gust of rhetoric during the final weekend before Super Tuesday Although the appearances were new, the talking points were largely the same. We’ve checked a few of them before. Here’s a look at statements from the three leading candidates: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum.  Want to comment? Go to our Facebook page. You can also try us on Twitter.