Articles from December, 2010

Phoenix as kidnapping capital tops reader favorites

When Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst referred to Phoenix in June as the world's No. 2 kidnapping capital, it got our attention. Our resulting review proved to be one of our readers' favorite truth tests, though statements by Rick Perry, John Cornyn and even Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert also intrigued readers. Click on for our inaugural Top 10.

Keeping tabs on the 2010 "Texan of the Year"

Gov. Rick Perry, who whupped a U.S. senator and Houston's former mayor in 2010, is the Dallas Morning News' Texan of the Year. Announcing its choice, the paper noted Perry's penchant for "bold declarations" — something we've also noticed. In honor of Perry's most recent honor, we offer our most-read checks of Perry statements.

Following Perry, we dive into income tax history

Gov. Rick Perry has traced Washington's downfall to the federal income tax and Woodrow Wilson. We wanted to know how much the 28th president was to blame...

PolitiFact Natonal's Lie of the Year: Government 'takeover of health care'

The Republican talking point was the most pervasive falsehood of the year, used hundreds of times by GOP leaders and candidates. And it worked: a majority of Americans believe the law is a government takeover.

Mailbag: "Reassign the PolitiFact staff to obits."

The election's over, but we're still busy checking claims that make us wonder. And readers keep writing when they disagree with the rating...

Fact-checking attacks on the DREAM Act

With the DREAM Act heating up in Congress, so too is rhetoric about it. We take a look at claims from opponents of the proposal, which would provide a path to citizenship for children brought to the United States illegally who later complete two years in college or the military. U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, is among the foes.

Dewhurst statement could be PolitiFact Lie of the Year

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst of Texas has landed a statement now in the running for 2010 Lie of the Year (though the same statement was, uh, kidnapped by others)...