Articles from November, 2012

Help PolitiFact in Washington pick its Lie of the Year

It's time to choose the Lie of the Year--and PolitiFact in Washington seeks your help.

Chairman McCaul's 2011 baby doll claim

Michael McCaul has a short PolitiFact report card, including a baby doll claim.

Rick Perry's promises, metered

We’re getting closer to rating the fulfillment, or not, of all of Rick Perry’s 2010 campaign promises.

PolitiFact's Thanksgiving guide

Find yourself sitting beside a relative who has sent you lots of chain emails? Here's PolitiFact's annual guide on what to say. Stash it under the green bean casserole (or JELL-O) until you need it.

Secession and the Truth-O-Meter

Texas can’t secede, we’ve noted. That hasn’t kept residents from signing a petition.

The value of fact-checking in the 2012 campaign

Critics harrumph that fact-checking doesn't work because politicians keep lying. But politicians aren't our audience. Voters are.

Report cards for Ted Cruz, Tammy Baldwin, Tim Kaine

Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas already has a Truth-O-Meter report card. So do Sens.-elect Tammy Baldwin, the Wisconsin Democrat who defeated a former governor to win a Senate seat, and Tim Kaine, the Virginia Democrat who bested a fellow former governor.

Fact-checking the whoppin’ Texas ballot

What a Texas ballot! And just in time for Election Day, we’re piling up our related fact checks.

Medicare cuts, a talking point that sticks around

If you've followed the campaign, you've heard a version of it: To pay for Obamacare, President Barack Obama would harm seniors by cutting $716 billion from Medicare.     What started with obscure congressional debate and a few media mentions has now been repeated by dozens — maybe hundreds — of politicians.

Biggest falsehoods of the presidential campaign

PolitiFact in Washington has identified some whoppers.