Articles from July, 2009

Rationing? Democrat says it's happening already

Rep. Bill Pascrell said rationing is happening right now because of the high cost of health care. We check his evidence.

E-mail 'analysis' of health bill needs a check-up

Readers sent us a chain e-mail that comments on the House health reform bill page by page. Most of its factual assertions are wrong.

Break out the marshmallows!

It's double Pants on Fire! day at We check a chain e-mail on illegal immigrants and comments from TV and radio personality Glenn Beck.

Gates incident spurs discussion on race, crime

Pundits are talking after last week's arrest of African-American scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. We check their facts.

Sorting out the players in the health care debate

Want to know who's in and who's out in the health care debate? We did the dirty work for you.

Mailbag: 'Seriously twisted logic'

Readers take us to task for our items on oil imports, Hamas and incandescent light bulbs.

Obama wrong about health insurance profits

We check the president's claim about insurance company profits (False) and an unusual one from a health group leader about end-of-life care for seniors (Pants on Fire!).

Staving off the stove police?

House Republicans say the government will tell you what kind of stove you can have. Actually, there's more to the story.

More 'birther' announcements

Doubters of President Obama's citizenship have gained prominent new voices, but no new facts.

Summer flip-flops

We crank up our Flip-O-Meter and award two Full Flops — one to President Obama and one to Sarah Palin.

At 6-month mark, Obama has long to-do list

Halfway through his first year, we examine President Obama's record on our Obameter and Truth-O-Meter.

Health care reform bill jolts the Obameter

With a 1,000-page bill now pending in Congress, we move 10 promises from No Action to In the Works.

How both sides play tricks with stimulus numbers

Republicans talk about the money "spent." Democrats say "committed." Both can be right.

Rush to judgment

A left-leaning group says Republican Congressman Adam Putnam was silent after Rush Limbaugh called Sonia Sotomayor a racist. Actually, Putnam spoke up.

Day 1 of Sotomayor hearing: no 'meltdown' yet

We check two statements on Sonia Sotomayor as her confirmation hearings begin.

The (Half) Truth About Judge Sonia Sotomayor

The attacks against Obama's Supreme Court nominee have generally had some truth to them. But the truth has been exaggerated or twisted, earning a spate of Half True ratings.

A promise or a projection on unemployment?

Republicans contend the White House promised the stimulus would keep unemployment below 8 or 8.5 percent. We check the facts.

Obama wrong about oil imports to U.S.

President Obama keeps saying that "we import more oil today than ever before." But it's not true.

PolitiFact sniffs out distortions in GOP video

A Republican Web ad claims stimulus money bought a bridge to a saloon and paid a city worker to find more stimulus money. But we find the ad distorts the facts.

Democratic attack distorts McConnell's record

The Democrats say McConnell opposes jobs, health care for kids and equal pay for women. We conduct a reality check.

Mailbag: Readers celebrate freedom of expression

It's Fourth of July weekend, so what better time for our readers to sound off?

Obama's birth certificate: Final chapter. This time we mean it!

We address continued Internet speculation on the document.