Articles from May, 2009

Firestorm over firefighters

Sonia Sotomayor ruled against white firefighters who sued their city for discrimination. Rush misleads in the retelling.

Supreme Court reversals explained

We look at the facts behind Sonia Sotamayor's rulings and what the Supreme Court has said about them.

Sotomayor and 'A Latina Judge's Voice'

Critics of Sonia Sotomayor point to remarks on race and gender in a speech she gave. We provide needed context.

Getting the facts about Sonia Sotomayor

We explore some of the early claims about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Obama sings backup on new PolitiFact song

We unveil our new theme song. Like all good rock 'n' roll, it's about lies, deceit and tax policy.

A Promise Kept on the credit card bill of rights

The bill Obama signed Friday fulfills Promise No. 33 on our Obameter.

Cheney vs. Obama

President Obama and former Vice President Cheney offer sharply different views about dealing with terrorism. We check two of their facts and find they're both right.

Congress cools to Obama plan for Gitmo

The president's plan to close the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay hits a snag as Congress strips money to close the base from a war spending bill.

Your guide to distortions on health care

The attacks have already started on health care, and accuracy is taking a hit.

The whole story behind the burned Bibles

The Pentagon took them away because rules say soldiers can't convert locals.

Mailbag: 'Your PolitiFact is just again laughable!'

Readers rage against the Truth-O-Meter on Nancy Pelosi, Newt Gingrich, Joe Biden ...

A Pants on Fire claim about hate crimes bill

Some critics say the hate crimes bill would provide special protection for pedophiles and other sexual deviants. We find that's Pants on Fire wrong.

Playing the blame game on torture

We examine claims by Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi on the controversy over torture.

MoveOn Takes Up Cram-Down

The Senate voted down new rules to help homeowners in bankruptcy. MoveOn says the naysayers got millions in campaign money from the finance industry.

TV ad wrong that health panel has British accent

An ad from the group Conservatives for Patients Rights claims a new U.S. health panel is modeled after the British system. But we find few similarities.

Chain e-mail sings familiar tune with new chorus

A new chain e-mail makes the familiar (false) claim that Obama is a Muslim, with a new (false) twist that he's flying "Hamas refugees" to the United States — and a senator takes it seriously.

Obama exaggerates role of 'pay as you go' rules

Obama says the PAYGO rule "is the principle that helped transform large deficits into surpluses in the 1990s." We find that's a stretch.

Rush reads the rules

Rush Limbaugh talks about how Republicans could try to bottle up court nominees in committee. We find he has the facts right.

The man who would be the regulatory czar

Conservative groups portray Cass Sunstein, the nominee for regulatory chief, as a radical on animal rights and free speech on the Internet. We find he's had some provocative ideas, but his words have been exaggerated.

Biden wrong on sneezing

The vice president is wrong about the spread of a sneeze inside an airplane. Studies show the germs don't travel far.  

Mailbag: 'Get a spine and call it right'

We open the mail and hear your feedback about Armenian genocide, the Gingrich Half-Flip and cigarette taxes. One reader asks, "Who put up this site ... Romney?"