Articles from June, 2010

Elena Kagan and the military recruiters at Harvard Law School

We recap the full story, reviewing our Truth-O-Meter rulings along the way.

Once again, Arizona governor jumps into debate over illegal immigration

But we find Gov. Jan Brewer's claim -- that "the majority of the people that are coming to Arizona and trespassing are now becoming drug mules" -- is unsupported by the facts.

Fact-checking the Kagan hearings on Day 2

We summarize our fact-checks on Elena Kagan's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Truth-O-Meter arrives in Rhode Island

The Providence Journal launches PolitiFact Rhode Island, our fourth state site. More are on the way.

Checking up on Obama's campaign promises

We continue reporting the status of more than 500 of Barack Obama's campaign promises.

Reid comes out swinging

Harry Reid set the tone for a knock-down-drag-out with an attack ad against Republican challenger Sharron Angle. We check two of the ad's claims.

Did Obama inherit the McChrystal 'problem' from President Bush?

In a rant, liberal TV host Ed Schultz suggested that the "problem" of Gen. Stanley McChrystal is something President Barack Obama "inherited from the Bush Administration." We beg to differ.

BP apologist in charge after 2010? Not so fast

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel warns that Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, could wield a pro-oil-industry gavel next year. But there's good reason to believe he won't.

Checking Rahm Emanuel's appearance on 'This Week'

We put the White House Chief of Staff to the Truth-O-Meter.

Snooki vs. Obama

In a promo for the new season of MTV's Jersey Shore, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi says Obama has taxed her right out of the indoor tanning salons.

Fact-checking the oil spill

We summarize our latest findings about the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Another gem from Alabama: 'Gather your armies'

The latest Alabama ad to go viral has a congressional candidate talking with the Founding Fathers. We check the facts. 

New Obameter promise: Will Obama fail the whales?

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised more limits on commercial whaling. Environmental groups are concerned he is backing away from the pledge.

Clean-up plans for oil spills make interesting reading

Congressman Bart Stupak criticizes Exxon Mobil's priorities, saying there are more pages on the media than on oil removal.

Checking the facts in the Arizona Senate race

We check two claims in the battle between Sen. John McCain and former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

Was Obama's spill response hamstrung by law?

We explore a claim from Donna Brazile that federal law has put limits on the Obama administration's response to the oil spill.

Fact-checking Boehner and Hoyer on 'This Week'

The Republican and Democratic leaders discuss the budget and other issues. We check the facts.

Pondering the perfect game of 1956

The baseball fans here at PolitiFact couldn't resist fact-checking pundit George Will's description of Don Larsen's perfect game.

Debunking chain e-mail

Our in-box is full of chain e-mail! We check out claims on immigration, Muslim voters, gun laws, and taxing your health care benefits.

Playing the ref on Halliburton and the Iraq war

Arianna Huffington and Liz Cheney sparred over Iraq war contracts. We sort out a long history.

Whoomp! There he isn't!

We settle the important question of whether that's Barack Obama in the Whoomp! video.

Checking the facts from ABC's 'This Week'

We've posted three items from Sunday's show and have two others in the works, including one on the disagreement between Arianna Huffington and Liz Cheney about Halliburton.

Fact-checking is peachy: PolitiFact Georgia

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution launches our newest state site, checking campaigns in the peach state.

Pants on Fire in California; Barely True in Alabama

In the first segment of our Message Machine partnership with NPR, we review some of the ads in the California primary.

The Gulf Coast oil spill and cap and trade

An advocay group says the spill means it's time for cap-and-trade energy legislation. We fact-check a critical statement on oil dependence.

Glenn Beck gets it right on public support for Arizona immigration law

Talk show host said that most Americans support a new immigration law in Arizona. The numbers back him up.

Demon Sheep 2: Counting sheared sheep not so easy

We look into the American workforce at Carly Fiorina's HP and find fuzzy numbers.

Is Whitman a porn peddler?

In a web-only video ad, California gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner accuses his Republican primary opponent Meg Whitman of peddling porn as CEO of eBay. We check the facts.