Articles from January, 2011

Fact-checking Egypt's history on human rights

This Week with Christiane Amanpour focused on the protests in Egypt.  

Job-crushing, granny-threatening, budget-busting monstrosity?

In a speech on Friday, President Barack Obama ridiculed opponents of the health care law for misrepresenting it that way. It so happens PolitiFact has weighed in all three of these Republican attacks.

Pence vs. the Truth-O-Meter

U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, former chair of the House Republican Conference, ended months of speculation with a formal announcement that he will not run for president in 2012. We review his record so far on the Truth-O-Meter.

The State of the Union 'bump' -- in accuracy

The three speakers on Tuesday night -- President Barack Obama and Republican Reps. Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann -- were more careful than other politicians during the 2010 campaign in providing needed caveats to their statistical claims.

Fact-checking Obama's State of the Union speech

Obama struck a centrist tone in his second State of the Union speech, arguing for corporate tax cuts and fewer government regulations.

Judging the 'Job Killing'

We examine an ever-increasing charge that Democratic proposals are "job killing."

PolitiFact's greatest hits on health care

This week's debate over the health care law included many claims that we've put to the Truth-O-Meter.

The Obama scorecard

At the two-year mark of his presidency, we tally how President Obama is doing on his campaign promises. He's got 26 percent Promises Kept and 8 percent Broken.

The Obama halftime report

At the midway point in his four-year term, we examine six of President Obama's campaign promises that illustrate the successes, failures and challenges of his presidency.

Did the White House "brand" memorial service with logo and slogan?

Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin says the White House "branded" the University of Arizona memorial service for victims of the Arizona shootings with a slogan, "Together We Thrive," a logo and T-shirts. But did the White House actually orchestrate all that?

Fact-checking claims about guns and violence

Since the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, firearms and violence have dominated the national discussion. We put three claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Tips and tricks for our new PolitiFact features

We've created new promise features and made some improvements to our search engine.

Has the GOP already broken its promise on spending?

The parties are jockeying about whether the Republicans have broken their promise to cut $100 billion "in the first year." We check the facts and explain the principles for our future Pledge-O-Meter ruling.

PolitiFact adds three meters to the family

We add new meters to track the campaign promises of governors in Georgia , Ohio and Oregon.

Lie of the Year generates more discussion

Nothing we've published before has generated this much debate. Our 2010 Lie of the Year continues to prompt editorials, letters to the editor and a speech on the House floor.

GOP gets its meter moving

Republicans adopt rules for the House, addressing several of their promises. We crank up our new GOP Pledge-O-Meter.

What the Republicans promised in the campaign

As Republicans take control of the U.S. House, we thought it would be helpful to provide an overview of their campaign promises, which we'll be tracking on our GOP Pledge-O-Meter.

New PolitiFact features to hold governors accountable

Our state partners are launching features that track campaign promises of new governors.

Tracking Republican promises with our new GOP Pledge-O-Meter

We've compiled a database of the Republican leaders' campaign promises and will be tracking and rating them with  our new GOP Pledge-O-Meter. It will use the same rating system as our award-winning Obameter.