Articles from June, 2012

Obama, Romney stumble in reactions to SCOTUS decision

After the Supreme Court upheld the health care law, both Obama and Romney spoke on one key issue -- whether Americans can keep their health insurance under the law. 

Fact-checking claims about the individual mandate

We review our fact-checks in light of the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. 

U.S. Supreme Court upholds health care law

Now that the court has ruled on the Affordable Care Act, we'll be reviewing and updating Obama's promises on health care on our Obameter.

Top 5 falsehoods about the health care law

With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the health care law, we name the top 5 False and Pants on Fire claims. 

Have lip readers figured out Michelle Obama's 9/11 comments?

A chain email claims that a lip-reading instructor for the River School has determined that at a 9/11 ceremony, Michelle Obama said, "All this for a damn flag." We check the facts.

Truth-stretching about Arizona immigration law

We've checked many claims about SB 1070, the Arizona immigration law, and often found the claims were a stretch.

JPEG propaganda: a new twist for Facebook posts

With Facebook now serving as the town square for American politics, activists -- and powerful interest groups -- have found a new way to hang posters.

Is there wildlife in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

Dave Weldon, a former member of Congress running for the U.S. Senate in Florida, doesn't think so. We check with experts to see if he is right.

'Illegal Alien Facts' vs. the Truth-O-Meter

A widely circulated Facebook post makes some claims about illegal immigrants. We put several of them to the Truth-O-Meter.  

Michigan lawmaker sparks furor with one word: vagina

The word is rarely used in legislative discourse. Now it's what everybody's talking about.

Checking the facts on Romneycare and Obamacare

As we await a Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Democratic health care law, a widely circulated Facebook post makes some provocative claims about the differences between Obamacare and Romneycare. We put the claims to the Truth-O-Meter.

Is the NRA right that Obama is 'coming for our guns'?

A mailer from the National Rifle Association says President Obama voted to outlaw deer-hunting ammunition and that his comments show he's coming for our guns. We check the facts.

"The deciding vote?" All 60 of them!

We look at TV ads claiming various senators were "the deciding vote" for the health care law. 

Checking up on Obama's campaign promises

Throughout the summer we'll be updating the promises we're tracking with the Obameter. Here's the latest on five of them.

Claims and counter-claims on Mitt Romney's Massachusetts record

Romney boasts about his jobs record; Obama blames Romney for outsourcing. We check the facts.

In Context: 'The private sector is doing fine'

Mitt Romney pounced on a comment that President Barack Obama made at a news conference that "the private sector is doing fine." Here's the statement in context.

No, that's not what the Truth-O-Meter said

As the campaign heats up, candidates and political groups are incorrectly describing our ratings. We put their claims about the Truth-O-Meter to the Truth-O-Meter.

In Context: Bill Clinton on extending tax cuts

The former president's comments about extending the Bush tax cuts have stirred up a fuss. Here's what he said, in context.

Low wattage claims

The House approved two amendments Tuesday night to repeal a Bush-era law on light bulbs  Here's a compilation of our many fact-checks on the light bulb law and what it would really do.

The battle over job growth in Massachusetts

The Obama and Romney campaigns have been sparring over the former Massachusetts' governor's job creation record. We sift through the data.

The Truth-O-Meter returns to New Hampshire

The Telegraph of Nashua has just launched PolitiFact New Hampshire, our 11th state site.

A scorecard on the economy under Barack Obama

With the economy at the center of the presidential campaign, we check the numbers to see what's up and what's down.

Coming soon: PolitiFact's scorecard on the economy

Coming today on PolitiFact is a scorecard of the U.S. economy under President Barack Obama.