Articles from January, 2014

Fact-checking 7 claims about marijuana

Discussions about legalizing marijuana have kept PolitiFact and PunditFact busy. Since the start of 2013, we’ve tackled claims related to pot 15 times, with 10 coming in the past six months. Here are seven claims that capture the ongoing debate.

Fact-checking Obama's 2014 State of the Union

We've checked Obama's State of the Union facts on wages, climate change, energy policy and our economic competition with China, as well as claims from reponses.

Mobile Truth-O-Meter, now just 99 cents

Our app for your phone or tablet is now just 99 cents for a limited time on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. That’s a buck off the regular price, so buy now!

Fact-checking McConnell, Cruz on the Sunday shows

Sens. Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz talked about President Barack Obama's upcoming State of the Union address.

On eve of the State of the Union address, a look at income inequality

As President Barack Obama puts the finishing touches on his State of the Union address, we take a look at one of the themes he's expected to bring up: income inequality.

Top 10 most fact-checked people on the Truth-O-Meter

President Barack Obama’s 500th fact-check inspired us to compile a list of the people we’ve fact-checked the most.

The 500 fact-checks of President Barack Obama

Our latest fact-check means we’ve put President Obama to the Truth-O-Meter test 500 times, more than any other politician on the Truth-O-Meter.

PunditFact's 'Super Sunday'

PunditFact wants your help finding sports-related facts to check in the run-up to the big game.

Fact-checking Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin gave a rare interview to ABC's "This Week." We fact-checked two of Putin's claims.

PolitiFact Virginia introduces the Macker-Meter

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, take heed: If you promised it during your campaign, PolitiFact Virginia will track it.

Fact-checking Gates' claims about Biden's foreign policy

In an in-depth investigation, we take a deep dive into the congressional record and newspaper archives to fact-check former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, whose new memoir is highly critical of Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy record.

Fact-checking Florida’s swing-district congressional race

Politics junkies wonder if a March special election will be a harbinger for November. PolitiFact Florida has fact-checks on Republican David Jolly and Democrat Alex Sink in the contest for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

How many people have been saved from poverty by unemployment insurance?

President Barack Obama marshaled a statistic on his Facebook page to show the value of long-term unemploymet benefits. But how accurate is it?

PunditFact fact-checks the Sunday Jan. 2 shows

The Sunday shows continued the coverage of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and "bridgegate."

Bridgegate: Were Fort Lee students 'children of Buono voters'?

As news linked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office to the George Washington Bridge lane closures in Fort Lee, we wondered about a text message then-Port Authority employee David Wildstein sent.

The story behind Rand Paul's son, Medicaid and Kentucky's marketplace

We can't fully explain why Paul's son was enrolled in Medicaid if he wasn't eligible. We suspect it gets complicated when parents buy insurance in one state and a child buys insurance in another.

The Truth-O-Meter takes on the polar vortex

We fact-check Rush Limbaugh on whether the polar vortex is a media creation and claims from Twitter that the United States has been colder than Mars in recent days.

PunditFact fact-checks Romney, the Sunday shows

Mitt Romney talked about the Sochi games, an MSNBC controversy and Obamacare during an interview on Fox News Sunday.

Fact-checking health care: a year-end report

The launch of and the continuing debate about the health care law gave us a lot to fact-check in 2013.

Fact-checking immigration: A year-end report

In 2013, the U.S. Senate passed immigration legislation, but it died in the House. Along the way, we rated plenty of claims from all sides.