Bill McCarthy is a staff writer for PunditFact and PolitiFact. Previously, he worked as a reporter for PolitiFact North Carolina at the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, and before that as an intern with PolitiFact's national team in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Duke University, where he majored in public policy and earned a certificate in policy journalism.

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All the president’s pundits: Meet Trump’s TV-ready impeachment defense team

President Donald Trump has put together a TV-ready defense team stacked with high-profile attorneys for his Senate impeachment trial. Some members have spent a lot of time in the spotlight.

Why many Democrats have supported the USMCA deal

Democrats on the debate stage in Iowa said President Donald Trump's renegotiated trade deal with Mexico and Canada is marginally better than the agreement it’s set to replace. Here's why many Democrats have supported the USMCA.

Trump, top officials send mixed messages on Soleimani, Iran

President Donald Trump and his team of national security officials have offered shifting explanations for the airstrike that killed top Iranian military leader Gen. Qassem Soleimani. We reviewed their contradictions.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's speech after Iran missile strikes on US troops

President Donald Trump said U.S. troops in Iraq had not been harmed by Iranian missile strikes launched in retaliation for a U.S. airstrike that killed one of Iran’s top military leaders, Gen. Qassem Soleimani. He also made a number of statements about Soleimani and U.S. relations with Iran. Here’s a roundup of key claims, fact-checked and with additional context.

The facts on housing affordability in the United States

PolitiFact checked out the available research and talked to experts to get a sense of how bad the nation’s affordable housing problems have become for both homeowners and renters.

Trump repeats many falsehoods in letter to Pelosi about impeachment

On the day before the impeachment vote in the House, President Donald Trump wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to protest impeachment. We fact-checked several misleading statements.

Editing tricks in viral Biden ad intensify world leaders’ seeming distaste for Trump

We found that Biden's ad was edited, with clips sometimes shown out of order or out of context, in ways that intensify the campaign’s message and iron out nuances. But a look at the more complete source material doesn’t create a substantially different impression.

Did Trump’s freeze on Ukraine aid violate the Impoundment Control Act?

The Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report makes the case that President Donald Trump violated an obscure Nixon-era law by freezing aid to Ukraine.

Fact-checking House Republicans’ impeachment report defending Trump on Ukraine

House Republicans released a 123-page impeachment report defending President Donald Trump’s actions on Ukraine. Several key points needed a fact-check.

Trump mischaracterizes Ukrainian president’s comments from new interview

After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky answered questions about the House impeachment inquiry in an interview, President Donald Trump said Zelensky announced that Trump did nothing wrong. We looked at Zelensky's remarks in context.