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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Fact-checking the Ohio Democratic presidential debate

Twelve presidential candidates assembled in Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, on Oct. 15 for the fourth and largest Democratic primary debate so far.

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s claims about Syria and US troop withdrawal

President Donald Trump shocked lawmakers when he announced the United States would be withdrawing troops from the Syrian border with Turkey. We fact-checked related claims he made on Twitter and at an Oct. 7 press conference.

Timeline: The Trump impeachment inquiry

Under the umbrella of an impeachment inquiry, House Democrats are investigating President Donald Trump and whether he abused his presidential power by withholding aid to Ukraine while asking its government to look into his political rival Joe Biden.

9 things Donald Trump got wrong today on Ukraine, a whistleblower and the media

We fact-checked multiple falsehoods by President Donald Trump during an Oct. 2 press conference in which he spoke about his phone call with the president of Ukraine.

Adam Schiff's retelling of Donald Trump's Ukraine phone call isn't treason

Even in today’s atmosphere of heightened political rhetoric, the word "treason" stands out.

In context: Adam Schiff’s dramatized version of the Trump-Zelensky call

President Donald Trump has been railing against Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for the way Schiff described Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. We look at Schiff’s comments in context.

Rudy Giuliani's role in Ukraine's investigation of Joe Biden

The whistleblower complaint at the heart of Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Donald Trump alleges that Trump urged Ukraine to revive an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential challenger in the 2020 presidential election.  One name that figures prominently in the complaint: Rudy Giuliani. PolitiFact reviewed the complaint, news reports, and Giuliani’s public statements to piece together the lawyer’s role.

What the whistleblower law says about sharing complaints with Congress

Democrats have argued that the Trump administration is violating federal laws by blocking the release of a recent whistleblower complaint. We checked out what the law says about sharing whistleblower complaints with Congress.

Cory Booker’s claim that 17,000 people are ‘unjustly incarcerated,’ explained

Cory Booker challenged other candidates to promise clemency for people who are "unjustly incarcerated," saying there were 17,000 such people in the United States. We looked at his numbers.

Fact-checking the Democratic presidential debate in Houston

Democrats debated in Houston on the campus of Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, 2019.