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Louis Jacobson

Louis Jacobson has been with PolitiFact since 2009, currently as senior correspondent. He has served as deputy editor of Roll Call and as founding editor of its legislative wire service, CongressNow. Earlier, he spent more than a decade covering politics, policy and lobbying for National Journal magazine. Since 2002, he has handicapped political races, including state legislatures, governors, congressional seats, state attorneys general and the electoral college, currently for Governing. He is senior author of the 2016, 2018 and 2020 editions of The Almanac of American Politics and also contributed to the 2000 and 2004 editions. In 2004, Jacobson originated the “Out There” column on politics in the states, which ran in Roll Call and later in Stateline.org and which won five annual awards from Capitolbeat, the association of state capitol reporters and editors. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, and in 2017, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers gave him a Best in Business award for his economics coverage. He has been serving as an innovator in residence at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media since August 2018, teaching WVU students how to produce PolitiFact West Virginia.

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Recent stories from Louis Jacobson

The redacted Mueller report: The fight over what we won’t see

Attorney General William Barr is poised to release the findings from the special counsel’s nearly two-year investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated in Russia’s 2016 election meddling, and if the president obstructed the probe.

How unusual is the turnover among top Trump administration officials?

Even by the atypical standards of the Trump administration, recent days have featured an unusually large upheaval in key administration personnel.

Donald Trump’s tax returns: How Congress might — or might not — get them

On Fox News Sunday, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Democrats would "never" see President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Mulvaney was responding to House Democrats, who on April 3 sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service commissioner asking for Trump’s returns. So the irresistible force has met the immovable object -- and observers expect that the courts will be asked to hash it all out. Let’s take a closer look at the key issues surrounding the Democratic efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns.

Mailbag: ‘I am now starting to question your perspective’

It’s spring. The flowers are blooming, and so is the PolitiFact email inbox. Here’s a rundown of recent comments, complaints and compliments from readers.

How many oil and gas jobs are there in West Virginia? It's surprisingly hard to say

West Virginia Del. Joshua Higginbotham, a Republican, touted the number of jobs created by the gas and oil industry in West Virginia during a Jan. 23 interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting. "Tens of thousands of jobs (are) created in West Virginia by the natural gas and oil industries," Higginbotham said. Have that many jobs been created by the industry within West Virginia?

Fact-checking Donald Trump’s Grand Rapids rally after the Mueller probe

In his first rally since being cleared of criminally conspiring in Russia’s 2016 election interference, President Donald Trump in Grand Rapids, Mich., opined on everything from the end of the special counsel probe to immigration to health care.

Martha Stewart to Donald Trump: Can there be obstruction of justice with no underlying crime?

In the 24 hours after William Barr's letter on the Mueller report was released, some commentators took issue with the implication that someone can’t be tried for obstructing justice if there is no underlying crime. We decided to take a closer look.

Donald Trump doesn’t think white nationalism is on the rise. Data show otherwise

Data show a rise in far-right extremism in recent years

Did Cabell County, W.Va., cut overdoses by 40 percent?

During his State of the State address on Jan. 9, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made the opioid epidemic a focus of his speech. At one point, Justice said, "Now, in Cabell County, we just had information that we reduced our overdoses by 40 percent."

Fact-checking Donald Trump's two-hour speech at CPAC

President Donald Trump spoke to an enthusiastic audience at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Washington over the weekend. During his 2-hour-plus speech, Trump revisited many of the points from his political rallies.