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Louis Jacobson

Louis Jacobson is the senior correspondent for PolitiFact and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. 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 Almanac of American Politics 2016 and The Almanac of American Politics 2018 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. In the fall of 2018, he will be serving as an innovator in residence at West Virginia University's Reed College of Media, teaching WVU students how to produce PolitiFact West Virginia.

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Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally for Mike Braun in Evansville, Indiana

President Donald Trump presented a familiar array of falsehoods in his rally in Evansville, Ind., for Mike Braun, a Republican state senator and businessman running for U.S. Senate.

Fact-checking Sen. Bill Nelson’s claims about Russia hacking Florida’s election system

Nelson has drawn much attention for his statements about hacking, but he hasn’t provided verifiable evidence

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in Charleston, W.Va.

Just hours after courtroom setbacks for two once-close allies, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump held a rally in Charleston, W.Va., a state he won by 42 points in the 2016 election.

Was the Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer ‘totally legal,’ as Trump said?

How often do American political campaigns seek damaging information from a foreign government? According to President Donald Trump, attempting to weaponize this kind of dirt against political opponents is common practice — and perfectly legal.

Fact-checking Fox News analyst’s pro-Trump book ‘The Russia Hoax’

Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett’s The Russia Hoax reads like a book-length friend-of-the-court brief, painting a sympathetic portrait of the Trump presidency and defending the Trump team’s election-era actions, which are now under a microscope.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's rally in Tampa with Ron DeSantis

President Donald Trump flew to Tampa, Fla., to make his endorsement of GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis for Florida governor official. Trump's rally revisited the biggest of his highlights of his first year and a half in office, and was punctuated by exaggerations and falsehoods.

Fact-checking Donald Trump's talking points about the economy

President Donald Trump campaigned hard on a promise to kick the economy into high gear and with the latest economic numbers, he had something to crow about. The economy grew at an annualized rate of 4.1 percent between April and June. Trump said the country was seeing proof of the power of his tax- and regulation-cutting agenda. Let’s take a look at some of his assertions and see whether they hold up.

6 questions about the timing of the Mueller investigation

Americans of all political stripes are waiting to see what happens with the special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller. How might the midterm elections -- and the desire not to put a thumb on the political scales -- affect the timing of Mueller’s public moves?

A closer look at claims of treason after Trump's meeting with Russian President Putin

President Donald Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin drew sharp rebukes from critics. Some of them went so far as to call it "treason," or "treasonous." We took a closer look at what that high-voltage word actually means.

Fact-checking Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin in Helsinki

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met one-on-one in Helsinki just days after the special counsel indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for meddling in the 2016 election. In a joint press conference, each leader made puzzling, inaccurate claims.