Louis Jacobson

Louis Jacobson has been with PolitiFact since 2009, currently as senior correspondent. Previously, he 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, Congress and lobbying for National Journal magazine. 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. Since 2004, Jacobson has been writing a column on politics in the states, which has run in Roll Call, Stateline.org, and Governing. He now divides the column between the Cook Political Report, Sabato's Crystal Ball, and U.S. News and World Report. 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. Jacobson 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

Fox News airs misleading graphics about Schiff, Taylor

During the Nov. 13 impeachment hearing, Fox News showed graphics that amplified unsubstantiated attacks Trump has pushed against Ambassador William Taylor and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Fact-checking Trump, Ukraine impeachment hearings, day 1

The Democrats called on American diplomats in Ukraine to offer public testimony about the Trump administration's pressure on Ukraine to investigate Burisma and the Bidens. The Republicans called it another attempt to undermine the 2016 election.

Who is George Kent?

House Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump will hear public testimony Nov. 13 from George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. Kent’s extensive background not just in diplomacy generally but also as a specialist in Ukrainian and Russian issues and expertise in anti-corruption work in Eastern Europe make him a closely watched witness.

The impeachment inquiry: What to expect from public hearings and beyond

The House impeachment inquiry begins heating up this week, with several key observers of President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukraine scheduled to speak publicly under oath for the first time. That makes it a good moment to recap the House impeachment process -- where we are now, and what lies ahead.

How low is Gov. Jim Justice’s approval rating in West Virginia?

Recent news reports have suggested that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice -- who faces both Republican and Democratic challengers in his bid for a second term in 2020 -- has one of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in the country.

Could Donald Trump be impeached, removed and run for re-election? It’s possible

Could President Donald Trump be impeached, removed from office -- and then run again for president in 2020?

Has state's share of WVU funding fallen from 70% to 12% since 1980?

Has the state of West Virginia drastically reduced the amount of state allotted funds to West Virginia University’s budget over the past four decades? The university’s president said so in a recent interview.

Did George Washington run businesses as president?

President Donald Trump said a precedent exists for an active businessman like himself serving as president -- his legendary first predecessor, George Washington.

No evidence photo of Trump watching Baghdadi raid was staged

PolitiFact investigated the context of the viral image of Trump watching the Baghdadi raid.

Fact-checking Trump on ‘phony’ emoluments, Adam Schiff and Miami airport

President Donald Trump spent more than an hour speaking to reporters in the White House on Oct. 21, addressing many topics, from impeachment to Syria to his decision to scrap the G-7 summit he’d proposed to host at the Trump Doral property in Florida.