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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It's All Politics

Campaigns Embrace Twitter: Who Let The Snark Out?

President Obama traveled in the presidential limo with his dog, Bo. Adviser David Axelrod tweeted this photo from the White House Flickr account to tweak the Romney campaign.

January 31, 2012 Twitter has become the latest medium for campaign spin. It's a stream of barbs over debates, crowd estimates and ad wars. And even the candidates' dogs are not off-limits.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's All Politics

Is Obama Really The 'Food Stamp President'? Fact-Checking The S.C. Debate

PolitiFact's "Barely True" rating.

January 17, 2012 Newt Gingrich criticized Obama for the growth in food stamps, calling him "the best food stamp president in American history." He later said that "more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history." We check it out.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

It's All Politics

Was Gingrich Correct On His Record As Speaker? Fact-Checking the GOP Debate

December 16, 2011 Newt Gingrich used one of his favorite talking points, that when he was speaker of the House, he "balanced the budget for four straight years, paid off $405 billion in debt." But PolitiFact checked the numbers and found he's off on both counts.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

For Thanksgiving, Debunk Your Family's Chain Emails

Many families serve up a helping of political misinformation along with the sweet potatoes. Be prepared with PolitiFact's handy guide to chain emails and other viral messages.

November 23, 2011 The government is coming for your light bulbs! "Obamacare" is going to put a tax on home sales! Or maybe not. Just in time for Thanksgiving, check out PolitiFact's handy reality check of the crazy political emails and Facebook posts that your uncle always sends you.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's All Politics

Romney's New Anti-Obama Ad Gets PolitiFact's 'Pants On Fire' Rating

Mitt Romney.

November 22, 2011 With a nine percent U.S. jobless rate and housing values still falling housing prices, it would seem the Mitt Romney campaign could just use the facts at hand to land sharp blows on President Obama's economic record. But mere facts apparently weren't enough for Romney's campaign judging by a new TV ad that went up in New Hampshire Tuesday, timed for Obama's visit to the Granite State.

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

It's All Politics

Looking For The Truth In Campaign Advertising? Presenting 'Message Machine'

PolitiFact.com's Truth-O-Meter

November 3, 2011 PolitiFact and NPR are partnering for a yearlong venture that will evaluate the 2012 candidates' claims and point out what's accurate and what's not.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's All Politics

From 9-9-9 To Immigration: The GOP's Nevada Debate

PolitiFact's "Barely True" rating.

October 19, 2011 What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas: PolitiFact offers a reality check on squads some of the candidates' statements from the GOP debate.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

A Witch And 'Demon Sheep': Ads That Mattered

From a web video produced by Republican Carly Fiorina's campaign during the 2010 primaries.

November 4, 2010 In key races across the nation, candidates won  — and lost — in part because of the television and Web ads they ran. The Message Machine looks at nine ads that were truly unique and really made a difference in the 2010 campaign.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

This Year's Campaign Ads Rate A 'Barely True'

PolitiFact's "BarelyTrue" rating.

October 28, 2010 There were so many exaggerations and misstatements in the commercials run by candidates and interest groups that PolitiFact decided to give the whole gang a pretty low grade.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

'Cookie-Cutter' Ads Dominate, Coast-To-Coast

Screen grab from an ad a conservative group ran accusing a Democrat of supporting studying ants.

October 20, 2010 Along with their often sketchy claims, there's another common thread in this year's political ads — they repeat the same lines in state after state and district after district as the major parties hammer home just a few themes.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Analysis: Little Truth In Many Groups' Campaign Ads

Screen image from a Patriot Majority PAC ad criticizing Republican Sharron Angle, Senate candidate

October 14, 2010 PolitiFact.com's analysis of more than 30 claims made in TV ads from liberal and conservative interest groups shows that the vast majority "earned a 'half true' or lower rating." Just two were rated "true."

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Health Care

In Election Ads, Democrats Silent On New Health Law

Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold

October 14, 2010 When Democrats passed their health overhaul bill back in March, they hailed it as the biggest domestic achievement since Medicare. But seven months later, most of the noise about the new law on the campaign trail is coming from opponents.

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

It's All Politics

GOP Gains Advantage After 'Citizens United' Ruling

October 7, 2010 This campaign season, at least, it's been the conservative and Republican-leaning interest groups that have taken advantage of the Supreme Court ruling to spend millions on ads.

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'Scare Tactics' Call For Scary Music

An image from ad by Crossroads GPS, attacking Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA.

October 7, 2010 As one of the latest ads from one interest group shows, a little ominous background music (especially around Halloween) can reinforce an ominous message that's designed to spook voters.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

It's All Politics

Sometimes You Just Don't Know Who Bought That Ad

October 5, 2010 Some interest groups use their tax-exempt spinoffs to sponsor political ads, and that means donors don't have to be identified. Some watchdogs want the IRS to investigate the practice.

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