Louis Jacobson, Politifact senior correspondent

Louis Jacobson

Politifact senior correspondent

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.

PolitiFact: Who pays for U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods? You do

As President Donald Trump has upped the ante in his tariff war with China, he’s consistently argued that consumers shouldn’t be worried.
Trump speaks at the White House May 6 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
President Donald Trump’s repeated message is that Americans shouldn’t worry about the economic impact of his tariffs.

PolitiFact: What can we expect in a government shutdown?

The U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Bloomberg photo by Aaron P. Bernstein)
Will the mail be delivered? Yes. Will Social Security checks go out? Most likely.