When it comes to claims about Medicare, some political talking points just never die.
In Iowa and Virginia, Republicans have accused Democrats of cutting Medicare to pay for Obamacare. In Florida, a Republican was slammed for ending the Medicare "guarantee." Other Medicare-related attacks have been deployed in Arkansas and Kentucky Senate races. The point of all the attacks is to convince midterm voters that one side or the other won't protect the program....
09/06/14 State Roundup
Gov. Rick Scott has had nearly four years to enact the agenda he promised as a candidate back in 2010: a relentless focus on jobs, a downsizing of government and a hard line on illegal immigration.
PolitiFact Florida has tracked 57 of his campaign promises over four years and found a mixed report. Scott is certainly trying on job creation. He has succeeded in shrinking government. But he has largely reversed himself on immigration. ...
If you're looking for a writer who can do any style or genre, then David Mitchell fits the bill.
His 2004 novel Cloud Atlas had it all, to an almost absurd degree: historical fiction, a detective story, modern literary farce and futuristic sci-fi fantasy. Cloud Atlas was more like a series of stitched-together short stories than a novel, but it pursued a unifying thematic thread: how human beings prey upon each other for their own ends, but occasionally do selfless things that point toward freedom. ...
School was out for most students this summer, but education attacks in the race for governor never took a vacation. PolitiFact Florida has been monitoring the claims and has a report card on how education spending changed under both Charlie Crist and Rick Scott. Both Scott and Crist cite numbers for education funding, but they omit context, including a historic recession and the role of the Legislature or the federal government. Read PolitiFact Florida's full report....
Fact-checking reports from Florida’s Truth-O-Meter can now be read in Halifax Media Group newspapers around the state, thanks to a new agreement between the Tampa Bay Times and Halifax Media Group.
Now, many of the Florida Truth-O-Meter rulings that appear in the Tampa Bay Times, the Miami Herald and online at politifact.com/florida will be available to newspaper readers in other Florida cities. The agreement will reach readers of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the Lakeland Ledger, the Winter Haven News Chief, the Gainesville Sun, the Ocala Star-Banner, the Panama City News Herald, the Northwest Florida Daily News of Fort Walton Beach and the Leesburg Daily Commercial....
Iraq's descent into violence and chaos led the Sunday news shows, as pundits and political leaders debated what actions the United States should take next. In domestic news, the shows dissected the political stunner of the week: Republican majority leader Eric Cantor's loss to primary challenger David Brat.
One pundit had the unusual role of getting some credit for Cantor's ouster. Talk show host Laura Ingraham had repeatedly attacked Cantor, especially for his position on immigration, in the weeks leading up to the election. Appearing on ABC's This Week, Ingraham said voters knew "that if Eric Cantor went back to Washington, that was a green light for immigration reform."...
House Republicans want another investigation of the attacks in Benghazi, specifically whether the White House is withholding information on the attacks.
By some counts, it's the eighth investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Libya in which four Americans died, including the U.S. ambassador.
PolitiFact has been monitoring claims about the attacks since shortly after they occurred. The rhetoric has been highly politicized, focusing on whether the Obama administration downplayed the role of terrorists in the attacks....
The pundits and politicians had more questions than answers Sunday morning about Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on Saturday with 239 people on board.
Two passengers on the flight were traveling from Malaysia to Beijing with stolen passports, but aviation experts wondered if that indicated illegal immigration rather than a terror attack. Evidence was frustratingly slim, and authorities and journalists warned people not to draw conclusions too soon....
What word starts with "d" and ends with "t" and has to do with the federal budget?
You'd be right if you said "debt." You'd also be right if you said "deficit." But while the two words sound the same, they describe very different concepts. One is getting bigger, while the other is getting smaller. The politicians and talking heads don't make things easier by confusing the two.
It's a mistake we're seeing more often, especially from Democrats who want to defend President Barack Obama's fiscal policies....
It was 2007 when a young senator from Illinois arrived on the national scene and launched a campaign for president. By coincidence, that's the same year PolitiFact launched. We've been fact-checking the man who became President Barack Obama ever since.
Last week, we published our 500th fact-check on Obama.
No. 500 is Obama's statement in a recent radio address that the United States generates "more natural gas than anybody" thanks in part to his administration's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy....
We suspected that President Barack Obama was the most fact-checked person on the Truth-O-Meter, but we confirmed it when we compiled data to mark the 500th time we've fact-checked him.
Curious about who else has been fact-checked most often? We were, too. So we created a list of the Top 10 most fact-checked people on the Truth-O-Meter, which includes our state affiliates. Numbers are accurate as of Wednesday....
Pride and Prejudice has such ardent fans today because it's a 19th century novel that's deliciously modern. There's a great romance between the vivacious Elizabeth Bennet and the brooding Mr. Darcy, but there's also intricate maneuvering for wealth and social status. The people in Jane Austen's world are on a quest for love, money or both, and they won't be stopped. Who can't understand that?...
It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America's health insurance system.
"If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," President Barack Obama said — many times — of his landmark new law.
But the promise was impossible to keep.
So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to about 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama's breezy assurances were wrong....
PolitiFact Florida looks back at some of its most notable fact-checks on former Gov. Charlie Crist, now a Democratic candidate for governor. We looked at Crist's claims on education, voting rights and the stimulus, and we've looked at attacks against him about the state budget and abortion. We've also looked at two of Crist's notable changes in position, on his political party and on his support for gay marriage. Story here....
While Sen. Marco Rubio has made the media rounds this week, he hasn’t always been accurate.
"On this very day in Florida, it was announced that 300,000 people are going to lose their individual coverage because of Obamacare,” Rubio said on The O’Reilly Factor. “Now those people next year, they don’t have health insurance. They are going to owe the IRS money in the form of a fine. Where are they supposed to go now and buy that health insurance if the website isn’t working, if Consumer Reports is telling people to avoid the website?"...