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Angie Drobnic Holan, PolitiFact Editor

Angie Drobnic Holan

Angie Drobnic Holan is the editor of PolitiFact. She previously was the deputy editor of PolitiFact, the editor of PolitiFact Florida and a reporter and researcher for the fact-checking website. She was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 election. She has been with the Tampa Bay Times since 2005.

Phone: (202) 370-8269


Blog: Florida politics

Twitter: @AngieHolan

  1. Fact-checking Jeb Bush, Ben Carson on the Sunday shows


    With a new poll showing him in a virtual tie with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, Ben Carson went on the Sunday news shows to talk politics, including to explain some of his recent comments on immigration.

    On ABC's This Week, Carson said he gets his information on immigration from local sheriffs and that he doesn't trust information from the federal government.

    "You know, a lot of these people who are captured, it's ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) who comes along and says, 'You must release these people.' And that's not helpful to the American people. They need to be working for the American people, not against them," Carson said....

    Ben Carson's claim that the government abolished programs that allowed Yuma County to achieve dramatic reductions rates Mostly False. [AP photo]
  2. PunditFact: Fact-checking the post-GOP debate spin


    The second Republican debate has shifted voters' perceptions of the candidates, and politicians and pundits took to the Sunday shows to analyze the Wednesday night debate and what it meant for the Republican field.

    A CNN poll unveiled Sunday showed a huge bump for former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. It found Fiorina shot from 3 percent in early September to 15 percent now, putting her in a statistical tie for second with physician Ben Carson. Real estate billionaire Donald Trump still leads with 24 percent, but he's down 8 points from the last CNN poll....

    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) CATS179
  3. Fact-checking Bush and Rubio at the GOP debate


    PolitiFact has been fact-checking Thursday's Republican primary debate. So far, the fact-checkers have ruled on several statements from U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on the topics of immigration, Hillary Clinton's years in government and whether Donald Trump supported Charlie Crist in 2010. (Trump did.) Read PolitiFact's overview of all the candidates' performance....

  4. Review: 'Speak' a novel of human connections and artificial intelligence


    Why do we long to both speak and be heard? What does it mean to converse with another person? Does that conversation mean that we know the person, and that they know us?

    And what if the person we're speaking with isn't human?

    Those are the intriguing questions Louisa Hall poses in her appropriately titled novel Speak, a time-hopping, five-part story that imagines artificial intelligence and its capacity for language as a means of forging deeply human connections. ...

  5. PolitiFact: Fact-checking Donald Trump


    Donald Trump announced last week that he is running for president in 2016, and he did it with Trump style in a rambling bit of political theater.

    Trump bragged. "I'm using my own money. I'm not using the lobbyists. I'm not using donors. I don't care. I'm really rich."

    Trump trash-talked. "It's like take the New England Patriots and Tom Brady and have them play your high school football team. That's the difference between China's leaders and our leaders."...

    Donald Trump displays a copy of his net worth while announcing his candidacy.
  6. Review: David Brooks' 'Road to Character' focuses on traditional virtues


    Coming from a conservative political pundit who writes columns for the New York Times, The Road to Character is not exactly what you might expect. Don't look for mentions of the current crop of presidential candidates or hand-wringing over that terrible news on the front page of the newspaper. Instead, David Brooks has written a deeply meditative reflection on personal character and living a life of meaning. To take such a deep dive into the heart of living, Brooks turns away from contemporary society and looks to historical figures — St. Augustine, George Eliot, Dorothy Day, Dwight Eisenhower, to name just a few — for his inspiration. ...

    Dorothy Day, publisher of “The Catholic Worker,” is shown circa 1960. (AP Photo)
  7. PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott's switch on Medicaid expansion


    Given Tuesday's announcement that Gov. Rick Scott was backing off support for expanding Medicaid, PolitiFact Florida decided to put his position on our Flip-O-Meter, where we look at whether public officials have changed position on public policy issues. We rated his latest remarks a Full Flop from his previous position. Read our full report....

  8. PolitiFact: Fact-checking a deal with Iran (w/video)


    As the week came to an end, international diplomats in Switzerland announced that Iran had agreed to a framework to prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    President Barack Obama, who has supported the negotiations, called the framework "a historic understanding," adding, "I am convinced that if this framework leads to a final, comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies and our world safer."...

    Iranians flash the victory sign while waiting for arrival of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran, Frida, 2015. Iran and six world powers reached a preliminary nuclear agreement Thursday outlining commitments by both sides as they work for a comprehensive deal aiming at curbing nuclear activities Tehran could use to make weapons and providing sanctions relief for Iran.
  9. PolitiFact: The federal health care law, things that came true and things that didn't (w/video)

    State Roundup

    Predictions about the health care law were a dime a dozen back in 2010. Supporters contended that virtually everyone around the country would soon have access to affordable insurance. Opponents said the law would cost a fortune by adding to the national debt and killing jobs.

    Actually, none of those things have happened.

    As the Affordable Care Act makes its way to its fifth anniversary on Monday, the law has taken twists and turns, moving off course from where everyone thought it would be....

  10. PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott's 2014 campaign promises at the Legislature


    Gov. Rick Scott won a second term with a slew of promises to constituents about cutting taxes, spending more on education and improving the environment. In recent weeks, Scott has taken actionon his promises by putting forward those ideas for the upcoming legislative session, which opens Tuesday. PolitiFact Florida is tracking those promises on the Scott-O-Meter, where the promises are currently rated In the Works. Read PolitiFact Florida's report to see which promises are in play for the session....

  11. PolitiFact's Lie of the Year for 2014: Distorted claims on Ebola virus


    Thomas Eric Duncan left Monrovia, Liberia, on Sept. 19 for Dallas. Eleven days later, doctors diagnosed Duncan with Ebola.

    Eight days after that, he was dead.

    Duncan's case is just one of two Ebola-related fatalities in the United States, and since Duncan traveled to Dallas, more Americans — at least nine, and likely many more — have died from the flu.

    Yet fear of the disease stretched to every corner of America this fall, stoked by exaggerated claims from politicians and pundits. They said Ebola was easy to catch, that illegal immigrants may be carrying the virus across the southern border, that it was all part of a government or corporate conspiracy....

    Nancy Writebol poses with children in Liberia. She was one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia that were diagnosed with Ebola. [Photo courtesy of Jeremy Writebol via Associated Press]
  12. PolitiFact readers vote for Lie of the Year


    We offered readers 10 finalists for the Lie of the Year for 2014. It's the sixth year in a row we've asked readers to weigh in via an online poll. We received 14,467 votes this year, a record turnout. • First place among readers went to "Global warming is a hoax," a statement made by a losing congressional candidate in south Louisiana. • Here are the full results:

    "Global warming is a hoax." — Lenar Whitney. Pants on Fire.31.8 %
    The United States has seen "a net loss of people with health insurance" because of Obamacare. —John Boehner. False.18.8 %
    The State Department says the 42,000 jobs created by the Keystone XL pipeline are "ongoing, enduring jobs." —Russ Girling. False.17.8 %
    "At least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas" and there are "dozens more that did not get caught by the Border Patrol." —Duncan Hunter. Pants on Fire.8.8 %
    "My position hasn't changed" on using executive authority to address immigration issues. —Barack Obama. False.8.6 %
    Says President Barack Obama has issued upwards of 1,000 executive orders, more than any modern president. —Chain email. Pants on Fire.4.1 %
    Amid the "crisis at our southern border," there are "reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as … Ebola virus." — Phil Gingrey. Pants on Fire.3.5 %
    Some doctors say Ebola can be transmitted through the air by "a sneeze or some cough." —George Will. False. 2.7 %
    Says his comment about extremists being a JV team "wasn't specifically referring to" Islamic State. —Barack Obama. False.1.9 %
    Other (Examples: "All of the above"; "Dick Cheney saying that torture was effective"; "if you like your health care plan you can keep it"; "they're all liars, I'm sick of everyone.")1.8 %
    "The only candidate pocketing big money from people who want to destroy coal is Mitch McConnell." —Alison Lundergan Grimes. False.0.2 %

  13. Fact-checkers worldwide check the G20 summit for a #G20factcheckathon


    World leaders gathered recently in Brisbane, Australia, to talk about ways to lift employment in their countries and around the world. Some of their public comments included a good bit of spin. So fact-checkers around the world went to work.

    Nine fact-checking organizations from around the world, including PolitiFact, joined forces to fact-check statements from political officials from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, the European Union, Italy, South Africa and Turkey. One common theme: Several elected officials exaggerated how many jobs have been created in recent years....

    Renzi, Davutoglu and Kirchner were checked on claims they made at the G20 conference.
  14. Review: Marilynne Robinson's 'Lila' a vibrant vision of the past


    For those of us who know and love Marilynne Robinson's luminous novels, Lila is a dearly awaited friend. Robinson has chronicled the fictional Ames family of Iowa from the Civil War to the 1950s, in books that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and continued with Home. With this third novel, we finally learn the story of one of the series' most intriguing characters: the old minister's mysterious young wife. ...

  15. PolitiFact Florida: Greatest hits of the Florida governor's race

    State Roundup

    Through all the debates, TV ads, emails to supporters and appearances on the campaign trail, PolitiFact Florida has been fact-checking the race for Florida governor. We've published more than 80 fact-checks over the past year on everything from abortion to immigration to university tuition.

    Overall, the race between incumbent Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist has been chock full of attacks, with each side sending out a barrage of negative commentary....

    Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, left, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott wait for their live televised debate, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 hosted by WJXT-TV and CNN at the Channel 4 studios in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey, Pool) FLJAJ102