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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. PolitiFact: 5 fact-checks about foreign trade


    Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have something in common: They're both bashing foreign trade agreements to appeal to voters.

    The two men have different takes on why the current trade situation is a bad deal. Sanders invokes an economic system that's rigged in favor of the wealthy. Trump, meanwhile, condemns U.S. leadership as inept and lacking business savvy as he vows to "make America great again."...

    Donald Trump says America loses badly at trade with China, claiming there exists a huge imbalance in each nation’s tax on the other’s imports. He’s not quite right.
  2. Poynter Institute announces initiative to fact-check claims about global health and development


    The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a global leader in journalism and the home of the International Fact-Checking Network, is launching a new initiative to fact-check claims about global health and development through a partnership with fact-checking websites PolitiFact and Africa Check, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Facts about health and developing countries are often misunderstood or distorted. Poynter's collaboration with PolitiFact and Africa Check will hold those making false claims accountable, and provide media and the public with context about complex issues....

  3. PolitiFact reporters descend on Iowa for on-the-ground fact-checking



    The art and craft of political fact-checking is not much to look at, usually. We sit at desks and read transcripts. We watch politicians on TV. We read documents and reports. On lively days, we talk with national experts on the phone. Every now and then, we might have a heated conversation with a press secretary.

    So when PolitiFact decided to send a small team to Iowa, I jumped at the chance: Fact-checkers unbound from their desks!...

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, an angry Democrat, has more in common with Trump than you might think.
  4. PolitiFact's 2015 Lie of the Year: The campaign misstatements of Donald Trump


    It's the trope on Trump: He's authentic, a straight-talker, less scripted than traditional politicians. That's because Donald Trump doesn't let facts slow him down. Bending the truth or being unhampered by accuracy is a strategy he has followed for years.

    "People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts," Trump wrote in his 1987 bestseller The Art of the Deal. "People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It's an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion."...

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a campaign speech during the Sunshine Summit at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando on Nov. 13. A Republican strategist says Trump’s misstatements damage Republican credibility across the board.
  5. PolitiFact: Fact-checking the Democratic presidential debate


    ISIS and terrorism were major topics at the Democratic debate on Saturday night at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton used the venue to take a shot at Republican primary frontrunner Donald Trump, saying that his rhetoric is a gift to ISIS.

    "We also need to make sure that the really discriminatory messages that Trump is sending around the world don't fall on receptive ears," Clinton said. "He is becoming ISIS's best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists."...

    Democratic president candidates Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley, debate at Saint  Anselm College on Saturday in Manchester, N.H. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
  6. PolitiFact: Truth is, integrity still matters to voters


    Editor's note: Angie Drobnic Holan is the editor of PolitiFact, the Tampa Bay Times political fact-checking website. She wrote this op-ed for the New York Times, which is also publishing it today.

    I am a political fact-checker, which is usually an automatic conversation starter at parties. These days, I get two questions repeatedly: "Is it worse than it's ever been?" and "What's up with Donald Trump?"...

  7. PolitiFact: Rand Paul's attack on Rubio spending proposals is largely accurate


    After the Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee, PolitiFact Wisconsin fact-checked Rand Paul's attack on Marco Rubio's major proposals.

    "We have to decide what is conservative and what isn't conservative. Is it fiscally conservative to have a trillion-dollar expenditure? We're not talking about giving people back their tax money. He's talking about giving people money they didn't pay. It's a welfare transfer payment," Paul said of Rubio’s tax credit plan. "So, here's what we have. Is it conservative to have $1 trillion in transfer payments -- a new welfare program that's a refundable tax credit? Add that to Marco's plan for $1 trillion in new military spending, and you get something that looks, to me, not very conservative."...

  8. Marco Rubio flubs income numbers for welders, philosophers


    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is a fan of vocational training. At the Fox Business Network GOP debate in Milwaukee, Rubio made a pitch for young Americans to put down the textbooks and pick up a blowtorch.

    "For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational training," Rubio said. "Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers."...

  9. Fact-checking the Republican presidential debate


    The Republican presidential candidates debated serious public policy on the economy, taxes and immigration on Tuesday night, steering away from personal attacks that defined earlier matchups. But they sometimes misstated the facts.

    One of the first questions was about the minimum wage. Moderator Neil Cavuto noted the presence of protesters asking for a $15 an hour wage outside the Milwaukee Theatre in Wisconsin. ...

    Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, speaks during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal at the Milwaukee Theatre on Tuesday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
  10. Review: Schiff's 'Witches' an intriguing slice of America's history


    Imagine rural Massachusetts of the 1690s. It's dark and dangerous. A handful of industrious Puritans try to eke out an existence in small towns and on isolated farms, surrounded by woods. When the work isn't physically exhausting, it's soul-crushingly boring. The only distraction is Sunday services, which include the constant threat of going to hell.

    Out of the darkness emerges an accusation, from neighbor against neighbor. The devil himself is afoot and urging his handmaids — the witches — to strike against their own community. Is it any wonder such a scenario would capture the hearts and minds of a stressed and isolated community? ...
  11. 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]
  12. 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
  13. 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....

  14. 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. ...

  15. 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.