Louis Jacobson - PolitiFact Senior Correspondent

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.

  1. President Joe Biden speaks about the August jobs report in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, in Washington.
  2. A "now hiring" sign is posted in Garnet Valley, Pa., on May 10, 2021. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has used the same definition for "unemployed" since 1940, regardless of who is president.
  3. President Joe Biden speaks during an event on extreme heat on July 27 in Washington, D.C. During the event, Biden announced additional actions to protect communities from the effects of extreme heat. At right is Rick Spinrad, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  4. Supporters of former President Donald Trump gather at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Federal Courthouse, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, in Washington, the day Trump was due in federal court to answer to charges that he sought to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
  5. This combination of photos shows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, speaking on April 21, 2023, in Oxon Hill, Md., and former President Donald Trump speaking on March 4, 2023, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md.
  6. Yard signs promoting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2024, financed by the super PAC promoting DeSantis for president, line the street leading up to a Republican congressional fundraiser on May 13 in Sioux Center, Iowa.
  7. Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis waits to speak at a news conference along the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Texas, Monday, June 26, 2023.
  8. The American flag flies in front of the U.S. Capitol dome on September 10, 2021, in Washington, DC.
  9. Abortion rights activists and anti-abortion activists hold opposing signs at a February rally at the Georgia Capitol.
  10. Republican presidential candidate and former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Westside Conservative Club Breakfast, March 29, 2023, in Urbandale, Iowa.
  11. The indictment against former President Donald Trump is photographed on Friday, June 9, 2023. Trump is facing 37 felony charges related to the mishandling of classified documents according to the unsealed indictment that also alleges that he improperly shared a Pentagon "plan of attack" and a classified map related to a military operation.
  12. Ukrainian soldiers during a combat operation on the front line near Kreminna, Luhansk region, Ukraine, on June 8.
  13. This image, contained in the indictment against former President Donald Trump, shows boxes of records in a storage room at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach that were photographed on Nov. 12, 2021. Trump is facing 37 felony charges related to the mishandling of classified documents according to an indictment unsealed Friday.
  14. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during convocation at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va., Friday, April 14, 2023.
  15. President Ronald Reagan smiles in front of an outline of the state of West Virginia while addressing a rally at Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, W.Va., on Oct. 29, 1984.
  16. Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy spotlighted an exception written into a 2021 Florida law targeted at social media companies and that protected Walt Disney, a major Florida employer. Ramaswamy said that signing the law with an exception tailored to Disney made Gov. Ron DeSantis beholden to corporate interests.
  17. Abortion-rights protesters gather at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in Tampa on Jan. 22, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision protecting the right to abortion.
  18. Demonstrators carry caskets to the entrance of the state Capitol to protest gun violence as part of the Tennessee Moral Monday rally in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 17, 2023.
  19. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has suggested the federal government wants to create a digital currency enabling it to block certain transactions. “You go and use too much gas, they’re gonna stop it. They’re not going to honor the transaction because you’ve already bought more than what they think," he said. "You wanna go buy a rifle, they’re gonna say no, you have too many of those, you can’t do it.”
  20. Former President Donald Trump speaks at the 2023 Conservative Political Action Conference on March 4, 2023, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md.
  21. March 15• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his State of the State address at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee in March.
  22. A pedestrian passes a Silicon Valley Bank branch in San Francisco on Monday.
  23. This 2020 electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which cause COVID-19. A crucial question has eluded governments and health agencies since the COVID-19 pandemic began: Did the virus originate in animals or leak from a Chinese lab? Now, the U.S. Department of Energy has assessed with “low confidence” that it began with a lab leak although some others in the U.S. intelligence community disagree.