George Washington’s lessons and the future of political civility

Five years ago, we published an article inspired by a visit to the restored colonial city of Williamsburg, Va., where we discovered a gem of a book: George Washington’s Rules of Civility. Somewhat

How do we prevent school shootings?

How do we prevent school shootings? At least 17 people were killed in a Florida high school shooting on Valentine’s Day, the latest mass shooting in the United States. The events at Marjory Stoneman

The Russia investigation and Donald Trump: a timeline from on-the-record sources

U.S. law enforcement agencies and Congress are investigating links between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, as part of a broader probe into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election. At

What we know about mass shootings

At least 17 people were killed in a Florida high school shooting on Valentine’s Day, the latest mass shooting in the United States. Students, a geography teacher, a football coach, and an athletic

Timeline: Rob Porter, domestic abuse and the White House

The broad outlines of allegations of domestic abuse against former White House aide Rob Porter are clear. The Trump administration’s shifting explanation of how it dealt with this information is not.

Will millennials be the largest voting bloc in 2018, as Rock the Vote predicts?

Rock the Vote, a group that is focused on increasing young registered voters, says that the youth vote has reached a pivotal status. "Millennials are the largest and most diverse generation and this

PolitiFact gains nonprofit status with move to the Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists based in St. Petersburg, Fla., has acquired direct ownership of PolitiFact from the Tampa Bay Times, the organizations announced Monday. The

The Principles of the Truth-O-Meter: PolitiFact’s methodology for independent fact-checking

Fact-checking journalism is the heart of PolitiFact. Our core principles are independence, transparency, fairness, thorough reporting and clear writing. The reason we publish is to give citizens the

In Context: John Kelly’s remarks on ‘lazy’ immigrants and DACA

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke to reporters on Feb. 6 about young immigrants eligible for the Obama-era deportation protection program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or

The age of cherry-picking

These days, it isn’t just that Republicans are from Mars and Democrats are from Venus. Increasingly, politicians on either side are cherry-picking evidence to support their version of reality. What is

Fight erupts over GOP intel memo’s accuracy

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a memorandum accusing the Justice Department and FBI of abusing their authority in the early stages of an investigation into collusion between

How quickly will the new tax law affect the economy?

The White House would love for the tax bill President Donald Trump signed into law in December to start affecting taxpayers and the economy at large as soon as possible. The day after his State of the

Donald Trump’s misleading claims about immigration in State of the Union address

President Donald Trump in his State of the Union speech focused on hardships he said immigrants impose on Americans, casting them as a threat to national security and economic prosperity. Trump

Who is Donald Trump’s State of the Union guest Ji Seong-ho, who defected from North Korea?

During his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump told the story of Ji Seong-ho, who faced a painful life growing up in North Korea. Ji walked thousands of miles on crutches to defect to

Fact-checking Donald Trump's 2018 State of the Union speech

President Donald Trump offered a rosy assessment of American life in his first State of the Union address — but several of his points were factually flawed. "This is our new American moment," Trump

PolitiFact previews Donald Trump's State of the Union address

President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, and we’ll be live fact-checking throughout the evening. Trump ran for office on revving up the economy, and we

Timeline: DACA, the Trump administration and a government shutdown

The government may soon be back open for business, but the fight over "Dreamers" is far from over. Lawmakers agreed to reopen the federal government Jan. 22 after three days of a government shutdown

Could the nuclear option get rid of the filibuster entirely? Checking Trump's tweet

As lawmakers and the White House struggled to resolve the differences that produced a government shutdown, President Donald Trump revived an idea on Twitter that he had proposed in the past --

Donald Trump’s team misleads in tying international terrorism report to immigration

President Donald Trump claims a report on international terrorism convictions bolsters the need for changes to the U.S. immigration system. Why? Because almost three-quarters of the 549 convictions

Taking the measure of the federal workforce under Donald Trump

Politicians have often painted the federal workforce as a drag on the federal budget and burden for the taxpayer. Look no further than President Ronald Reagan, who famously said, "The nine most