wonking-the-convention

Fact-checking Obama’s speech

President Obama's big moment came tonight as he accepted the Democratic nomination for reelection in Charlotte. But did his assertions check out? The Wonkteam looked into it.

  • Suzy Khimm, Sarah Kliff, and Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 7, 2012

Bill Clinton’s speech (in graphs)

Bill Clinton delivered a 48 minute speech last night, longer than any other prime time speakers we've seen at either party's convention this year. But it was only half the time he spent speaking at the 1996 convention.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Sep 6, 2012

Fact-checking Bill Clinton on the economy

Bill Clinton's speech Wednesday night was full of policy substance. But does that substance check out?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 6, 2012

The Clinton economy, in charts

Former president Bill Clinton is speaking at the Democratic National Convention tonight, and is sure to spark a lot of commentary about the contrast between the economic boom times of the Clinton administration and the stop and start recovery of the past four years. But what actually was Clinton's economic record?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 5, 2012

Deval Patrick slammed Mitt Romney last night. But do his facts check out?

The general pattern in Patrick's speech is that he overreached in trying to indict Romney's record but generally told the truth when bragging about his own. What's going on here, basically, is that Massachusetts is an extraordinarily well-run state.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 5, 2012

Ted Strickland slams Mitt Romney for outsourcing. But Obama hasn’t fought outsourcing, either.

Bain Capital invested in plenty of companies that offshored jobs. But is Obama really the anti-outsourcing advocate that Strickland makes him out to be?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 5, 2012

Why party conventions still matter: An interview with historian Julian Zelizer

Republican and Democratic party conventions are no longer quite as important as they used to be--they're now little more than four-day scripted commercials. And yet, says historian Julian Zelizer, they still matter quite a bit, and can often change the course of political history in unexpected ways.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 1, 2012

The trends behind Romney’s numbers

Romney didn't lie last night. Every one of his claims was true as he phrased it. But a viewer could be forgiven for thinking that poverty and inflation have been at unprecedented highs under Obama. They haven't.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 31, 2012

No, we don’t need China’s money to keep deficit spending

Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R) says Mitt Romney will end China's currency manipulation. One problem: China has stopped manipulating its currency.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 30, 2012

The true, the false, and the misleading: Grading Paul Ryan’s convention speech.

A lot of claims have been made at the RNC so far. How many of them are true?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 30, 2012

Rick Santorum says stay in school, work hard, wait to have kids, and you’ll avoid poverty. It’s not that simple.

Rick Santorum says that if you stay in school, get a job and wait to have kids, you won't be poor. It's not really that simple.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 29, 2012