Glenn Kessler

ReporterWashington, D.C.


Wildly incorrect statements on taxes by a rock star topped our monthly round-up of the most widely read fact checks.

  • Aug 1, 2014

How accurate is the history of the term “Redskin” in the Web site defending the team’s name? We do a reality check.

  • Jul 31, 2014

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) suggests that boost the eligibility age will shield Medicare from “bankruptcy.” Not really.

  • Jul 29, 2014

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) claims that Obama is creating a national school board. Is that really the case?

  • Jul 28, 2014

Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) has been exposed as a plagiarist. But his campaign claims it was a simple “mistake.“

  • Jul 25, 2014

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says 10,000 baby boomers retire every day. It turns out his math is accurate.

  • Jul 24, 2014

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) makes a confusing attack on an Obamacare “exemption” his staff benefits from.

  • Jul 23, 2014

Both Vice President Biden and former Defense Secretary Gates score points when they list each other’s failures.

  • Jul 22, 2014

KISS bassist Gene Simmons earns Four Pinocchios for asserting myths about the taxes paid by the top one percent.

  • Jul 21, 2014

The groups advocating better ties with Iran says U.S. sanctions have hurt the U.S. We checked the math.

  • Jul 18, 2014
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In an award-winning journalism career spanning nearly three decades, Glenn Kessler, who writes “The Fact Checker” column, has covered foreign policy, economic policy, the White House, Congress, politics, airline safety and Wall Street. He was The Washington Post’s chief State Department reporter for nine years, traveling around the world with three different Secretaries of State. Before that, he covered tax and budget policy for The Washington Post and also served as the newspaper’s national business editor. In 2007, St. Martins Press published his widely acclaimed book on Condoleezza Rice, The Confidante. Kessler appears frequently on television and has lectured widely on U.S. foreign policy.
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