Glenn Kessler

Washington, D.C.

The Fact Checker

Education: Brown University, B.A. in history; Columbia University, M.A. in international affairs

Glenn Kessler has been editor and chief writer of The Fact Checker since 2011, making him one of the pioneers of political fact-checking. In a journalism career spanning nearly four decades, Kessler 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 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. He joined the Post
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Here's a guide to more than 20 false or misleading claims the former president made in just over an hour.

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White House touts illusory ‘VA cuts’ as GOP ducks budget specifics

The Fact Checker digs into the confusing spin and counterpin over alleged VA cuts under the House GOP plan

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The truth about the national debt ceiling

Washington is nearing a showdown on the debt ceiling. Here's a guide to the issue.

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Biden’s misleading deficit claim earns him a Bottomless Pinocchio

Over and over, the president claims credit for $1.7 trillion in deficit reduction. That's wrong.

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Fact-checking Trump’s reaction to Biden’s reelection announcement

The former president unleased an attack on Biden that was filled with falsehoods.

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