Staff Writer, PolitiFact, Tampa Bay Times
Becky Bowers, staff writer for @PolitiFact, works in the Tampa Bay Times' Washington, D.C., bureau.
politifact.com — Author Stephen King once asked his publisher to pull one of his novels off the shelves. Six people had died - in real life. Four boys in 10 years brought guns to school. One killed a teacher and two students. Another shot five members of a prayer group, killing three.
politifact.com — Despite a polarized nation and a largely dysfunctional Congress, President Barack Obama has fulfilled or made substantial progress on 72 percent of the 508 promises he made when he ran for president in 2008. Those results come from PolitiFact's Obameter, an unprecedented four-year effort to rate the president's campaign promises.
politifact.com — As President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sought to connect with voters Wednesday night, did their claims connect with the facts? We've got our eyes on the University of Denver's Ritchie Center, where moderator Jim Lehrer focused on the economy, health care, the role of government and governing.
politifact.com — The Republican National Convention opened in prime time Tuesday night, with speakers emphasizing their belief in the free enterprise system and the ingenuity of American workers. In speeches, and even a song, "We built it" was used as both a rallying theme and an attack line against President Barack Obama.
politifact.com — Today we're unveiling Settle It!, a free app to help you resolve dinner-table arguments and test your knowledge of PolitiFact rulings. The app, available in the iTunes, Google Play and Amazon app stores, is known as "PolitiFact’s Argument Ender" because it allows you to enter names, keywords and subjects and instantly find relevant Truth-O-Meter ratings.
tampabay.com — Let's Talk is your Tampa Bay news topic forum. We highlight content from readers -- your photos & interesting comments -- and invite your participation. You'll also find out what news topics are creating buzz on tampabay.com. Kevin McGeever, senior editor for Tampabay.com, will lead the discussion.
pulitzer.org — For distinguished editorial writing, the test of excellence being clearness of style, moral purpose, sound reasoning, and power to influence public opinion in what the writer conceives to be the right direction, using any available journalistic tool, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
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