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Do Super PACs have to report their donors?

According to the Center for Competitive Politics: One major misconception about Super PACs is the incorrect belief that they do not disclose their donors. In fact, all Super PACs are required by ...
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Does the USA grant citizenship to whomever is born in their airspace?

So I just found out about a Canadian woman who gave birth on an Air Canada flight on her way to Tokyo on mothers day. In this article: Ada Guan, B.C. woman who gave birth on plane, didn't know she was ...
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Why do scientific skepticism sites allow non-scientific topics? [migrated]

I see no reason for not having conspiracy.stackexchange.com but thats just me. It seems like it is heading in that direction and I'm wondering if you guys are short on mods, Im here. But from what I ...
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Can we end chronic hunger? [closed]

I know this has been asked in other forms, but I don't see the political side of this addressed. There are so many assumptions necessary to ask the question, it's hard to put in a few words. Is is ...
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Do 4% of Americans say they believe in “lizard people”?

Public Policy Polling reported in an an opinion poll that: 4% of voters say they believe “lizard people” control our societies by gaining political power Lizard people are also known as ...
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Was Germany's reunification an annexation? [closed]

Russian media has reported that members of the Russian legislature have claimed that Germany's reunification was in fact an "annexation" of East Germany by the West and thus they have no right to ...
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Can the president and vice president of the United States be from the same state?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/25/opinion/run-rubio-run.html says: Since the Constitution effectively prohibits the election of a president and vice president from the same state, Mr. Rubio can’t ...
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Is the curtain behind Obama in this picture a “muslim prayer curtain”?

I've been shown this image a few times: Naturally, it's a little ridiculous, because there are surely at least a thousand pictures of him near an American flag. But it is making a claim that the ...
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Are state officials in Florida prevented from saying the term “climate change”?

Perfscience.com has reported in a article that officials of the state of Florida were told they are not allowed to use the words "climate change" or "global warming": Officials at the Florida ...
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Did Canada go from 2.5 million protected lakes and rivers, to just 159?

This claim, apparently originating with the Canadian New Democratic Party, states that under the Harper government, the number of protected lakes and rivers has dropped dramatically: On Facebook ...
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Did pablo Iglesias post this sentence on twitter?

Did Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Spanish anti-establishment party Podemos (trans. "we can"), post this sentence on Twitter, as shown in screenshots which went viral? "Preguntémonos si es lógico ...
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Is Yuri Bezmenov still alive?

Yuri Bezmenov, was a former KBG agent who defected to the USA, and is well known for his claims that the KBG was/is involved in an attempt to "brainwash" the USA through ideological subversion. ...
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Has every U.S. presidential election been won by the candidate with the most money?

According to Russell Brand: Every election in American history has been won by the party with the most money to campaign. Let's assume that he means every presidential election. Has every ...
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Is Holocaust denial illegal in the West? [closed]

Living in the Middle East, I've had many discussions with fundamentalists and Islamists about freedom of speech. They have often claimed that freedom of speech in the West is a myth because denying ...
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Does the UK government have only 300 staff investigating tax evasion of £70bn+ vs 3250 staff investigating benefits (welfare) fraud of £1.2bn?

The following graphic is doing the rounds on Facebook: Is it true? Does the graphic give an accurate representation of the comparative headcount/effort/resources that the UK government (as a ...
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Do internet-based petitions to foreign governments have an influence? [closed]

Many organizations list international petitions as a way to influence decisions by governments. Amnesty International's German site explicitly states that such "urgent actions" are an effective way to ...
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Did someone using a private jet tell Americans their expectations are too high?

From twitter, a tweet that's going viral, including among climate change skeptics (action against climate change is being discussed at Davos): The cognitive dissonance in the first & last ...
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Does the New York Times refuse to publish material that offends religious sensibilities?

Recently, some news organisations (Le Monde linking to this blog in the Washington Post) mention that New York Times, AP, CNN, MSNBC, The Telegraph (and apparently other news groups) have "shunned" ...
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Do less-intelligent people vote right-wing because they feel safe?

The always fascinating Daily Mail came out with a rather surprising article where it claims a Canadian experiment, or review, concluded that people with less-than-average childhood intelligence tend ...
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Did Fox News win a court case for the right to lie?

Project Censored have an 2010 article titled The Media Can Legally Lie: In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against ...
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Is anti-whaling activism almost as big an industry as the whaling industry?

In the article Confronting Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd, Tetsuhiko Endo writes: In a March 2012 article in Nature, Christopher Costello and Steven Gaines from the University of California, point ...
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How fully-informed was President George W Bush about CIA interrogation techniques? [closed]

BBC, in a piece detailing an interview with former Vice President Dick Cheny on Fox News, quotes the former statesman as saying that Bush was "Fully-Informed" on the techniques: Former US ...
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Is Sweden's economy deteriorating fast?

I am rather surprised to read this article: Sweden to become a Third World Country by 2030, according to UN In 2010 Sweden had the 15th place in the HDI rankings but according to UN ...
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Did NATO promise not to expand into Eastern and Central Europe?

In its own fact sheet NATO denies Russia's claims that NATO promised not to expand: Russian officials claim that US and German officials promised in 1990 that NATO would not expand into Eastern ...
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Did Darren Wilson make this statement? [closed]

This statement is attributed to Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot Michael Brown. “It is with deep sympathy that I come to you today. What happen, has happened and I can’t do anything about it. ...
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Are these claims about Owsley County, KY factual [duplicate]

Facebook is a great source of notable claims. Another one today is this picture: There seem to be three separate claims in this picture: Is Owsley County 99%+ white? Is Owsley County 95% ...
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Was the Emancipation Proclamation an Executive Order that bypassed Congress and freed 3 million slaves?

This should be an easy one, but I wanted to ask so we have confirmation or refutation. This image is making the rounds on facebook: So, how factual is this statement?
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Is voter turnout inversely correlated with Republican success?

I was reading this blog post (mostly because I was procrastinating and I got click-baited), and this particular statement jumped out at me. Remember, the higher the turnout, the worse Republicans ...
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Is concern for equality linked to logic, not emotion?

From Concern for equality linked to logic, not emotion by Lisa Wade, PhD, May 6, 2014, at 09:00 am A new study finds that people with high “justice sensitivity” are using logic, not ...
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Did Obama say the USA is “no longer a Christian Nation”?

In 2007, did Barrack Obama declare that the USA "was no longer a Christian Nation"? This was in an email asking Christians to band together against Obama.
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Did Republicans cut the budget of NIH and CDC in years leading up to Ebola?

The Agenda Project is a US liberal advocacy group, founded by author and strategist, Erica Payne. Payne claims that thousands of deaths overseas due to Ebola, were due to Republican policies towards ...
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Turkish soldier with ISIS? [closed]

Oliver North posted this image on twitter and wrote A Turkish soldier "visiting" an ISIS anti-aircraft unit at Kobani. They look way too friendly. Is the description of the image correct?
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Is there a correlation between voting for the Democratic Party and gun crimes in the USA?

The following image has been making the rounds on social media: Is the infographic even accurate? If so is the conclusion it's pushing backed up by valid statistics? (that there's a clear ...
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Was there an electoral fraud during the referendum for the independance of Scotland? [closed]

Peter Moore, a francophone Canadian Youtuber, says in a Youtube video that there was an electoral fraud during the referendum about the independance of Scotland. Given the ballot paper looked like ...
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Does the Westboro Baptist Church get most of their funding from lawsuits?

The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing things like funerals and they generate a lot of attention by doing so. A common trend in discussions about the church goes something like: ...
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Did the pitchforks ever come for the plutocrats? [closed]

Nick Hanauer recently wrote an article where he claims that income inequality is rising to extreme levels, and soon the lower classes will rise up and overthrow the financial elite in bloody ...
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Is $77/week the weekly budget for a minimum wage worker?

This is based on this question on Politics.SE. There's currently a "Live the Wage Challenge" which a former governor and several congresspeople are publicly doing (abcnews, politico). The challenge ...
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Did Gandhi make racist statements about black prisoners?

Did Mahatma Gandhi make racist statements? In The Guardian article Gandhi branded racist as Johannesburg honours freedom fighter, it's stated that he said "Many of the native [black] prisoners are ...
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Does or did Russia support the Donbass People's Militia? [closed]

Many (western) sources claim that Putin (actively) supports the rebels in eastern Ukraine, more specifically the Donbass People's Militia. For example, BBC News writes: Russia was obviously ...
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Did Jews “take over” 73% of their land from Palestinians?

I found an article by Matt Giwer saying that the cause of the Israeli-Arab war is that The Jews, [...] did in fact steal the land from the Palestinians. They actually bought and paid for at most ...
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Could Queen Elizabeth II bypass Prince Charles in the line of succession? [closed]

All Media NY concedes that there is a "royal rumor" that Queen Elizabeth II will soon abdicate and bypass Prince Charles in the line of succession in favor of the more popular Prince William. (Other, ...
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Did Richard Nixon commission a study on the effects of THC and then have the results classified?

This was recently shared to my mother's Facebook page. She is currently battling an aggressive cancer that was brought on by Chemotherapy that she had to fight stage 4 breast cancer over 10 years ...
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Does the Millennium Challenge Compact require El Salvador to use Monsanto seeds?

There's a story going about Facebook that claims that the United States is forcing El Salvador to use Monsanto's seeds if they want foreign aid through the Millenium Challenge program. The U.S. ...
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Were there 1 million fraudulent votes in the 2012 US election?

According to this article: (emphasis mine) But now, for the very first time, comes concrete proof that massive voter fraud might have taken place in the 2012 election, sufficiently widespread to ...
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Are the majority of EU member-states' local laws made in Brussels?

With the upcoming elections for the European Union, there are claims that most local laws are dictated by the European union these days. Image source: Buzzfeed It has always been my understanding ...
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Was the Education of Little Tree written by an ex-Klansman?

One of my favorite children's books growing up was the Education of Little Tree. This is a popular children's book in the US about a child who goes to live with his Cherokee grandparents in Appalachia ...
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Did Gandhi trump Professor Peters in a number of interactions?

I saw the following story on truthbook and wanted to know if it is true. (This one was found on the internet. We cannot corroborate its accuracy, but it is an amusing story...) When Gandhi ...
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Do US food stamp recipients outnumber women who work full-time?

This story has been circulating through the conservative media channels: In the average month of 2012, according to the Department of Agriculture, there were 46,609,000 people participating in the ...
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Are swastikas commonplace in Japan?

Comedian David Sedaris performed at the Sydney Opera House. During his performance, he gave an anecdote about being in a store in Japan. (Confirmation link, but I heard about this elsewhere) He was ...
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Does research into genetical differences increase or decrease public prejudice? [closed]

I've come across this question in different fields. Gender & race being the most controvercial but also things like hair color and left or righthandedness. When proper research is done, does it ...