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Did Hillary Clinton ask L.F. de Rothschild “what penance” she owed her?

In this email provided by Wikileaks, it appears that Hillary Clinton asks Rothschild to: Let me know what penance I owe you. Was this email written by Hillary Clinton?
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Did a 16-year-old high-school girl in Iran produce nuclear energy at her home in 2007?

In 2007, Iran's president claimed that nuclear scientists in the country verified that a 16-year-old girl had produced nuclear energy at home. At the time, this ended up being a point of jokes and ...
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Is the internet and social media contributing to a post-factual democracy?

From All those likes and upvotes are bad news for democracy, published on The Conversation: Relying more and more on social media, crowd-based opinion generators and other online “democratic” ...
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Are The Young Turks Funded by George Soros?

I was researching The Young Turks*1 and Wolf PAC*2 (But specifically TYT) and found accusations of them being funded by George Soros on a few websites (such as Soros in Vermont). I can't really find ...
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Does the President of the United States have the ability to deploy nuclear weapons at will?

I heard this claim back during the Bush years, and recently I've been hearing it again. Here's a quote from a New Yorker article. I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes ...
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Were Spaniards threatened with terrorist attacks by an ISIS leader if they didn't vote Unidos Podemos?

La Tribuna del Pais Vasco [Spanish text] reports that Abu Bakr Al-Magrebi threaten Spanish citizens with terrorist attacks unless they voted for Unidos Podemos, a left-wing political organisation. ...
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Did a German party ask a Holocaust denier to assess the antisemitism of a party member?

The Bild reported this: Die AfD hat den Holocaust-Leugner Gerard Menuhin (67) gebeten, ein Gutachten über die Bücher des baden-württembergischen AfD-Landtagsabgeordneten Wolfgang Gedeon zu ...
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Do 60% of Americans believe a third major political party is needed?

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian party nominee for President, posted this image to his official Facebook page: The text of it reads: With the insanity going on in Washington DC, is it even ...
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Did pro-Israel Americans convince the U.S. to initiate the Iraq War?

In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq, which initiated the Iraq War. I've seen several people claim that pro-Israel Americans pushed the US to initiate this war, all referencing an article "War for ...
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Has ISIS and Al Qaeda sent out a message telling their terrorists to only attack white people?

Rush Limbaugh stated on the Rush Limbaugh show that ISIS and Al Qaeda sent out a memo to their people saying to not attack minorities, only white people. Their reasoning? If they kill minorities, ...
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Did Martin Schulz say this regarding the Brexit referendum?

In the last few days, some people are attributing to European Parliament President Martin Schulz the following statement: The British have violated the rules. It is not the EU philosophy that the ...
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Did Kim Davis just want her name removed from the marriage licenses?

A commenter at Hot Air writes about Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed for refusing the issue same-sex marriage certificates. Nope she is quite willing to issue marriage ...
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Did Democrats protest lack of vote on a bill that ACLU argued as “undermining civil liberties”?

There were the selfie-happy Democrats singing "We Shall Overcome" while demanding passage of a bill that those right-wing nutjobs over at the American Civil Liberties Union have "strongly" argued ...
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Does the UK send the EU £350 million a week?

I got this propaganda leaflet through my door today, this has been widely claimed by parties in favor of the British EU referendum: We send the EU £350 million a week - let's fund our NHS ...
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Does this video show the US arming Islamic State?

This video, published by Iran's Press TV 16 Feb 2015, claims to show a US Chinook dropping weapons for ISIL militants. According to Iraqi media, the video, released by the Iraq-based Hezbollah ...
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Do Republican legislatures tend to relax gun laws after mass shootings?

The Economist says the following in an article on recent mass shootings in the USA which discusses the evidence that restrictions on gun ownership reduce deaths: ...a mass shooting leads to a 75% ...
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Did Google censor autosuggest results for Hillary Clinton?

There is currently a video by SourceFed being spread around the internet, claiming that Google appear to have censored autosuggest results in order to boost Hillary Clinton's campaign by excluding ...
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Would anyone other than Hillary Clinton be imprisoned for improper data access? [closed]

It's a common claim in social media that Hillary Clinton should be convicted of criminal charges and sentenced to a prison term because of how she accessed classified information. A notable claim to ...
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Did Stalin kill more than 10 million People?

There are many sources claiming that Stalin killed between 20 and 60 million people. A few articles with this claim: http://www.ibtimes.com/how-many-people-did-joseph-stalin-kill-1111789 http://www....
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Are there more women in government in Afghanistan than America? [duplicate]

I'm skeptical of this claim: And did he even say that?
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Did Obama apologize for the USA using nuclear weapons on Japan?

In the context of Barack Obama's 2016 visit to Japan, this image was made. Obama apologizes to Japan for this [Nuclear mushroom cloud] which was retaliation for this... [Pearl ...
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Did the United States provide weapons to PKK? [closed]

This article reports that US provided weapons to fighters linked to PKK. Did those weapons reach PKK?
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Is austerity effective at boosting an economy's growth or reducing a country's debt? [closed]

Some governments currently have austerity policies, which involves large cuts in public spending. The claim made is that this is necessary to reduce the country's deficit, and boost the growth of the ...
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Will Europe soon have more Muslims than Christians?

This story, which appeared in the UK tabloid The Sun (and widely repeated elsewhere), has also been doing the rounds on social media. The original story has the strapline: Muslims will soon ...
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Are the last two primaries and caucuses won by Hillary Clinton under investigation for major voting irregularities?

There's an image floating around Facebook lately. I can't seem to verify it. The text reads: I won two out of the last ten primaries and caucuses. Both are under investigation for major ...
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Did Obama remove a Winston Churchill bust from the oval office?

President Obama recently commented on the debate about whether the UK should remain in the European Union. He supported the government position that remaining in the EU is better. Boris Johnson (...
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Does the delegate system in the US make it possible to in any way shape or form financially benefit delegates for their vote?

Donald Trump said (Source: USA Today) that the delegate system is set up in such a way that you can send the delegate on a nice luxurious vacation which may incline them to vote for you. Is this ...
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Is Michelle Obama a transgender woman?

Many of my friends claim that the wife of Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, is a transgender woman. In 2014, comedian Joan Rivers made the claim in a street interview: Rivers: You know Michelle is a ...
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Are there cases of protesters starting violence at Trump rallies?

During the CNN GOP Debate, Donald Trump gave two explanations for the repeated violent reactions of some of his supporters to protests at Trump rallies. The first one being love for their country and ...
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Minorities and Prejudice. [closed]

I watched an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher Show and made me wondering: If you are majority (race, gender, caste or whatever) you always have to watch what you say about minorities otherwise ...
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Is this picture of Trump making people swear to vote for him genuine?

From https://twitter.com/wpjenna/status/706227458777993216 (5K retweets, Washington Post reporter, verified user) Donald Trump makes members of his Orlando crowd raise their right hands ...
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Did the Trump family change its name from Drumpf to Trump?

According to some media (e.g., International Business Times, Washington Times), the grandfather of Donald Trump, Frederick Trump, was originally called Friedrich Drumpf but changed his name after ...
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Has Barack Obama achieved these goals in the last six years?

A claim, attributed to Occupy Democrats (which may or may not be true), that is doing rounds in social networks shows a photo of the current US President Barack Obama raising a toast with these words: ...
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Did Bernie Sanders never “earn a steady paycheck” before 40?

There is a meme going around the conservative news sites and aggregators that 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn't "earn a steady paycheck" before the age of 40. See, for instance: The ...
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Do these photos from the Civil Rights Era show Bernie Sanders?

Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nominee, features the above photos in the campaign ad Progress as evidence of his contributions to civil rights. While no one doubts ...
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Did Donald Trump say republicans are the dumbest voters in the country?

I saw this image going around Twitter lately: If I were to run, I'd run as a republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They love anything on FOX News. I could lie and ...
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Have the Clintons received $153 million in speaker fees?

The Hill reported in an article entitled, "Clinton promises to release Wall Street transcripts if opponents do the same". Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have racked up $...
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Is ISIS committing genocide against the Yazidis?

From Fact Checks of the Eighth Republican Debate, on the New York Times website: Senator Marco Rubio said President Obama had played down the threat of the Islamic State, which practices ...
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Was ISIS created by the USA?

I hear many folks talking about the founders of ISIS and they say that USA created it to make chaos in the Arabic countries. Mark Danner (here) : "In a fact the united states created ISIS, ...
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Was the term “conspiracy theorist” made popular by the CIA?

I have seen the following infographic on facebook recently. The text reads: Did you know... The term "conspiracy theorist" was a term made popular by the CIA to stop critical thinkers from ...
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Did Rousseau say that equality of conditions is not possible without slavery?

I just read What is Property, written in 1840 by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. At the end of the book he attributes a paraphrased quote to Jean-Jaques Rousseau: The communistic republic of Plato ...
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Do almost half of Londoners think that cutting immigration would help London's housing crisis?

As a Christmas present on the 25th I just got a leaflet from UKIP in my post stating that 44% of Londoners say that cutting EU immigration would help solve the London housing crisis. There are ...
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Is Donald Trump's campaign a false flag? [closed]

Jeb Bush recently suggested that Donald Trump's campaign is a false flag for Hillary Clinton, and I have heard a few people mention this sort of thing in the past as well. What evidence is there to ...
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The candidate with the bigger campain budget is allways elected [duplicate]

Hearing a french conference, the speaker told us that it's easy to understand american presidential elections, because the candidate with the highest campain budget allways is choosen. But I can't ...
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Did the town of Woodland, North Carolina, USA reject a solar plant because of cancer and photosynthesis concerns?

The Raonoke Chowan News Herald reported on 8 December 2015 reports that the town of Woodland, North Carolina, USA rejected a solar farm, citing concerns on photosynthesis and cancer: Jane Mann ...
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Is the Stuxnet worm a government facade? [closed]

I just read about Stuxnet, which is allegedly a computer worm that silently infected thousands of computers and eventually sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program. I find it difficult to believe that so many ...
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Is Turkey trading oil with Islamic State? [closed]

Russia claims Turkey is trading oil with Islamic State: Syria conflict: Russia accuses Erdogan of trading oil with IS (BBC News, 2 December 2015) Russia presents proof of Turkey’s role in ISIS oil ...
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Did Donald Trump say that muslims should be visibly marked?

Donald Trump has been reported in the news and over the internet for suggesting that Muslims should wear some visible id or badge of some sort. Raw Story headlined with: Trump crosses the Nazi ...
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Does Bernie Sanders have more individual donors than any candidate in history?

This NPR / article has the headline "Bernie Sanders Now Has More Donors At This Point Than Any Other Candidate In History" I am skeptical that this is true especially in the latter part of the ...