The United States of America (also referred to as the United States, the U.S., the USA, the States, or America) is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district.

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Did Colorado replace any 420 mile markers with a 419.99 mile marker to deter theft?

This claim has been circulating on Facebook: Although marijuana is now legal in Colorado, I don't see any particular attraction to mile markers from this state, as US mile markers are pretty ...
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Is it a felony in Montana for a wife to open her husband's mail?

According to dumblaws.com, in the US state of Montana, It is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail. That statement has no source. Looking in the Montana Code, I don't see anything ...
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Can you verify tht this article has correct information [closed]

This is interesting article I would like to know if the information is correct. http://www.ijreview.com/2014/09/175800-obamas-economic-performance-outshining-reagans/
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Are US government agencies' ammo acquisitions unjustifiably large?

Newsmax reported on the USDA buying submachine guns. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking to buy submachine guns — but isn't saying why it needs them. According to a solicitation ...
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Was Donald Harden the Zodiac killer?

The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who killed four people from 1968-1969, and possibly more. He sent numerous letters containing ciphers. The first cipher was cracked by Bettye and her husband ...
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Are Americans more likely to be monolingual?

From a comment on English Language & Usage, also mentioned in Wikipedia, and Chad Fowler's book The Passionate Programmer (Related blog post by the author: How Learning a Second Language Changed ...
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Is the 4% rule a valid safe level for retirement withdrawals?

The 4% rule is often touted as a kind of safe strategy for retirement. The theory is that your retirement investments will stabilize if you only remove 4% of its value each year because you can ...
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Does student selection by private schools negatively affect nearby public ones? [closed]

I've heard several times that the existence of private or "charter" schools near public schools in the US harms public schools specifically because it draws "stronger"(grade-wise or socioeconomically) ...
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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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Is Social Security headed for insolvency?

I can drag up a bunch of different articles either claiming that the US Social Security system is or is not headed for insolvency. The most recent reference to the concept was in a PBS interview with ...
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Is there as many media staff as protestors in Ferguson? [closed]

In Media making up the mob: Journalists amid protesters in Ferguson, Mo. in the Washington Post, it's claimed there's as many media staff as protestors in Ferguson: Early Wednesday, Lowery ...
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Did the US create and fund al-Qaeda? [closed]

There are many claims that the US created and funded the terrorist group known as "Al-Qaeda". [1] [2] [3] and so on... But how legitimate are those claims? Did the US really create al-Qaeda?
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Does Hunter Biden work for a Ukrainian oil company?

Around May 2014, Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian oil company announced that it had added Hunter Biden (US Vice-President Joe Biden's son) to its board of directors. This caused a small controversy in ...
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Did US intelligence community ever claim that Iraq had WMDs prior to 2003 inavsion?

The "common knowledge" is that US went to war with Iraq in 2003 based on "intelligence reports" claiming that Iraq had active Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) programs. On the other hand, some ...
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There isn't "a single case - not one - in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit.”

While reading about recent evidence that casts strong doubt on whether Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas in 2004, was actually guilty I ran across the following statement in the ...
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Does Ebola pose “little risk to the U.S. general population”?

We are currently in the middle of the largest ever Ebola outbreak, with nearly 900 killed and more than 1,600 infected by the disease in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and now Nigeria. The disease's ...
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Are 35% of Americans currently in collections?

An article from the Associated Press, STUDY: 35 PERCENT IN US FACING DEBT COLLECTORS, cites a study by the Urban Institute. The article states: The study found that 35.1 percent of people with ...
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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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Does the average American unwittingly commit three felonies a day?

Harvey Silverglate has written a book, Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, in which he claims, according to the Amazon blurb: The average professional in this country wakes up ...
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Was an amendment proposed making everyone in favour of a war liable for military service?

Apparently from Ultrafacts.tumblr.com, with a tweet version retweeted 137 times: In 1916 an amendment was proposed to the Constitution that all acts of war would be put to a national vote. ...
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Is federal firefighting the cause for the increase of US forest fires and their severity?

On the Cato Institute's website is this claim: The heightened danger to national forests is, ironically, the result of longstanding federal efforts to suppress fires going back many decades. Those ...
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Did more than 10 million people get health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

The Huffington Post claims: More Than 10 Million People Got Insurance Because Of Obamacare, Feds Say The number of Americans without health insurance declined by 10.3 million because of ...
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Could we buy every homeless person a house with the money spent on the F-35?

I've come across a number of articles that suggest that if we took all the money that we spent on the F-35 jet, every homeless person in the US could have been given a $600,000 home. Could this be ...
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Are Soldiers Overdiagnosed with PTSD in the US Military?

I am a combat veteran, but I was not diagnosed with PTSD. When I was in the military, there were Soldiers with PTSD who had never served in a combat zone. There were also Soldiers who served in a ...
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Did Snowden reveal that ISIS is a USA-Israel tactic?

This reports claims regarding ISIS which evolved since 2003 assuming erstwhile names like ISI,ISIS and now IS: The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has ...
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Will Lori Robinson command the largest ever theater of operation for a non-pilot?

The Washington Times claims of Lt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson that The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to ...
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Are there 24 empty houses “available” per homeless person in the USA?

I just saw this meme on Facebook: Since this question answered the ratio question, I would like to know if these houses are "available for" those homeless?
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Are these metrics regarding the 2009-2014 recession accurate?

In the Forbes article "The Worst Five Years Since the Great Depression", it is quoted: [...] what America got by year five was fewer jobs than before. Even though the employment age population has ...
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Did President Obama issue an executive order to delay deportations of children?

There are many accusations lately that the sudden increase in illegal child immigration on the southern border of the United States is due to an executive order by President Obama to delay some ...
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Did the U.S. median unemployment duration drop by the steepest amount for any six month period ever in the first half of 2014?

On HUFF POST, a claim is made on July 7, 2014: The past six months saw "the largest six-month decline in the length of unemployment ever measured," he said. "The debate on that extension is over, ...
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Is the United States now the largest oil producer?

It is claimed that the United States now produces more oil than Saudi Arabia: Total crude oil production in the US, including liquids separated from natural gas, was the highest compared to all ...
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Do US Military personnel have to observe Ramadan while Gideon volunteers are banned from bases?

The website The Gateway Pundit claims "Military Bans Bibles But Forces Soldiers to Adhere to Ramadan Rules" : The US Air Force kicked Christian Gideon’s volunteers off base in March. The ...
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Did life expectancy increase by 6 years during Great Depression?

According to Michael Mosley, life expectancy rose through the Great Depression. In his Horizon programme Eat, Fast and Live Longer he claims: From 1929 to 1933, in the darkest years of the great ...
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Is the US more tolerant of failure than other cultures?

I've come across several sources claiming that the US is more tolerant of trial-and-error than other cultures: (The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb) "American culture encourages the process of ...
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Was the Jenkins Continuous Build Integration server named after Tom Jenkins, Thomas Jefferson's slave master?

I heard this rumor today and I was wondering if there is any truth to it. I guess there are two parts to it: Did Thomas Jefferson have a slave master named Tom/Thom/Thomas Jenkins? Was the Jenkins ...
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Do financial institutions have a legal obligation to reopen a closed account if money is sent to that account? [closed]

This is a follow-up to a question I asked on Money.se: The credit union cited the Automated Clearing House regulations as the reason they reopened my closed account when a third party tried to send ...
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Did JFK Attempt to eliminate the power of the Federal Reserve Bank to loan money to the US?

According to this site: On June 4, 1963, a virtually unknown Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110, was signed with the authority to basically strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power ...
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Do illegal immigrants in the US get a bus ticket to wherever they have family or friends?

According to a Fox News account of a recent influx of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border: They have been instructed by the "coyote" who ferried them across the river for an exorbitant fee ...
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Do U.S. police (sheriff) departments earn money with drug busts?

Allegedly there is disproportionate amount of U.S. police effort to perform drug bust versus fighting other classes of crimes, as the law allows them to confiscate property, which then can be sold ...
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In the USA, is AIDS most prevalent in the gay male population?

Back in the early 1980s, AIDS was originally named Gay-related Immune Deficiency (GRID). Researchers renamed the disease as they became aware of the spread of the disease in other demographics. For ...
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Were US crime rates significantly lower in 2011 than in 1992?

While watching this video, it makes the claim at about the 12 minute mark that US crime rates are lower across the board. It then shows a graph that lists various violent crimes with numbers in ...
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Does getting married prevent violence against women and children?

The American newspaper the Washington Post's PostEverything Op-Ed One way to end violence against women? Married dads. (previously titled "One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and ...
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Were firearms prohibited in Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870s?

This image has made the rounds in various discussions of gun control in the USA. The picture was purportedly taken in Dodge City, Kansas (Popular culture's quintessential Wild West town, populated ...
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Is domestic violence the leading cause of injury to women between ages of 15 and 44?

In the wake of the 2014 Santa Barbara mass shooting, there's been a justifiable outcry over domestic violence, especially sexual violence. One of the items often cited [e.g.] is the following: ...
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Are white people more likely to commit mass murder?

There have been several claims in the media that white men are more likely to commit mass murders. I've seen rather strong evidence that the vast majority of these crimes are committed by men, so I ...
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Do full-time working women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns?

The White House claims that: On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Is it the case?
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Does this video depict an accurate example of a Common Core math problem?

The following article has been circulating which includes a video that demonstrations a Common Core math problem: "This Common Core Math Problem Is So Absurdly Difficult It Stumps College Students and ...
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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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Does saying “off the record” allow lawyers to make admissions without legal ramifications?

When I'm watching a show like "Law & Order", I'm always curious if the following scenario is reality or just a handy plot device of television and fiction : A discussion plays out between the ...
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Are there US military bases where only singles can work?

As mentioned in this article, And surely you also know that all Thunder Cove military employees must be single with no families? Is there such a requirement in some US military bases?