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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Do car theft victims have to pay around 1,000 USD to have their cars returned in the US?

This Yahoo! news article says: The 30-year-old’s 2000 Monte Carlo was stolen from in front of his mother’s house last summer. Finally, several months later, Williams was told that his car had ...
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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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Is tax wedge 80%-90% in most of western Europe vs 50% in US?

Wikipedia definition of tax wedge references a document, which makes following claim: Europe's comparatively high tax burden has created big marginal effects and tax wedges. For example a 2007 ...
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Did the US ban the Volkswagen XL1 for being too fuel efficient?

There are dozens of articles similar to this one floating around claiming the new Volkswagen XL1, which can get 300+ MPG (0.78 L/100 km) in ideal driving conditions, has been banned in the USA because ...
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Are American media controlled mostly by Jews?

The image "Who controls your mind? 2013" below claims that a very large proportion of the US media companies have Presidents, CEOs, Founders, Owners, Vice Presidents and Chairs that are Jewish. It ...
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Were terror attacks proposed to gain political support for a war against Cuba?

Recently Iv'e been seeing this image make its way around facebook, I didn't think much of it at first, but I eventually decided to google "operation northwoods". After doing so, I found quite a ...
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Are there any underground cities in the United States?

There are plenty of stories about hundreds of underground cities being build here and there in USA, but I've only seen photos of one under the Denver airport (and even so it's no real proof that these ...
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Does US law leave walk-shoveling homeowners open to lawsuit more than those who don't shovel at all?

The argument is that by trying (and failing) to maintain your walkways, you're responsible for accidents that happen there, while if you don't make any attempt at all, any accident or injury is an Act ...
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Does Alabama or Arkansas have (unenforced) laws permitting men to beat wives up to once per month?

A conversation on Reddit mentioned that in Alabama, the law states that it's legal for a man to beat his wife as long as he doesn't do it more than once per month. If this law is still around, I ...
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If American Churches paid taxes, how much revenue would that generate?

I recent Cracked.com photoplasty contest produced this image: Is this image correct? Would taxing churches generate that much money, and would that much money be enough to cover food stamps and ...
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Is the US economic downturn slowing scientific research?

Nature magazine claims: The financial crisis of the past few years has led to deep cuts in funding for scientific research by governments and charitable organizations, hiring freezes across ...
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Has lead poisoning in kids in St. Louis (Mo.) decreased since 2001?

[The mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, Francis] Slay cites the efforts to… and reduce lead poisoning in children as some of his most fulfilling work. Regarding the latter, "The drop has been ...
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Did World War II propaganda posters tell people to “Speak American”, rather than languages of the enemy?

Wikimedia commons entry, claiming a citation to "Una Storia Segreta" by Lawrence Distasi. The licensing metadata from the picture claims that it is a "work prepared by an officer or employee of the ...
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Is there a coffee shop called “Dumb Starbucks”?

This claim originated on 89.3 KPCC. Is there really a "Dumb Starbucks" shop in existence? And, is what they're doing legal under "Parody Law"?
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Does a lack of hand-washing by health-care workers cause 100,000 deaths per year in the USA?

Tweet by PostSecret, with 203 retweets and 85 favorites: 100,000 deaths in the US alone could be avoided each year if health care workers washed their hands more, according to the CDC. Do ...
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Does majority-white and majority-republican Owsley county have the highest SNAP usage?

Just saw this one shared on Facebook by Occupy Democrats with 79k+ likes. It's a repost of this by Less Than 10 Dollars an Hour. Text reads: Today's Bit of Irony Owsley County, Kentucky ...
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Did Americans leave behind over $1bn in tax refunds in 2012?

In this television advertisement H&R Block claims that: Last year, thinking they could do their own taxes, Americans left behind more than a billion dollars. Did American tax payers leave ...
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Are Americans ignorant of geography and the world?

The meme of American ignorance in geography and world affairs seems to be pretty common in my experience. But, how much truth is there in it? While I'm inclined to believe that the US population is ...
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Is the US debt between 15 and 20 trillion dollars?

www.treasurydirect.gov puts the debt at around $17.3 trillion (this will change, so I'm not putting an exact amount). A related quote from Wikipedia On December 12, 2013, debt held by the public ...
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Are Lottery Quick Picks independently and uniformly distributed?

Let's set aside the argument that computers have a pseudo-random number generator. I'm interested in knowing if a lottery terminal generates each quick pick independently from all previous picks and ...
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Did the Nixon administration use anti-drug law against anti-war movement?

The History Channel stated that Nixon administration actively used anti-drug law to get rid of anti war activists. Is it true?
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Was it illegal to discriminate on the basis of intelligence in the United States?

Paul Graham wrote the following in March 2005: One advantage startups have over established companies is that there are no discrimination laws about starting businesses. For example, I would ...
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Do the Jewish control a larger proportion of U.S. wealth than their proportion in the population?

As per StormFront (warning: neo-nazi website): While only 3% of the population, the Jews control over 25% of the nation's wealth and this percentage rises every year. Is only 3% of the ...
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Does the US army use unlicensed copies of Windows 7?

I saw this claim at TorrentFreak: However, a signal soldier serving in Qatar informs TorrentFreak that this incident may not be as unique as it sounds. According to the soldier, who we will name ...
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In the USA, are there more African American men in prison than in college?

I read in a book that "as the next millennium begins, there are more young black men in prison than in college." Jury Nullification by Clay S Conrad (Kindle edition, Dec 2013 loc: 343). (First ...
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Are the innocents in US prison a single digit percentage?

There is controversy on whether there are a few percents of innocent people in US jails or much less. For example according to the Innocent project Q. How many innocent people are there in ...
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Was American intelligence caught by surprise by every nuclear test since 1949?

I read this over here. American intelligence has been caught by surprise by every successful test of a nuclear device since the Soviet Union in 1949. Is this correct?
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Do retailers make all of their money for the year in last 45 days?

Dave Ramsey, an American financial author and radio host, recently made the following claim on his 6 December 2013 radio show (at 5 minutes into the show) when discussing holiday shopping in the ...
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Does chicken meat from the US contain arsenic?

Facebook brought this Minds.com article to my attention: After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in ...
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Was the US nuclear missle launch code set to 00000000 for 15 years of the cold war?

Drudge Report had a headline today that claim that the PAL security protocal was illegally bypassed from 1962 through 1977 by setting the launch code to 00000000 on all minutemen missles. To give ...
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Was Truman told that the first atom bomb was going to be used on a military target?

In his diary entry for July 25, 1945, US President Harry S. Truman wrote: This weapon is to be used against Japan between now and August 10th. I have told the Sec. of War, Mr. Stimson, to use it ...
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Has income tax been found unconstitutional by a court?

Someone told me that there are people who claim that the income tax, and by extension the IRS, is unconstitutional, and that some have won in court using this argument. Is this true? An example of a ...
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Was 31.5% of Medicare payments in 2006 the result of fraud?

To much fanfare, in 2006 Medicare announced that only 7 percent of its payments were a result of fraud. Two years later, The New York Times reported that it was actually 31.5 percent -- and ...
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Does healthcare.gov contain 500 million lines of code?

I just saw an infographic comparing the size of various programs in lines of code, the largest one of those being the healthcare.gov site at 500 million lines of code. The source they used seems to be ...
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Are there enough unused houses in America for each homeless person to have six?

I can't find a source for this, and that number seems much too high to me (although I don't know much about the subject). Is this true? If not, what is the actual ratio of homeless people to vacant ...
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Is US ahead or behind of EU in terms of broadband Internet access?

Today New America Foundation has published a report "The Cost of Connectivity 2013: A comparison of high-speed Internet prices in 24 cities around the world" It has been covered by media, mostly in ...
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Do US preschools ban lunches being brought to school?

In October 2013, on My 2 Crazy Curls, a blogger from Richmond, VA, reported receiving a letter from her child's preschool, explicitly banning students from bringing their own food to school without a ...
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Was John Wilkes Booth killed in the Garrett barn?

The Wikipedia article on John Wilkes Booth has a few paragraphs on the theories that he escaped, such as: In 1907, Finis L. Bates wrote Escape and Suicide of John Wilkes Booth, contending that a ...
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Is gratuitous farm animal abuse condoned by the USDA?

I recently watched the short film "From Farm To Fridge." (It contains video footage of farm animals being abused and killed.) Obviously the video makes an emotional appeal more so than a purely ...
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Do US congressman spend most of their time fundraising?

In an article titled "Call Time For Congress Shows How Fundraising Dominates Bleak Work Life" the huffingtonpost writes: The daily schedule prescribed by the Democratic leadership contemplates a ...
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Are EEG recordings required to declare brain death?

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal: What You Lose When You Sign That Donor Card, EEG measurements aren't required in declaring brain death, because EEG patterns are probably absent. ...
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Have US deficits been cut in half since Obama came into office?

Recently in this interview with CNBC (at 00:00:39), President Obama said "Deficits are coming down; they have been cut in half since I came into office." Is this true? What statistic is he referring ...
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Did USA send Federal Reserve System officers to Iran to print cash for Iranian oil

Short introduction: Recetly some russian newspapers talked about airplane, lost in Moscow Sheremetevo airport. And this airplane was claimed to be full of Euros in cash, up to 20 billions (20 000 000 ...
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Is the US government preparing to remove religiosity in the population with a virus, using vaccines as a vector?

This Vimeo video " DOD VIRUS 'FUNVAX' Vaccine for RELIGIOUS Peoples!!!!!!!" purports to show a government presentation about the deliberate introduction of a virus. Leaked April 13, 2005 video ...
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Are teacher salaries lower in high-need (low-income) school districts?

Research Spotlight on Hard-to-Staff Schools What characterizes "hard-to-staff" schools, those schools that have difficulty in finding and retaining qualified, effective teachers? Many are ...
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Were two ballistic missiles fired from Spain towards Syria?

The Lebanese news sitem Almanar News cites an anonymous source claiming that two missiles were fired by US forces in Spain towards Syria. They were detected by Russia, it sparked an international ...
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Did 9/11 lead to many deaths due to car accidents “dwarfing” the attacks themselves?

Well-renowned security expert Bruce Schneier claims that In the months after 9/11, so many people chose to drive instead of fly that the resulting deaths dwarfed the deaths from the terrorist ...
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Does the US spend 10 billions per year to crack encryption algorithms?

One aspect of the latest reveal of the US budget for intelligence agencies that has been reported in the media is the alleged budget for a program to break encryption. From an Ars Technica article on ...
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are defaced coins considered legal tender? [closed]

I work at a gas station and a man brought in a coin that was so defaced that you could no longer see a picture on either side but because of it size you could tell what it was but is this type of ...
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Has New York City's Stop and Frisk program resulted in a reduction in crime?

On August 12, 2013, Mayor Bloomberg said: Our crime strategies and tools – including Stop-Question-Frisk – have made New York City the safest big city in America. [...] As a result, ...